Marion (Clara) Zimmerman, OSB

Sister Marion (Clara) Zimmerman, OSB

April 2, 1921 – July 16, 2014

St. Joseph, Minn.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, for Sister Marion (Clara) Zimmerman, who died, age 93, on July 16, 2014, at Saint Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud, Minn. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 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. Marion was born to Frank and Mary (Steinke) Zimmerman on April 2, 1921, in Perham, Minn. She entered Saint Benedict’s Monastery in 1956, was received into the novitiate in 1957 as Sister Clara, made her first monastic profession on July 11, 1958, final monastic profession on July 11, 1962, and celebrated her golden jubilee in 2008. She reverted to her baptismal name, Marion, in 1969.

The family moved often because of changes in her father’s employment. This meant that S. Marion attended grade school in Buckman, Minn., and Cathedral High School, St. Cloud, as well as high schools in Chaska, Minn., and Winona, Minn., where she graduated from St. Clare High School. She was employed at Dayton’s Department Store in Minneapolis for seven years before entering Saint Benedict’s Monastery. 

An educator and a librarian, S. Marion earned a B.A. degree from the College of Saint Benedict in elementary education in 1969 and received her certificate in library science from St. Cloud State University. She taught middle grades at Sobieski, Minn.; St. Mary’s Cathedral Grade School, St. Cloud; St. Mary’s Mission, Red Lake, Minn.; Richmond, Minn.; Cold Spring, Minn; and St. Paul’s in St. Cloud. S. Marion also served as librarian at Sacred Heart, Sauk Rapids, Minn.; St. Paul’s School and St. Mary’s Cathedral Grade School, St. Cloud; and St. Mary’s Mission, Red Lake. 

Always willing to serve as and where needed, in 1987 S. Marion began working as a nurses’ aid at Saint Raphael Convent, St. Cloud. Subsequently, she returned to Saint Benedict’s Monastery to help with driving and in health care and housekeeping. She moved to Saint Scholastica Convent in 2008 where she undertook a special ministry of prayer and community living.

S. Marion is survived by the Sisters of her Benedictine community, nieces and nephews.  Her parents and four brothers, Ermund, Miles, Elmer and an infant brother, preceded her in death.

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