Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Walburgis Bünker

✝ Wednesday, April 18th 2018


Jesus lives and I with Him! Death where are your terrors now?
He, He lives! I know He will recall me from the grave.
Hymnal Gotteslob (Praise of God) 336

“In faithful reliance on the resurrection and the merciful love of Jesus Christ, the earthly life of our dear Sister M. Walburgis née Dorothea Bünker, Hospital Sister of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis, was completed on April 18, 2018 in St. Anna-Stift in Kroge.

Sister M. Walburgis was born on May 3, 1931 in Hamstrup new Lastrup, district Cloppenburg. She entered our Congregation on October 2, 1952 and made her first profession of vows on May 3, 1955.

For decades, Sister M. Walburgis placed her life in the service of our community as a nurse, as a medical-laboratory assistant and as a pastoral care worker in various institutions of our community. From 1963 to 1973 she worked as a radiographer in St. Joseph-Stift, Bremen and in St. Francis Hospital in Münster. From 1973 to 1987, she again was in the convent in St. Joseph-Stift in Bremen. Here she committed herself in the ambulant care.

In May 1987, Sister M. Walburgis changed to Kluse-Steinbild. In addition to her work in the welfare centre, Sister M. Walburgis assumed the responsibility of being the convent superior.

Lovingly, devotedly and filled with understanding, she committed herself for the welfare of the patients, the patients‘ relatives and the staff. She always met her religious sisters with gentleness. She was highly respected by many people because of her goodness and her readiness to be of help.

In May 1994, Sister M. Walburgis went to Lingen to St. Bonifatius-Hospital. Here she served in the pastoral care. Tirelessly, she cared for the elderly and the ill people. Her life was marked by deep faith and a close union with Christ. In great simplicity she walked the path in the footsteps of St. Francis.

In autumn 2011, Sister M. Walburgis changed to St. Anna-Stift in Kroge. In the last years she was progressively dependent upon help and care and she was lovingly cared by the nursing staff. With confidence and well prepared she awaited her Savior and Redeemer, who called her home in his eternity yesterday evening, about 9:50 PM.

Grateful to God for the life of Sister M. Walburgis in the service of our Congregation, we say farewell to her. We know that she is now called to eternal communion with the Lord. In prayer and in the celebration of the Eucharist, we remember her and remain united with her.