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Sister Margaret Ann Eischens

Sister Margaret Ann Eischens, 92, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008 at Villa Saint Vincent Nursing Home in Crookston.

She was born May 20, 1916 to Christian and Mary Elizabeth (Dirkes) Eischens in Two Inlets. She attended a rural elementary school before attending Mount Saint Benedict Academy in Crookston for high school.

She entered the novitiate in 1935 at Mount Saint Benedict and received the name Sister James. She later returned to her baptismal name, adding Ann in place of Barbara.

She attended the College of Saint Catherine in Saint Paul and received a bachelor's degree in education. She did graduate work at Moorhead State Teachers College and attended other educational workshops.

She taught in elementary schools in Asherton, Texas, Moorhead, Crookston, Bemidji, Detroit Lakes and East Grand Forks. During the summers she taught in the Mexican migrant program and also taught religious education classes in various parishes.

In 1968 she was asked to go to Bogota, Colombia, South America, to teach in the elementary school at Colegio San Carlos, a school started by the monks of Richardton, N.D. In 1979 she began teaching English as a second language at Colegio San Benito, a high school for the poor in North Bogota. When she retired from teaching, she began a ministry of social work with the poor until she returned to the United States in 1993.

After returning to the states, she spent two years at Sacred Heart Convent in East Grand Forks. In 1995 she went to Oslo to be a sister companion.

In the summer of 2002, became a volunteer at Care and Share, a shelter for the homeless in Crookston.

She is survived by one brother, Leonard (Audrey), of Park Rapids; three sisters: Bernadette Lemert, of Mankato, Helen Kilstrom, of Windsor, Colo., and Genevieve Berry, of Inyokern, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews and members of her religious community.

She was preceded in death by four brothers: Robert, Marcus, Thomas and Urban; and two sisters: Dorothy and Theresa.

Mass of Christian Burial: 11 a.m. today (Wednesday), Dec. 10 at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery in Crookston, with Msgr. Roger Grundhaus as celebrant and homilist.

Memorials may be made to Mount Saint Benedict Foundation, 620 Summit Ave., Crookston, MN 56716.