Victoria Yvonne Quatmann, S.L., 62, died unexpectedly Wednesday, June 16, 2004, on the Alto Plano near Cochabamba, Bolivia, South America.
She was born June 25, 1941, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Joseph Henry and Marian Haas Quatmann. She attended St. Vincent Grade School and Notre Dame High School. She was received into the order of Sisters of Loretto in Nerinx, Ky., May 31, 1960.
Since entering the Sisters of Loretto, Vicki served many people in many places. She was a teacher and principal at Loretto Academy in Kansas City, Mo., and coordinator and fund raiser for Save Our Cumberland Mountains in Lake City, Tenn., and a fund-raising instructor for organizations through the Southern Empowerment Project.
During the past three years Vicki worked in the missionary field with the indigenous people of the high plains in Bolivia, forming women's knitting cooperatives, teaching leadership classes, seeking grants to provide clean drinking water and establishing a bakery.
The following is part of a testimonial written for Vicki: "The foreign woman entered into this mysterious world to which she was drawn without knowing that there, God was waiting for her, in the holy land of the Incas ... where she would find peace for her soul."
Survivors include two sisters and brothers-in-law, Toni and Jim Walters of Kansas City, Cathi and Jerry Stoverink of Jackson; four brothers and two sisters-in-law, Jim Quatmann of Phoenix, Ariz., Bob Quatmann of Eureka, Mo., Ted and Loida Quatmann of Jackson, Larry and Clare Quatmann of St. Louis; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral Masses were celebrated June 17 at Compania de Jesus Church in Cochabamba, and June 22 at the Sisters of Loretto Chapel in Nerinx. Burial was in Nerinx.
Memorials may be sent to Latin America Apostolate-Bishop Casey's Work, c/o Monsignor Bernard Sandheinrich, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis, Mo., 63119-5004, or to Sisters of Loretto/Bolivia Projects Fund, Development Office, 300 E. Hampden No. 400, Englewood, Colo., 80113.
Announcement courtesy of McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.