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Sister Norbert was born in Nazareth, Texas on March 5, 1914, to Henry and Elizabeth Hoelting. She entered St. Scholastica Convent in 1928; received her State Elementary teaching certificate in 1939; earned a B.A. in Spanish from Mount Mercy College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1944; and earned an M.A. in Religion from Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana in 1956.

Sister Norbert taught twenty-six years in Arkansas Catholic schools. Thirteen of those years were spent at St. Scholastica Academy, where she served as teacher, prefect, and principal.

She served the monastic community as formation director from 1959-67 and 1993-96. She was elected prioress on December 28, 1976, serving a four-year term.

During her career, Sister Norbert also worked at St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; at St. Michael Indian School in Arizona; and as administrator of St. Joseph Home in North Little Rock.

For the past twelve years, Sister Norbert taught Scripture and Patristics to new community members, assisted as receptionist in the monastery office, and served on several committees.

Vespers was 7:30 p.m. March 9 at St. Scholastica  Monastery.  Her Funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m. March 10 at St. Scholastica Monastery.

Sister Norbert is survived by a brother, Norbert Hoelting and his wife Mary of Olpe, Kansas, and two sisters-in-law, Tina Hoelting of Nazareth, Texas, and Maurine Hoelting of California, numerous nieces and nephews; and the members of her monastic community.

Her nieces and nephews served as pallbearers.Memorial donations may be made to St. Scholastica Continuing Care Fund, P. O. Box 3489, Fort Smith, AR 72913.Donate In Sr. Norbert Hoelting’s Memory
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Sister Anita Berkemeyer, OSB, 90, of Fort Smith passed away Friday, June 26, 2009 in St. Scholastica Monastery. She was born November 7, 1918 in Atkins, Arkansas to Clemence and Mary Elizabeth Berkemeyer. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Incarnate Word College, San Antonio, Texas in 1963 and taught elementary school for over 40 years at Sacred Heart School, Charleston; St. Edward School, Little Rock; St. Benedict School, Subiaco; Sts. Peter and Paul School, Morrison Bluff; St. Joseph School, Fayetteville; St. Gabriel School, Kansas City; St. Vincent de Paul School, Rogers; St. Teresa School, Little Rock; and the Nazareth, Texas public schools. After her retirement from teaching in 1987, she served as the monastery’s Oblate Director and ministered to the sick and shut-ins at St. Joseph Church, Paris.

Sister Anita loved acting, singing and dancing and enjoyed performing in monastery skits.  She was also a self-taught accomplished hair stylist.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Carl and Bernard Berkemeyer and Sister Herman Joseph Berkemeyer.

Vespers were held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 29, 2009 at St. Scholastica Monastery. Her funeral Mass was held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2009 in the Monastery Chapel.  She was buried in St. Scholastica Cemetery.

She is survived by three brothers: Herman Berkemeyer of Lake Village, Arkansas; Raymond Berkemeyer of Morrilton, Arkansas; and John Berkemeyer of Atkins, Arkansas; seven sisters: Marie Beck of Conway, Arkansas; Louise Sponer of Hattieville, Arkansas; Rita Rehm of Perry, Arkansas; Helen Ward of Morrilton, Arkansas; Paula Patton of North Little Rock, Arkansas; Marilyn Riedmueller of Morrilton, Arkansas; Pat Stout of Morrilton, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews and her Religious Community.

Her nieces and nephews served as pallbearers.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Scholastica Continuing Care Fund, P. O. Box 3489, Fort Smith, AR 72913.Donate In Sr. Anita Berkemeyer’s Memory
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Sister Adelma Pabst, OSB, who was a radiological and medical technician for 40 years, entered into eternal life on July 20, 2009 at the age of 87, at St. Scholastica Monastery. She was born on January 27, 1922 in Pleasant Green, Missouri to Aloysius and Wilhelmine Pabst.  She entered St. Scholastica Convent on August 31, 1938 and made her monastic profession on June 24, 1941.  She became certified as a radiologic technologist in 1946 and was a member of American Society of Radiologic Technologists. She attended Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas and became certified as a laboratory technologist in 1961.  During her career, she worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Boonville, Missouri; Municipal Hospital, Clarksville; St. Vincent’s Infirmary, Little Rock; St. Mary’s Hospital, Dermott; and Conway County Hospital, Morillton.  After retiring from hospital work, she worked in St. Scholastica Infirmary from 1975-1982 and in the monastery gift shop from 1982-84.

After receiving her Pastoral Care certificate in 1986, she worked in counseling at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Conway County Hospital.  Even after her retirement she continued to volunteer in the general office.

Sister Adelma  is survived by two brothers, Robert Pabst, Texas; and John Pabst, Missouri; one sister, Dolores Krewet, Festus, Missouri; nieces and nephews and the members of her monastic community.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr. David McKillin, chaplain, in the monastery chapel on July 23, followed by interment in the monastery cemetery. Her nephews and caregivers from St. Scholastica Infirmary served as pallbearers.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Scholastica Continuing Care Fund, P. O. Box 3489, Fort Smith, AR 72913.Donate In Sr. Adelma Pabst’s Memory
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