Sister Mary Carmela

IRON MOUNTAIN — Sister Mary Carmela of the Blessed Sacrament, O.C.D, (Elizabeth Musick), 98, a member of the Carmelite Community, died Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain.

Sister Mary Carmela was born 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.

Sister Carmela was our community’s only “local” vocation, residing in Iron Mountain at the time of her entrance, Dec. 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 a.m. 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 her life.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11 in the Monastery Chapel. Father Paul Nomellini will preside at the public prayer service at 7 p.m.

A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at the Monastery Chapel by the Most Reverend John F. Doerfler at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12.

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 of Iron Mountain is in charge of the arrangements.