Sister Gratia Scherman, OSB
September 22, 1917 - March 26, 2005
Sister Gratia Scherman, OSB, a Benedictine Sister of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, Kansas, and former Kansas City resident, died on March 26, 2005 in Atchison. She was born Magdalen Anne, on September 22, 1917, to Walter and Elsie (Boehm) Scherman of Lenexa, along with a twin, Mary Agnes Conroy of Kansas City, Mo.
She entered the Benedictines in 1937 and studied art at the Chicago Art Institute and the Kansas City Art Institute in addition to her master’s degree studies at Notre Dame University. A dynamic and beloved art teacher, she taught in St. Joseph Mo. and Antonito, Colo, before serving from 1958 to 1975 at Lillis High School in Kansas City. Her appreciation for faith and beauty were expressed in many media and she encouraged the creativity of each student, introducing them not only to drawing and painting, but to many arts from candlemaking and calligraphy to quilting and weaving. Her students and sisters were drawn to a greater love of God’s creation not merely by her art, but by her own example of gentle love and gratitude for life’s gifts.
In addition to her twin, she is survived by sisters Rita Huling of Peoria, Arizona, and Ruth Hermann of Naples, Florida, two brothers, John and Ralph Scherman, both of Shawnee Mission, and her Benedictine community.
Her vigil service will be at Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, with the Mass of Resurrection on Wednesday, March 30 at 10:30 a.m. Memorials may be sent to Mount St. Scholastica.
Memorials may be sent to Mount St. Scholastica.
Let us remember her gratefully in our prayers.