+Sister Rebecca Burggraff, OSB

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Sister Rebecca Burggraff, OSBIn Loving Memory

Sister Rebecca (Evelyn) Burggraff died February 5, 2013, at St. Scholastica Monastery.  Born in Cloquet,
Minnesota, July 13, 1923, she was the daughter of Henry N. and Mary (Trettel) Burggraff.  Sister was in
her sixty-ninth year of monastic profession at St. Scholastica Monastery.

The youngest of eleven 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 eighteen, 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 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 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 – 2003.  She celebrated her Silver Jubilee August 15, 1968, her Golden Jubilee July 11, 1993, and her Diamond Jubilee August 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 in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel at 10:00 a.m., Saturday morning, February 9, 2013.  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 at 2:30p.m. in Gethsemane Cemetery. Memorials to St. Scholastica Monastery are preferred.


    Food Service

  • Our Mother of Sorrows-Cincinnati, OH 
  • St. Scholastica Monastery-Duluth, MN  
  • Cathedral School Convent-Duluth, MN
  • St. Mary’s Convent-Duluth, MN
  • Our Lady of Victory Convent-Minneapolis, MN

     Food Service Supervisor

  • St. Scholastica Monastery-Duluth, MN
  • The College of St. Scholastica (Somers Hall)  -Duluth, MN

     Office Assistant

  • The College of St. Scholastica

                  Accounts Payable
                  Duplicating Office

  • St. Scholastica Monastery

                  Development Office
                  Business Office
                  Liturgy Office
                  Spiritual Resource Center

    Prayer Ministry


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