Sister Barbara Ann Vierzba, OSB, 72
Sister Barbara Ann Vierzba (Amadeo), OSB, 72, died May 18 at St. Scholastica Monastery. She entered the Duluth Benedictine Community on Sept. 8, 1962, and made monastic profession on July 11, 1964. She celebrated her silver jubilee in 1989 and her golden jubilee in 2014.
Sister Barbara Ann was born in Brainerd on Nov. 16, 1943, and received her high school education in Brainerd and Duluth. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the College St. Scholastica in Duluth, a master’s degree in education from the University of Minnesota Duluth, and Clinical Pastoral Education certification at St. Mary’s Hospital, Duluth.
Sister Barbara Ann taught for 25 years at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School in Cloquet; St. Timothy’s School in Chicago; and St. Thomas the Apostle School in Phoenix. She was principal and teacher at St. James School in Duluth and St. Francis of Assisi School in Brainerd. She continued ministering to others in the Sisters Care Program in St. Paul and at St. Gabriel’s Hospital and St. Otto’s Nursing Home in Little Falls as chaplain.
Sister Barbara Ann also served in the monastery Business Office and was the subprioress at the monastery for 12 years before retiring due to ill health. She served on the Board of Trustees for St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd for 10 years and the Benedictine Health Center in Duluth for six years. Sister Barbara Ann was precededin death by her parents George and Rose (Schley) Vierzba and her brother Michael.
Besides the sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, she is survived by one sister, Joanne (Lloyd) Shun, brothers Edmund, Douglas (Marsha) and Marvin, sister-in-law Donette Vierzba, many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and many friends.
The Mass of Christian Burial was held on May 28, Father Brian Schultz presiding. Burial was at Gethsemane Cemetery. Memorials to St. Scholastica Monastery are preferred.