Mary Minette (Lorraine) Beutz, OSB

Mary Minette (Lorraine) Beutz, OSB

St. Joseph, Minn.

February 5, 1922—October 15, 2015

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, Minn., for

Sister Mary Minette (Lorraine) Beutz, who died on October 15, 2015, at Saint Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud, Minn. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent on Tuesday, October 20, 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 Minette was born to John and Christine (Welle) Beutz near Albany, Minn. She attended Holy Angels Grade School and graduated from Cathedral High School in St. Cloud. On September 12, 1940, she entered Saint Benedict’s Monastery, made her first monastic profession on July 11, 1942, and perpetual monastic profession on July 11, 1946.

A graduate from the College of Saint Benedict with a degree in elementary education, she also attended the Diocesan Teachers’ College and the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn. These qualifications and training were put to use in a long and creative teaching ministry; S. Mary Minette spent nearly 50 years serving as a teacher in grade schools in Minnesota: Sauk Centre, Staples, Melrose, St. Joseph Lab School, Freeport, St. Anthony’s in St. Cloud, Buckman, and Red Lake.

In her later years S. Mary Minette volunteered at SS. Peter, Paul and Michael Primary School in St. Cloud, tutoring, teaching religion and Indian beading and writing children’s prayers. She also ministered at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud. In 2004, she moved to Saint Scholastica Convent where she assisted with community services and undertook a ministry of prayer.

S. Mary Minette is survived by the sisters of her Benedictine community, her brother Jerome of Renton, Wash., and by nieces and nephews. Her only sister, Bernice Beutz, and four brothers, Clarence, Max, Ralph, Mervin and Herbert, preceded her in death.

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