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+Sister Agnes Sitter, OSB

Sister Agnes (Aniceta) Sitter, OSB, 95, died on Friday, December 11, 2020 at St. Scholastica Monastery.

She was born on August 17, 1925, the third child of Frank and Theresa Sitter in Berwick, North Dakota, where her father owned a garage and gas station.

Agnes attended public schools in Berwick and was a gifted student. Her potential for teaching was recognized by her teachers, who encouraged her to take a teacher’s exam as a senior in high school. Passing the exam, she received a teaching certificate and began her 50-year teaching career in North Dakota.

During this time, she visited her sister, +Sister Victorine Sitter, who was a member of the St. Scholastica Monastery and a teacher in Cloquet. Agnes was impressed with the Sisters’ life and their dedication to prayer and education and entered the Benedictine Community.

After professing vows in 1948, she continued her ministry of teaching. Initially she taught middle school aged children in Duluth and Proctor, but for most of her life she taught first or second grade at St. Joseph’s in Grand Rapids and at Our Lady of Victory in Minneapolis. In 1998 she returned home to the Monastery and worked at the Monastery reception desk and on Benet Hall.

Sister Agnes was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, +Sister Victorine Sitter and Elizabeth Engebrit, and her brother Frank. She is survived by the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery and many relatives and friends.

Wake, Morning Prayer (9:30 a.m.), and funeral Mass (11:00 a.m.) will be held on Monday, December 21 in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel at the Monastery, with Father William Fider as Presider. Interment is at Gethsemane Cemetery. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E 2nd St, Duluth, MN 55805, 218-727-3555.

Due to public health restrictions, the funeral is private but will be livestreamed beginning at 9:30 am on Benedictine Monastery of Duluth Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DuluthMonastery and Dougherty Funeral Home’s Facebook page: https://facebook.com/dfhduluth/. Memorials are preferred to St. Scholastica Monastery.


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  1. Sr Agnes (Sr Aniceta to us) was a treasure for a plethora of people, especially her first graders. She taught at St Rose School 1958-1964. We learned to read!!! She was a gifted teacher.
    My brother, Sam, whose work sheet “jist appeared”, my brother Deno who “was always talking”, my sister Teresa, and I who got caught whenever I did something wrong (Sr had mother’s eyes) appreciate having her for our teacher.

    Sam and I, with our wives, got to be special friends with her. We loved her and will truly miss her.

  2. Sister Agnes as I knew her, was such a joy to visit with and a blessing to have in our lives. She and her sister, Victorine were my dad’s cousins & I am sad we are loosing that connection to our older generation but so happy & feel blessed to have had such wonderful caring people in our our lives. Will miss you dearly Agnes but we will keep our 2 way prayers going. My memories of the sisters & their parents from Towner, North Dakota will forever bring smiles to my face. Rest in peace Agnes.

  3. I’ve known Sister Agnes for years because she is my dad’s 1st cousin. But it wasn’t until our daughter attended St. Scholastica in 2005 that I really reconnected with both her and Sister Victorine. Agnes had a passion for what she did and her eyes would light up when she talked about all of her students. I always wished I would have kept a journal of our visits as she had so much knowledge and love . . . Spiritually and for anyone she came in contact with. I especially enjoyed our visits when I would have “sleep overs” and could stay in “her house” as she called it. I learned so much about her life, the students she loved, the history of our relatives and I was fascinated by it all. Agnes had a calm and warmth about her that made you fall in love with her instantly. Her humor was also one of her best attributes and reminded me so much of my Dad. You will be missed greatly, Agnes, but give hugs to Sister Victorine, Mom and Dad, and all of our loved ones. Fly high sweet lady and I hope your angel wings sparkle with shades of violet, your favorite color.

  4. My first memories of Sister Agnes are as a young girl when she visited my parents on her summer vacations. My Dad is her first cousin & she would stop by with Sister Victorine while they were visiting their parents who lived in the same town as we did. I always had a feeling of awe & curiosity about their life, probably because they were wearing their habits at the time. I reacquainted with her several years ago after returning to MN to live. I enjoyed many visits, like celebrating her 70th Jubilee & especially going out to lunch at her favorite restaurant, Valentini’s. We reminisced about our families, especially stories of our parents & her teaching career. Her love of her students & her commitment to their learning was very strong even after many years of retirement. I especially love Sister Agnes’ quick wit & dry sense of humor ~ so similar to my Dad’s! I will always treasure the feelings of joy, peace & humility I felt whenever we spoke on the phone or were together. I will miss the connection to our family’s past that she gave us, but feel blessed that she was such an important part of my life these past few years. God Bless, Sister! May you fly with the angels!!

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