Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis
“The Lord is good to those who hope in him,
to the soul that seeks him.”
Sister Marciana, the former Mary Louise Lynch, was born in Chicago, Illinois, on October 26, 1922, the daughter of Francis and Agnes Brouder Lynch. She entered the Congregation on February 2, 1939, and professed her religious vows on October 4, 1941.
Sister Marciana was a 1944 graduate of St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1968 and a Master of Science degree in 1970, both from Indiana University. She served as a maternity staff nurse and supervisor at HSHS hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin early in her religious life. She served as Administrator of St. Mary’s Hospital in Streator from 1970 until 1974. She was the Director of Materials Management for Hospital Sisters Health System from 1976 until 1999 when she became Staff Assistant for Materials Management until 2006.
Sister Marciana was Irish to the core and loved to celebrate her Irish heritage. She truly enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day and shared her family’s recipe for Irish soda bread with the kitchen staff so that it could be served with the traditional corned beef and cabbage. Sister Marciana was also known to be a great party planner, decorator, and organizer who enjoyed creating something special for those around her. She loved the community and her family with whom she maintained a close relationship. She possessed great knowledge of the history of the Province and had a keen memory for where certain statues, pictures, or pieces of furniture originated. She was often called upon to share this knowledge or to clarify facts.
Although Sister Marciana had mobility and vision issues, she remained an active member of the Province. Her daily outdoor ventures were very important to her. She maintained a close relationship with her HSHS colleagues who regularly visited her. While we knew she was experiencing some increased health problems, last week it became evident that her condition had rapidly deteriorated. After several days of saying goodbye to her HSHS friends, the Sisters, and her family, Sister died on Monday, November 12, 2018.
May Sister Marciana now intercede for all of us before the throne of God.