In our monastery, the employees who help us in our everyday lives become a part of an extended family. These men and women assist in everything from caring for our elders, to organizing our finances, as well as cleaning and maintaining our home. Todd was a maintenance man who could fix or finangle anything that went wrong in the monastery. He brought his good humor and gentle care to not only the work but also the sisters who called upon his ingenuity. Todd's death is a loss felt throughout our little family of employees and sisters on the hill. The sisters share in the sorrow of Todd's many friends and offer their prayers for his family who love him.
"Todd James Pulkrabek of Tabor, SD was born December 7th, 1961, in Broken Bow, Nebraska. He moved to San Diego, California, that same year. He grew up in San Diego learning all facets of the construction trade, including concrete fabrication, carpentry, plumbing, drywall and painting. He moved where he was needed in California, working to perfect his chosen field of carpentry.When Hurricane Iniki hit the Hawaiian Islands in 1992, doing $2.6 billion in damage, Todd was called upon to help rebuild hundreds of the structures and businesses which had been devastated. In 1995, wanting a change of locale, he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he worked as a Project Foreman at Nellis Air Force Base. It was there in Las Vegas, where he met the love of his life, Laura. They married in 2006.They moved to Tabor in 2006, where he worked as Maintenance Coordinator for Sacred Heart Monastery, until the time of his death. He loved helping the Sisters, swapping tall tales with his friends and family, working on old cars and most especially, fishing with his wife."(Yankton Press & Dakotan. 25 Nov. 2014. Web. 26 Nov. 2014)