Sister Mary Roger (Elizabeth) Andert (1926 - 2013)

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Sister Mary Roger (Elizabeth) Andert, OSB, 86

St. Joseph

Mar. 29, 1926 - Jan. 25, 2013

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph, for Sister Mary Roger Andert who died, age 86, on January 25, 2013, at Saint Scholastica Convent. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent on Monday, January 28, 2013, 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. Mary Roger (Elizabeth) Andert was born to Anthony and Elsie (Grave) Andert on March 29, 1926, in St. Paul, Minn. She attended St. Bernard's grade school and Washington High School, St. Paul. On November 6, 1952, she entered Saint Benedict's Monastery, made first monastic profession on July 11, 1954, and perpetual monastic profession on July 11, 1957.

In 1951, S. Mary Roger graduated as an R.N. from St. Catherine's and St. Joseph's Hospital Unit, St. Paul. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in Nursing Administration from the University of Minnesota in 1963 and 1964 respectively and an M.A. in Hospital and Health Administration in 1971 from the University of Iowa.

S. Mary Roger served at St. Cloud Hospital, between 1954 and 1967, as staff nurse, Central Service supervisor, and Central Service consultant and Director of Nursing Services. She was Project Director at St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Paul (1967-1969); Assistant Administrator, St. Benedict's Hospital, Ogden, Utah (1971-1975); Assistant Administrator and Vice President of St. Francis Hospital, Wilmington, Del. (1975-1979); Assistant Executive Director of St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Hannibal, Mo. (1979-1984); Manager of Community Lab Services, Jefferson City, Mo. (1984-1987); Administrator of Clinical Services at Our Lady of Compassion Care Center, Anchorage, Alaska (1987-1989); Administrator of Assumption Nursing Home, Cold Spring, Minn. (1989-1999); Vice President of Human Resources and Mission Effectiveness at St. Francis Medical Center, Breckenridge, Minn. (1999-2002).

In 2002, failing health brought her back to Saint Benedict's Monastery. Here, she began a special ministry of prayer for all who work in health care, which continued when she moved, in 2007, to Saint Scholastica Convent.

She is survived by her Benedictine community, her brother, Phillip, of Las Vegas, Nev. and sister, Susan Anderson, of Afton, Minn. One brother, Henry, is deceased.

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Published in the St. Cloud Times on Jan. 28, 2013
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