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Sister Laurian (Irma) Schumacher OSB (1926 - 2014)

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Sister Laurian (Irma) Schumacher, OSB

Saint Benedict's Monastery St. Joseph, Minn.

April 10, 1926 - March 20, 2014

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph, for S. Laurian Schumacher, who died, age 87, on March 20, 2014, at Saint Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud, Minn. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, from 1-6 p.m. or for a Vigil Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at Saint Benedict's Monastery. Visitation continues at 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral.

S. Laurian (Irma) Schumacher was born on April 10, 1926, to Adam and Gertrude (Bukosky) Schumacher in Maple Plain, Minn. She attended Saints Peter and Paul School in Loretto, Minn., and Saint Benedict's High School, St. Joseph, Minn. She entered Saint Benedict's Monastery on August 25, 1939, made first monastic profession on July 11, 1945, and perpetual monastic profession July 11, 1948.

Music and liturgy were key elements in S. Laurian's life. She earned a B.A. degree in music at the College of Saint Benedict; a B.A. degree in liturgical music at the Gregorian Institute of America; and an M.A. degree in music history with minors in piano pedagogy and music education from the University of Minnesota. S. Laurian also studied at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo., and St. John's University School of Theology at Collegeville, Minn.

Beginning in 1945, S. Laurian shared her music and liturgical talents teaching piano lessons and music, playing the organ and directing choirs in schools and parishes in the St. Cloud and New Ulm, Minn., dioceses, the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis, in a number of other states and at St. Martin's Monastery in the Bahamas. On returning to Minnesota, she served at the College of Saint Benedict. Moving to Saint Scholastica Convent, S. Laurian was liturgist and organist there as well as a volunteer organist at St. Benedict's Senior Community. She also served as a driver for the Sisters at Saint Scholastica Convent.

S. Laurian is survived by her Benedictine community, including her nieces Sisters Cynthia Schmit and Theresa Schumacher, and other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four brothers (Arthur, Sylvester, Clement and Albert) and two sisters (Laura Schmit and Gertrude Thies).

Please direct memorial gifts to the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict Retirement Fund.

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Published in the St. Cloud Times on Mar. 25, 2014
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