DULUTH - Sister Laura (Marie) Daigle, OSB, 87, of St. Scholastica Monastery, died at St. Mary's Medical Center, Duluth, on Jan. 4, 2009.
Sister Laura was born Dec. 9, 1921, in the Township of St. Mathias, Crow Wing County, Minnesota. She attended Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Grade School, Cloquet, Minn., and in 1939 graduated from Stanbrook Hall High School, Duluth, Minn. That same year she entered St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth and made her monastic profession in 1941. She celebrated her Silver Jubilee in 1966, her Golden in 1991, and her Diamond Jubilee in 2001. She was in her 68th year of monastic profession.
Sister Laura Daigle
Sister Laura served many places in many capacities. She taught middle and upper grades in St. Gertrude's School, Washington, D.C., as well at St. Thomas School, International Falls, Minn., and St. John's School in Duluth. She was the prefect for girls at St. Gertrude's and for boys at St. James Children's Home in Duluth. She graduated from The College of St. Scholastica in 1958 where she earned a B.S. degree and an RN. Her main duties after that were in the field of medicine. Over the years 1955-1963, she was a student nurse, an assistant head nurse and finally head nurse at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. Sister Laura then served as a nurse in St. Joseph's Hospital, Brainerd, Minn., and night supervisor at the Cuyuna Range District Hospital, Crosby, Minn. In 1966 she was head nurse at Hibbing General Hospital where she also worked as a therapist at the Psychiatric Day Hospital in Hibbing and as a nurse counselor for youth in a drug program. In 1991 she retired and resided at St. Scholastica Monastery where she assisted in the Gift Shop and the Spiritual Resource Center. In 2000 she became the associate oblate director and the director of the Thomas Merton Center, which she had founded in 1978.
Sister Laura was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Hazel (Tougas) Daigle, and one brother, Donald. Besides the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, she is survived by two brothers, Steve and Ted, one sister, Clara Lou Kinnumen, and several nieces and nephews.
The wake service will be held on Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, St. Scholastica Monastery, with visitation until 10:45 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. with Father William Graham presiding. Burial will be in Gethsemane Cemetery. Memorials to St. Scholastica Monastery are preferred. Arrangements are by Bell Brothers Jarvi Dowd Funeral Home.
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