Sister Honora Eisenbeis, O.S.B.

April 25, 1915 -- September 20, 2006

Sister Honora Eisenbeis, 91, a Benedictine Sister of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kans., and former Kansas City resident, died at the monastery on Wednesday, September 20, 2006. The vigil service will be on Friday, September 22, at 7 p.m. in the monastery chapel and the Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated there on Saturday, September 23, at 10:00 a.m.

Sister Honora Eisenbeis%2C OSBSister Honora (Margaret Agnes) was the fifth child of the eleven children of Charles and Agnes Strifler Eisenbeis, of Blaine, Kans. When she was 18, she entered Mount St. Scholastica, made her first profession in 1935 and final monastic profession in 1938. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in education from Mount St. Scholastica College. A primary teacher for her entire professional career, Sister Honora loved children. She taught briefly in Missouri, California, and Colorado, teaching longest in rural Kansas schools and in Kansas City at St. Anthony, Christ the King, St. Benedict, St. Joseph (Shawnee), Sacred Heart, and Holy Trinity (Lenexa) schools. She carried that dedication into her retirement years when she visited the sick and elderly either in person or by phone, and liked to give away the rosaries that she made.

She is survived by her sisters Rose Hill Olsen, Bellevue, WA; Pat Kreller, Boise, ID; and Rhea Marchetti, Seattle, WA; by her brother Charles Eisenbeis, Yakima, WA; by nieces and nephews, and by her monastic family. Memorials may be sent to Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison.

Let us remember her gratefully in our prayers.

Sister Honora's memorial card:

The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want;
Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose.
Psalm 22: 1-2

Sister Honora (Margaret Agnes) was the fifth child among the eleven children of Charles and Agnes Strifler Eisenbeis and grew up in St. Columbkille parish, Blaine, Kansas, where the school was staffed by Atchison Benedictine sisters. She entered the monastery in 1933 and made profession in 1935. Her sister Geneva joined her and became Sister Mary Raymond, who transferred to St. Lucy Priory in Glendora, California. Sister Honora remembered with affection and gratitude the sisters who taught her and the many with whom she lived on missions between 1935 and 1978. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Mount St. Scholastica College and earned a lifetime elementary teaching certificate for Missouri. She loved the “little ones,” and was a primary teacher throughout her career. Over the years, Sister Honora dealt with recurring illness with simplicity and fortitude, and marked 1977 as a unique grace. She attended a charismatic renewal that summer, and called it “my start of great love and freedom.” When she retired from teaching, she rejoiced in caring for little children, in visiting the sick in nursing homes, and in making and repairing rosaries. She always gave her sisters an enthusiastic welcome, remaining devoted to them and to her family. Let us remember her in grateful prayer.