S. Pierre Roberts OSB, age 93, died on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. A wake service will be held at 7:00 PM on Friday, June 16, 2017 and the Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 17, at 10:30 AM, both in Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel. Friends and relatives are invited to gather in the Monastery Chapter Room at 6:30 PM on Friday evening before the wake service. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home, Yankton.
Marie Ruth Corinne Chretien was born in London, Ontario, Canada, on September 22, 1923. She was adopted by John and Christie Roberts of St. Lawrence, South Dakota and given the name Gertrude Marie. She enjoyed being the only Catholic child in town and walking every Sunday with her parents the three miles to St. Ann's Church in Miller. Her adoptive mother died December 15, 1932. After this tragedy she spent time living at the "Presentation Sisters" home in Woonsocket and Sioux Falls until graduating from the 8th grade. She lived with her adoptive father her freshman year and finished high school at Mount Marty.
She entered Sacred Heart Monastery on May 24, 1940 during her junior year. Her adoptive father died Oct 28, 1940, and the monastery became her home. She became a novice on June 23, 1941 receiving the name Pierre. She made her first vows on June 24, 1942 and final profession June 24, 1945. After some paperwork and a legal reentry into the United States, she received her American citizenship in May 1950.
Her post high school education included degrees in English from the University of South Dakota, and a Masters in English from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She completed the work necessary for an Administrator's Certification in the State of Nebraska.
S. Pierre spent her life as an educator and administrator. She held teaching positions in Aberdeen, Yankton, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Omaha and Hartington, Nebraska. In Hartington, she taught English when Cedar Catholic High School opened in 1963 and later served as principal until June 1980. Her focus of ministry then turned to Mount Marty College in administrative duties as Registrar, Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Academic Advisor until 1995. After years in academic education, S. Pierre was asked to be the monastery Formation Director, a ministry she held until June, 2001.
S. Pierre was a good humored creative person who took teasing well. She had a principal look that could stop trouble in its tracks and expected the best from the people she served. In later years, she served at the Monastery Gift Shop and as Receptionist, willing to help where ever she could. She loved crocheting, reading and doing daily crossword puzzles.
S. Pierre is survived by her Benedictine community.
She was preceded in death by her adoptive parents.
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Deepest sympathy to the Benedictine family community & Sr. Pierre's family. Sr. Pierre was principle of Cedar when I attended, all 4 years, I remember her well. Sr. Was a very good principle. I had the pleasure of briefly visiting with Sr. When I had attended a retreat there.
It has been over twenty years since I had the privilege of working with Sr. Pierre at Mount Marty College. Was impressed by her warm, outgoing manner in working with students and faculty. My wife and I are remembering her and the Benedictine community in our prayers.
Dr. John W. Stene
Thank you Pierre for a long and wonderful friendship. And for some personal mentoring too.
Sr. Harriet Woehler, OSB
I have fond memories of Sr. Pierre from my formation days. Peace to her and to the community. We will be praying for her this month.
Sheila Marie Fitzpatrick, OSB
In 1972 I accepted my first teaching position at Cedar Catholic. I soon got to know Sr. Pierre as our principal and as the head of the English department. Sister's confidence, competence, and take charge attitude made her a wonderful mentor. She also had a great sense of humor, and we enjoyed the Friday night after game parties of the faculty. I have so many good memories.
In recent year, we visited Sister Pierre and reconnected with her. While she pushed a walker around, it was more of a service vehicle for her Kindle, crochet, and reading materials. She was a delight to visit with and was happy to show us the items she had made for the Gift Shop. I have kept in touch with her at Christmas time and always enjoyed her card. I will miss her and regret that I cannot attend her funeral. I will always remember her with great respect and with gratitude for how much she contributed to making me the person I am today. She gave her all to everything she did in service to all of us.
Mrs. Linda Kluthe
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