A funeral Mass for Sister of Christian Charity Agnette Bengal was celebrated Nov. 22 in the chapel at Sacred Heart Convent, Wilmette, Illinois. Sister Agnette died Nov. 17 at 107 years old.
Born Regina Bengal in Westphalia, Michigan, she entered the congregation in 1929. She was invested in 1931, made first vows in 1933 and pronounced her perpetual vows in 1938.
In 1935 Sister Agnette was sent to teach third grade at St. Augustine School in St. Louis. She also taught in grade schools in Michigan, Minnesota, Louisiana and East St. Louis, Illinois.
From 1958-60 Sister Agnette was a student in the social work program at Saint Louis University. From 1960-66 she served as superior at St. Vincent Home in Normandy before returning to Chicago as superior and principal of a school.
Sister Agnette was named as provincial assistant a year earlier. She continued this work at the motherhouse in 1968, then moved to Prospect Heights, Illinois, to serve as superior and substitute principal. In 1971 she moved back to the motherhouse. In 1980 she was appointed superior of the house. In 1982 Sister Agnette returned to St. Louis, this time to Resurrection Convent. She served as superior and treasurer, and helped at the senior center. In 1984 Sister Agnette was back at the motherhouse, working at Mallinckrodt College as assistant academic dean and teaching sociology. She moved to Josephinum in Chicago where she was assistant bursar and continued teaching at Mallinckrodt.
Later assignments brought her to other convents in Illinois and New Orleans. Sister Agnette retired in 2010 at the age of 96.
Sister Agnette was to be buried in the sisters’ cemetery in Wilmette.