Obit: Nassuuna, Sister Immaculate (1961 - 2006)
Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
Surnames: Nassuunna, Nambi, Mukwaya
----Sources: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County, WI) February 1, 2006
SISTER IMMACULATE NASSUUNA (June 13, 1961-January 25, 2006)
Sister Immaculate Nassuuna age 44, entered into eternal life on January 25, 2006 in Uganda, East Africa.
Sister Immaculate was born on June 13, 1961 in Uganda. She was the firstborn in a family of 10 children, five girls and five boys. Sister was considered a mother figure in her family as her mother passed away during the birth of the youngest child. Sister completed her high school education at St. Kizito High School in Bethany in 1980 and began her Novitiate to the Order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Sister professed her first vows in 1985. In 1991 Sister Immaculate was chosen to be the secretary to Bishop Mukwaya of the Diocese of Kiyinda-Mityana. With great dedication and love she served the Diocese of Kiyinda-Mityana in this capacity for 14 years. In 2005 she was transferred and returned back to St. Kizito High School Bethany to serve as secretary and bursar for the school.
Sister Immaculate, accompanied by Sister Salome Nambi, traveled to Wisconsin, on December 16, 2005 to further the continuing relationship with Columbus Catholic High School and Our Lady of Peace in Marshfield, St. Mary’s in Neillsville, and the Diocese of La Crosse. They also brought with them a sincere appreciation for all of the efforts of the ongoing "Clean Water Project."
Sister Immaculate enjoyed cooking and took great pleasure in preparing several Ugandan meals during her time in Wisconsin, one of which was for a Global Foods class at Columbus High School. She also had a desire to take back with her several decade Rosaries for all of the students at St. Kizito High School. With the help of the students at Columbus High School, 300 decade Rosaries accompanied the sisters on their travel back to Uganda to be presented to the students.
Though few knew of her condition, she was suffering with what was quickly identified when she arrived in the United States, as a terminal cancer. She was a true witness to silent suffering as many she came in contact with never even knew she was ill. She always displayed a real sense of joy. Her Christmas in Wisconsin was celebrated with great peace and what made her especially happy was sitting quietly by a lit Christmas tree with all of its sparkling colors. She became a silent witness to the joy of Christ’s birth and by her short presence, graced us all with God’s Love. Gratitude, humility, joy, and a sincere desire to serve others were virtues of Sister Immaculate. The loss of her kindness and childlike humility is greatly felt even from those that only knew her for a short time.
The Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, January 26, 2006, with the sisters of her order. She was laid to rest at Ggogonya Cemetery located at the Mother House of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. A Memorial Prayer Service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville on Thursday, February 2, 2006 at 7 p.m.
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