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Published January 15, 2013, 12:00 AM

Sister Fidelis Nieberler OSF

Funeral services for Sister Fidelis Nieberler OSF will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 19 at the Immaculate Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent, Hankinson, ND. Visitation will be Friday 2:30-4:30 with a prayer service at 7 p.m., also in the Chapel.

Sister M. Fidelis Nieberler OSF was born on Easter morning, April 15, 1906 and baptized on April 16, 1906. Sister was one of 15 children born to Johann and Katharina (Weindel) Nieberler, in Kaldorff, Germany. In 2009, Sister celebrated her 80th Jubilee as a Dillingen Franciscan Sister.

Sister Fidelis Nieberler OSF

Funeral services for Sister Fidelis Nieberler OSF will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 19 at the Immaculate Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent, Hankinson, ND. Visitation will be Friday 2:30-4:30 with a prayer service at 7 p.m., also in the Chapel.

Sister M. Fidelis Nieberler OSF was born on Easter morning, April 15, 1906 and baptized on April 16, 1906. Sister was one of 15 children born to Johann and Katharina (Weindel) Nieberler, in Kaldorff, Germany. In 2009, Sister celebrated her 80th Jubilee as a Dillingen Franciscan Sister.

Sister Fidelis arrived in Hankinson, ND in 1934, leaving behind the beautiful vineyards and forests of her homeland, as well as the concern of her Congregation that she might be incarcerated for speaking out against Hitler. When she arrived in Hankinson, Sister spent the first several months learning a new language, and then was asked to go to Dickinson State College to obtain her teaching degree. Sister had an extensive education and taught for a total of 65 years, seven of those in Germany, eight years at St. John’s in Collegeville, MN and 50 years in the Diocese of Fargo. During the summer months, she taught Vacation School in many of the smaller communities, as well as helping children prepare for their first Confession and First Communion. Sister said to form Christ in others, we have to think of religion as someone, not something and give a living, personal, concrete knowledge. She always enjoyed the time she had to spend with her sister Gloria OSF, as they toiled together in the gardens on the convent grounds before she returned to her school duties.

Sister’s life and attitude were an inspiration to all who knew her. This has been made apparent by the many former students who have come to visit during her retirement years at St. Francis Convent. She always had a big smile, and her eyes gleamed with the love she had for her Lord and His people. Sister expressed her philosophy of teaching with these words: “Since each child has a unique pattern of learning, I strongly believe that a teacher has to be alert to the needs of each child; be available, enthusiastic, open to new ways of teaching and use different learning styles; build up the child’s self-confidence through motivation, with love, care and genuine concern.”

Sister Fidelis is survived by her Dillingen Franciscan Sisters, and numerous family members in Germany who have been in frequent contact with her throughout these many years. She was preceded in death by her parents and all of her siblings, eight of whom were priests, brothers and sisters.

On-line guestbook: www.frankfamilyfuneralhome.com

Frank Family Funeral Home, Hankinson, ND is in charge of the arrangements.

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