Sister Norbert Marie Schares, SSND, 82, died Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at Good Counsel, Mankato. Her Funeral Mass is Monday, October 28, 10:30 a.m. in Good Counsel Chapel. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Good Counsel, with 7:00 p.m. Prayer Service, and one hour before services Monday. Mankato Mortuary is assisting with arrangements.
Sister Norbert Marie (Hilda Schares) was born in 1931near Gilbertville, Iowa, to Frank and Josephine (Arend) Schares. She entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1951 and professed first vows in 1954. She spent her entire ministry as a home service sister and in service to the elderly. Her service in the Mankato area included Good Counsel Convent (1954-59; 1962-67; 1993-present); John Ireland, St. Peter (1967-71); and SS. Peter & Paul, Mankato (1973-75). In her years at Good Counsel, she was especially known for her pie and bread baking skills.
She is survived by three sisters, Florence (Alban) Dittmer, Rosalea (Alfred) Schmelzer, and Agnes (Hank) Schnelle, nephews and nieces, including Sister Roxanne Schares, SSND, and by her sisters in community, the School Sisters of Notre Dame. She was preceded in death by her parents, six sisters (two in infancy) and five brothers.
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