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Sr. Raymond (Mildred) Doerfler, OSB, 89



Sister Raymond (Mildred) Doerfler, OSB, of St. Joseph died Sunday, June 12, 2011, at St. Scholistica Convent. She was 89

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph. Friends may call at St. Scholastica Convent in St. Cloud Tuesday, June 14 from 1-6 p.m., or for a prayer vigil at 7 p.m. at St. Benedict's Monastery. Visitation continues at 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral Wednesday, June 15. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery.

Sr. Raymond (Mildred) Doerfler was born Dec. 12, 1921, to Henry and Ida Mary (Koehnen) Doerfler in Richfield, Minn. After graduating from Assumption Grade School and Holy Angels High School in Richfield, she entered St. Benedict's Monastery Sept. 14, 1941, and the novitiate June 22, 1943. Her first monastic profession was July 11, 1944, and perpetual profession July 11, 1947.

In preparation for a long career in music, Sr. Raymond received a B.A. degree in music from the College of St. Benedict. She participated in piano pedagogy workshops offered by Northwestern University in Janesville, Wis., and Columbia University, New York, and also studied at the Catholic University of America.

Sr. Raymond's musical talents were many, and she shared them generously. She taught numerous private piano lessons in addition to her primary ministry teaching music in parochial schools and playing the organ in the associated parishes in Wahpeton, N.D., Perham, Watkins, and Sauk Centre. She also taught religion classes in parishes where she was stationed until she retired to St. Scholastica Convent in 2000. However, her activity did not cease; she assisted with driving for many years, helped the sacristan and served wherever needed.

Sr. Raymond was preceded in death by six brothers Philip, Leonard, George, Edward, Raymond, and Andrew; and three sisters Clara, Sister DeSales (Elizabeth) also of St. Benedict's Monastery, and Gertrude (and Fred) Kramer.

She is survived by her Benedictine community; and nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts are preferred to St. Benedict's Monastery to care for the elderly sisters.