Judith Oland Obituary
Sister Judith Ann Oland OSB
Sister Judith Ann (formerly Justin) Oland, OSB, of St. Scholastica Monastery, died in Benet Hall at St. Scholastica Monastery on September 11, 2017. She entered the Duluth Benedictines on September 8, 1961, and made her Monastic Profession on July 11, 1963. Sister Judith Ann was born in Hibbing, Minnesota, and graduated from Denfeld High School, Duluth. She received her B.A. in Elementary Education from The College of St. Scholastica and her M.A. in Theology from St. John’s University, Collegeville. Sister Judith Ann taught in the elementary schools at St. Mary’s, Pine City; St. Joseph’s, Grand Rapids; and St. Jean’s, Duluth. Subsequently, she served as Pastoral Associate in Clara City, Lake Lilian, and Kandiyohi, Minnesota. After earning certification as a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor, she served as Chaplain and CPE Supervisor in the Wilmar State Hospital. In 1989, Sister Judith Ann returned to the Monastery to become Vocation Director and Associate Director of Formation for the Sisters in triennial profession. In 1991, she became Clinical Pastoral Education Coordinator and CPE Supervisor at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center, Duluth, where she served until she retired on June 4, 2017. Sister Judith Ann was preceded in death by her father, Norman Oland; her mother, Rose “Rhoda” Maras Bjork; and her brother, Thomas Oland. She is survived by her sister, Wanda Oland-Johnson (Duane Johnson), step-sister Julee Williams, niece Paige (Bruce) Jenson, grandnephews, Daniel and Max Jensen, and her Benedictine Sisters.
A WAKE SERVICE/MORNING PRAYER WITH VISITATION, was held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, September 18, in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial was at 11:00 a.m. with Father Tom Foster presiding. Sister Judith Ann was buried in Gethsemane Cemetery at St. Scholastica Monastery. Memorials to St. Scholastica Monastery are preferred.