Marold (Leona) Kornovich, OSB

Sister Marold (Leona) Kornovich, OSB

Saint Benedict’s Moanstery

St. Joseph

June 18, 1916 – October 27, 2014

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 31, 2014, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, Minn., for Sister Marold (Leona) Kornovich, OSB, who died, age 98, on  October 27, 2014, at St. Cloud Hospital.  Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud, on Thursday, October 30, 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. Marold was born on June 18, 1916, to Winslow and Martha (Pattock) Kornovich in Gilman, Minn. She entered Saint Benedict’s Monastery on August 25, 1931, made her first monastic profession on July 11, 1937, and her perpetual profession on July 11, 1940.

After finishing St. Adalbert’s Grade School in Gilman, she attended Saint Benedict’s High School, St. Joseph, Minn., and earned a B.A. degree with a major in elementary education from the College of Saint Benedict. She also attended the Diocesan Teachers’ College in St. Paul, Minn.; St. Cloud State University; Western State in Gunman and Temple Buhl College in Denver, both in Colorado; Creighton University in Omaha, Nebr.; Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minn.; St. Norbert’s College, De Pere, Wis.; and St. Thomas University, St. Paul, Minn.

For many years, S. Marold served in elementary education teaching middle and upper grades and in the role of principal. This ministry took her to Mandan, N.D., and several cities in Minnesota including: Holy Angels, St. Augustine’s, St. Peter’s and St. Anthony’s in St. Cloud; Urbank; Meire Grove; St. Joseph’s Lab School; Pearl Lake; and St. John the Baptist, Excelsior. 

Her active life did not stop with her teaching career as she took on duties as part-time secretary in the St. Cloud Diocesan Liturgy Office and as activity director at Saint Raphael’s Home, St. Cloud. Her musical talent was welcomed in assisting with music and liturgy at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility and at St. Benedict’s Senior Community, St. Cloud.  At Saint Benedict’s Monastery, she helped at Whitby Gift Shop, read and taped the St. Cloud Visitor for the blind and was a professional in the art of calligraphy and quilling, making cards and posters.

S. Marold is survived by her Benedictine community, two sisters, Mary Ann Slanika and Elaine Watson, and sister-in-law, Eileen Kornovich. Her three brothers, Henry, Daniel and Roy, preceded her in death.

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