Cordis (Hildegard) Gaebel, OSB (93)
February 10, 1918 – May 24, 2011
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 27, at Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, for Sister Cordis (Hildegard) Gaebel, who died on May 24, 2011, at Saint Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud, on Thursday, May 26, 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 Friday, May 27, at 10:30 a.m.
S. Cordis was born on February 10, 1918, to Joseph and Mary (Schulte) Goebel in New Munich, Minn. She entered Saint Benedict’s Monastery on September 11, 1936, was received into the novitiate on June 25, 1938, made first monastic profession on December 8, 1939, and perpetual monastic profession on July 11, 1944. She celebrated her golden jubilee on July 11, 1990, and her 60th anniversary on July 11, 2000.
S. Cordis’ first ministry was teaching math at Holy Angels, St. Anthony’s and Cathedral High School in St. Cloud; St. Boniface High School, Cold Spring; St. Mary’s, Richardton, N.D.; Archbishop Murray High School, St. Paul; and Holy Trinity, Winsted, Minn. She taught religious education in New Munich to upper grades for one year. Retiring from teaching in 1972, she continued to share her talents cooking, cleaning and caring for the sick. S. Cordis worked in the College of Saint Benedict dining rooms, as homemaker at St. Bernard’s Convent in St. Paul; and at Saint Benedict’s Monastery in the business office and as a nursing aide. She was also a nursing assistant at Saint Scholastica Convent and Saint Raphael’s Convent in St. Cloud. Volunteering at the Stearns County Jail, S. Cordis taught math and computer literacy to the inmates. In 2001, she retired to Saint Scholastica Convent.
Surviving S. Cordis are her Benedictine community, two brothers (Cyril, Freeport; Ewald, Shoreview, Minn.) and two sisters-in-law (Donna and Irene). Three brothers (Ambrose, Edwin and Raymond), three sisters (Rosalin Kremer, Edwina and Sister Laura Gaebel, OSB), and a foster sister (Marie Bruestle) preceded her in death.
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