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Sister Ansgar (Agnes) Willenbring

Sister Ansgar (Agnes) Willenbring, 95, of St. Joseph, Minn., formerly of Red Lake, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, at St. Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict's Monastery. Visitation will be held from 1-6 p.m. today, with a Vigil Prayer Service at 7 p.m., at Saint Scholastica Convent and for two hours prior to the Mass Saturday at Sacred Heart Chapel. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery.

She was born March 18, 1913, to Henry and Margaret (Koetter) Willenbring in Richmond, Minn. She attended Ss. Peter and Paul School in Richmond. On Sept. 13, 1931, she entered Saint Benedict's Monastery, and made her perpetual profession on July 11, 1936. The celebration of her 75th anniversary of religious life in 2008 was a joyous occasion.

For many years, she served in housekeeping and in health care in Hastings, in St. Cloud at St. Raphael's Home and Saint Scholastica Convent, at Saint Benedict's Monastery and for 24 years, at three different times, at St. Mary's Mission in Red Lake. Her ministry further included being organist at Red Lake, parish minister in Ogema and assistant in the Media Department at Saint Benedict's Monastery. She retired to Saint Scholastica Convent in November 2000 where she sewed, assisted in the dining room and continued her life of prayer and community living.

She is survived by her Benedictine community; brothers, Irmund and Lawrence; and sister, Bertha Lucken.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Edward, Benedict, Ludwig, Mathias, Bernard and Othmar, half-brothers, John, Frank and Andrew, sisters, Josephine Neussendorfer and Theresa Eisenschenk; and half-sisters, Catherine Steinke, Mary Steinke, Anna Toenies and Tresa.