Sister Jane Barman, SDS (Sr. Jane Frances) once said, “You don’t retire when you come to St. Nazianz.” She was right. She cherishes her 24 years in the tight-knit Wisconsin village steeped in Salvatorian history. In early years, she cared for aged Salvatorian Sisters. Before departing St. Nazianz last year, Sr. Jane drove 38 miles each week for Meals on Wheels, and tutored kindergarten through second graders at St. Gregory School. She says teaching little ones to tie their shoes and recite the alphabet kept her young.
Perhaps Salvatorian Sisters said the same about Sr. Jane when she attended St. Joseph’s School in East Bristol, Wis. She graduated from eighth grade amid World War II, but didn’t begin high school until entering the convent. Sr. Jane earned a degree from Milwaukee’s Mount Mary College, and served 38 years in education. She taught five years at Divine Savior High School and served four years as principal at Mother of Good Counsel, both in Milwaukee. Her longest teaching assignment was 22 years at Holy Name School in Wausau, Wis.
Sr. Jane once joked about early retirement to make time for all her hobbies that include gardening, bird watching, sewing and candle making. She has always managed to wrap them around her ministries.