Sister Elizabeth (Zachary) Roufs, OSB, age 84, of St. Joseph, died Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 at Saint Scholastica Convent in St. Cloud.
The fourth of George Dewey and Agnes (Fasching) Roufs’ six children, Elizabeth was born Sept. 11, 1931, in Winsted, where she attended Holy Trinity elementary and high school.
She entered Saint Benedict’s Monastery Sept. 11, 1951, was received into the novitiate June 18, 1952, made first monastic profession July 11, 1953, and perpetual monastic profession July 11, 1956.
A graduate of the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Sister Elizabeth earned a bachelor of arts degree in history, with minors in art and philosophy.
She also studied at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI, St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Saint John’s University in Collegeville, St. Scholastica College in Duluth, and St. Thomas University in St. Paul.
Sister Elizabeth served as an educator in the areas of history, art, and art history at Cathedral High School in St. Cloud, and at Saint Benedict’s High School in St. Joseph, and also taught crafts at various times. At Saint Benedict’s Monastery, she helped design headdress styles for the modified religious habit, worked in the cafeteria, assisted in the card shop, and coordinated sisters’ craft work.
Sister Elizabeth served as religious education coordinator in several parishes in Minnesota, including New Munich, Millerville, Maple Lake, and Melrose. In 1983, she served in Luxemburg, MN, as an elementary school teacher for one year, before moving to Saint Raphael’s Convent in St. Cloud as a health care aide.
In 1993, Sister Elizabeth moved to Saint Scholastica Convent, where she assisted with community services and undertook a special ministry of prayer.
In addition to her Benedictine community, Sister Elizabeth is survived by nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Cletus and Franklin; and sisters, Marietta Littfin, Iona Francis, and Mae Stifter.
The Eucharist of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, Feb. 8 at 3:30 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, with burial in the monastery cemetery.
Friends called at Saint Scholastica Convent Sunday, Feb. 7, from 1 to 6 p.m., with a vigil prayer service taking place at 7 p.m. at Saint Benedict’s Monastery. Visitation continued Monday at 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral.
Memorial gifts may be directed to the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict Retirement Fund.