COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Sister Bernice Preister, OSF, a Sister of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration for 70 years, died peacefully at Mount St. Francis Nursing Center in Colorado Springs on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.
Sr. Bernice (Mary Ann) was born on Nov. 14, 1928, the weaker of twin girls, in Cornlea to Ben and Anna (Babel) Preister and baptized at St. Bernard in Lindsay on the day of her birth.
Sr. Bernice is survived by her brother Dick; his wife Geraldine; her four sisters Angela Sand, Helen Wegener, her twin Jo Ann Rossell and Bernette Hamling; and two sisters-in-law Mardell Preister and Mildred Preister.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Arthur, Alvin, Jim and Leon; and her sisters Bernice and Imelda.
Sr. Bernice entered the Sisters of St. Francis in Denver in 1946; received the holy habit Aug. 12, 1947, professed final vows Aug. 12, 1954, and in 2017 celebrated her 70th Jubilee.
Sr. Bernice received her Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Duchesne College and her Master of Arts from Creighton University. As a primary teacher she taught for 49 years in Kansas, New Mexico and Nebraska. Kindergartners were her love and joy. From 1996-2005, she served as a Pastoral Minister visiting the sick, elderly and homebound in Humphrey and the surrounding rural areas.
She moved to Mount Saint Francis in 2005, ministering to our Sisters in St. Francis Nursing Center. In 2014, she became a resident of the Nursing Center, continuing her hobbies of embroidering tea towels and pillow cases, playing Scrabble, working jigsaw puzzles and adult coloring books.
A rosary and wake service were held on Thursday, Jan. 11. The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Saint Francis Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Sr. Bernice requested a memorial be made to St. Francis School in Humphrey or the Sisters of St. Francis.
Memorials can be sent to: Sr. Nadine Heimann, Provincial, Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, at 7665 Assisi Heights, Colorado Springs, CO 80919.