(Iron Mountain - February 08, 2018) - Sister Mary Carmela of the Blessed
Sacrament OCD, age 98, a member of the Carmelite Community, died February 7th at
Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain. Sister Mary Carmela was
born Elizabeth Musick on July 6, 1919 in Calumet, daughter of the late Frank and
Mary (Sterbenz) Musick.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews
among whom is Michael Musick, a nephew and dear friend of Sister Carmela. She is
preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mary Musick, three brothers and
three sisters: Frank Musick, Joseph (Margaret) Musick, Catherine Klobucher,
Genevieve Musick, Anne (Ray) Mayotte and John (Beatrice) Musick.
Carmela was our Community's only "local” vocation, residing in Iron Mountain at
the time of her entrance, December 8, 1951, to the newly founded Carmelite
Monastery on "B" Street. Sister Carmela's clearness of mind and wise,
compassionate heart, gained through her long experience in Carmel, made her both
ready and willing to assist others. Her simple, down to-earth insights and
advice, often touched with humor, could always bring a sense of balance and
encouragement to varied situations. Most precious though, was her evident love
for the Lord, especially in the Blessed Sacrament. Her many visits to Our Lord
in our Choir Chapel both during the day and at night witnessed to this. A true
Community person, even up to her last days, Sister was present at all our times
of prayer in Choir, including the early 5:30 am Office of Morning Prayer
(Lauds). We will miss her presence and her voice at every Mass and choral
recitation of the Divine Office. Sister's family spirit endeared her to all. We
know we can surely count on the continuing powerful support of her love and
prayers now that she is with the Lord whom she served so faithfully throughout
Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 11, from 5:00
until 7:00 PM in the Monastery Chapel. Father Paul Nomellini will preside at the
public prayer service at 7:00 PM.
A Concelebrated Mass of Christian
Burial will be offered at the Monastery Chapel by the Most Reverend John F.
Doerfler on Monday, February 12, at l0:00 AM CST. Burial will be in the
Carmelite Monastery Cemetery.
Memorials or Masses may be offered to the
Carmelite Monastery in lieu of flowers.
The Erickson –Rochon & Nash
Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.