S. Francine Streff OSB

S. Francine Streff OSB, 68, died on Friday, November 1, 2019.

A wake service will be held at 7:00 PM, on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 and the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM, on Thursday, November 7, 2019, both in Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.

Francine was born December 17, 1950 the oldest of six children to LeRoy and Betty (Tuschen) Streff of Salem, South Dakota. She grew up on the farm and through the responsibilities given to her on the farm, she was instilled with the ability to creatively solve problems. She attended St. Mary’s School in Salem and was a part of the last graduating class of St. Mary’s High School. She continued her education at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota, where she received a BA in education and began teaching. She later received a Masters from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. She was also involved in Democratic Party politics during her young adult life and worked on several campaigns. While teaching, she also developed skills in painting, calligraphy, and weaving. Rainbow colored thread became her signature for her woven creations.

S. Francine entered Sacred Heart Monastery on August 23, 1992 and entered the novitiate on August 5, 1993. She made her first profession on August 7, 1994 and her final profession on August 2, 1997. During her years of ministry, she taught at Sacred Heart School in Yankton and at Christ the King and St. Michael’s in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After leaving teaching, she was in the public relations office at the monastery for a while and later ran the Monastery Gift Shop. She was also a spiritual director and initiator of the Monastery’s annual Holiday Fair.

S. Francine was a determined person who did not let disability hold her back. She used her creative spirit to design her life with ingenuity and rainbow splendor. She was devoted to her family and encouraged her nieces, nephews and students to be the best they could be.

S. Francine is survived by her Benedictine community, her brothers Rodney, Dan, Steve and Ray, her sister Paulette and nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her father and mother.

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4 response to "S. Francine Streff OSB"

  1. By: cody w. christensen Posted: November 4, 2019

    Sorry to hear about the passing of Miss Streff which is how I knew her as a 7th grader back in 1985 at Holy Trinity in Hartington. At that time, being a young punk, I disliked her as a teacher which meant she was very good at her job. Looking back now I realize that by her making us work harder than we ever wanted to is what made us better students and just a better person in the long run. I am grateful for having known her!!

  2. By: Terry Tramp Posted: November 4, 2019

    Ms. Streff, as we knew her as students at Sacred Heart grade school, then later in life as Sister Fran, was a wonderful person and a beautiful soul. I’m truly blessed to have known her and fortunate to have reunited and visited with her the last couple of years while visiting Yankton.. The world is less bright without her and I’m saddened for our loss. Although my heart is heavy with grief, my heart is also comforted knowing that if there is anyone deserving of heaven, Sister Fran is there now with God. Thoughts and prays to her family.

  3. By: Robert Suing Posted: November 5, 2019

    I was very sorry to hear the news of Sr. Francine’s passing. She was such a compassionate caring person and gifted teacher. I was a student of hers at Sacred Heart elementery and we stayed friends for years after. I fondly remember her art classes, she was so creative and taught many students the basics of drawing, painting, designing, weaving, you name it.. She enjoyed color and creativly used it in her classrooms. I remember the time she taught us how to make Gods Eyes with rainbow yarn and how well they turned out. She was so patient and you could tell she enjoyed sharing her artistry.
    I recall Sr. Fran coping with health issues most of her but I don’t remember ever hearing her complain. She never seemed to let that stop her from teaching or doing the things she enjoyed.
    Sr. Fran was a shining star and inspiration to many.
    My sympathies to her family, friends and her sisters at Sacred Heart Monastery.
    Eternal rest grant to her oh Lord and may perpetual light shine apon her…
    Robert Suing, friend and former student at Sacred Heart School, Yankton, South Dakota

  4. By: Jean C. Rasmussen Posted: November 6, 2019

    I so regret being unable to attend either the wake service or the Mass. I’ve know Francine all her life. We grew up on neighboring farms south west of Salem. Our parents were friends. My sister and I babysat in their home. I ate the Rock Cookies without restraint, then rearranged the cookie jar so the missing cookies would not be noticed. I have that recipe in Sister’s hand writing still. I inherited her classroom at Sacred Heart School when I took a position to teach Social Studies and Theology. in the late 1990’s. Francine was always saintly. It has been an inspiration to see her “become’ a religious and and an artist, but mostly a saintly Sister who carried her cross with holiness. I’ll call on her name now in prayer to intercede for our intentions.
    May she rest in peace.
    Old neighbor, Jean (Huls) Rasmussen

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