Sister Vivian Schmidtberger, CSA, formerly Sister Catherine Siena, died Thursday, July 5, 2018, at St. Agnes Hospital, Fond du Lac, Wis.
She was born May 10, 1929, in Victoria to Alphonse Schmidtberger and Clara Graf Schmidtberger. She graduated in 1947 from St. Fidelis High School, Victoria, and entered St. Agnes Convent in January 1949. She made her profession of vows in the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes on Aug. 15, 1951.
She received a bachelor’s in education from Marian College of Fond du Lac and earned a master’s in christian spirituality from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. She taught in elementary schools in Indiana and Wisconsin before serving from 1960 to 1970 as a missionary in Managua, Puerto Cabezas, Rosita and Waspam, Nicaragua, as well as in Quito, Ecuador. Upon returning to the U.S., she took time apart from CSA and taught bilingual education for nine years in the Milwaukee public school system. After re-entering the congregation, she assisted for a year in the Hispanic ministry sponsored through St. Louis Parish in Fond du Lac. She returned to Nicaragua in 1984, serving first in pastoral ministry in Belén, Rivas, followed by seven years devoted to the formation of young Nicaraguan women preparing to enter the congregation. La Ceiba, Honduras, was Sister Vivian’s home during her final 17 years as a missionary. The Women’s Center established in La Ceiba in 1995 is an enduring legacy to Sister’s commitment to the empowerment of women. She returned to U.S. becoming a resident of Nazareth Court and Center in 2010.
Survivors include two brothers, Robert Schmidtberger and Marvin Schmidtberger; and four sisters, Albertine Foos, Edna Ptacek and Rosalyn Leiker, and the Sisters of St. Agnes
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Linus Schmidtberger and Michael Schmidtberger; and four sisters, Hermina Roth, Angelita Schmidtberger, Hubertine Schultz and Mary Schmidtberger.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Francis Home Chapel, Fond du Lac; burial in St. Joseph Springs Cemetery.
Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Nazareth Court and Center, Fond du Lac.
Memorials are suggested to Sisters of St. Agnes Development Office, 320 County Road K, Fond du Lac, WI 54937.
Zacherl Funeral Home, Fond du Lac, is in charge of arrangements.