Sister Jeanette Peplinski

First Nation people adopted Sister into clan

Peplinski_Jeanette_Sister2004Sister Jeanette Peplinski is the daughter of Alex and Wanda Peplinski and the eldest of seven children raised in the Amherst, Wis., area.

She entered St. Francis Convent as an aspirant in 1938 and was received into the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in 1941.

Sister JeanetteĀ  began her ministry as a music teacher at Holy Cross Parish at Bay Settlement and several other parishes. In 1977, she went to Tache, an indigenous village on the shores of Stuart Lake in Central British Columbia, Canada, where she spent six summers and 14 full years. Her life there with Native people included prayer, service, catechetics and making pies for dinners. She was adopted into a clan. She left Canada in 1992 to return home to care for her parents.

In 2000, Sister Jeanette moved to the Motherhouse where she gave piano lessons for several years. She continues to play the organ, entertain with her accordion, and enjoy retirement with added time for prayer and crafts.

She recently began playing the piano to delight residents at Woodside Nursing Home where she visits Sister Clairann Peplinski, her sister.