Sister Benedicta Berger SCSC, age 97, of Merrill, Wisconsin, died March 31 at Bell Tower Residence Assisted Living and Ministry Hospice. Sister Benedicta (Harriet Louise) was born Dec. 24, 1921, to Frederick and Clara (Wolf) Berger in Columbus, Ohio. 

She entered Holy Cross Convent in Merrill on Nov. 19, 1947, and celebrated her first profession on July 2, 1949. She was in her 70th year of ministry at the time of her death. Sister received her early education in St. Martin and South Salem, Ohio; Fontbonne College; St. Louis University and Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans. 

Sister ministered in the River Parishes from 1963-1982, teaching religious education and doing parish work at Our Lady of Peace Church and St. Phillip Church in Vacherie and St. James Church in St. James. 

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Sister Benedicta Berger SCSC


Her ministries also included parish work in Mercer, Wisconsin, teaching at Our Lady of the Holy Cross High School in Merrill, and several other assignments in Wisconsin and North Dakota. Prior to joining Holy Cross Convent, Sister Benedicta worked as a riveter in the Curtiss Airplane Factory in Columbus, Ohio. 

Sister Benedicta is survived by her family of Holy Cross Sisters and Associates; sister-in-law Carol Berger, Dublin, Ohio; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Robert, Francis and Lee Berger; sisters, Mary Rita Berger, Joanne McMullen, Helen Fadley and Lenora Kuhn. 

Memorials can be made to the Holy Cross Sisters, 1400 O’Day St., Merrill, WI 54452.