Sister Norberta Vandersnick, OSB, 1927-2018

Sister Norberta Vandersnick, OSB, 1927-2018

Sister Norberta Vandersnick, O.S.B., 90, of St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, died on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at UnityPoint Health-Trinity, Rock Island.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday in the Chapel of St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island. 

Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, July 9, 2018 at the Monastery, where a Christian wake service will be held at 7 p.m. 

Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island. Memorials may be made to St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island.

Norberta Vandersnick was born on August 19, 1927 in Atkinson, IL., the daughter of Amandus and Emma Eeckhout Vandersnick. 

She attended Bass County Grade School; graduated from St. Mary’s Academy, Nauvoo, IL.; and attended St. Ambrose College, Davenport, IA.

Sister Norberta Vandersnick entered the Benedictine community on September 8, 1945 and made her final profession as a Benedictine sister on August 16, 1950.  

Sister Norberta’s chief areas of ministry have been food service management, education, and caring for the sick. 

She worked as an assistant on the Health Care Floor at the Monastery in Nauvoo, Ill. soon after entering.  In the field of education Sister served at St. Boniface, Peoria, IL; St. Roch’s, LaSalle, IL.; St. Benedict’s, Ladd, IL.; St. Thomas More, Munster, IN.  

For thirty years she worked and managed the food service at St. Mary Monastery and St. Mary’s Academy, Nauvoo, IL. 

After retiring from this position she served Holy Trinity Parish, Bloomington, IL as supervisor of the House of Prayer, Eucharistic Minister and in other parish works.

Sister is survived by her Benedictine sister; and many nieces; a nephew; and cousins. Sister was preceded in death by her parents and siblings. Memorials may be made to St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island.

Comments (3)

  1. Clare Ainworth:
    Jul 08, 2018 at 08:06 PM

    may she rest in peace and see the face of God..

    Jul 09, 2018 at 11:40 AM

    I first met Sr.Norberta back in 1971. It was thru her brother "Babe" He had trucks & hauled many hogs over the years, I was his insurance Agent He was just like her, very easy to be with and yes we did enjoy a few beers together, Sr. Norbert was a very kind person & she gave me encouragement as I progressed thru the training to become a Deacon now I am on "Senior status but will never forget her & her brother...Deacon Jim Gore

  3. Ann Carolan:
    Jul 09, 2018 at 07:59 PM

    I got to know Sr Norberta when she resided in Bloomington. She always had a smile for everyone. We had good times together. Rest In Peace Sister.

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