Abbot Andrew Garber, O.S.B.
1928 - 2019
Conception, Missouri - Abbot Andrew Garber, O.S.B., 91, of Conception, Missouri passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at St. Stephen’s Infirmary at Conception Abbey, Conception, Missouri.
Abbot Andrew was born on October 28, 1928 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania to the late Ferdinand and Martha (Klinkhamer) Garber. He was a graduate of St. John’s Military Academy, Washington, DC.
He professed as a monk of St. Benedict Abbey, Benet Lake, Wisconsin, on September 8, 1952. He was ordained May 26, 1956, and eventually was elected the second Abbot of St. Benedict Abbey on March 11, 1964. He resigned as Abbot on May 21, 1974. Other assignments include hospital chaplaincies in Illinois and Indiana, and pastor of parishes in Illinois and Wisconsin. He moved to Conception Abbey in 2016, where he resided in the Abbey’s infirmary.
Abbot Andrew is survived by his monastic community; one brother, Raymond Garber, Surprise, Arizona; and nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm Friday, November 15 with Vespers of the Dead at 7:15 pm at The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Conception, Missouri. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 am Saturday, November 16 at The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.
Abbot Andrew’s mortal remains will be returned to Benet Lake, where a second Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 19, with burial following at St. Benedict Abbey Cemetery, Benet Lake, Wisconsin. Arrangements Price Funeral Home, Maryville, Missouri.