Marie (Placid) Weisser, OSB

Marie (Placid) Weisser, OSB (95)
St. Joseph, Minn.
November 2, 1914 – March 22, 2010

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 3:30 p.m. on Thurs., March 25, 2010, at Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, for Sister Marie Weisser, who died on March 22 at Saint Benedict’s Senior Community, St. Cloud. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud, on Wednesday, March 24, 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. until the funeral on Thursday, March 25, at 3:30 p.m.

S. Marie, the fourth of Frank and Mary (Braun) Weisser’s 12 children, was born on November 2, 1914, near Spring Hill, Minn. She entered Saint Benedict’s Monastery on August 30, 1929, made her first monastic profession on July 11, 1934, and perpetual profession on July 11, 1937. She celebrated her golden jubilee in 1984 and her 75th anniversary in 2009.

She attended District 135 grade school near Spring Hill and Saint Benedict’s High School. She received a BA from the College of Saint Benedict and an MA Ed from Creighton University. She furthered her studies at the National Science Foundation summer programs in Denver, Arizona and Memphis.

S. Marie taught the intermediate and upper grades at Holy Angels and St. John Cantius, St. Cloud; Richland Center, Wis.; Little Falls; Breckenridge; Wadena; Sauk Rapids; and Tacoma, Wash. She taught biology/science at Cathedral High School, Saint Benedict’s High School, St. Cloud Hospital School of Nursing and the College of Saint Benedict. She served as librarian at the School of Nursing and later at the College of Saint Benedict. In 1982, she set up the Whitby Gift Shop at the monastery and managed it for 18 years. She continued to craft articles for sale until she retired to Saint Scholastica Convent in 2005.

Surviving S. Marie are members of her Benedictine community; one brother, Albert, (Watkins, Minn.) and four sisters: Rose Savonen, Seymour, Ind.; Bridget Worms, New Munich; Lee Lengas, St. Cloud and Eulal (Lal) Zimmer, Tucson, Ariz.; and sister-in-law, Lorraine, Sauk Centre. One brother (Gilbert), three sisters (Clara Ampe, Elnor DeWenter and Marcella Hiemenz) and an infant brother and sister preceded her in death.

Please direct memorial gifts to the Vocation Fund at Saint Benedict’s Monastery.