Sister Nivelle (Lucina) Berning, OSB, 91 St. Joseph, Minn. April 4, 1916 – August 2, 20007 The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, 2007 at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, Minn., for Sister Nivelle Berning, OSB, who died on Thursday, August 2, at 11:00 Eastern Daylight Time in Manchester, N.H. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud on Tuesday, August 7 from 1 – 6 p.m. or for a Vigil Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at Saint Benedict’s Monastery. Visitation continues at 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral on Wednesday, August 8, at 4 p.m.
S. Nivelle (Lucina) Berning was born on April 4, 1916, to Hubert and Veronica (Hackenmueller) Berning in St. Michael, Minn. Entering Saint Benedict’s Monastery on September 6, 1936, led to her first monastic profession on July 11, 1942, and perpetual profession on July 11, 1945. She attended St. Albert grade school in Albertville, Minn., and Saint Benedict’s High School in St. Joseph, Minn. At the College of Saint Benedict, she earned a B.A. degree in biology and minors in mathematics and English, and was inducted into the Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society; later, she continued her active membership in the Society while at St. Anselm’s College. At Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., she was awarded an M.S. degree in biology. Further studies were at the University of Minnesota and Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
S. Nivelle had a long teaching career, interrupted only once by a three-year term as assistant administrator at St. Benedict’s Hospital in Ogden, Utah. She taught at St. Bernard’s Grade School, St. Paul; St. Boniface High School, Cold Spring; Cathedral High School, St. Cloud; St. Cloud Hospital School of Nursing; and the College of Saint Benedict. At St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. , she taught in the Science and Humanities Department. Here she also served as Assistant Dean of Students and Dean of Women. In retirement, she worked in the Campus Center for Volunteers. Always affirming the work of others , her presence would support campus activities, whether sponsored by students or faculty. Hospitality was essential in her ministry. S. Nivelle is survived by her Benedictine community; one sister, Delores Chounard; a sister-in-law, Janet Berning; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Donald Berning; and three sisters–Irma, Salome and Bernadette (Sister Eugenia SSpS).