Sister Amelia Nowatzke, OSB, 93, a Benedictine sister of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, at the monastery. Funeral services are pending.

Sister Amelia was born on Nov. 29, 1928, in Panama, Iowa, one of six children of Jacob and Rose Gubbels Nowatzke, and entered the Mount community in 1952. Earning a bachelors degree in education from Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison, she taught in elementary schools in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Iowa for over 40 years. After her teaching career, she served as pastoral associate at Sacred Heart parish in Ottawa, Kansas. When she returned to the Mount in 1998, she began serving in hospitality at the monastery, preparing for guests and greeting them warmly as receptionist, coordinator of funeral and feast day dinners, and hostess in the guest quarters for many years. Warm and gracious, she was a familiar and welcoming presence for many of the sisters families and friends who came for visits.

Sister Amelia was preceded in death by her parents and by her siblings, Jacob, Joseph, Marie, and Raymond Nowatzke and Ann Kwapiszeski.

She is survived by nieces and nephews and her monastic family.

Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home ( is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be sent to Mount St. Scholastica or made online at the Mounts web site As published in the Atchison Globe.

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