Benedictine Sister Marilyn Ring dies at 88; was longtime teacher, campus minister

Sister Marilyn Ring, OSB

ROCK ISLAND — Sister Marilyn (Mary Stephen) Ring, OSB, a longtime teacher and campus minister, died on Sept. 15, 2019, at St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island. She was 88.

Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the monastery chapel, 2200 88th Ave. West. A Christian wake service will follow at 7 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the chapel of St. Mary Monastery.

Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island.

Born on Dec. 30, 1930, in Marshalltown, Iowa, Sister Marilyn was the daughter of Edward S. and Anna (McGinnis) Ring. She attended Our Saviour’s Grade School in Jacksonville and the Academy of Our Lady in Peoria before going on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Sister Marilyn entered the Benedictine community at Nauvoo on Sept. 19, 1948, and professed first vows on June 24, 1950. She made her final profession as a Sister of St. Benedict on June 24, 1955.

She taught at St. Joseph in Ivesdale (1950-52), St. Roch in LaSalle (1952-53), and St. Mary’s Academy in Nauvoo (1953-68). As a campus minister, Sister Marilyn served at the University of Illinois (1968-74), Illinois State University in Normal (1974-86), and finally at Augustana College in Rock Island.

From 1987 to 1995, she was part of a team ministry to the parishes in Mercer County.

Preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Helen and Joan (Sister Alana); and a brother, Edward, Sister Marilyn is survived by nieces and nephews and her Benedictine Sisters.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary Monastery.

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