Sister Ethel Dignan, BVM (Howard), 94, died June 14, at Marian Hall, Dubuque, Iowa. Burial was in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

In the Diocese of San José Sister Ethel was a staff psychologist at Agnew State Hospital in San José, and a clinical psychologist and director at West Valley Mental Health Center in Los Gatos. She volunteered in Hispanic ministry in San José, and Los Angeles. She was also a staff psychologist in Dubuque and Chicago.

Sister Ethel was born in Chicago on May 19, 1924, to Francis and Mary Jane Sullivan Dignan. She entered the BVM congregation February 14, 1950, from Saint Francis Xavier Parish in New York.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Dee McMinn and Patricia Dignan; and brothers Thomas and Francis, both in childhood. She is survived by nieces, grandnieces, grandnephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 68 years.

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