The Free Press, Mankato, MN


October 6, 2013

Sister M. Aquin Svoboda, SSND

— Sister M. Aquin Svoboda, SSND

    Sister M. Aquin Svoboda, SSND, 97, died Thursday, October 3, 2013, at Good Counsel, Mankato. Her Funeral Mass is Wednesday, October 9, 10:30 a.m. in Good Counsel Chapel.  Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Good Counsel, with 7:00 p.m. Prayer Service, and one hour before services Wednesday.  Mankato Mortuary is assisting with arrangements.

  Sister Aquin (Elizabeth Svoboda) was born in 1915 in Silver Lake, MN, to Joseph and Anna (Moravec) Svoboda.  She graduated from Good Counsel Academy in 1933 and entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame that same year.  Following profession of vows in 1936 she taught in several Catholic elementary and secondary schools, including Good Counsel Academy (1950-51). Beginning in 1958, she became a religious education teacher, and taught in area catechetical centers including St. John, Minnesota Lake (1970-73); St. Theresa, Mapleton (1973-75); and Holy Rosary, North Mankato (1983-84).She also worked in parish ministry at Holy Family, East Chain (1996-2003).

   She is survived by neph-ews and nieces, including Sister Lucille Matousek, SSND, Mankato, and by her sisters in community, the School Sisters of Notre Dame. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and seven sisters.

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