Sister Mary Rochefort, teacher, principal, Benedictine leader
Sister Mary (Adriette) Rochefort, OSB, 75, died Feb. 9 at St. Scholastica Monastery. Born in Escanaba, Mich., on Sept. 13, 1940, she was the daughter of Ami and Mabel (Robere) Rochefort, one of 15 chlidren. Sister was in her 55th year of monastic profession.
After graduating from Holy Name High School in Escanaba, she entered St. Scholastica Monastery on Sept. 8, 1958. She celebrated her first profession on July 11, 1960, her perpetual profession on July 11, 1963.
In 1970, Sister Mary earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the College of St. Scholastica and a master’s degree in private school leadership from St. Thomas College in St. Paul.
Sister Mary began her 40-year ministry in elementary education as a teacher at Assumption, Hibbing. She also taught at Our Lady of Victory, Minneapolis; St. Mary’s, Pine City; St Joseph’s, Grand Rapids; and St. John’s, Duluth.
She served as principal at St. Leo’s, Hibbing; at St. Anthony’s, St. Cloud; and at St. Joseph’s, Grand Rapids. In 1989, Sister Mary was selected to participate in the National Academy for Catholic School Principals in Washington, D.C.
Sister Mary also served as initial formation director in the monastery and was the associate vice president for mission integration at the College of St. Scholastica for 15 years, sharing Benedictine heritage and values with faculty, staff and students.
She served on the boards of the College of St. Scholastica; St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Brainerd; and Clearwater Valley and St. Mary’s Hospitals, Idaho.
Sister Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Leon, Leslie, Norman, Stanley, Eli, and Ivan; her sisters Evelyn (Perry), Stella (Plante), Betty Jean, and Rose (Castine). Besides the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery she is survived by her brother Dick, sisters Ellen (McGuire), Lorna (Cutler), and Ione (Collins) and numerous nieces and nephews, friends, and associates.
The Mass of Christian Burial was held on Feb. 13. Burial was at Gethsemane Cemetery. Memorials to St. Scholastica Monastery are preferred.