Back row: Wanda Kocher Plachecki, Dr. Paul Rusterholz, Sr. Lalonde, Dr. Barb Lomas, Marcia Krull.
Front Row: Rosine Hermodson-Olsen, Mary Roffers, MarySue Speltz Brust, Cheryl Yenter, Brenda Beckler Merchlewitz
Catholic Sisters Week - March 8-14, 2021
How Sister Lalonde Ryan Impacted Our Lives
There are so many wonderful Sisters of Saint Francis, and we would like to highlight Sister Lalonde Ryan. Sister Lalonde was our voice teacher from 1979-1983. She gifted us both with her vocal coaching and her total dedication to us as music students. Each of us had weekly lessons with her that were equal parts challenging and encouraging. These interactions led to a lasting friendship. Lalonde has been our beloved cheerleader and listening ear as we have moved through our lives and careers, whether they were music-related or not. We know that Sister Lalonde is always praying for us and we for her. The College of Saint Teresa was our spiritual and educational community for four precious years, and Sister Lalonde’s deep love for us has always called us spiritually home.
We thought we would give a nod to the poetical:
Music Lessons ala Lalonde

Music, melody, singing lieder,
Diaphragmatic deep breath
An encouraging smile
Shoulders back, bottom in, posture adjustment so air flows in.
“Try again”
Open your mouth
Relax and Drop your jaw
Create space
“Yes, that is it”
Out comes the vocals, crisp and clear,
Ringing rounds for all to hear,
Rich with poise,
Dynamic filled grace,
Sending us all into a different place.
“I knew you could do it”
Our warm-up vocals a tribute to:
…. La be da may ni po to-
Marcia Krull ’83, Rosine Hermodson-Olsen ’83 & Cheryl Yenter ‘83

Reflections from College of Saint Teresa Alumnae
The College of Saint Teresa (CST) was a Catholic women's college in Winona, Minnesota. Previously a women's seminary, it became a college in 1907 and was operated by the 
Sisters of Saint Francis of Rochester, Minnesota until its closing in 1989.

In recognition of Catholic Sisters Week, we asked several alumnae to share their memories of the Sisters serving at CST and the impact it made on their lives.