Sr. Eugenia Reibel, OSB, 100, died peacefully at St. Paul Hermitage where she was a resident. Sr. Eugenia was born on May 24, 1919 to Eugene and Cecilia Reibel in Poseyville, Indiana. At the tender age of five, Sr. Eugenia’s mother died. Her single father raised Sr. Eugenia and her seven siblings, Eugenia Dewig, Marie Tepool, Marjorie Schmitt, Walter, Chester, James and George Reibel.
Sr. Eugenia entered Monastery Immaculate Conception, Ferdinand, Indiana in 1936. She made her First Monastic Profession in 1938 and her Perpetual Monastic Profession in 1941. She is a founding member of Our Lady of Grace Monastery, Beech Grove, Indiana where she celebrated her 80th Jubilee in 2018.
She graduated attended Poseyville High School for three years and graduated from Academy Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Indiana. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from St. Benedict College and a Master’s Degree in Guidance from Butler University. She was an educator for most of her career but also had ministries in other areas - she was missioned at the following places.
St. Mary, Huntingburg, Indiana - 1940 – 1947 [Grades 5-6-7 & 8]
St. Ambrose, Seymour, Indiana - 1947 – 1949 [Grades 7 & 8]
St. Joseph, Evansville, Indiana. – 1949 – 1950 [Grade 8]
St. Mary of the Knobs, Floyds Knobs, Indiana – 1950 – 1954 [Principal & Teacher - Grade 8]
St. Mary, Huntingburg, Indiana – 1954 – 1956 [Principal & Teacher– Grades 7 & 8]
St. Ambrose, Seymour, Indiana – 1956 -1961 [Principal & Teacher – Grade 8]
Our Lady of Grace Monastery – 1961 – 1963
St. Paul Hermitage – 1963 – 1964
Our Lady of Grace Academy – 1964 – 1969 [Teacher & Office Secretary]
Transfiguration, St. Louis, Missouri – 1969 – 1971 [Principal & Teacher]
St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Indiana – 1971 – 1976 [Teacher – Grades 4 & 5]
Our Lady of Grace Academy – 1976 – 1978 [Teacher & Guidance Counselor]
Our Lady of Grace Monastery – 1978 – 1985 – Receptionist
St. Paul Hermitage – 1985 – 2000 [Business Office]
Our Lady of Grace Monastery – 2001 – 2012 [Development Office]
Sr. Eugenia retired in 2012 at the age of 93.
Sr. Eugenia was preceded in death by her parents and siblings. She is survived by her religious community, many nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation will be held at St. Paul Hermitage on Friday, July 19th from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM and then at Our Lady of Grace Monastery from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM. A wake service will be at 7:00 PM in the Monastery Chapel. Her funeral Mass will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 20th with visitation from 10:00 AM until the funeral. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Retired Sister’s Fund, c/o Sisters of St. Benedict, 1402 Southern Avenue, Beech Grove, Indiana 46107 or online at www.benedictine.com. Little & Sons Funeral Home, Beech Grove, are entrusted with the arrangements.