S. Flavia Binder OSB, age 90, died on Saturday, March 8, 2014 in the Sacred Heart Monastery Care Center in Yankton, South Dakota.
A wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, and a funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 12, at 10:00 a.m., both in Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel in Yankton. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.
Blanche May Binder was born December 21, 1923, the fourth of five children of Fred and Bertha (Ferdinand) Binder. She attended Sacred Heart School and Mount Marty High School in Yankton, South Dakota. In the eighth grade, she began working at her father's ice cream and carbonated beverage factory, and enjoyed every minute of work there. She also attended Mount Marty College part-time before entering the Monastery.
Blanche entered Sacred Heart Monastery on August 31, 1942. She became a novice in 1943 and received the name Flavia. After making profession on June 24, 1944, S. Flavia worked at St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre, South Dakota. She also ministered as a prefect in Tabor, South Dakota and worked in the alter bread department in Yankton before making perpetual vows in 1948. After perpetual vows, she served as a nurse's aide at St. Benedict's Hospital in Parkston, South Dakota, Madonna Home in Lincoln, Nebraska, and St. Michael's Hospital, Tyndall, South Dakota. Later in life, she returned to the monastery to work in the print shop, gift shop and as a receptionist.
S. Flavia enjoyed collecting dolls as a child and later stamp collecting. She was also very interested in reading the history of the local area and the state of South Dakota.
S. Flavia is survived by her Benedictine community, her sister Ruth Binder Quin of Spearfish, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Tom, Cliff and Don.
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