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Maurice Lange reached down to check the soil in the garden at the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Help 40-acre property in DeSoto.
Clearly all is well, as the soil held healthy rows of green plants soon to bring a bountiful harvest of potatoes, peas, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, garlic, beans and okra. The plants, along with flowers that attract bees and butterflies, are grown in earth-friendly ways, without chemically-based insecticides and fertilizers.
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Mary Ann Huber was called to open Twin Oaks Estates in 1981 after working in a skilled care facility. "I just wanted to take them home and love them and care for them," she said of the elderly residents in skilled care. Faith is strong at Twin Oaks, where Huber gave Holy Communion to resident Tony Campisi in April.
On a cool spring morning, almost two dozen residents lined the pews in the tiny chapel at Twin Oaks Estate in O'Fallon. The weekly Rosary was about to begin, but the regular leader was a no-show. So, Mary Ann Huber jumped right in and started the group in praying the Joyful Mysteries.
"They had this big old garage," DeWitt recalled. "A lot of times nobody would be there, so my girlfriends and I would set up our doll stuff inside. Father Schoen was the pastor when I was here. If he'd come home when we had all our stuff set up out there, he'd just go park on the street."