Sister Richardis Niehues, O.S.B.

October 9, 1909 – October 24, 2006

Sister Sister Richardis Niehues, OSB, 97, a Benedictine sister of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kans., died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006, at the monastery. The vigil service will be Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7pm in the monastery chapel and the Mass of Resurrection will be offered there Friday, Oct. 27 at 10:30 am. 

Sister Richardis Niehaus, OSBOldest daughter of the children of Bernard and Marie Knipper Niehues, Sister Richardis was born Oct. 9, 1909, and was baptized Mary Agnes at St. Bede Church, Kelly, Kans. She entered the Mount community in 1926 and made monastic profession in 1928. A graduate of the Mount Academy, she earned the Bachelor of Science degree in education with minors in history and religion from Mount St. Scholastica College and spent most of her life teaching in schools of five states, including Guardian Angels School in Kansas City, Mo., and Co-Cathedral in St. Joseph, Mo. Her last assignment was as secretary and assistant in the Career Planning/Counseling Center of Benedictine College, Atchison. 

She is survived by her sisters Josepha (Mrs. Virgil) Altenhofen, Kelly, Kans.; Antoinette (Mrs. Henry) Hermesch, Seneca, Kans.; and Evelyn (Mrs. Clarence) Hutfles, Topeka, Kans.; by her brothers Edwin (Rosalita), Goff, Kans.; and Robert (Amelia), Seneca, Kans.; by a sister-in-law Loretta Niehues, Seneca, Kans.; and by nieces, nephews, and her religious community.

Memorials may be sent to Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison.

Let us remember her gratefully in our prayers. 


The memorial card for Sister Richardis

“Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love.”
RB 4:25-6

A member of St. Bede parish, Kelly, Kansas, Sister Richardis Niehues was one of many women who came to the Mount community from Nemaha County. Baptized Mary Agnes in her home parish, she and her brothers and sisters learned from Bernard and Marie Knipper Niehues the values of committed love and duty. When she entered the community in June 1926, she had already embraced thesequalities. Sister Richardis saw in her faith and in education her guides for life. She earned the Bachelor of Science in education with minors in history and religion from Mount St. Scholastica College. She shared her love of faith and learning with schoolchildren in Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri. She was meticulous in her preparation and service – from days of elementary school teaching to her assignment as assistant in the Benedictine College Center for Career Planning and Information. A great reader, she also liked to sew, knit, and crochet. Sister Richardis enjoyed visiting and sharing stories, and by her kind and courteous manner invited sharing from others. She was a strong and gentle woman who contributed to the peace and well-being of her community. May we learn from her example and remember her gratefully in our prayer.