S. Andree Mechtenberg OSB, age 83, died on Good Friday, April 3, 2015.
A wake service will be held at 7:00 PM on Monday, April 6, 2015 and the Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 7, at 10:00 AM, both in Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel in Yankton, South Dakota. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.
Dorothy Mechtenberg was born April 16, 1931 at Parkston, South Dakota to Theodore and Rose (Wermers) Mechtenberg, the second of five children. She had fond memories of growing up in Dimock and Parkston, South Dakota. She graduated from Parkston High School in 1949, and started nurses training at Sacred Heart School of Nursing. After five weeks of school, she entered Sacred Heart Monastery October 7, 1949.
She became a novice June 28, 1950 and received the name Andree. She made first profession on June 29, 1951, and continued her nursing education. Sister Andree made perpetual profession on June 29, 1954. That same year she received her RN and was assigned to St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City, Colorado. After two years in Canon City, she returned to Yankton to work at Sacred Heart Hospital and in 1957 trained for anesthesia. In 1958, she returned to Canon City as operating room supervisor and anesthetist, a position she held until 1972. Returning to Yankton, she completed her Bachelors of Science in Anesthesia from Mount Marty College in 1974, returning to St. Thomas More Hospital as a nurse anesthetist until 1981. She then began ministry in Home Health and Hospice, and later became the director of the program in 1984. She considered this ministry a gift from God as she cared for the sick and dying and formed lasting friendships with her co-workers. She continued this sacred ministry until she returned to Yankton in 1991. S. Andree ministered as Infirmarian at the monastery infirmary from 1991 to 2001. In her later years, she was an assistant to the elderly and led mornings in contemplative prayer for the Peace Center. Her most powerful experience in life was a 2007 medical trip to India through the Dalit Freedom Network. S. Andree was a compassionate, upbeat person who loved life. She had a warm and reassuring presence which she shared readily with others. She enjoyed gardening, baking and watercolor painting.
S. Andree is survived by her Benedictine community; her siblings: Tom (Mary) Mechtenberg, Jeanne (Forest) Fisher, and David (Katie) Mechtenberg; her sister-in-law Mary Mechtenberg and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Paul.
Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Monastery in Yankton or to the St. Thomas More Foundation in Canon City, Colorado.
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She became a saint on Good Friday. She lived true to her beliefs to the very end. God has a special place for her in heaven.
So sorry about Sr. Andree. She was a good friend and high school classmate...always kind and caring. God truly blessed her.
My deepest sympathy, Dorothy Fix Schmidt
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