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Sister Mary Ann (Maurus) Henn, 81

Sister Mary Ann (Maurus) Henn died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at St. Benedict's Senior Community in St. Cloud. She was 81.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph. Friends called from 1-3 p.m. at St. Scholastica Convent Sunday, Jan. 15. A prayer vigil was at 4-8 p.m. at St. Benedict's Monastery. Visitation continued there at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, until the time of the funeral at 3:30 p.m. Burial was in the monastery cemetery.

Mary Ann was born June 17, 1930, the oldest of six children, to George B. and Ella (Rudolph) Henn in Frazee, Minn. After finishing public grade and high school in Frazee, she came to St. Benedict's Monastery Sept. 18, 1950. On entering the novitiate June 20, 1951, she became known as Sister Maurus, but returned to her baptismal name, Mary Ann, in 1968. Celebrations in her monastic life included her first monastic profession Oct. 11, 1952, perpetual monastic profession July 11, 1956, and her golden jubilee in 2002.

After attendance at the St. Cloud Hospital School of Nursing from 1948-1950, S. Mary Ann resigned to enter St. Benedict.s Monastery, but reentered the School Oct. 19, 1952. Soon after, however, her ministry changed to education. She received a B.A. in elementary education from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph. Further sites for study included St. John's University; St. Cloud State University; Catholic University in Ponce, Puerto Rico; Mundelein College in Chicago (for Spanish); Universidad Iberoamerica in Mexico City; and Chicago Teachers College of North Chicago (receiving a linguistic grant).

In her elementary education ministry, middle and upper grades, S. Mary Ann served at Richmond, St. Augustine's and St. Anthony's in St. Cloud, and Luxemburg. She taught Spanish at St. Benedict's High School in St. Joseph, and at Cathedral High School in St. Cloud. At the College of St. Benedict, she assisted in the library, the alumnae office, and cafeteria. At the monastery, she filled the role of receptionist, managed Aunt Laura's Clothing Shop for 23 years, and helped distribute mail in the post office. She enjoyed crafts, especially knitting, and was well known for her extensive poetry. S. Mary Ann moved to St. Scholastica Convent in St. Cloud July 2007.
S. Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Roberta Young.

She is survived by her Benedictine communiy, brothers John of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and James of Frazee, sisters Georgia Gallagher of Eugene, Ore., and Rose Mary Tasto of Detroit Lakes; as well as nieces and nephews.