+Sister Marilyn Micke, OSB

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+Sister Marilyn Micke, OSB

Sister Marilyn (Mary) Micke, age 102, was called home on December 11, 2020 at St. Scholastica Monastery in her 83rd year of consecrated life. She was born June 11, 1918 to Theodore and Jennie (Verbeten) Micke, the youngest of six children.

As teacher, principal, superintendent, and educational innovator, she used her faith, vision, creativity, and love of people to empower others to use their gifts in service. She was instrumental in bringing Operation Aware, a prototype of the D.A.R.E program, into Duluth’s parochial schools. Operation Aware teaches young people to make positive choices and resist risky behavior. In 1992, she became Executive Director of Operation Aware.

Sister Marilyn felt blessed to be able to carry on her ministries for a long time, saying, “The challenge of life is to learn the art of being all you can be at any age.” This she did all her life, so that we can declare, “Let her works praise her in the gates” (Proverbs 31:31).

She was preceded in death by her parents and five brothers and sisters: Theodore W. (Albena) Micke, Gertrude (Paul) Liesen, Anthony (Thelma) Micke, Germaine (John) Lamers, and Gregory (Angela) Micke. She is survived by her Benedictine Community, including her niece Sister Pauline Micke, and numerous nephews, nieces, 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.

Because of public health restrictions, the funeral is private but will be livestreamed beginning at 9:30 am on the Benedictine Monastery of Duluth 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. I am sorry for your loss of S Marilyn. Sr Marilyn was so filled with joy. Her light laugh almost a giggle, made everyone who heard it smile/laugh. As she laughed her eyes sparkled, I guess you could say she sparkled. Even at 102 she was still able to surprise me with one line statements that could have all laughing, and I would look at her and say, “Sr Marilyn. really!” and her eyes would sparkle. She loved playing bingo and often won many of the games. She always wanted to be awoken if napping for bingo. A day volunteering on Benet Hall would not be complete if I did not hear at least one “Mercy Me”.

    I will miss Sr Marilyn and am grateful for the time I did get to spend with her playing bingo and visiting quietly with her in her room.

  2. This was one wonderful person. Have many great memories of all the sisters I was blessed to be around while working at the monastery. God Bless You Sister and all the other wonderful Sisters.

  3. Sister Marilyn’s late sister, Germaine, was my mother-in-law. During my marriage I enjoyed meeting Sister Marilyn on many occasions, as the two sisters were exceptionally close. She was young at heart and full of laughter every time we met. When my young husband died suddenly in 2005, Sister Marilyn and I forged a close bond. We spoke many times by phone those next few years and exchanged letters. She was such a comfort to me in my time of need. I greatly valued her spiritual insights and her faith in God. Though I haven’t seen her in years, I will miss that beautiful, kind soul. I am so sorry for your loss. God bless dear Sr. Marilyn.

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