Sister Evelyn Sehn

Sister Evelyn Sehn, OSB

October 13th, 1928 - February 29th, 2020
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A wake service will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, March 2, 2020 at the Mother of God Monastery, Watertown. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 3rd at the Mother of God Monastery. Burial will be at a later date.

Sister Evelyn Sehn, OSB, 91, died peacefully on February 29, 2020. At the time of her death she was recovering from hip surgery at Jenkins Living Center in Watertown, SD.

Born Ida Sehn on October 13, 1928, (with only her father in attendance due to snowy weather) in Linton, ND on the family farm. Sister Evelyn was one of seven children born to Anselm and Moneka (Ternes) Sehn. She is survived by her brother Leo Sehn and preceded in death by her parents and other siblings.

S. Evelyn attended her junior and senior years of high school at Sacred Heart in Yankton, SD graduating in 1945. She entered Sacred Heart Convent, in Yankton in August of 1945. She made her first monastic profession on June 24, 1947. In 1961, Sister Evelyn joined one hundred thirty-six other religious women of the Sacred Heart Benedictines to become a founding member of Mother of God Priory in Pierre, SD.

S. Evelyn attended Mount Marty College from 1945-1949 acquiring a diploma in Nursing from Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing. In 1961, she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mary College in Omaha, NE. S. Evelyn started her nursing career at Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton before being sent to St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre, SD in 1956.

S. Evelyn was a force of stability and medical advancement for St. Mary’s Hospital. During her years there she was a head nurse, Director of Nursing, an instructor for LPN and RN students, and a member of most every committee or board at St. Mary’s - from building and safety to patient care and management. She was a pioneering nurse in many ways. S. Evelyn was instrumental in establishing the Intensive Care Unit and later the Kidney Dialysis Unit which is named in her honor. She always brought her new found knowledge back to St. Mary’s in order to create new avenues to deliver the best healthcare for the residents of Pierre. S. Evelyn also worked with Holly Hoing in the founding of Countryside Hospice whose offices now reside in St. Benedict’s House, which was constructed in 1998 under S. Evelyn’s direction.

The Sisters of Mother of God Monastery give thanks to God for the life of S. Evelyn. Her wit, intelligence and care for others - patients and fellow staff alike - was a gift to all who knew and loved her.

O God, who gives eternal life to all people, look with kindness upon those who profess their love for you especially upon Sister Evelyn, your daughter, whose life with her sisters was a sign of love for you. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

“As a Sister, I had the opportunity to go to school. I had a big family of Sisters who cared for each other. I got into work I truly, truly loved. I am not sure that would have happened if I hadn’t joined the religious community.”
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday March 2nd, 2020 | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday March 2nd, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    Mother of God Monastery
    110 28th Ave SE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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  • Service

    Tuesday March 3rd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday March 3rd, 2020 11:00am
    Mother of God Monastery
    110 28th Ave SE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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    Fr. Denis Meier
  • Interment

    Mother of God Monastery Cemetery
    110 28th Ave SE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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Karon Schaack

Posted at 01:52pm
Sister Evelyn was a valued member of the healthcare community and the greater Catholic community in Pierre for many years. She was a doer and a contributor. Her soul is surely now resting in peace.

Dr. Robert C. Kleinsasser

Posted at 07:50am
Remembering Sr Evelyn while growing up, being an orderly on 3N at St Mary's, and stopping to talk with her when I was back in Pierre.
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