Aurelianne (Rosalia) Kelsch, OSB

Sister Aurelianne (Rosalia) Kelsch, OSB, 97

St. Joseph

December 3, 1913 – January 21, 2011

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, for Sister Aurelianne Kelsch, who died on Friday, January 21, at Saint Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent on Monday, January 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. on Tuesday, January 25, until the funeral at 3:30 p.m.

S. Aurelianne (Rosalia) Kelsch was born December 3, 1913, to Anton and Catherine (Schindler) Kelsch in Linton, N.D. She made her made first monastic profession on July 11, 1945, and perpetual profession on July 11, 1948. She celebrated her golden jubilee in 1995 and her 60th anniversary in 2005.

A varied career serving others began in 1945 with cooking at the Avon School for Exceptional Children, followed by cooking and housekeeping in St. Louis Park, Minn., St. Joseph Convent, Minneapolis, and St. Augustine’s, St. Cloud. At St. Cloud Hospital she did sewing and visited patients. She spent the next 29 years at Saint Benedict’s Monastery, where she served as novitiate prefect, infirmary aide, receptionist, seamstress and assistant in the college cafeteria. In 1988, S. Aurelianne moved to Saint Scholastica Convent in St. Cloud, where she assisted the Sisters in many ways until her retirement in 2003. She enjoyed crocheting, reading and taking walks while appreciating God’s beauty in nature. She will be remembered for her good nature and ready laugh.

S. Aurelianne is survived by her Benedictine community, her sister-in-law Catherine (Pius), in Linton, N.D., nieces and nephews. Five brothers (Peter, Joseph, Jacob, Anthony and Pius) and six sisters (Caroline Wilhelm, Mary Ann Malson, Leontina Scheile, Catherine Gaffrey, Frances Senger and Elizabeth Schmidt) preceded her in death.

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