S. Grace Feldhacker OSB, age 92, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Sunday, June 3, 2018.
A wake service will be held at 7:00 PM, on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 and the Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM, on Thursday, June 7, both in Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel in Yankton. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Monastery Cemetery in Yankton. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.
Agatha Feldhacker was born on July 4, 1925 on the family farm near Crofton, Nebraska. She was the sixteenth of seventeen children of Edward and Julia Rose (Tramp) Feldhacker. She attended the Beaver Creek public school through the eighth grade. Agatha entered Sacred Heart Monastery on August 30, 1939 at the age of fourteen, and attended Mount Marty High School. She was invested as a novice on June 23, 1942 and received the name Grace. S. Grace made her first profession on June 24, 1943, and her final profession on June 24, 1947. She would have celebrated her 75th Jubilee of Profession this summer.
After many years of summer school, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Mount Marty College. S. Grace ministered to God's little ones as a teacher of primary grades, most of her years teaching first grade. In her early years, she served in schools in Richardton, North Dakota and missions in South Dakota. Later, she was assigned to missions in her home state, and served in Lincoln, Omaha, Albion and Hartington, Nebraska. She ended her teaching career in 1979 and began working in Food Services at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota. She retired from the hospital after serving twenty-five years, and continued to volunteer at the hospital as long as she was physically able.
S. Grace loved her family and kept running tallies of the many nieces and nephews she had in the generations who followed her. She approached life with a childlike innocence and was delighted by the places she saw as she traveled in later years. She was also known for her competitive nature when playing cards.
S. Grace is survived by her Benedictine community and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and all her siblings.
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A lovely lady and wonderful nun. She will be missed.. I am so glad she is finally at home with her Savior. An angel to watch over us. Thank you sister for all your love and helpfulness.
Karen G Weisstanner
She had a beautiful spirit inside and out, and I loved her dearly. She was my great aunt, and I'll miss our yearly Christmas correspondence. I loved everything about her, she was such a joy. RIP Aunt Grace, I'm going to miss you, but your home now.
She has lived a life to be noted. Very strong in religion and very caring of family. She affected many people in many good ways. A caring strong person and full of good humor. The whole family was very competitive in cards. The party in heaven must be something wonderful to behold. Blessings to all those who mourn your passing.
Jean (Feldhacer) Alspach
She was a wonderful Nun, and loved all her nieces and nephews. Was close to several of her sisters. She will be missed and surely one of God's angels.
We had a close relationship with Sister Grace when she celebrated her 25th year as a nun. June 28, 1968 is a date we will always remember. The kindness shown to us by her and the Benedictine Sisters at the convent of Mount Marty was phenomenal. Our daughter Tami, age 4 1/2 years was critically injured when she was run over by a gravel truck with defective brakes in the crosswalk going to the park. Tami passed away 12 1/2 days later on July 11, 1968. We were forever grateful to all the nuns who were praying for her healing. We drew closer to Sister Grace because of our tragedy and thank her and all those who were comforting to us during this sad time in our lives. Sister Grace now joins our two daughters Tami and Brandee in Heaven. May the blessings of the Lord be upon Sister Grace and all our family that has gone on before us meeting Jesus our wonderful Savior.
Ed and Elaine Feldhacker
You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of such a great Nun. She has met her eternal reward. Sister Grace was always such a jolly person.
I remember Sister Grace as being a very kind and gentle woman. She was so interested in her family heritage, who you were, when you got married, how many children you had and etc. She was so very proud of her where she came from and her large family. She always had a smile to share with you just like her sister Elizabeth, my grandmother. Her family in heaven will be so happy to see her.
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