Sister Del Rey Thieman, 77, a Sister of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, died November 28, 2012, at Prairie Lakes Hospital in Watertown, S.D.
The Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Dec. 3, in Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Presentation Convent, Aberdeen. Celebrants were
Reverend John Lantsberger and Reverend David Krogman. Burial was at Sacred Heart Cemetery with Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Casket bearers were Jack, Tom, Eric and Ben Almquist, and Marvin, Matthew and Lyle Rowen.
Barbara Joann was born November 13, 1935 on a farm near Wessington, S.D., to Elizabeth (Matthews) Thieman and Henry Thieman. She attended elementary and secondary schools in Wessington and was valedictorian for both. She entered Presentation Convent January 1, 1955 and made her first profession of vows August 10, 1957.
Sister Del Rey graduated from Presentation College in Aberdeen in 1957, and received her BA degree from Fontbonne College, St. Louis, MO in 1960. Sister earned a master’s degree from St. Louis University in 1967, did post graduate work in Theology of Religious Life at St. Louis University 1974-1975, and at the Institute of Spiritual Formation, Loyola University, 1986-1987.
After teaching high school in Mitchell and Dell Rapids, she assumed the ministry of formation of new members for the Presentation Sisters. Lay people in Aberdeen learned of her work with the Presentation community and asked her to provide her services of spiritual formation to them as well. This led Sister Del Rey to begin a full-time ministry to adults of various faith backgrounds in spiritual direction and retreat work.
In 1982, Sister Del Rey was elected vice president of the Presentation sisters. Upon completing her term in office, Sister moved to Sioux Falls and continued her ministry of spiritual direction and retreats, and ecumenical ministry.
Sister Del Rey is survived by her community of Presentation Sisters; two sisters, Jan Almquist, Minneapolis, Minn. and Mary Neal, Salem, Ore., and nieces and nephews.
Sister Del Rey is preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Elizabeth Thieman.
Memorial preference is to the Presentation Hispanic Ministries.
Sister Del Rey Thieman 1935-2012