Raiwet, Marie

Date of Death: May 19, 2017

Sister Marie Raiwet (Sister Marie André) of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Cross, died after a short battle with cancer, on May 19, 2017 at St. Angela Merici Residence, Saskatoon. Sister Marie was predeceased by her parents, Omer and Genevieve Raiwet, sister Elise (Don) Forbes, brothers Andrew (Andy), Omer, and nephews and nieces. Surviving her are members of her Religious Congregation, her sisters, Sister Yvonne, and Aline (Don) Sutherland, brother, Gabriel (Lil), sister-in-law Edith (Andy) Raiwet, and many nephews, nieces, cousins and good friends. Marie joined the Sisters of Our Lady of the Cross in Forget on Jan. 27, 1938. Following a period of postulancy, a 2 year Novitiate and 5 years of annual vows, Sister Marie made her Perpetual Vows in 1945. She served her Congregation as Teacher in Wauchope, Forget, Montmartre and even 1 year in Grenoble, France teaching English to the High School girls. In her career as Teacher, she covered all Grades 1-12, toured with Operettas and the Glee Club, taught public speaking, typing and much more. Teaching gave her life, accompanied by much joy in her students. She took time off to get her B.Ed. at the U of S in Saskatoon. A few years later she took 2 years of Religious Studies, 1 year in the University of Laval, Quebec for her BA and then at Ottawa University for her MA in Religious Studies. Armed with all this Marie was ready to return to teaching, but change was coming. At the General Chapter of 1967, Sister Marie was named Provincial for the Canadian Province. It was very hard to leave teaching. So with this new Ministry, life took Sister Marie on a different journey. Her focus shifted to the needs of the Sisters in our Nursing Homes and Schools. Sister stepped out boldly and kept the Lord as her source of strength and our Lady of the Cross as her model. After six years as Provincial Sister Marie’s devoted service to the Congregation continued in cycles. She became Treasurer, then served another term as Provincial and so the story continued. During all these years Sister Marie whole heartedly lived a life of dedication to the Lord and of service to God’s people. Retirement at Trinity Manor on Oct. 24, 2013 gave new meaning to ‘Community Living’ as it now included Sisters of other Congregations, Oblate priests and brothers, and many lay people. Challenging! Engaging! More Friends! New direction!  May you find peace and rest in the Lord forever Sister Marie. A prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 26 with the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 27.  Both services will take place at St. Augustine Parish at 602 Boychuk Drive. Arrangements in care of John Schachtel, Mourning Glory Funeral Services, (306) 978-5200, www.mourningglory.ca.

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