Sister Caroline Wolf of Mother of God Monastery in Watertown, SD, died on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at a local care center in Watertown.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at the Monastery with Father Denis Meier, Celebrant. Burial will be in the Monastery Cemetery. Crawford Osthus Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Caroline Elizabeth Wolf was born on February 1, 1930 in Hillsview, SD. She was one of eight children of Lawrence and Elizabeth (Gabriel) Wolf. She grew up on the family farm in Hillsview and attended the public school for the first six grades. Her family then moved to Aberdeen, where she attended St. Mary’s Catholic School for grades seven and eight. It was there she first came in contact with the Benedictine Sisters.
At the age of 14, Caroline entered Sacred Heart Monastery in Yankton, SD on August 20, 1944. Upon entering the novitiate, she received the name Sister Mary Lawrence. She made her profession of vows on June 24, 1948. When the opportunity arose, she went back to her baptismal name. In 1961, she became a founding member of Mother of God Monastery.
Sister Caroline attended Mount Marty College, Yankton, SD, receiving a B.A. degree in Elementary Education. Her teaching career began in Pueblo, CO. in 1948 with 79 Mexican/Spanish tots who could not understand English. She also taught in Fort Yates and Glen Ullin, ND, and in Yankton, Pierre, Aberdeen, Lower Brule, and St. Francis Mission in SD. In 1974 she started a Daycare Center at Harmony Hill Education Center, which she managed until 1979. Sister Caroline engaged in parish ministry in Oldham and Polo, as well as Fulda and Lake Benton, MN. She returned to the monastery in 1988 where she served as Administrative Secretary at Harmony Hill Education Center and later as Administrative Assistant to the Prioress at the monastery.
Sister Caroline is survived by her sisters of Mother of God Monastery and her nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents and seven siblings.
Because of Covid-19 restrictions, visitation and funeral liturgies for the monastic community will be private.
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