Romaine (LaVera) Theisen, OSB

Sister Romaine (LaVera) Theisen

Saint Benedict’s Monastery

St. Joseph, Minn.

February 9, 1922 – November 25, 2015

The Eucharist of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2015, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, for Sister Romaine (LaVera) Theisen, who died, age 93, on November 25, 2015, at Saint Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud, Minn. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent on Wednesday, December 2, 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.

Born February 9, 1922, to Joseph and Walburga (Thelen) Theisen in Cold Spring, Minn., S. Romaine received her early education in her home town where she attended St. Boniface Grade School and High School. She entered Saint Benedict’s Monastery September 10, 1944; was received into the novitiate June 21, 1945; made first monastic profession July 11, 1946; and perpetual monastic profession July 11, 1949. 

S. Romaine earned a B.A. degree from the College of Saint Benedict with majors in history and Latin and a minor in philosophy. Her educational achievements included an M.A. degree in secondary education administration from St. Thomas University, St. Paul, Minn.; she also attended St. Cloud Business College in St. Cloud, Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., and Creighton University in Omaha, Nebr. 

Education was an important area of ministry for S. Romaine. She served at the College of Saint Benedict both as registrar and in development. She worked as an educator in Tacoma, Wash; at St. Anthony’s School in St. Cloud; at Pierz Memorial High School, Pierz, Minn.; and at Saint Benedict’s High School, St. Joseph. 

Community service was another significant ministry for S. Romaine. She served at Saint Benedict’s Monastery in the secretarial office, was community secretary, and worked in the monastery’s archives. She provided professional typing services for 14 years, including for the Hill Manuscript Library, Collegeville, Minn. A keen gardener, S. Romaine raised produce to help feed people living in poverty, and used her creative talents embroidering for Monastic Enterprises. She moved to Saint Scholastica Convent in 2006, where she continued to serve through a life of prayer and community living. 

S. Romaine is survived her Benedictine community, relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Sister Joseph (Sulene) Theisen, OCD, and Renee Theisen.

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