Sister Julia Wirth
Sister Julia Wirth, age 89, a member of the Sisters of the Presentation, Fargo, died Tuesday, February 15, 2005, in the infirmary at Sacred Heart Convent, Fargo, North Dakota.
Sister Julia (Germaine Julia) was born in the family farm home near Calio, North Dakota, on January 1, 1916, the fifth of eight children born to John Adam Wirth and Cunigunda Schmitz Wirth. She attended grade school at the Trier #1 Country School and graduated from St. Boniface High School in Calio, ND in 1935.
She was received into the Order of the Presentation Sisters in Fargo in 1937 and took the name of Sister Julia. She made her final Profession of Vows in 1942, and celebrated her Golden Jubilee of Profession in 1989. She also celebrated her 60th Anniversary in 1999.
Sister Julia earned a BA degree at St. Scholastica?s College in Duluth, Minnesota, and a MA at Moorhead State University. She spent 23 years at St. Mary?s School in Fargo as teacher and principal. After that she taught 8th grade at Nativity School in Fargo for two years and became principal there where she served for six years. She also taught in Sykeston and Langdon, ND. In addition to her early teaching duties, Sr. Julia also helped care for the children at St. John?s Orphanage for ten years and worked with older children at Villa Nazareth for one year.
Reluctant to leave teaching, she taught Basic Skills at Shanley High School for two years and at Nativity School for five years. For her outstanding work in education, Sr. Julia was a recipient in 1991 of the YWCA Woman of the Year award in the religious category for her dedication to teaching. Sr. Julia also worked in the Archives for the Diocese of Fargo for three years.
Sister Julia is survived by the members of her religious Community, and a brother Ernest, Devils Lake, ND. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, brothers Othmar, David, Emmery, and Herman, and sisters Esther and Mary Ann.
In place of flowers, donations may be made to Presentation Sisters Foundation.
Visitation: Thursday 6-7 p.m. – Sacred Heart Convent
Prayer service: Thursday 7 p.m. – Sacred Heart Convent
Funeral: Friday 11 a.m. – Riverview Place Chapel
Burial: Holy Cross North Cemetery, Fargo, ND
Boulger Funeral Home – Fargo, ND
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