In Memoriam: Sister Marge Sasse

Sister Marge Sasse, 85, of Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Indiana, died on Saturday, August 8, at Memorial Hospital in Jasper, Indiana.

Sister Marge (Margaret Maddalena), formerly known as Sister Mary Gualbert, was born on January 15, 1935, in Evansville, IN. She was the youngest of six children of Joseph and Verena (Fuchs) Sasse. She entered the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand in 1952 and made her profession of monastic vows in 1954.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Frances Sasse (Uhl), and nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death are her parents, Joseph and Verena (Fuchs) Sasse, brothers David Sasse, and Herman Sasse, sisters Rose Marie Seng and her husband Stephen, Ruth Kelly, and her husband Paul, and Sister Angela (Mary Theresa) Sasse.

Sister Marge attended St. Benedict College in Ferdinand, studying education, and obtained a master’s degree in religious education from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. She worked as a teacher throughout Southern Indiana at St. Matthew in Mount Vernon, St. James in Haubstadt, St. Mary in Washington, St. Mary School in Huntingburg, St. Bernard in Rockport, North Spencer Alternative Ed in Dale, Holy Redeemer, and St. Benedict in Evansville. She also served as a missionary in Guatemala and 16 years in Peru. Sister Marge also taught in California at St. Catherine School, worked in parish ministry at St. Ferdinand, St. Benedict, and Sacred Heart, and engaged in supportive services and prayer ministry at the monastery.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, visitation and the funeral liturgies will be private on Tuesday, August 11, and Wednesday, August 12.

Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand will oversee the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand.