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Obituary - February 2015

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Veteran teacher and principal Sister Madeleva Shur, OSB, 94

Benedictine Sister Madeleva Schur died Jan. 15 in the Benedictine Health Center. She was 94.

Born in Mountain Iron on May 30, 1920, she was the daughter of Rowland and Emma (Gagnon) Schur. Sister Madeleva was in her 73rd year of monastic profession.

Raised in a strong Catholic family, at age four Gertrude won a picture of a Guardian Angel, which she cherished and which spawned her lifelong devotion to her angel.

Within a year after graduating from high school, she sought to enter St. Scholastica Monastery.

She professed her triennial vows on July 11, 1941, and her perpetual vows on July 11, 1944.

Sister Madeleva received a bachelor’s degree in education from the College of St. Scholastica, with further studies at St. Paul Teachers’ College and graduate studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

She taught in Catholic elementary schools on Minnesota’s Iron Range and in Minneapolis for 35 years (1942-79).

She also served as principal at Holy Rosary in Lake Linden, Mich., and principal and house supervisor at St. Margaret Mary School in Duluth and St. Mary’s School in Pine City.

In addition, she cared for her mother, first at home and then at the Benedictine Health Center, while she continued teaching in Virginia, and then working at St. Ann in Duluth.

Sister Madeleva joined the “Peace Pilgrimage” to Fatima, Portugal, seven times.

On her last pilgrimage she renewed her vows of 60 years and led a decade of the rosary in the “Capalinha” (Chapel of Apparitions) on July 22, the Feast Day of St. Mary Magdalen, her patron saint.

Sister Madeleva celebrated her golden jubilee in 1991, her diamond jubilee in 2001, and her 70th jubilee on Aug. 14, 2011.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers Chester, Harold, James and John; and her sister Rachel Stenrud.

Sister Madeleva is survived by her siblings Herbert H. Schur and Burrell Kubacki, devoted nieces, nephews and friends, and the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery.

The Funeral Mass was Jan. 20, in Our Lady of Queen of Peace Chapel at St. Scholastica Monastery. Interment will be in Gethsemane Cemetery. Memorials to St. Scholastica Monastery are preferred.