In Memoriam: Sister Consolata Herzog, OSB

imherzog_consolataSister Consolata (Rose Margaret) Herzog, 90, died in her sleep at the Monastery of St. Gertrude, Cottonwood, ID, on Friday, July 18, 1997. She was born in Ferdinand, ID, on December 14, 1906, to Joseph and Rose (Sarbacher) Herzog, and was a member of Assumption Parish there.

She entered St. Gertrude’s Convent in 1925 where she made Monastic Profession as a Benedictine Sister on July 26, 1926.

Her ministries included fifteen years of teaching in Chewelah and Colton, WA and in Cottonwood, St. Maries, Genesee, Nezperce, Greencreek and Ferdinand, ID. Following that she did domestic work with the Sisters in Keuterville, Wendell, Nezperce, Ferdinand and Greencreek, ID for about twenty years before returning to St. Gertrude’s where she answered the telephone and welcomed guests for thirty-five years.

Many remember her quick smile and her interest in and concern for each person. Although she enjoyed many kinds of handwork, crocheting magnificent doilies, angels and snowflakes became her hallmark. Other great pleasures for her were playing her harmonica and corresponding with many people.

Sister Consolata was preceded in death by her parents and her two brothers, Rudolph and Carl Herzog. She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Vigil Service for her was held in the Chapel at the Monastery of St. Gertrude on July 20 at 7:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for her on July 21 at 10:30 PM in the Monastery Chapel. The Presider was Rev. Milton Strebel, O.Praem., Chaplain at the Monastery, and the Homilist was Rev. Jack Marquis, a former Chaplain.