S. Matthew Wehri, OSB, 85, died on Sunday, November 24, 2019.
A wake service will be held at 7:00 PM on Friday, November 29, 2019 and the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, November 30, 2019, at 9:00 AM, both in Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Monastery Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton is in charge of arrangements.
Carol Ann Wehri was born April 18, 1934 to Frank and Kathryn (Roether) Wehri of rural Haymarsh (Hebron), North Dakota. She was the second of four children and attended St. Clement’s Catholic grade school in Hebron and St. Mary’s High School in Richardton, North Dakota, graduating in May 1953. Carol Ann entered Sacred Heart Monastery on September 6, 1954. On June 28, 1955, she became a novice and received the name Matthew. She made first profession on June 29, 1956 and final profession on June 29, 1959.
Matthew was schooled daily in the Lord’s service for the remainder of her religious life and was known by the work of her hands. She learned her ministry by watching others or just by doing what needed to be done. Her hands became proficient in housekeeping, drape-making, laundry, upholstering, growing flowers and plants, baking, Christmas decorating, sewing for the Sisters in the Care Center, driving for appointments and much more. Her years of service began with sewing in the Vestment Department in Yankton, followed by housekeeping in Lincoln, Nebraska, at Stephan Indian Mission and the Bishop’s house in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In 1969, she returned to Yankton and worked once more at the Monastery. She then served as housekeeping supervisor at Mount Marty for 24 years. After stepping down from this supervisory position, she continued caring for the flower beds and plants at Mount Marty until her retirement.
Matthew was also known for her recycling efforts and for her various canine friends over the years. She was a resourceful, practical person. She enjoyed many hobbies such as wine making, crocheting, cake decorating and baking rose petal bread, to name a few. She loved Christmas, and would spend time decorating inside and out around campus. For her, there was never too much when it came to decorating for Christmas.
S Matthew is survived by her Benedictine community, her brother, Frederick (Fritz) (Laura), her sister, Eileen (Larry) Bolstad, several nieces and a nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Fr. Francis, OSB.