Sister Laura Gall, 90, Nazareth, Mich. and formerly St. Joseph Center, Tipton, died peacefully early Thursday morning, Jan. 10, 2013, in Kalamazoo, Mich.
She had been a resident of Camilla Hall at St. Joseph Center in Tipton for many years and had moved on Nov. 7, 2012 to Borgess Gardens on the Nazareth Campus of the Congregation of St. Joseph in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Sister Laura (Rita) was born Jan. 2, 1923 in Tipton to Hilda (Peters) and William Gall. She was the fourth of their eight children and received her elementary education at St. John’s Parish School in Tipton and her high school education at St. Joseph Academy in Tipton. She entered the Tipton Sisters of St. Joseph Convent in 1941. Sister Laura attended Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Kokomo, where she earned her R.N. and received her B.S. in nursing at St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, Kan.
Sister Laura’s life-long ministry was in health care, usually in a supervisory position. Some of her years of nursing were at St. Joseph Hospital, in Kokomo. She also served several years at St. Charles Hospital in Bend, Ore., then at Mercy Hospital in Elwood.
During Sister Laura’s last 14 years as a nurse, she served as the manager of the infirmary at the Tipton Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse. Until the Tipton Center closed in late 2012, some of the infirmary staff who served until that time sang Sister Laura’s praises loudly.
Following the funeral Mass at Nazareth, Sister Laura’s body will be brought to Tipton. Visitation will take place at 11:30 a.m. and Mass at 1 p.m. Wednesday, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, with Fr. Leroy Kinnaman presiding and burial in the cemetery at St. Joseph Center in Tipton to follow.
Young-Nichols Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.