Mary Dominic (Loretta) Eickhoff, OSB
Saint Benedict’s Monastery
November 17, 1919 – September 14, 2015
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 4 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2015, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, for Sister Mary Dominic Eickhoff, who died, age 95, on Monday, September 14, 2015, at Saint Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent on Thursday, September 17, 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. Mary Dominic (Loretta) was born November 17, 1919, to Joseph and Mary (Hussmann) Eickhoff in Melrose, Minn. She attended Public Grade School District #22 in St. Martin, Minn., and Saint Benedict’s High School, St. Joseph, Minn. She entered Saint Benedict’s Monastery on November 26, 1944, was received into the novitiate June 21, 1945, made first monastic profession on July 11, 1946, and perpetual monastic profession July 11, 1949.
A graduate of St. Alexius Hospital School of Nursing in Bismarck, N. D., Sister was licensed as a registered nurse. She earned a B.S. degree in nursing with a minor in nursing education from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo., and an M.S. degree with a major in maternal and child health nursing and a minor in administration and nursing education from Catholic University of America. She also attended the College of Saint Benedict, St. Cloud State University and the University of Minnesota where she was certified in public health nursing.
The education S. Mary Dominic received in nursing was employed throughout her working life which was spent at St. Cloud Hospital. Here she served as head nurse and as clinical instructor in pediatrics and also as clinical instructor and supervisor of obstetrics. After studying and being certified as a massage therapist, she practiced at St. Cloud Hospital Pain Clinic and also developed a private practice in massage therapy in St. Cloud.
S. Mary Dominic is survived by her Benedictine community; sisters, Keith Eickhoff, OSB, and Bernadette Nierenhausen; and by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, John and Arthur; and sisters, Hildebrand Eickhoff, OSB, and Marcella Lundeberg.
Please direct memorial gifts to the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict Retirement Fund.