Sr. Mary Gilbert Schipp, OSB, Beech Grove

Sr. Mary Gilbert Schipp, OSB, died peacefully at 86 years of age on July 3, 2020.

Vera Katharine (Sr. Mary Gilbert) was born to Gilbert and Laura Witte-Schipp on February 14, 1934, in Ferdinand.

Vera Katharine entered Monastery Immaculate Conception in 1952 and became Sr. Mary Gilbert. In the mid 1950’s she became a founding member of Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, Indiana.

Sr. Mary Gilbert taught school in the 1950’s and 60’s at St. Benedict in Evansville, St. Peter & Paul in Haubstadt, Christ the King in Indianapolis, St. Pius X in Indianapolis, and Our Lady of Grace Monastery Academy in Beech Grove. Sr. Mary Gilbert earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education from St. Benedict College and went on to attend Butler University to study business and to Notre Dame University in South Bend to earn her MBA. She also attended Indiana University to earn her Nursing Home Administrator License in 1972 and University of Indianapolis to study Ethics. She served at the appointment of 3 Indiana governors on the Indiana Health Facilities Council for the State of Indiana. She became the Administrator of St. Paul Hermitage Nursing Facility of Beech Grove in 1974 and Treasurer of her Religious Community in 1985 where she served until her retirement in 2015.

Sr. Mary Gilbert is survived by her sisters, Clarissa Schipp of Ferdinand and Norma Schipp of Jasper, her brother, David Schipp of Jasper, two nephews, Christopher Schipp of Ferdinand and Jeremy Schipp of Poseyville, one niece, Katherine Schipp-Moeller of Brownsburg, six great nephews, as well as members of her Religious Community. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gilbert and Laura, and her brother, Robert Schipp.

Due to restrictions connected with COVID-19 Coronavirus, no public wake or funeral was held.

Memorial contributions to honor Sr. Mary Gilbert may be made to the Retired Sisters’ Fund c/o Sisters of St. Benedict, 1402 Southern Avenue, Beech Grove IN 46107 or online at

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