The Free Press, Mankato, MN


August 28, 2013

Sister Madeline (M. Carolyn) Studer

—  Sister Madeline (M. Carolyn) Studer, SSND, 87, died Sunday, August 25, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato. Her Funeral Mass is Friday, August 30, 10:30 a.m. in Good Counsel Chapel.  Visitation is 5-7 p.m. TODAY at Good Counsel, with 7:00 p.m. Prayer Service, and one hour before services Friday.  Mankato Mortuary is assisting with arrangements.

 Sister Madeline was born in 1926 near Tony, Wisconsin, to Julius and Caroline (Wingert) Studer.  At an early age, she moved with her family to a farm near Wesley, Iowa.  She graduated from Good Counsel Academy in 1944, entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1945 and professed first vows in 1948. She taught and administered in Catholic elementary schools in Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota, including St. Joseph the Worker, Mankato (1967-70).  In 1974 she began a ministry to the disabled, especially the deaf, serving in several dioceses. Proficient in sign language, she often acted as an interpreter in various situations.  She also was involved in the Sister Parish organization and was a spiritual director.

 She is survived by her sisters Virginia (Bill) Orthel, Carol Elmore, Kay (Bienve) Perez, Margaret Studer and Rose Marie Studer; her brothers Philip (Rosa Lee), Steve (Hope O'Hara), and Gerald (Mary Ann); and her sisters-in-law Mary, Judy and Janet Studer. She was preceded in death by her parents and her stepmother, Minnie; a sister, Sister Rita Studer, SSND; and brothers, Vincent, Marvin, Stanley and Cletus.  For a full obituary, please visit

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