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Sr. Valeria Westendorf

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Sr. Valeria Westendorf Obituary
Sr. Valeria Westendorf

Sister Valeria Westendorf, 91, a Sister of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, died September 11, 2013, at Avera Mother Joseph Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Valeria will be Monday, September 16, 2013 at

2:30 p.m., in Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Presentation Convent, Aberdeen, SD. Greeting of the Body and Wake Service will be Sunday, September 15, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

Reverend Joseph Sheehan will be celebrant and homilist at the funeral liturgy.

Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery with Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home, 1111 South Main Street, in charge of arrangements.

Olga Westendorf was born December 17, 1921 in Geddes, SD to Regina (Ricken) and Fredrick H. Westendorf. She attended St. Ann School in Geddes and graduated from Geddes High School in 1939. She entered Presentation Convent September 8, 1948 and made her first profession of vows August 10, 1951. Sister ministered at our schools and hospitals in dietary and housekeeping departments from 1951-1969. She also worked in the Business Office at McKennan Hospital 1969-1976 and in Pastoral Care from 1977-1985. She was at St. Joseph Hospital, Polson, MT (1985-1989) and at Prince of Peace in Sioux Falls (1990-1993). Sister came to Presentation Convent in May 2001 and then lived at Avera Mother Joseph Manor from May 2006 until her death.

Sister Valeria is survived by her community family of Presentation Sisters: 1 sister, Mildred Murtha, Kimball, SD, and 2 brothers, Fred Westendorf, Redmond, OR and Eugene Westendorf, Platte, SD. She is preceded in death by her parents, Regina and Fredrick Westendorf, 6 sisters, Priscilla Sparks, Wilma Kisely, Marie Westendorf, Margaret Westendorf, Dolores Sovengier, Frieda Gurisk and 4 brothers, Lawrence, Joe, Cyril, and Ed.

Members of the Westendorf family will serve as casket bearers.

Published in The Argus Leader on Sept. 14, 2013
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