Dedication ceremony honors remarkable women

Mount Mary University dedicated two buildings today to significant women who have had a lasting impact upon the community.

Mary John Place

A newly acquired four-unit apartment building just southeast of campus, 2754 N. 92nd St., is named in memory of S. Mary John Van Vonderen SSND. She directed the buildings and grounds for 58 years.

In 1929, when S. Mary John arrived from Prairie du Chien to Milwaukee to oversee the construction of the new college, she did not feel she had the experience or courage to take on such a daunting role. But she learned the many tasks of her role, such as reading blueprints, interpreting inspections and overseeing construction. All of these roles were uncommon for a woman of her time.

Nine members of Sister Mary John's family attended the dedication, as did S. Georgeann Krzyzanowski '66, who assumed the role of Director of Buildings and Grounds in 1987 upon S. Mary John's retirement.


Each of the four units at Mary John Place contains two bedrooms. Individual students may share a unit with a roommate, or a couple or family may rent out the entire unit. The building is currently at full occupancy.

The Lorenz House

S. Ellen Lorenz SSND served as the sixth president of Mount Mary from 1979 to 1987. In 1972 Sister Ellen proposed a core curriculum, rooted in the search for meaning, is still used today.

The Lorenz House, formerly known as the "Corner House," is located on the southeast corner of campus and offers student housing open to upperclass students. It is currently at full occupancy.

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The Lorenz House

The Lorenz House

The Lorenz House, formerly known as the “Corner House,” is located on the southwest corner of campus and is open to upperclass students. It is currently at full occupancy.

Sister Ellen Lorenz

Sister Ellen Lorenz

In the late 1950s, Anne O’Donnell (left) and Therese Smith (right) attended Longwood High School, an all-girls institution in Chicago, where S. Ellen Lorenz SSND taught during her first teaching assignment. Six decades later, the two friends traveled from Chicago to Milwaukee for the dedication of the Lorenz House today on the campus of Mount Mary University.


The Legacy Continues

After many years of assisting S. Mary John with managing the campus, S. Georgeann Krzyzanowski ’66 assumed the role of Director of Buildings and Grounds in 1987.

Sister Mary John Family and Friends

Remembering Sister Mary John

Nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews of Sister Mary John’s family were in attendance for the dedication ceremony (from left) Jeff Van Dalen and his wife, Lori of Wauwatosa; Rosemary and Dennis Van Dalen of Green Bay; Roger Sherlock of Green Bay; Jackie Donarski of Waukesha; Denise Debbink ’80 of Waukesha, Jeanne Schumacher of Green Bay and Erin Sherlock of Green Bay.