Artistic Expressions: S. Leona Marie Berens

This watercolor is the artistic expression of S. Leona Marie Berens (1901-1993). A native of Denver, Colorado, Sister’s parents were of Austrian and German descent. For 42 years S. Leona Marie ministered as an elementary teacher in schools in Ohio, New Mexico and her native Colorado. Throughout, she appreciated her artistic gifts and often brought them into her classroom activities. In her retirement years S. Leona Marie remained in Colorado, taking additional classes at several senior citizen centers in the Colorado Springs area, concentrating on watercolor; she was known for frequently giving away her best work to an admirer. She also enjoyed drawing, sketching and painting as well as crocheting and macramé. Sister was a woman of deep faith and a model Sister of Charity for 63 years.