Sister Irma Twenter, OSB, of St. Scholastica Monastery, Fort Smith, entered into eternal life on April 5, 2013 at the age of 101. She was born on April 3, 1912 in Clear Creek, Mo. to John and Magdalena Twenter. She entered St. Scholastica Convent in 1934 and made her monastic profession on June 24, 1937. She worked as a housekeeper and cook in Catholic parishes, schools, and hospitals in Missouri, Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana, including six years at St. Mary School, Lake Village; and several years each in Crawford County Hospital, Van Buren; St. Joseph School, Billings, Mo.; St. Joseph School, Amarillo, Tx.; St. Mary School, Altus; and St. Boniface Church, Fort Smith. From 1974-81 she served as the monastery seamstress. From 1988-93 she resided at St. Mary Parish, Helena, Arkansas, working in rural ministry, where she started quilting groups. Since 1993 she has lived in the monastery infirmary. During her retirement Sister Irma developed her artistic talents, painting landscapes and abstract art and designing hand painted greeting cards.
She is survived by one brother, Alfred; her nieces and nephews; and members of the monastic community. Sister Irma was preceded in death by four sisters: Frances Gerke, Emma Vollmer, Martha Vollmer, and Alice Marie Twenter; and four brothers: Anton Twenter, Carl Twenter, Urban Twenter and William Twenter.
Her funeral Mass was celebrated on April 9, 2013 at St. Scholastica Monastery with Fr. Hugh Assenmacher, OSB presiding.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Scholastica Continuing Care Fund, P. O. Box 3489, Fort Smith, AR 72913. Donate In Sr. Irma Twenter’s Memory
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