Hildebrand (Anna Mary) Eickhoff, OSB
Oct. 30, 1914 – December 31, 2014
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 5, 2015, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, for Sister Hildebrand (Anna Mary) Eickhoff, OSB, who died on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, age 100, at Saint Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent on Sunday, January 4, 2015, 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. Hildbrand Eickhoff, was born to Joseph and Mary (Husmann) Eickhoff on October 30, 1914, in New Munich, Minn. She attended elementary school for three years in New Munich, then moved to St. Martin, Minn., where she finished grade school. She stayed home to help her mother until she entered Saint Benedict’s Monastery in 1930.
On July 11, 1934, S. Hildebrand made first monastic profession and perpetual monastic profession on July 11, 1937. Her Golden Jubilee in 1984, 60th anniversary in 1994, 75th anniversary in 2009 and 80th anniversary in 2014 were joyful occasions.
Food service and housekeeping were the focus of S. Hildebrand’s service. She studied home economics at Saint Benedict’s High School, received high school equivalency from the American School in Chicago, Ill., in 1971, and earned certificates in food quantity cooking, food supervisory and management. She was housekeeper at St. Patrick’s, Mauston, Wis., an assistant in the main kitchen at St. Cloud Hospital and cook at Queen of Peace Hospital, New Prague, Minn. In 1962, she moved to Saint Benedict’s Monastery where she was housekeeper at the College of Saint Benedict’s Benedicta Arts Center and at Saint Benedict’s High School and Gymnasium. Later she served as General Services Coordinator at the monastery and as Director of Food Service. She then returned to the College of Saint Benedict as building maintenance supervisor, executive housekeeper and Food Service Manager of the Loft.
In 1986, S. Hildebrand felt privileged to accompany S. Kristin Malloy on a four month trip to Ireland. On her return, she served as cook for the parish priests at St. Joseph. She enjoyed making beautiful cards during her leisure time. S. Hildebrand moved to Saint Scholastica Convent in 2011 where she continued her life of prayer and community living.
S. Hildebrand is survived by her Benedictine community, including her blood sisters, Sisters Keith and Mary Dominic, and her sister, Bernadette (Sylvan) Nierenhausen, Cold Spring, Minn. Her parents, a sister, Marcella (Russ) Lundeberg, and brothers, John and Arthur, preceded her in death.
Please direct memorial gifts to the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict Retirement Fund.