Leona and Emily Walsh’s Cookies

Leona and Emily Walsh’s Cookies

2 egg whites 2/3 cup sugar 1 cup chopped pecans 1 cup chocolate bits 1 tsp vanilla Little salt

Beat egg whites until foamy, add sugar gradually and beat until stiff. Add pecans, chocolate bits, vanilla and salt. Spoon out on foil lined cookie sheet. Put in oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees. Turn oven off when you put cookies in. Leave in oven overnight. I don’t think these turned out exactly like they were supposed to but they were still delicious. You cannot go wrong with pecans and chocolate. My egg whites and sugar mixture didn’t get stiff enough for some reason. Please don’t let this deter you from trying these, you won’t be disappointed! - - - Sister Leona Walsh and Sister Emily Walsh

The authors of this week’s recipe were twins. When Sister Leona Walsh passed away in 2010, her obituary recorded the details of her childhood:

“Leona Marie Walsh entered this world 15 minutes after her identical twin sister, Sister Emily, on Sept. 21, 1930. The twins were born in Saginaw, Mich., to Charles and Frances (Wolfarth) Walsh. They had one older brother, Frank (RIP).

“Sadly, the twins’ mother passed away nine days after their birth. They grew up with the loving care of their father and were always grateful to their Aunt Leona for the help she gave them,” shared Sister Jenny.

Sister Leona attended grade school at Emerson and St. Mary in Saginaw. She graduated from St. Mary High School, also in Saginaw. After earning a bachelor’s degree in French from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, she entered the Congregation Feb. 14, 1953, and received the religious name Sister Mary Charlene. Sister Leona professed first and perpetual vows Aug. 15, 1955, and 1960, respectively. She later earned a master’s degree in library science from Catherine Spalding College, Louisville, Ky.”

Sister Leona’s twin, Sister Emily Walsh, passed away last month. Her obituary notes:

“Sister Emily Walsh died on Jan. 26, 2021 in Mother Theodore Hall, St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She was born in Saginaw, MI, on Sept. 21, 1930 to Charles and Frances Wolfarth Walsh and was baptized Mary Emily. Sister Emily entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence on July 22, 1953 and was given the name Sister Mary Francine. She professed Final Vows Jan. 23, 1960. She earned a bachelor's degree from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master's degree in library science from Catherine Spalding University”

Although their careers in education would take slightly different paths, they were together more than apart. Again, we quote from Sister Leona’s obituary:

“Sister Leona was hired as the periodicals librarian and began work for her new boss … Sister Emily! For the next 25 years, Siste