April 28, 1924 - January 29, 2017


Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud for Louise E. Theisen, 92, of St. Cloud who passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Her brother, Rev. Wilfred Theisen, OSB, Rev. Robert Rolfes and Rev. LeRoy Scheierl will con-celebrate.

A second Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 3, 2017 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Wadena. Rev. Wilfred Theisen and Rev. Aaron Kuhn will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Wadena.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at both churches. Arrangements are with Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud.

Louise Evelyn Theisen was born in Wadena, Minnesota, on April 28, 1924, to Elizabeth (Tabery) Theisen and John F. Theisen. She attended St. Ann's Grade School and graduated in 1938 at which time she received the American Legion Auxiliary Medal of Merit for outstanding qualities of Character, Scholarship and Service. She then attended Wadena High School and graduated in 1942.

Following graduation Louise attended the College of St. Benedict and St. Cloud State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Elementary Education. She taught in Annandale, Melrose, Bluffton, Holdingford, and St. Mary's Cathedral Grade School in St. Cloud. She worked as a parish worker for over 40 years for Father Robert Voigt as a housekeeper, parish secretary, Religious Education Coordinator and CCD teacher, adult and youth choir director in the parishes of Bluffton, Pierz, St. Anna, Arban, Holy Angels and Opole. Following retirement from these roles she worked as Archivist for the Diocese of St. Cloud for twenty-five years. She was awarded the Bishop's Medal of Merit for service to the Diocese in 1981.

Louise was a member of St. Peter's Church, St. Cloud and an Oblate of St. Benedict’ s Monastery, Serra Club St. Cloud for which she served as secretary for many years, Holy Angels Prayer Group and Music Ministry, Daughters of Isabella, Women's Catholic Order of Foresters, St. Stephen's Mission Group, St. Barbara's Mission Group, Legion of Mary, St. Peter's Worship Committee, Christian Women of St. Peter's, St. Peter's Choir, St. Benedict's Senior Community Fund Committee, St. Cloud Area Genealogists, Stearns History Museum, Oral History Association of Minnesota, Retired Educators of St. Cloud and Minnesota, Association of Catholic Diocesan Archivists and the Midwest Archives Conference. Louise did volunteer work for St. Benedict's Monastery, St. Cloud Hospital and for the CentraCare Health Foundation. In 2011 Louise received the Robert Speeter Award from Serra International for outstanding work for District 7 Serra Clubs.

She enjoyed visiting with friends, playing bridge and working on craft projects.

Louise is survived by her brothers, Father Eugene Theisen, M.M. of Maryknoll, New York, Father Wilfred Theisen, OSB of Collegeville, and Lyle (Marilyn) Theisen of Baltimore, Maryland .

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Sister Vivia Theisen, OSB; brothers, James, Jerome, Clair and John Theisen; grandniece, Haley Pettit; and sisters-in-law, Betty Rohr Theisen, and Marge Marczak Theisen.

Memorials are preferred to St. John’s Abbey or St. Benedict’s Monastery.

May she rest in peace.