S. Stephanie Weber OSB, age 87, died on Friday, June 26, 2015. A wake service will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 and the Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, July 2, at 10:30 AM, both in Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel in Yankton, South Dakota. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.
Marie Josephine Weber was born September 3, 1927, the fourth child to Stephen and Frances (Weber) Weber of Salem, South Dakota. She attended St. Mary's grade and high school in Salem. She entered Sacred Heart Monastery on August 19, 1945. She was invested as a novice on June 23, 1946 and received the name Stephanie. Her first profession was June 24, 1947 and she made final profession on June 24, 1950.
S. Stephanie spent time ministering as an elementary and high school teacher and school administrator. She served in the communities of Zell, South Dakota; Glen Ullin, North Dakota; York, Lincoln, and Hartington, Nebraska. She was Postulant Mistress for the monastery from 1956-58. In 1959, she earned a Master's degree in Education from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. After a life changing retreat in Pecos, New Mexico in 1973, she began a new phase in her life. She became very active with the Omaha Sisters' Council, Search, Cursillo and the diocesan renewal program while ministering in Hartington, Nebraska. She was an assistant director of the Newman Center at USD from 1979-83. In 1984, she earned a Master's degree in Theology from Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio. She worked at Sacred Heart Parish, Yankton from 1984-88, and as an instructor at Mount Marty College until 1991. She also had roles at the monastery working as Vocation director, baker, and seamstress.
S. Stephanie was a prayerful woman who saw God's hand working throughout her life. She was very active in the Charismatic Renewal Movement, the Yahweh-Shalom prayer group in the Yankton area, as well as in Church Women United.
S. Stephanie is survived by her Benedictine community, her sisters: Bernette Westhoff, S. Rosemary, Theresa Weber, Joyce Kappenman, and Phyllis Zwart and her brother, Steve, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings: Peter, Philip, Loretta Engesser, and Leona Vogel.
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Sister Stephanie - you will be missed by those who's lives you touched for many different reasons. I will miss you because you helped me find my way back to Jesus Christ! I am ever grateful for an aunt like you! God's peace through Jesus Christ!
Sister Stephanie was my 4th and 5th grade teacher in Zell, SD. She of all my teachers instilled in me a love for reading. In the cold winters when outside recess was not feasible, Sister Stephanie read to us Walter Farley's The Black Stallion. I was convinced every word was true. She had the most beautiful handwriting. She was an inspiration to me. She looked as young the last time I saw her a few years ago as she did in 4th and 5th grade in the early 50s. What a wonderful woman she was!
Connie Sherman Catron
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