S. Corinne Oberembt OSB, age 90, died on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. A wake service will be held at 7:00 PM on Sunday, April 19, 2015, and the Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, April 20, 2015 at 10:00 AM, both in Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel in Yankton, South Dakota. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Joint services are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.
Eleanor Rose was born October 1, 1924, the oldest of twelve children of George and Rose (Keller) Oberembt of Dimock, South Dakota. She attended Saints Peter and Paul parochial school, and was greatly influenced by Sisters who taught her. She spent two years at home helping her parents after graduating from the eighth grade. Eleanor entered Sacred Heart Monastery in 1940 and went to Mount Marty High School for two years before becoming a novice. She received her GED in 1969.
Eleanor was invested as a novice on June 23, 1942 and received the name Corinne. She made first profession on June 24, 1943 and final profession on June 24, 1946. S. Corinne ministered for years to the Native American people in Chamberlain, Stephan, Fort Thompson, Big Bend and Pierre, South Dakota. In her first assignments, she was a boarding school prefect and laundress for twenty-six years. Later, she taught religion and did some home visitation as her ministry. She also did domestic work in Zell, Yankton, and Parkston, South Dakota; Hartington and Lincoln, Nebraska; and Hales Corners, Wisconsin. After receiving pastoral care training in Mitchell, South Dakota, she did hospital and nursing home visitation in Parkston, South Dakota until her retirement. S. Corinne was a woman who had time for everyone. She loved to visit and just be with people. She had a playful side and often delighted in leg-pulling banter. She was also devoted to her family and reveled in time spent with them. She was always ready for an outing to her home territory, and took great joy in being able to serve the people of Parkston as her final ministry.
S. Corinne is survived by her Benedictine community; and her sisters: Dorothy Paulson of Waukegan, IL, Phyllis Dearborn of Westcliffe, CO, Cleone Suermeier of Waukegan, IL, and Mary (Del) Dostalek of Gold Canyon, AZ; brothers: Alvin of Mesa, AZ and George (Mary Ann) of Lincoln, NE; sisters-in-law: Gerry Oberembt of Mitchell, Anne Oberembt of Adel, IA, and Alberta Oberembt of Pleasant Prairie, WI, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers: Jerry, Raymond, Donald, and Thomas; sister and brother-in-law, Magdalen and Sil Scalabrini; and brothers-in-law, Jerry Dearborn and Harold Suermeier.
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I met Sister Corinne when she was serving in Parkson with my Aunt Sister Jean Marie Dunn and Sister Aurea Medina. We stood hand in hand to mourn Sister Jean Marie at her funeral in 2003. She was feisty and funny, no one could make me laugh like she could. She is my forever friend. Deepest condolences to you, her dear sisters and brothers.
Joanne Dunn Hartigan
always remember sister Corinne has a lady that always helped everybody in the community in bigbend, she always had a smile and always wanting to help out...RIP
clarice jewett family
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