Sister Mary Therese Fenton died April 7, 2017 at Villa Maria Nursing Home in Fargo. She was born in Ireland to Martin and Catherine (Houlihan) Fenton on August 13, 1935, the youngest of four children. At the age of 18 she traveled to the United States and entered the religious congregation of the Union of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Fargo, ND where her aunts, Sisters Boneventure and Matilda Fenton had entered years before her. She professed vows in 1957 and would be professed 60 years this summer.
While her ministry was primarily education with young children whom she loved dearly, another great love was storytelling. Her 42 years of teaching included St. Anthony’s, Holy Spirit and Nativity Catholic schools as well as New Rockford, Langdon, Sykeston in North Dakota, Portageville, MO, Milbank, SD and Crookston, MN. Her academic preparation was done at St. Benedict’s College in St. Joseph, MN and Gonzaga University, WA.
Her parents, brother, Patrick and aunts preceded her in death. Sister Mary is survived by her brother James, Ireland; her sister, Ann (Tom) Bebbington, MA; nephew, Tom Bebbington, NH; and niece, Maura (Bebbington) Calusdian, NH.