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“She was my academic and spiritual mentor for most of my adult life. She embodied the love of learning and the desire for G*d. ”
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“I loved you, I will miss you and I thank you for your special place in my life. Rest in peace. ”
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Sister Mary Clemente Davlin, OP, was called home on December 19, 2017. To honor Sister's life, the funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, December 28, 2017, at the Sinsinawa Motherhouse. To celebrate Sister's life, a wake service will be held at the Sinsinawa Motherhouse at 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday, December 27, 2017. Burial will be in St. Clara Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Marguerite "Marge" Devlin was born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 6, 1929, daughter of John and Margaret (Ryan) Davlin.

After graduating from Rosary College (now Dominican University), she completed master's degree study in English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She taught in Chicago high schools before entering the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation. After profession, she taught at Edgewood College, Madison, Wis., for three years, before studying at the University of California-Berkeley and receiving her Ph.D. in English. She returned to Edgewood College, teaching seven more years there before joining the English Department at Rosary College in 1970. During her years there, she published many articles and three books. Besides her scholarly works, she was best known as a caring teacher/mentor who touched thousands of lives during the course of her life. Her love of music focused on the violin, and she was a member of the Oak Park (Illinois) Symphony for over 40 years. She joined the community at St. Dominic Villa in 2016.

Those left to cherish Sister's memory include her cousins, many friends, and her Dominican Sisters.