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Obituaries

Benedictine Sister Margaret Marincel, long-time teacher and librarian

Sister Margaret Marincel, OSB, 89, died May 30, at Solvay Hospice House in Duluth. Sister was in her 69th year of monastic profession.

Born on Sept. 26, 1925, she was the daughter of Nick and Helen (Majnerich) Marincel from Mountain Iron.

Within a year of graduating from Mountain Iron High School she entered St. Scholastica Monastery Sept, 8, 1944. She professed her triennial vows on July 11, 1946, and made her perpetual monastic profession on July 11, 1949. Sister celebrated her silver jubilee on Dec. 14, 1971, her golden jubilee on July 7, 1996, and her diamond jubilee on July 9, 2006.

Earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the College of St. Scholastica, Sister Margaret completed a long and outstanding ministry to elementary school children of nearly 50 years.

She especially found great joy in teaching fourth- and fifth-graders where with her lively personality she stimulated and maintained a wonderful learning environment.

She began her teaching ministry in Duluth, where she taught at Sacred Heart (1947-49), at St. John’s School (1949-54, 57-59), and at St. Anthony’s School (1956-57). After her assignment to St. Timothy’s School (1954-56) in Chicago, she moved to Phoenix to teach at St. Thomas the Apostle School (1959-70, 1972-74, 75-78).

Sister Margaret served as a librarian at Our Lady of Victory in Minneapolis (1974-75) and at St. Thomas the Apostle (1978-97). Retiring from her teaching and library ministries, Sister Margaret returned to St. Scholastica Monastery in 1997 where she continued to serve in many areas of the monastery as well as assist the liturgy coordinator at the Benedictine Health Center (2001-03). In 2010 Sister moved to Benet Hall where she faithfully continued her prayer ministry.

Sister Margaret was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Father Frank Marincel.

Besides the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, she is survived by her brother Joe Marincel and his wife Marlys, devoted nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

The wake service/morning prayer was held June 2 in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial followed. The Rite of Committal to the Earth was at Gethsemane Cemetery.

Benedictine Sister Almira Randall, teacher, principal and house director

Sister Almira Randall, OSB, age 90, died June 3, in St. Mary’s Medical Center Hospice, Duluth. Sister was in her 69th year of monastic profession.

She was a native of Duluth and born to Leslie Irving and Millicent (Despins) Randall Dec. 6, 1924. The eldest of six children, she entered St. Scholastica Monastery in September 1943. She professed her triennial vows on July 11, 1945, her perpetual vows on July 11, 1948. Sister celebrated her silver jubilee in 1970, her golden jubilee in 1995 and her diamond jubilee in 2005.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the College of St. Scholastica and a master’s degree from the College of St. Thomas in elementary school guidance.

Sister Almira began her ministry in elementary education at St. Gertrude School in Washington, D.C., as a teacher and prefect from 1946-50. She taught at Blessed Sacrament School in Hibbing (1950-55); St. Bridget’s in Minneapolis (1955-59); St. Mary’s in Pine City (1959-64); Holy Name in Wayzata as principal and teacher(1964-67); St. Bridget’s School (1967-69); Sacred Heart Cathedral in Duluth (1969-70); and St. Jean’s in Duluth (1970-87).

In 1975, Sister received the Presidential Award for Outstanding service to Catholic Education in the Diocese of Duluth from the National Catholic Education Association.

“I love little kids, and I love language arts,” Sister Almira said. “I never cease to be amazed at how first graders can come here with nothing, and after just a few months, they can read and write stories.”

Sister was appointed house director at the monastery during the years 1987-94. Also she was a staff member of the McCabe Renewal Center (1995-2010) where she served in the kitchen. Sister Almira loved indoor gardening and filled much of the monastery with her beautiful plants, especially orchids.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Mary Ellen Parker and Lois Socha, and her brother Irving. She is survived by her sisters Patricia Tamayo and Irene Randall, nieces and nephews, friends and the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery.

Morning prayer/wake service, with sharing of memories, was held June 11 in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel with the Mass of Christian Burial following. Interment was in Gethsemane Cemetery. Memorials to St. Scholastica Monastery are preferred.