Deacon Jerome Sura
Deacon Jerome Sura passed away on Thursday, Jan. 4. He was a resident of Grand Rapids at the time of passing. The 12th of 13 children, Deacon Sura was born in 1932 in Little Falls and graduated from Little Falls high school in 1950.
Deacon Sura served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958. Sura was ordained to the diaconate for the Diocese of Duluth on Aug. 3, 1983. He served his diaconate at St. Joseph’s Church, Grand Rapids.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Jan. 8, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Grand Rapids. Burial with military honors was at Itasca-Calvary Cemetery.
Benedictine Sister Michelle Dosch
Benedictine Sister Michelle Dosch died on Dec. 27 at St. Scholastica Monastery. She was in her 65th year of Benedictine monastic profession. Born on Jan. 29, 1933, to Elmer and Fern (Johnson) Dosch, Sister Michelle (Helen Mae) was the oldest of four children raised on a farm in Finlayson. Her Catholic upbringing, her appreciation of all creatures on the farm, and her sense of community within her family led her to enter St. Scholastica Monastery after high school graduation. She made her first vows on July 11, 1953, and her perpetual vows on July 11, 1956. She celebrated her silver jubilee on June 4, 1978, her golden jubilee on June 15, 2003, and her diamond jubilee on Aug. 11, 2013.
Sister Michelle received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and social sciences from the College of St. Scholastica and began her teaching career as an elementary teacher in 1954. She continued teaching until 1969 at Minnesota schools in Virginia, Pine City, Duluth, and International Falls, and in Cincinnati and Phoenix. While in Phoenix, she earned a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Arizona State University in Tempe. She then began a career in guidance and counseling services at Phoenix Guard High School for two years (1971 to 1973). Her astute listening skills as a teacher transferred well to her new field of ministry. In 1973, she returned to Duluth and continued counseling at the College of St. Scholastica, where she served as the director of Somers Residence Hall, as well as career counselor until 1981. Before returning to her Duluth ministry, she earned a master’s degree in education and administration from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Sister Michelle became director of workshops and retreats at the Duluth Port Rehabilitation Center from 1981 to 1984. She then returned to Arizona and became director of the Lifestyle Counseling Center in Phoenix. From 1985 to 1991, she was executive director of Chrysalis Shelter, where she and her staff assisted abused and battered women and children. In 1992, she returned to the monastery and served as director of vocations and lay associates for seven years and director of sisters in formation for eight years.
Sister Michelle felt called to deepen her spiritual communication skills by entering a training program for spiritual direction. After completing the program, she worked with several other sisters to form a training program for about 25 people from the Missoula, Montana, area. She began a similar program at the monastery called the Shalom Program that was active from 2007 to 2015. This ministry pulled together all her skills of guiding, counseling, and communing with those who were committed to deepening their relationship with God. She believed and taught others to “always be in the stream of God’s presence and grace, for these are the sources of a happy life.”
Sister Michelle was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Ronald John Dosch. She is survived by her brother Stephen Michael Dosch, her sister Bonnie Johnson, nieces and nephews, friends, and the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery.
The funeral was held on Jan. 12 in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel at the Monastery, with Father Brian Schultz presiding. Memorials to St. Scholastica Monastery are preferred.