Sister Eldena Scholl taught in Omaha

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Eldena Scholl, who taught in the Omaha archdiocese, died Aug. 5 at St. Dominic Villa in Hazel Green, Wisconsin. She was 97.

A funeral Mass was held Aug. 12 at the Dominican motherhouse in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, followed by burial in the motherhouse cemetery. 

A native of Rockwell, Iowa, Sister Eldena entered the Sinsinawa Dominican congregation in 1942, left in 1968, and returned in 1982. Her religious name was Sister Marie Evan. She professed her first vows in 1982, and her perpetual vows in 1985.

Between 1944 and 1986 Sister Eldena spent 25 of those years teaching at schools in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa, and at the former Holy Angels School in Omaha from 1954 to 1962. 

She also served as support staff at her order’s motherhouse in Sinsinawa from 1965 to 1968, and as sacristan from 1987 to 1998, when she retired.

She continued to volunteer at the motherhouse and at St. Dominic Villa in Hazel Green.

She is survived by nieces, nephews and her Dominican Sisters with whom she shared 63 years of religious life. 

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