Marlene (Marie) Guggenberger, OSB

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, for S. Marlene Guggenberger, who died on October 12, 2012 at St. Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud, Minn. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 from 1-6 p.m., or for a Vigil Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at Saint Benedict’s Monastery. Visitation continues at 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral, Thursday, October 18 at 4 p.m.

Sister Marlene (Marie) Guggenberger was born to George and Elizabeth (Hartig) Guggenberger on December 26, 1918, in Richmond, Minn. She entered Saint Benedict’s Monastery on September 12, 1937, was received into the novitiate on June 25, 1938, made her first monastic profession on July 11, 1939, and perpetual monastic profession on July 11, 1942.

S. Marlene attended Public School District #15 in Richmond, Minn.While living on mission, after profession, S. Marlene took classes from St. Cloud Technical High School and received her certificate for Food Supervisor and Management Program through St. Paul Technical Vocational Institute, St. Paul, Minn.

Sister Marlene was a homemaker and cook at Saint Benedict’s Monastery; St. Peter’s in Browerville; Maple Lake; St. Benedict’s Hospital in Ogden, Utah; Sauk Centre; Breckenridge; in St. Cloud at St. Raphael’s Home, Cathedral High School Convent, St. Joseph’s Home and St. Cloud Hospital. She was food service supervisor and patient food service supervisor at St. Cloud Hospital, nutrition assistant at Benedict Village in St. Cloud until 1998, when she retired to St. Scholastica Convent. Here she served as receptionist, assisted in pastoral care and served the retired sisters in many ways, while continuing her special ministry of prayer and community living.

Sister Marlene is survived by her Benedictine community, her brothers, Linus and David, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by five brothers (Medard, Claude, Raymond, Herbert, and George) and three sisters (Clara Steil, Leonilla Feneis, and Josephine Guggenberger).

Please direct memorial gifts to the care of the elderly Sisters of Saint Benedict’s Monastery. Thank you.