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Sister Muriel Spartz, OSB, 90, died peacefully on January 26, 2019. She was a resident of Estelline Nursing Care Center in Estelline South Dakota at the time of her death.
Born Rita Mae Spartz, on January 26, 1929, in Kranzburg, Sister Muriel was one of six children born to Nick and Agnes (Staudacher). She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings.
Sister Muriel graduated from Mount Marty High School in Yankton and then entered Sacred Heart Convent, Yankton, South Dakota in 1946. She made her first monastic profession in June 1948. She began her elementary teaching career in the fall of 1948. In 1961, she joined 132 other women from the Sacred Heart Community to become a founding member of Mother of God Monastery in Pierre, South Dakota. Sister Muriel attended Mount Marty College obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education in 1964. She earned a Masters Degree in Elementary Administration 1971 from Northern State College in Aberdeen, South Dakota. From 1952-1982 she served as principal and teacher at schools in Richardton, Selfridge, Glen Ullin, Hoven and Pierre. She was a member of the South Dakota Catholic Principals Association for many years.
She attended a Corporate Ministry Program at St. Louis University, MO from 1982 to 1983 which prepared her to serve as a Director of Religious Education at St. George Parish in Hartford, SD for approximately 30 years before retiring to the Monastery in Watertown.
Sister Muriel was blessed to be part of a large extended family, who loved and cherished the beautiful, witty, caring soul she was.
You are invited to celebrate Sister Muriel's life with us at a Liturgical Wake Service at 7:00 pm on January 29, 2019 and at the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am on January 30, 2019. Both services will be held in our Monastery Chapel at 110 28th Ave. SE Watertown, SD 57201.