Toronto, Ohio Nun Falls Victim to 1918 Pandemic
Toronto, Ohio is truly the Gem City
because it’s streets are jeweled with hundreds of banners depicting photos of
its military heroes. Its annual Independence
Day fireworks display is arguably the best in the Upper Ohio Valley. And the city erected the first ever World War
I monument November 11, 1919.
If you look closely at the bottom of
the southwest side of this masterpiece by artist Giuseppe Moretti, you will see
the name of Sister Mary Jean Conner.
|Mary Jean Conner front row first on left.
|Full Military Funeral
Four Loretto nuns became stricken
with the Spanish flu, including Sister Mary Jean. She succumbed to the pandemic 29 years of age, a casualty of
war, October 28, a mere 16 days after arriving as a volunteer at Camp Taylor,
less than two weeks before the war ended.
She was given a full military funeral at Camp Taylor and later buried at
the Loretto Community at Nerinx, Kentucky.
|Sister Mary Jean's Funeral Procession.
|Loretto Compound Grave.