Sylvia (Nedra) Flicker, OSB
Saint Benedict’s Monastery
St. Joseph, Minn.
May 22, 1939 – July 1, 2016
The Eucharist of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, for Sister Sylvia (Nedra) Flicker, who died, age 77, on July 1, 2016, at Saint Benedict’s Senior Community, St. Cloud, Minn. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud, on Friday, July 8, 2016, 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. on Saturday, July 9, until the time of the funeral.
Nedra Flicker was born May 22, 1939, to Michael and Regina (Boser) Flicker in Pierz, Minn., the youngest of eight children. She attended St. Joseph Grade School and Pierz Memorial High School in Pierz. On September 12, 1958, Nedra entered Saint Benedict’s Monastery. She was received into the novitiate June 16, 1959, as S. Sylvia; made first monastic profession July 11, 1960; and perpetual monastic profession July 11, 1963. She celebrated her Golden Jubilee in 2010.
Following perpetual profession, S. Sylvia worked for four years in the monastery card shop and continued in community service positions throughout her life. For the next fifteen years, she served as a nurses’ aide at St. Saint Raphael’s Home and St. Joseph’s Home in St. Cloud, as infirmary aide at Saint Benedict’s Health Care Center and as nurses’ aide at Saint Scholastica Convent when it opened in 1978. S. Sylvia completed the basic nurses’ aide training, Fundamentals for Nurse Aides in Extended Care Facilities, a Red Cross Home Nursing course and attended a number of workshops at St. Joseph’s Home and St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud.
In 1979 S. Sylvia began a ten year period working in food service in the monastery dining room, the College of Saint Benedict cafeteria and in the monastery bakery. She was then asked to become a member of the housekeeping team at Saint Benedict’s Monastery, a role which she continued until 2011 when she moved to live at Saint Scholastica Convent for health reasons; there, she continued her life of prayer and community living. During her years at Saint Benedict’s, she served as leader at the Liturgy of the Hours for Noon Prayer. Sister also loved reading, working with people and having a fun time.
S. Sylvia is survived by the members of her Benedictine community, and two sisters: Wilma Kipply (Pierz, Minn.) and Jeanette Menden (Pierz, Minn.) and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers: Ervin and her twin, who died at birth, and three sisters: Patricia Flicker, Arlene Flicker and Elaine Block.
Please direct memorial gifts to the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict Retirement Fund.