Clipped From Eau Claire Leader
Two Nuns Killed Friday in Auto Mishap at Convent MILWAUKEE (UPI)-Seven nuns were hospitalized Saturday, Saturday, two in serious condition, after a station wagon went out of control at St. Joseph's Convent Convent here Friday night, killing two other sisters. The victims were Sister Boniface Boniface Jurdt, 70, and Sister Elsa Herda, 70, both of the Holy Redeemer Redeemer parish. Hospitalized in serious condition condition Saturday were Sister Ger- berta Von Bank, 72, Holy Redeemer, Redeemer, and Sister Avina Michels, Michels, 64, St. Mary's Convent, Menomonee Falls. Both suffered facial injuries. Sister Mary Duwell, 36, a second grade teacher at Holy Redeemer, driver of the vehicle, vehicle, was in fair condition with face injuries. Police said the accident occurred occurred when six of the nuns were on their way to Alverno College Friday night for summer summer session graduation ceremonies. ceremonies. They stopped in the circular circular driveway at the convent to pick up Sister Elsa. Sister Joannicia Hengen, 74, St. Joseph's Convent, a witness, said Sister Elsa was getting into the front seat of the station wagon wagon when it began to roll. She said she shouted, "Stop, she's not in yet." The station wagon lurched forward up a grassy area, missing missing a group of sisters, then struck "a bench on which three nuns were sitting before slamming slamming into a wall of the convent building. "Sister Elsa fell out of the to Dems Clouded to judgment. He didn't show it, event: and he didn't get it from any-; The day at Harvard when a one around him." Adds another appraiser: "That was a crisis situation, and a man being considered much younger Ted Kennedy had a trusted frienxl,take ! a Span ish examination in his stead. car just as the car dropped down from the grassy area," said Sister Joannicia. The three nuns on the bench —Sister Gerberta, sister Leona Smth, 74, St. Mark's Convent, tCenosha, and Sister Ignatia Niewenhuis, 73, Holy Redeemer —were all injured. Sister Leona and Sister Igna- ia were in satisfactory condi- ion. Two of the sisters in the station station wagon were also injured, jut both were in satisfactory condition. They were Sister Albert Albert Zbornik, 71, St. Mary's, Menomonee Falls, and Sister Odilla Bartsch, 62, Holy Redeemer. Redeemer. Firemen rushed to the convent to remove the nuns from the wreckage. Police said the brake pedal of the station wagon was depressed depressed and stuck in that position. position. The emergency brake was also engaged and the accelerator accelerator worked normally. "All I remember is that I was driving toward the wall and the caji.would: not stop," said Sister Mary.