Sister Agatha Marie was longtime teacher, pastoral minister in Omaha archdiocese

Sister Agatha Marie Sadler, who served most of her 66 years of religious life in the Omaha archdiocese, died Aug. 26 at Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home in Albion. She was 85 years old.

A visitation and vigil service was held Aug. 29 at St Michael Church in Albion. A funeral Mass will be held Sept. 2 at St. Agatha Church in Howard, South Dakota, with burial in Canova, South Dakota.

Born Rita Sadler in Canova, she entered religious life in 1956 and received the name Sister Agatha Marie. She made her first profession of vows in 1958 and perpetual vows in 1964.

Sister Agatha Marie received a bachelor’s degree in education from Alverno College in Milwaukee and taught for three years at St. Martin School in Martinsville, Wisconsin, from 1958 to 1961.

She served the remainder of her ministry in the Archdiocese of Omaha. She taught at St. Mary School in Osmond from 1961 to 1981, then moved to St. Edward, where she served at St. Edward Parish as parish minister from 1982 to 1999, and at Cloverlodge Care Center as pastoral minister from 1999 to 2010 and pastoral care volunteer from 2010 to 2020. Sister retired in 2020 in Albion and served in the ministry of prayer and presence until her death.    

Sister Agatha Marie is survived by her sister-in-law, Bev Sadler, of Howard, South Dakota; nieces and nephews; many friends in Albion; and by the School Sisters of St. Francis community.

Memorials may be sent to the School Sisters of St. Francis, 1501 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53215.

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