A long time fixture in the Anchorage Archdiocese, Sister Camilla Menting, has died.
She passed away on April 3 after having suffered a stroke at Our Lady of the Angels Convent in Greenfield, Wis. She was 85.
After a quarter century serving at St. Andrew Church in Eagle River, Sister Menting’s order, the School Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee called her back home in 2010.
One of six children, Sister Menting made her first profession of vows in 1947 and final vows in 1953. She lived out her religious vocation in education, administration and pastoral ministry.
After serving in Wisconsin and Illinois, Sister Menting came to Alaska where she served at St. Andrew Church in Eagle River from 1984 to 2010. She was the last of her order to serve in the state.
During her time in Alaska Sister Menting was an avid artist who spent some of her free time painting. Many people around the archdiocese, including former St. Andrew Church pastor Father Leo Walsh, are proud to have an “original Menting” in their home.
Among parishioners, she was famous for taking on necessary but the least glorified parish projects, such as organizing church business, preparing for Sunday Mass, supervising volunteers and even turning on the coffee pot in the morning and ensuring that all the liturgical candles burned down evenly.
“She was the coordinator of the coordinators,” a parishioner told the Catholic Anchor when Sister Menting left Alaska in 2010. “Everything was always done with a smile.”
Upon departing Alaska in 2010 Sister Menting told the Anchor that she would miss being the nun behind the scenes at St. Andrew and that she left Alaska with a heavy heart.
“It’s a little bittersweet,” she said at the time, adding that she had a soft spot in her heart for the community she served for two and a half decades.
“There’s something about Alaska that’s a bit – I don’t know – I just like it,” she said at the time.
A wake and funeral liturgy for Sister Menting were held on April 8 at St. Joseph Convent in Milwaukee. Her remains are interred at Mount Olivet Cemetery Chapel.