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2014

Sister Helen Backes, October 27

Sister Helen Backes, SMP, age 101, of Valley City, ND, died October 27, 2014 at Maryvale Convent in Valley City. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Friday, October 31st at Maryvale Convent Chapel with Father Claude Seeberger, OSB celebrant. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Maryvale Convent Chapel and one hour before the service Friday morning. A prayer service will be held at 7:00 PM Thursday evening at Maryvale Convent Chapel. Interment will be in Maryvale Convent Cemetery near Valley City.

Sister Helen Backes, the daughter of John and Gertrude (Willenbring) Backes, was born August 27, 1913 in Foxholm, ND. She was the youngest of 8 children, six boys and two girls. She attended grade school in a country school near her farm home near Lansford, ND. She attended high school and was a boarder at Notre Dame in Willow City, ND. She later graduated from St. Catherine’s Catholic School in Valley City, ND. She professed her vows as a Sister of Mary of the Presentation on September 3, 1931 in Broons, France. After her novitiate in France, she then returned to United States and began nurses training in Illinois. She received her RN degree and later a graduated degree in Obstetrics in Peoria, IL. She worked in hospitals (mostly the night shift) sponsored by the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation in Bottineau, ND, Harvey, ND, Rolla, ND and Spring Valley, IL. In 1980, she moved to Maryvale Convent where she took care of the elderly and sick Sisters for 16 years. She retired in May, 1996 at Maryvale Convent.

Sister Helen is survived by her Religious Community, the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation and several nieces and nephews.

Sister Helen was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings.

Sister Mary Frances Lux, March 26

Sister Mary Frances Lux, SMP, age 84, of Valley City, ND, died March 26th at the Sheyenne Care Center in Valley City. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, April 1st at the Maryvale Convent Chapel near Valley City, ND. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 31st from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Maryvale Convent Chapel. A prayer service will be held at 7:00 PM Monday evening at the Convent Chapel. Interment will be in Maryvale Convent Cemetery in the spring.

Sister Mary Frances was born December 22, 1929 in Lisbon, ND to Melvin and Frances (Barta) Lux. She professed he vows as a Sister of Mary of the Presentation on September 15, 1947 in Spring Valley, IL. She graduated from St. Aloyius School in Oakwood, ND and then attended St. Andrew’s Nursing School in Bottineau, ND. After graduating with her Nursing Degree, she moved to St. Margaret Health in Spring Valley where she was the Head Nurse in the O.B. department. Later she returned to Bottineau, ND and began working as Food Service Supervisor at St. Andrew’s Hospital. She then moved to Rolla, ND where she served for over 10 years as the Administrator at Presentation Medical Center. She moved back to Spring Valley, IL and worked as Food Service Manager for 11 years. She moved back to North Dakota in 1986 and worked in food service for the poor at the Grand Forks Mission House. She was then asked to go to Les Cotils, Guernsey where she served for 8 years on the Hospitality Staff. When she returned to the United States, she took Clinical Pastoral Education courses at LaCrosse, WI and became part of the Pastoral Care Department at St. Margaret Health in Spring Valley and was there until she retired to Maryvale in 2001. At Maryvale she was also part of the hospitality staff for a time.

Sister Mary Frances is survived by her Religious Community, the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation; sisters, Leona Marshall, Valley City, ND, Mary Ann (Bill) Goddard, Plymouth, MN, Theresa (Jim) Fields, Valley City, ND and Margaret (Neal) Bohnsack, Williams, AZ; brothers, Melvin (Alice) Lux, Salem, OR, Francis (Louise) Lux, Craig, CO, Deacon Charles (Philann) Lux, and Lawrence (Barb) Lux, all Rock Springs, WY.

Sister Mary Frances was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Richard.

2013

Sister Emma Marie Arcand, December 22

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Sister Susan Delbarae - May 31

Sister Barbara Marie Pfeifer - June 21

 

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