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Sr. Geraldine Arnold, CSJ

December 21, 1931 - June 7, 2017
Nazareth, MI



Tuesday, June 13, 2017
4:00 PM EDT
Holy Family Chapel
3427 Gull Road
Nazareth, MI 49074
(269) 381-6290

Vigil Service 7 PM


Wednesday, June 14, 2017
10:30 AM EDT
Holy Family Chapel
3427 Gull Road
Nazareth, MI 49074
(269) 381-6290


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Sisters of St. Joseph
P.O. Box 29
Nazareth, MI 49074
(269) 381-6290


Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

1830 S. Westnedge
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 349-4961
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Life Story / Obituary


Geraldine Arnold was born in Bay City, Michigan on December 21, 1931, the daughter of Lawrence and Louise (Conkle) Arnold. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Church in Ecorse, Michigan at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on July 1, 1949. Geraldine received the name Sister Laurice at her reception on January 3, 1950 but returned to the use of her baptismal name in later years. She pronounced first vows on January 3, 1952 and final vows on January 3, 1955.

Sister Geraldine earned a BS degree in Home Economics from Nazareth College followed by a MA in Theology from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. In 1998 Sister Geraldine was certified as a procurator-advocate for the Archdiocese of Detroit Marriage Tribunal. She taught in many schools of the Congregation including: St. Rita, Detroit; St. Gertrude, St. Clair Shores; St. Agnes, Flint; St. Jerome, Battle Creek; and Barbour Hall, Nazareth. She later transitioned into religious education, adult faith formation and pastoral ministry at St. Anne Parish, Warren; St. Hubert, Mt. Clemens; St. Philomena, Detroit; and St. Veronica, Eastpointe. During many of these years she team-ministered with Sister Mary Ann Ankoviak and for twenty years they directed religious education programs at Selfridge Air National Guard Base on week-ends and evenings.

Sister Geraldine possessed a warm, pleasant personality. Wherever she went she was a welcoming, compassionate presence. Her strong faith and her ability to be a good listener were personal assets that she brought to all with whom and to whom she ministered. At the time of her golden Jubilee she stated, “I have been loved by the Lord”, and that love motivated her in all the circumstances of her life. She was most grateful to her family, her CSJ community, and friends for their love, concern and support over the years. She especially treasured and enjoyed a long, beautiful friendship with Sister Mary Ann Ankoviak with whom she co-ministered for many years. Sister Geraldine’s fruitful life on earth has ended; may she now enjoy a place of light, happiness and peace in God’s kingdom of glory forever.