Jeannette (Loyola) Klassen, OSB

Sister Jeannette (Loyola) Klassen

St. Joseph, Minn.

March 7, 1920 – January 18, 2014

The funeral Eucharist for Sister Jeannette Klassen who died, age 93, on January 18, 2014 at Saint Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud, Minn., will be celebrated at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, January 24, 2014, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph. Inurnment will be in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent on Thursday, January 23, 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. Jeannette was born March 7, 1920, to Jacob and Elizabeth (Nathe) Klassen in Melrose, Minn. She graduated from St. Mary’s Cathedral Grade School and Cathedral High School in St. Cloud, Minn. She entered Saint Benedict’s Monastery on October 6, 1944, made first monastic profession on July 11, 1946, and perpetual monastic profession on July 11, 1949. 

A graduate of the College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, Minn., S. Jeannette also earned a B.S. in library science from the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minn., and a M.S. in library science from Washington University in Seattle, Wash. She also studied at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minn.

S. Jeannette’s ministries included serving as an educator in Eau Claire, Wis.; Cathedral High School in St. Cloud, and St. Boniface High School, Cold Spring, Minn. She also served as a librarian at Cathedral High School and Newman Center in St. Cloud; St. Bernard’s Monastery, Cullman, Ala.; Judge Memorial High School, Salt Lake City, Utah; and as librarian and archivist at College of Saint Benedict. Later in life, she became receptionist and secretary at the Salt Lake Diocesan Pastoral Center and volunteered serving meals and helping the poor at St. Vincent’s Center, Salt Lake City. 

 In 1991, she returned to Saint Benedict’s Monastery where she was involved in many areas of community service. In her later years, she moved to Saint Scholastica Convent and continued to be involved in assisting retired sisters. She had a special ministry of community living and prayer. 

Sister is survived by her Benedictine community, nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by three brothers: (Frederick, James, Bertrand) and four sisters (Alice Peterson, Wilkelmine Matzke, Ann Wasilowski and Mathilda Zimmerman).

 Please direct memorial gifts to the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict Retirement Fund.