Magdalene Dulski was born on March 15, 1924, at St. James Hospital in Perham, Minn., to Stanley and Wanda (Rogalla) Dulski. She was the second of four children, who grew up in a faith-filled family where family prayer was very important. Her parents taught her the good use of holy water, blessed palms and candles, as they used all of these to bless seeds, fields and gardens.
Education was an important part of Magdalene’s life, first as a student and later as a teacher. She began her education in the rural schools in the Perham area. Magdalene graduated from Perham High School and decided to become a teacher. She earned her education certificate from Moorhead State University and taught for three years at Bejou, Minnesota. Before she entered the Franciscan Convent, Mary had come to know the Franciscan Sisters at St. James Hospital and also during summer catechetical classes taught by the Franciscan Sisters in her parish. Magdalene was received as a Franciscan Sisters on July 31, 1950 and received the name Sister Mary Andrew. She later chose to be known as Sister Mary. She was a Franciscan Sister for 67 years.
Sister Mary ministered as an elementary teacher, principal, remedial reading teacher, director of religious education and director of adult education. She served in St. Cloud, Fergus Falls, Flensburg, Morris, Little Falls, Waite Park, Princeton, Alexandria, Albertville and Hutchinson.
Sister Mary was a quiet, gentle and considerate person who cherished privacy and solitude. She loved to teach children and adults and was lovingly respected by those she taught. She was a nature lover—sunsets, dew on the grass, flowers, storms, birds, trees, sky, and snow—all had a way of drawing her closer to God who created it all.
Sister Mary was preceded in death by her sister, Leocadia Dombeck and brothers, Chester and Paul Dulski. Survivors include nieces and nephews, sister-in-law Mary and her Franciscan Community.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Francis Convent on Thursday, September 21, at 11 a.m. Friends may call at St. Francis Convent on Wednesday, September 20, from 4-8 p.m., with a Franciscan prayer service at 7 p.m. and from 8:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral on Thursday at 11 a.m. Arrangements are by Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service, Little Falls.
Donations to Franciscan Sisters Ministries preferred.