Sister Mary Bernarda Sanoski

August 15, 1916 ~ February 28, 2019 (age 102)
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Little Falls, Minnesota……….Sister Mary Bernarda Sanoski, 102, died on February 28, 2019, at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls, Minn.

On August 15, 1916, Andrew and Mary Sanoski welcomed Cecilia Marie, the ninth of ten children, into their family in Minneota, Minn. The family later moved to Morrison County where Cecilia attended a country school near Flensburg. She enrolled at St. Francis High School, Little Falls, graduating in 1935.

Cecilia was accepted as a Franciscan Sister of Little Falls, Minnesota, on August 12, 1935 and given the name, Sister Mary Bernarda. She made final vows on August 12, 1940. She was a Franciscan Sister for 83 years.   

Sister Bernarda obtained her RN at St. Francis School of Nursing, Breckenridge, in 1940. In 1942 she received a certificate in obstetrical nursing from Marquette University and in 1945 received her BSN from Marquette. She ministered as an OB nurse at St. Francis, Breckenridge and St. Gabriel’s, Little Falls. 

Sister Bernarda was licensed as a hospital administrator by the Minnesota Department of Health in 1960 and served as administrator of St. Ansgar Hospital, Moorhead, for 18 years. In 1978, she was named Woman of the Year by the Fargo/Moorhead Young Women’s Association.

She received a certificate as a pastoral associate from St. Margaret Health Center, Kansas City, Kans. She was elected to the Community Board of the Franciscan Sisters in 1980 and served for four years. During that time she was also a member of the founding Board of Directors of Franciscan Sisters Health Care, Inc.

Sister Bernarda then served in pastoral care at McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, S. Dak., Trinity Memorial Hospital, Cudahy, Wis. and St. Francis Medical Center, Breckenridge. She then did parish ministry in Swanville and Flensburg before retiring to the motherhouse in 2014.

    Sister Bernarda was preceded in death by siblings: Nellie Pease, Stanley, Tillie Witt, Rose Fedor, John, Frank, Walter, Anna Miller and Theodore. Survivors include nieces, nephews, extended family, many friends and her Franciscan Community.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Francis Convent on Tuesday, March 5, at 11 a.m. Friends may call at St. Francis Convent on Monday, March 4, 4-8 p.m.; with a Franciscan prayer service at 7 p.m. and from 8:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral on March 5, at 11 a.m. Arrangements are by Emblom Brenny Funeral Service, Little Falls.

Donations to Franciscan Sisters ministries preferred.


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