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Portrait Mezera, Frances Claire

Frances Claire Mezera, FSPA '46

March 16, 1915 - Feb. 6, 2010


Sister Frances Claire Mezera, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 94, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse.

Sister Frances Claire was born to Frank and Clara (Sprosty) Mezera, March 16, 1915, in Eastman. She entered St. Rose Convent in 1931. After earning a degree in education, Sister Frances Claire taught for 20 years in elementary schools in Iowa, Idaho, Washington and Wisconsin. She earned a degree in library science and devoted 44 years of service to Viterbo College as librarian. She served as director of the academic library, was museum curator for a few years and from 1994 to 1998, she organized the Viterbo Archives. Sister Frances Claire continued to volunteer at Viterbo even after she retired to St. Rose Convent in 2002. She made the Villa her home in 2006.

Sister Frances Claire is survived by her Franciscan community; three sisters, Dorothy Day of Montrose, Colo., Rose Trautsch and Catherine Steger, both of Prairie du Chien; two brothers, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mezera of Eau Claire, Wis., and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Mezera of Junction City, Wis.; a sister-in-law, Velma Ann Weadge of Boscobel, Wis.; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Donald, Clement and Lawrence; and two sisters, Lucille and Mary Rita.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at St. Rose Convent. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, La Crosse.

Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market St., La Crosse, WI 54601-4782.

Blaschke-Schneider Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

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