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.