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Obituary for Sr. Bettina Tobin

Sister Bettina Tobin, OSB, 93, a Benedictine sister of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, KS, died Saturday, September 16, 2023, at the monastery. The vigil service will be Friday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in the monastery chapel and the Mass of Resurrection will be on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 10:30 a.m.

Sister Bettina was born in Maryville, MO, on March 23, 1930, the second of three children of Vivian Hagerty Tobin and Robert Tobin of Burlington Junction, Mo. After graduating from Mount St. Scholastica Academy, she entered the Benedictine community in Atchison. In addition to her degree in education from Mount St. Scholastica College, she had additional studies in theology at St. John’s University, counseling at Boston College, art at San Diego State University, and photojournalism at Texas Tech. Sister Bettina taught at grade schools in Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa for over 20 years and at LeBlond High School in St. Joseph, Mo., and the Mount Academy in Atchison. In addition, she had other unique experiences. She spent a year at Madonna House in Canada, a contemplative hermit community, as a working guest and then became a missionary in Itaberaba, Brazil, for 12 years. Later she was part of a small Benedictine "presence" in Alma, KS. Her creative spirit was seen in her sewing projects, a variety of craft items for the monastery's gift shop, and two published children's books.

Sister Bettina was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Thomas and Don Tobin. She is survived by nieces and nephews, cousins, 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 Mount’s web site (