|Birth: ||May 7, 1916|
|Death: ||Aug. 28, 2003|
Sr. Debora (Anne Rose) Herda, O.S.B., 87 died on Thursday, Aug. 28, at St. Scholastica Convent, in St. Cloud.
Sr. Debora was born in Lonsdale, the first of John and Anne (Trnka) Herda's 13 children. She graduated from Immaculate Conception School, in Lonsdale, in 1930. In the interim, until 1937, when she entered St. Benedict's Monastery, in St. Joseph, Sister Debora learned homemaking skills that were the foundation for many competencies she later acquired as a Benedictine. After a year of high school, Sister Debora entered the novitiate, on June 25, 1938. She professed vows on July 11, 1939.
Sister Debora served in a wide variety of ministries and places, including cooking, homemaking, sacristy work, substitute teaching, gardening, nurse-aide work, directing occupational therapy and chauffeuring, at St. Benedict's, St. Raphael's Home, St. Joseph's Home, St. Scholastica and the Mary Rondorf Home, in Staples. She also served at the White Earth Indian Reservation, the Red Lake Indian Reservation, St. Joseph School, in Minneapolis, and schools in the St. Cloud Diocese. She taught developmentally challenged children at the Cambridge State Hospital.
Sister Debora also made items for a gift shop and for the missions, and while at Staples she earned her high school equivalency and certificates as a nurse aide, and in occupational therapy. Another highlight was her adoption into the Anishinabe tribe, at White Earth, with the name. "Lady Pale Face." Her hobbies included fishing, snowmobiling, horseback riding, and watching baseball games. She had resided at St. Scholastica Convent, in St. Cloud, since 1985.
Sister Debora is survived by her Benedictine community; four brothers, Joseph, in Waverly, John, in Anchorage, AK, George, at Big Lake, and Robert, in St. Paul; and seven sisters, Helen Bruzek and Marie Kajer, New Prague, Sister Jonathan, O.S.B., of St. Joseph, Marcella Catalano, Orange, MA, Elizabeth Suel, Bellingham, WA, Theresa Gucker, Meyers Chuck, AK, and Ludmilla Jacobs, Anchorage, AK. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Wenceslaus.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Benedict Monastery, on Saturday, at 11a.m., with family members participating in the services. Interment was at the monastery cemetery. Visitation was at the monastery on Friday evening.
John W Herda (1887 - 1972)
Anna Katherine Trnka Herda (1894 - 1963)
Anne Rose Herda (1916 - 2003)
Helenka Agnes Herda Bruzek (1918 - 2006)*
Joseph A. Herda (1920 - 2012)*
John Jacob Herda (1921 - 2010)*
Wenceslaus Mathias Herda (1927 - 2002)*
Saint Benedicts Convent Cemetery
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