Memorial Mass for Sister Catherine Fiegen

Sister Catherine Fiegen, 81, a Sister of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, died June 9, 2020 at Mother Joseph Manor, Aberdeen, SD.

Services and burial will be private with a Memorial Mass held at later date. Interment at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery with Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home, 1111 S Main Street, in charge of arrangements.   Visit to leave online condolences.

Catherine Fiegen was born September 9, 1938 in Sioux Falls, SD to Theresa (Bowar) and Lawrence Fiegen.  Catherine graduated from St. Mary’s High School, Dell Rapids in 1956.  She entered Presentation Convent January 4, 1957 and professed her vows on August 10, 1959, receiving her religious name of Sister Mary Perpetua.  

Sister Catherine earned a Bachelor’s in Education from Northern State College, Aberdeen, SD in 1969, and a Master’s in Administration from Northern State College in 1973.  She dedicated 18 years to education as a junior high teacher and principal in Anoka and Mound, MN and Mitchell, Milbank, and Woonsocket, SD. She ministered as a pastoral associate in Anoka and Litchfield, MN from 1978-1991 and pastoral administrator at St. Clara Parish, Clara City, MN from 1991-1997.  She served as Director of Chaplaincy and Mission Service at Avera Holy Family Hospital, Estherville, IA from 1998-2002 followed by four years on the Presentation Sisters leadership council. Before retiring at the Convent she served our elders in Sisters Care.

Sister Catherine was a witness to joyful hospitality.  She enjoyed visiting with people and attending sporting events. She served many years on the Board of Presentation College and was one of the Saints’ biggest fans. Sister expressed that she hopes she is remembered for her unconditional love for all human beings.

She is survived by her community family of Presentation Sisters; two brothers, Robert and Charles (Linda), one sister Cecelia “Sis” (Robert) Bunkers, brother-in-law Melvin “Bud” Penning, sister-in-law Rayma Fiegen and nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Dick, sister Janette Penning and sister-in-law Janet Fiegen.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Mary’s School, Dell Rapids, SD.