COLORADO SPRINGS. Mass of Resurrection was celebrated Jan. 12 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Colorado Springs for Sister of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration Bernice Preister. Burial followed in Mount St. Francis cemetery. Sister Preister, a Sister of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration for 70 years, died peacefully at Mount St. Francis Nursing Center in Colorado Springs on Jan. 8.
Sister Bernice (Mary Ann) was born on Nov. 14, 1928, the weaker of twin girls, in Cornlea, Nebraska to Ben and Anna (Babel) Preister. She was baptized at St. Bernard Church in Lindsay on the day of her birth.
Sister Bernice entered the Sisters of St. Francis in Denver in 1946 and received the holy habit on Aug. 12, 1947, celebrating final vows on Aug. 12, 1954. In 2017, she celebrated her 70th Jubilee.
Sister Bernice attended Duchesne College for her bachelor’s degree in education and Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where she attained her master’s degree in 1968.
As a primary teacher, she taught for 49 years in Kansas, New Mexico and Nebraska. Kindergarteners were her love and joy. From 1996-2005 she served as a Pastoral Minister visiting the sick, elderly and homebound in Humphrey, Nebraska, and the surrounding rural areas.
She moved to Mount St. Francis in 2005 and ministered to our Sisters in St. Francis Nursing Center. In 2014, she became a resident of Mount St. Francis Nursing Center and continued her hobbies of embroidering tea towels and pillow cases, playing Scrabble, working jigsaw puzzles and adult coloring books.
Sister Bernice is survived by her brother Dick, his wife Geraldine, and her four sisters: Angela Sand, Helen Wegener, her twin Jo Ann Rossell, Bernette Hamling and two sisters-in-law: Mardell Preister and Mildred Preister. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Arthur, Alvin, Jim and Leon and her sisters: Bernice and Imelda.
Sister Bernice requested that, in lieu of flowers, a memorial be made to St. Francis School in Humphrey, Nebraska or to the Sisters of St. Francis. Memorials can be sent to: Sister Nadine Heimann, Provincial, Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, at 7665 Assisi Heights, Colorado Springs, CO 80919