Sister Marl (Martha) Gapinski, OSB, 82 St. Joseph, Minn. November 1, 1926 – September 15, 2009 The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2009, at Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, for Sister Marl (Martha) Gapinski who died on September 15, 2009, at St. Cloud Hospital. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud, on Thursday, September 17, from 1-6 p.m., or for a Prayer Vigil at 7 p.m. at Saint Benedict’s Monastery. Visitation continues at 9 a.m. on September 18 until the funeral at 3:30 p.m. S.
Marl, the sixth of Harry and Mary (Zylla) Gapinski’s seven children was born in Gilman, Minn. She entered Saint Benedict’s Monastery in 1942, made first monastic profession on July 11, 1947, and perpetual profession on July 11, 1951. She celebrated her golden jubilee in 1997 and her sixtieth anniversary in 2007.
After attending the district elementary school and St. Adalbert’s School in Gilman, she went on to graduate from Saint Benedict’s High School in St. Joseph. After receiving a certificate from the Diocesan Teachers’ College in St. Paul, she graduated with a B.A. degree in elementary education from the College of Saint Benedict. S. Marl’s ministry in elementary education began in 1948 at St. Joseph, Minneapolis. She continued teaching at St. Joseph’s, Browerville; St. Mary’s Cathedral Grade School, St. Cloud; Holy Family, Albany; and St. Michael’s, Buckman. After serving as receptionist and organist at Saint Scholastica Convent for three years, she served as librarian and reading aide at St. Timothy’s in Maple Lake. Beginning in 1988, she was engaged in pastoral ministry at Villa St. Francis, Morris, until 1999 when she moved to St. Raphael’s Convent, St. Cloud, to work in liturgy. Retiring to Saint Benedict’s Monastery in 2000, she moved to Saint Scholastica Convent in 2007, where she cared for her sister Eleta.
S. Marl is survived by her Benedictine community, one brother, John, of Gilman, and one sister-in-law, Esther Gapinski. Five sisters (Frances Prom, Margaret Mary, Bridget Czech, Monica Korson and S. Eleta, OSB) preceded her in death. Please direct memorial gifts to the Vocation Fund at Saint Benedict’s Monastery.