Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Alumni Obituaries

Sister Mary Alice Schnur

Mary Alice Schnur, 94, of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, died at
7:05 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2017, in the monastery's Hildegard Health

Sister Mary Alice was born October 5, 1922, in Cypress, Indiana, the second of
eight children born to George P. and Alice E. (Heuke) Schnur. She entered the
Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand in 1940 and made her profession of
monastic vows in 1942. She celebrated 75 years of monastic profession on August
10, 2017.

She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Virginia (Ginny) Schnur, Margaret
Schnur, Dottie Schnur Cummins, and a brother-in-law, Dan Thomas; nieces and nephews;
and members of her religious community. She was preceded in death by her
parents; five brothers, Edward, Harold, James, William, and Joseph; and two
sisters, Sister Maura Schnur, OSB, and Mickie Schnur Thomas.

Sister Mary Alice taught elementary school at St. Bartholomew School in
Columbus, St. Anthony School in Jeffersonville, St. Meinrad Elementary School
in St. Meinrad, and at Ferdinand Elementary School in Ferdinand. She served as
an art teacher at Academy Immaculate Conception, St. Benedict College, and
Ferdinand High School / Forest Park, all in Ferdinand. She also served as a
formation director for the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand. In 1975,
Sister Mary Alice was sent as a missionary to Monasterio Reina de la Paz in
Cobán, Guatemala. While in Guatemala, Sister Mary Alice served as director of
religious education at San Marcos Parish, worked in prison ministry, served as
director of initial formation and as the religious superior for the community.
She also opened an art center, worked as an artist, and taught art classes.
Sister Mary Alice returned to Ferdinand in 2007 and worked in supportive
services at the monastery. She most recently served in the ministry of prayer.