Sister Mary Sarto Sadler, OSB, 90, died August 2, 2014, at St. Scholastica Monastery. A Duluth native, she was born March 15, 1924 to Joseph and Frances (Vertin) Sadler. Sister was in her sixty-sixth year of Monastic Profession.
The youngest of eight children, Bertha Sadler attended Young and Hurst Business College in Duluth where she gained excellent skills in various business applications, especially accounting and administrative organization which were invaluable to the community when she entered St. Scholastica Monastery as a postulant on June 15, 1946.
Sister Mary Sarto professed her Triennial Vows on February 10, 1948, and her Perpetual Vows on July 11, 1951. She celebrated her Silver Jubilee on August 15, 1973, her Golden Jubilee on July 11, 1998, and her Diamond Jubilee on August 3, 2008. In addition, her last celebration was this current year on March 15 when she turned ninety-years old. Those present sang her favorite song “Whatever Will Be, Will Be” much to her delight.
Beginning her long and impressive service in the Business arena, she worked in the Business office of St. Mary’s Hospital from 1948-1949 and then moved to the Business office of St. Scholastica Monastery in 1950. Later in 1950, she became Business Manager at Miner’s Hospital in Crosby, Minnesota, where she served until 1958. From 1958 to 1974, Sister Mary Sarto served as an accountant in the Bursar’s Office of The College of St. Scholastica. From 1974-76 she served as secretary to the Director of Nursing at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Brainerd, Minnesota. She returned to the Monastery to serve in the Business office from 1976-1994. She was the Prioress’ Administrative Secretary from 1994-1999.
Sister Mary Sarto taught catechism classes during the summers from 1958-74 and thoroughly enjoyed teaching at St. Elizabeth’s parish (her home parish) where she knew many of the children and adults. She also taught catechism in other nearby parishes which she found to be a wonderful learning experience. Sister was a talented calligrapher and found many opportunities during her time in the business field to use her creative talents in designing announcements and other similar documents.
Preceding her in death were her parents and her brothers Joseph, Rudolph, John, Jacob, Albin and Paul, and her sister Mary Elizabeth Sadler. She is survived by the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery as well as beloved relatives and friends.
Sister Mary Sarto’s Wake was held in Our Lady of Peace Chapel at St. Scholastica Monastery at 9:30 a.m., August 11, 2014. The Mass of Christian Burial followed at 11:00 a.m. with Father Brian Schultz presiding. Interment was at Gethsemane Cemetery. Memorials to St. Scholastica Monastery are preferred. Arrangements were by Dougherty Funeral Home.