S. Veronica Fasbender OSB, age 82, died on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the Sacred Heart Monastery Care Center.
A wake service will be held at 7:00 PM on Sunday, November 2, 2014 and the Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, November 3, at 10:00 AM, both in Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel in Yankton. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.
Catherine Carolyn was born February 14, 1932 at Hendricks, Minnesota to Ben and Florence (Davis) Fasbender. She was fourth of five children. She attended country school near their farm at White, South Dakota for eight years and then attended Mount Marty High School, Yankton, South Dakota. In 1954, she graduated from Mount Marty College, Yankton, South Dakota. At the University of South Dakota she received a Masters in Zoology and Botany in 1956 and in 1959, she received her doctorate in Biology from Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri.
Carolyn entered Sacred Heart Monastery in August 1950. She became a novice on June 28, 1951, receiving the name Veronica, and made her first profession on June 29, 1952. She made final profession on June 29, 1955. S. Veronica began her education ministry at Mount Marty College in January 1959 and was engaged in that ministry until May 1978. Prompted by the Spirit to minister to the Native American people, she began parish ministry at Bullhead, Wakpala, McLaughlin and Little Eagle, South Dakota in September 1978. She served as co-coordinator of the Sioux Falls Diocesan RENEW Program in 1992 and in 1996 she began her ministry in Trenton, North Dakota during which time she was assisted by her sister, S. Ann Fasbender. S. Veronica retired to the monastery in June, 2009.
S. Veronica was a joyful and prayerful person who was very involved in the Charismatic Renewal. She derived her strength from her study of scripture and this led to a deep desire to evangelize. Her appreciation of the natural world was a constant in her life and she enjoyed camping, fishing and gardening.
S. Veronica is survived by her Benedictine community; two sisters, Veronica Reilly and S. Ann Fasbender OSB and a brother, James (Mary Ann) Fasbender, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, S. Bennett OSB.
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My sympathy to the Fasbender family and to the members of Sacred Heart Monastery.
I remember Sr. Veronica as a spiritual,steadfast, and loyal woman. She was a wonderful conversationalist and she will be missed, but remembered! May she rest in peace.
Kathleen Devine Karol
I wish to submit a tribute to Sr. Veronica, my biological sciences teacher, who introduced me and encouraged me to do research in this area and and thus, launched me in the field of discovery. May God receive her into His kingdom and may she have eternal and peaceful rest.
Maria Novoa - Bahia, Brazil
May you rest in the Peace of the Lord!
John and Pam Reilly
My thoughts of love and prayers for you, the family of Sister Veronica.
I remember her as a beautiful, joyous sister who radiated the love of the Lord to all who came into her presence.
I remember Sister Veronica as an excellent teacher who loved her students and helping them to understand biology. Her guidance in teaching helped me to become a better teacher during my two years teaching at Mt. Marty College. I still remember her always addressing me as Mr. Wingate in spite of my asking her to call me Jack. She was an excellent Department Head who was always thinking of her students.
Our Sister in Christ has made her journey back to Our Creator. You have been a very giving person for Christ and all of His people. You have touched and will continue to impact lives. Your love of Jesus has always been evident in your life. My life has been very blessed to have been one of your friends and one of your students. Your joy, from knowing Jesus, was given freely to every one you met. Now you are free! May God continue to keep you close to His Heart. I love you.
Sharon (Reistroffer)Schumacher, Allan and Family
Sr. Veronica was my dear friend, best-ever teacher, & beloved academic adviser who helped me realize that I was called to the field of science vs. languages. Because of her guidance, I changed my major to Medical Technology by the end of my second year at MMC. I worked very hard the next two years but could not finish all the requirements & thus, got a BA in Composite Science. I worked a few years, kept in contact with Sr. Veronica & then went back to school, finished all the requirements & did my internship. I have now been a practicing BA, BS, MT (ASCP) for over 42 years. I visited & talked by phone numerous times with Sr. Veronica all the way through until I secured my first job. I will never forget her & thank God every day for knowing her. I shudder to think who I would be today, if it weren't for her caring about me. Her death has made me realize just what a vital role Catholic schools play in shaping people's lives. I am deeply grieved that she has passed away. I intended to visit her in 2015. Besides her personal & academic influence she was also a great spiritual influence that has remained with me all my life & will always. Thanks be to God for good & faithful servants like Sr. Veronica.
Agnese Bartlett MMC'63
I really missed her today. I saw a lady in church who looked like her & this triggered welled up emotions I didn't realize I had. I loved this lady so much! Sr Veronica has helped me throughout high school, college and into my married life. I wouldn't be the person I am today had it not been for her answering the call to serve in BullHead. She was my spiritual director and she helped me get through some very difficult times in my life. Her legacy is .. I have a stronger faith life today because of her. I will always be grateful for Sr Veronica having been a major part of my life.
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