DULUTH -- Sister Noella Wappes, 86, OSB, St. Scholastica Monastery, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2001, at the monastery.
She was born Jan. 4, 1915, in Lac du Flambeau, Wis., and spent most of her early life in Cloquet where she attended Our Lady of the Sacred Heart grade school and then Villa Sancta Scholastica High School in Duluth. She entered the Duluth Benedictine community in 1931 and professed monastic vows in 1933. She took education courses at the College of St. Scholastica and the Duluth Normal Teachers' College to prepare for a teaching career. As a teacher, she served at St. James Children's Home, Duluth, St. Thomas School, International Falls, and Duluth Cathedral Junior High School. Illness forced her to withdraw from active ministry for three years. She received certification as a registered record administrator from the American Medical Record Association. In April 1953, she went to St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd where she served as director of the medical record department until 1983. She resigned as director, but continued to work in the department until her retirement in 1998. She was also known for painting Christmas scenes on the hospital windows during her 45 years there. She was a member of the Minnesota Association of Medical Record Administrators and in the National Association of Medical Administrators. She assisted at the Brainerd Community Soup Kitchen and in the Hospitality House sponsored by St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Survivors include sisters at the St. Scholastica Monastery; and a brother, Edward Wappes, New Windsor, Md.
Seven brothers, Walter, John, Robert, Richard and Orville Wappes, died earlier.
Services will be 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth, with the Rev. Jon Wild officiating. Burial will be in Gethsemane Cemetery.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel.
Memorials are preferred to St. Scholastica Monastery. Arrangements are with Bell Brothers Funeral Directors, Jarvi-Dowd Chapel.
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