Sister Davidica (Loretta) Ballmann, OSB, 88
St. Joseph, Minn.
July 11, 1923 – October 23, 2011
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 29, 2011, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, for Sister Davidica Ballmann, who died on Sunday, October 23, 2011, at St. Cloud Hospital. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent on Friday, October 28, 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 time of the funeral on Saturday, October 29, at 10:30 a.m.
S. Davidica was born to Bernard and Elizabeth (Beuning) Ballmann on July 11, 1923, in Freeport, Minn. She entered Saint Benedict’s Monastery in September 1940, and moved on to the novitiate as Sister Davidica on July 2, 1942; she made her first monastic profession on July 11, 1943, her final profession in 1946.
S. Davidica became a certified member in the National Executive Housekeepers Association. With exceptional skills in the practical arts of housekeeping, food service and laundry, she ministered for 46 years, in total, at the monastery in St. Joseph, in St. Paul, Hutchinson, St. Cloud Hospital, Queen of Peace Hospital in New Prague, St. Raphael’s Home in St. Cloud, and at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany. For two years she was night watch at the monastery. Then followed years as chauffeur for the Sisters at Saint Scholastica and spending many hours visiting with them. She generously offered supportive services to others as long as she was able.
Surviving S. Davidica are her Benedictine community, her brother Bernard (Bernella) of Cottage Grove, Minn., and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four brothers (John, Joseph, Richard and Maurus) and five sisters (Marie Walton, Sister Bernadine, OSB, also of Saint Benedict’s Monastery, Alice Scherping, Theresa Hoeschen and Bernadette Schmitz).
Please direct memorial gifts to Saint Benedict’s Monastery for the care of the elderly Sisters. Thank you.