Funeral Services

Prayer & Visitation
4:15-6:15 Tuesday, Nov. 28

Funeral Mass
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28

Morning prayer and Committal
10:30 a.m. Wednesday Nov. 29.
Burial follows, Calvary Cemetery

All events at Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W Monroe St, Springfield, IL 62704

Springfield Dominican Sister M. Bernice Curtin died November 26, 2017, at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Taylorville, Ill., in 1932, and named Martha Eileen by her parents, Henry and Helen Marie Spressor Curtin. She made her profession of vows in 1952 at Sacred Heart Convent.

Sister M. Bernice had a long and happy career as a primary grade teacher in Chicago and in Central Illinois, including St. Christina Parish, Chicago; Holy Family, Decatur; and St. Frances Cabrini, Springfield. Her love for children took her to Alfred Fortin Villa orphanage, Bourbonnais, 1986-1998. She served seven years at St. Mary’s-Rogers Memorial Hospital, Rogers, Ark., before returning to Sacred Heart Convent in 2007.

Sister M. Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers James, Robert, and Bruce, and her sister Alberta Sage. She is survived by her sister Doris Castagno, Taylorville; 6 nieces and 6 nephews.

Prayer service: 4:15 p.m. with visitation until 6:15 p.m., Tuesday, November 28, Aquinas Center, Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St. Funeral Mass: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 28, convent chapel; Father Peter Witchousky, OP, celebrant. Morning prayer and final commendation: 10:30 a.m., convent chapel, Wednesday, November 29. Burial follows, Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL. 62704.

The Dominican Sisters and family of Sister M. Bernice are served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. Please visit to offer condolences.