Sister M. Floria Shannon, BVM

June 2, 2020


Sister M. Floria Shannon, BVM, 82, of 1130 Carmel Dr., Dubuque, Iowa, died Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at Caritas Center.

Sharing of Memories via Zoom will be from 9:30-10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, followed by a virtual visitation from 10:30-11:00 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Floria served the congregation as administrator of the Mount Carmel Motherhouse in Dubuque, Iowa, and as receptionist in the Caritas Center and the BVM Center. She was an elementary teacher in Davenport, Iowa; Chicago; and East Moline, Ill., where she also served as vice-principal.

She was born on Aug. 7, 1937, in Manly, Iowa, to William and Florence (Reid) Shannon. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept 8, 1956, from Holy Family Parish, Mason City, Iowa. She professed first vows on Feb. 3, 1959, and final vows on July 16, 1964.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her step-mother; brothers John (Dola), William (Ardella), James (Marilyn) and Joseph (Rhinda) Shannon; a sister Lucy Donnelly; and a brother-in-law Paul Christensen. She is survived by sisters Mary Kathleen Christensen, Marshalltown, Iowa; Elizabeth “Betty Jane” (Gene) Novak, Broomfield, Colo.; Lillian (Jim) Brown, Florence, Ky.; Sheila (Dan) Adams, Mason City, Iowa; and Alice (Phil) Dougherty, Dougherty, Iowa; brothers Francis (Cathy) Shannon, Mason City, Iowa; Robert Shannon, Waterloo, Iowa; Harry (Pam) Shannon, Mason City, Iowa; Thomas (Kae) Shannon, Mason City, Iowa; and Dennis (Sandy) Shannon, Rockford, Ill.; niece(s); nephew(s) and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 63 years.

Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or online at

Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, Dubuque, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.

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