Sister Rebecca BurggraffSister Rebecca (Evelyn) Burggraff died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, Minn. Born in Cloquet, Minn., on July 13, 1923, she was the daughter of Henry N. and Mary (Trettel) Burggraff. Sister was in her 69th year of monastic profession at St. Scholastica Monastery.
Sister Rebecca (Evelyn) Burggraff died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, Minn. Born in Cloquet, Minn., on July 13, 1923, she was the daughter of Henry N. and Mary (Trettel) Burggraff. Sister was in her 69th year of monastic profession at St. Scholastica Monastery.
The youngest of 11 children, Sister Rebecca was strongly influenced by her Catholic upbringing and her large Catholic family and knew from her youth that she wanted to enter religious life. Thus at age 18 after graduating from Cloquet High School, she sought admittance to St. Scholastica Monastery as a postulant. She professed her Triennial Vows on July 11, 1943, and her Perpetual Vows on July 11, 1946.
Sister Rebecca began her ministry in food service as a cook at Our Mother of Sorrows Convent in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1944 to 1951. The next three years she served as a cook at the Monastery in Duluth. From 1954 to 1956 she continued this ministry in food service on mission at Cathedral School Convent in Duluth, at St. Mary's Convent in Duluth from 1956 to 1959, at Our Lady of Victory in Minneapolis, Minn., from 1959-60, and returned to St. Scholastica from 1960-64. From 1964 to 1968 she was the food service supervisor at Somers Hall for The College of St. Scholastica, and then was transferred to the Monastery from 1968 to 1974 as a food service supervisor.
Sister returned to her food service ministry in 1979 at the Monastery until she retired in 1993. She then assisted in the Monastery development office from 1993 to 2003. She celebrated her Silver Jubilee on Aug. 15, 1968, her Golden Jubilee on July 11, 1993, and her Diamond Jubilee on Aug. 15, 2003.
Sister Rebecca was preceded in death by her brothers, Tony, Ben, Henry, Ernest, and two infants, Ted and Joe; and her sisters Margaret Zegan and Agnes Goad.
She is survived by her sisters Marie Burggraff and Bernice Paulson; sister-in-law, Lucille Burggraff; her Sisters at St. Scholastica Monastery, including her cousin Sister Clare Marie Trettel; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
The wake will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel. The funeral Mass will follow at 11:45 a.m. with Father William Graham presiding. Dinner will be served after Mass. The interment will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Gethsemane Cemetery.
Memorials to St. Scholastica Monastery are preferred.
To leave a memory of words of support, please visit www.bellbrothersjarvidowd.com.
February 14, 2013 ~ Pine Journal, Cloquet, Minn.