Sister Estelle Charron, veteran administrator
Benedictine Sister Estelle Charron, 86, died April 25, at St. Scholastica Monastery. She was in her 44th year of monastic profession, having celebrated her silver jubilee in 1997.
Born on Nov. 17, 1928, in Duluth, Sister Estelle was the daughter of Harold Charron and Amy (Hill) Charron. She graduated from Marquette University with a bachelor’s degree in medical technology and was a medical technologist for various employers from 1959 to 1972. From 1972 to 1975 she served as the manager of the Print Shop at the College of St. Scholastica. In 1975 she continued to serve the college as a manager of the book store until 1981.
In 1984, Sister Estelle earned a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from the University of Notre Dame. She served as treasurer of the Benedictine Sisters Benevolent Association from 1982 to 1992. During this time she also served on a number boards, including the Board of Directors, St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth; the Board of Directors, Benedictine Health System; the Corporate Board of Directors, Benedictine Sisters Benevolent Association; the Board of Directors of the Benedictine Health Center in Duluth; and the Board of Directors, St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee.
Officially retiring in 1992, Sister Estelle continued to serve her community as the bookkeeper for Monastery Books and Gifts, staffing the monastery information desk and working in the development office.
She brightened the monastery with her sense of humor, her quiet attentive presence at community activities, her delight in cats and her ever-enduring love of God.
She had an adventuresome spirit, thoroughly enjoying being out in nature by participating in activities such as camping, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, swimming and scuba diving, just to name a few.
Sister Estelle was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Harold Jr. She is survived by the sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, relatives and many friends, especially her dear friends Kathy Fossum and Andi Therrien. The Mass of Christian Burial was held May 4 in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel at St. Scholastica Monastery. Burial was in Gethsemane Cemetery.
Memorials to St. Scholastica Monastery are preferred.