Idamarie (Irene) Primus, OSB

Sister Idamarie (Irene) Primus, O.S.B

St Joseph, Minnesota

February 4, 1923 – April 30, 2013

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, for S. Idamarie Primus, who died on April 30, 2013, at Saint Scholastica Convent. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent on Friday, May 3, 2013, 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.

S. Idamarie (Irene) Primus was born February 4, 1923, to Joseph and Ida (Gummerum) Primus in St. Cloud, Minn., where she attended grade school in District #47 and St. Mary’s Cathedral grade school. She entered Saint Benedict’s Monastery on September 1, 1938, was received into the novitiate on June 22, 1943, made first monastic profession on July 11, 1944, and final monastic profession on July 11, 1947. 

S. Idamarie earned a B.A. degree from the College of Saint Benedict, majoring in mathematics, with minors in English and philosophy. She also gained an M.A. degree in secondary school administration at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn., and attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. 

Education and parish service were hallmarks of S. Idamarie’s ministry. Following work as an educator at St. Mary’s Cathedral grade school, St. Cloud, she taught math, was dean of girls and principal at Saint Benedict’s High School, St. Joseph, Minn. She served at Cathedral High School, St. Cloud, as math teacher, principal for two periods of time, and assistant principal. After serving as assistant principal at St. Joseph’s in Puerto Rico, she returned to Saint Benedict’s Monastery where she worked with the motherhouse team and later as motherhouse living coordinator and business office staff member. She was then called back to St. Cloud to be principal of John XXIII for four years.

In 1985, she began her second career, as a parish minister, with a move to St. Catherine’s in Redwood Falls, Minn. She subsequently served at St. Boniface, Stewart, Minn., as pastoral administrator, religious education director and parish visitor; in Hutchinson, Minn., as social concerns coordinator; and again in Redwood Falls in a ministry of prayer and presence. In 2009, she moved to Saint Scholastica Convent where she continued her life of prayer and community living.          

S. Idamarie is survived by her Benedictine community, one brother, John, and three sisters: Ellen Voight, Alice Hahn, and Leona Roden. She was preceded in death by her parents, stepmother, Ellen Barlow, six brothers: Joseph, Jerome, Robert, Clarence, Edward, Charles, and five sisters: Theresia Meyer, Evelyn Lindmeier, Frances Smoot, Emily Primus and Anna Proell. 

Please direct memorial gifts to the Saint Scholastica Building Project.