Sister Marian Walbe, OSB, was born Mary Cecilia Walbe on November 21, 1916 in Morrison Bluff, Ark. to Joseph and Anna Walbe. She entered St. Scholastica Convent in 1931 and made her monastic profession on June 24, 1935, taking the name “Marian.” She earned her B.A. in Education at Avila College, Kansas City, Mo in 1966. She was a primary school teacher for 55 years at St. Benedict School, Subiaco; St. Mary School, Barling; St. Boniface School, Fort Smith; St. Francis DeSales School, Lebanon, Mo.; St. Theresa School, Little Rock; St. Joseph School, Amarillo, Tx.; St. Ignatius School, Scranton; and St. Joseph School, Paris. In 1990 she moved to Hesychia House of Prayer, New Blaine, AR, where she was a part of the core community. She retired to the monastery infirmary in 2009.
Sister Marian is survived by one brother, Joseph Walbe of Fort Smith; four sisters, Anna Lou Frietsche and Juanita Perry, both of Fort Smith; Margie Borengasser of New Blaine and Josephine Basgoll of Gardner, Kan.; three sisters-in-law, Rosetta Walbe and Mary (wife to Joseph) Walbe of Fort Smith and Catherine Walbe of Friendswood, Tex.; two brothers-in-law, Ben Frietsche (husband to Anna Lou) and Ed Borengasser (husband to Margie); many nieces and nephews and her religious community.
Vespers for the dead were held on Monday, February 22. Her funeral Mass was celebrated on February 23, with Fr. David McKillin, OSB presiding and Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB and Fr. Bruno Fuhrmann, OSB concelebrating. She was laid to rest at St. Scholastica Monastery Cemetery under the direction of Fentress Mortuary.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Scholastica Continuing Care Fund, P. O. Box 3489, Fort Smith, AR 72913.Donate In Sr. Marian Walbe’s Memory
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