Fall 2013 Newsletter from St Josephs

st-josephs-residence-13The weather is finally cooling down and the excitement of fall is in the air. Pumpkins, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are just around the corner! Plan to attend the annual fall picnic hosted by the Duncanville Knights of Columbus on October 19. RSVP to Bob Hohman if coming.

Rooms are still available in both the new and old wings. There are a total of 49 residents now. The fee is only $2,000.00 per month in the new wing, compared to an average cost of over $3,000.00 for other assisted living facilities in Dallas.


Oct 05—Karen F.                                     Nov 08—Gerry M.

Oct 10—Frances M.                                 Nov 11—Eunice H.

Oct 16—Nita E.                                        Nov 22—Hilda B. & Patricia B.

Oct 23—Ann M.                                       Nov 24—Dorothy G.

Oct 31—Dorothy M.                                Nov 15—Katherine L.

Dec 04—Sandra P.                                   Dec 20—Dorothy V.

Dec 14—Rafael O. & Ruth P.                 Dec 24—Nelwyn B.

Dec 19—Mary Beth H.

In Memoriam:

The following family members of St. Joseph’s Residence recently passed away: Sister Josefina (Josephine) Santacruz (7-3-13), Nancy Lignell (7-29-13), Irma Dougherty (8-15-13), and Theresa Perry (9-16-13). Please remember them and their families in your prayers.

Tribute:  Sister Josefina (Josephine) Santacruz

Sister Josefina was born in Pasto, Nariño, Colombia on January 29, 1923 to a deeply religious family and died on July 3, 2013. She chose to spend her final days at St. Joseph’s Residence, which she considered her home, surrounded by her fellow Sisters.

She entered the Congregation on July 31, 1943. She made her First Profession in Bogotá on January 31, 1946 and her Perpetual Vows on January 31, 1951. She taught for 5 years and was then nominated Vice Mistress of Novices. She will be well remembered by many Bethlemite Sisters who were under her expert tutelage.

She came to Dallas from Colombia in 1958 to join the community, working under the direction of Bishop Thomas K. Gorman, the fourth Bishop of the Diocese. She was first assigned to the Episcopal Residence in Dallas. In 1980 she was transferred to St. Joseph’s Residence. Sr. Josefina undertook her mission to the elderly with dedication and a great commitment. She extended her maternal loving care to anyone who came under her devoted protection. Her life was an inspiration and an example to all. She was always smiling and was constantly available for anything that was required of her. Wherever a need existed, she was there providing any necessary help, support, and encouragement. We are positive that Sr. Josefina is now in her new home in Heaven. [Memorials to St. Joseph’s Residence are still being accepted in her name.]


St. Joseph’s Residence has established a special advocate hotline to address any concerns or complaints that one feels needs special attention. Hotline callers can leave a message 24 hours a day 7 days a week at 214-379-2814.

New Building Project:

The St. Joseph’s Residence building expansion structure is now complete. However, the second floor itself is not yet finished. If you are able to help fund this endeavor, please contact Bob Hohman, Business Manager, at 214-948-3597 or bob@stjr.org. A contribution in the name of a loved one would make a lasting tribute to that individual.


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