S. Enid Dodge OSB, 89, died on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Sacred Heart Monastery in Yankton, South Dakota.
A wake service will be held at 7:00 PM on Friday, January 31, 2014 and the Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 1 at 10:30 AM, 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.
Ellen Frances Dodge was born April 16, 1924, a triplet and youngest of seven children of Charles and Margaret (Tobin) Dodge of Springfield, Illinois. Ellen went to several Catholic grade schools in Springfield, Illinois as her family moved to various parts of the city, later graduating from Roosevelt High School, Peoria, Illinois. She worked at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Illinois, where she met some Sisters from Yankton. After World War II broke out, she worked for Remington Rand and later enlisted and was accepted into the Navy, but was honorably discharged when it was discovered she was under age.
Ellen entered Sacred Heart Monastery in 1950. She was invested as a novice on June 28, 1951 and received the name Enid. She made her first profession on June 29, 1952, and made her final profession on June 29, 1955. While working in admissions and as a telephone operator at St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre, South Dakota, she received her LPN license. She worked at Maryhouse in Pierre, when it opened in 1952, and later was a nurse at Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, South Dakota. She also nursed in the monastery infirmary and worked in the monastery kitchen for a time. Most of her years of ministry were spent at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Lincoln, Nebraska, where she was a nurse and later a pastoral assistant to the physically disabled, elderly, and dying. While in Lincoln, she volunteered at the Matt Talbot Soup Kitchen for fourteen years. Her heart held a special place for the poor.
S. Enid had an out-going personality. She met life with a sparkle in her eye and a green thumb. Laughter blossomed wherever she went. She considered it an honor to care for the physically disabled, the dying and the elderly. In her later years, she prayerfully held people in her heart.
S. Enid is survived by her Benedictine community and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and all her siblings: Charles, William, Richard, Leo, James and Mary.
Memorials may be made to the Education Fund for International Sisters at Sacred Heart Monastery.
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In my 10 years at Madonna Sister Enid was a prominent person I remember. I worked mostly in Dietary during my time at Madonna, but Sister Enid was found everywhere on campus with infectious laughter and sincere caring spirit. Even all these years later I remember her smile and that sparkle in her eyes. Heaven has received one its best, as she was one to look up to. May her generous spirit be remembered by all her knew her. Sincerely,
I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine your pain. You can be sure God feels your pain. Isaiah 25:8 tells us: "He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces." Jesus' promise of the resurrection is comforting as well (John 5:28,29). I hope these verses bring you some comfort as you endure.
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