Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis
“Enter, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the Lord who made us…”
Sister Anna Clara Rick, who spent many hours in worshipping and kneeling before the Lord in Adoration, has gone to meet the Lord face-to-face on Friday, October 11, 2019. Sister Anna Clara truly treasured the time she spent in front of the Blessed Sacrament. She was ready and willing to meet the Lord who made her.
Sister Anna Clara was born in Valmeyer, IL, on January 28, 1929, the daughter of Vincent and Clara Marquardt Rick. She entered the Congregation on February 2, 1946, and professed her religious vows on October 4, 1948.
Sister was a graduate of St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1956. She earned a Post Graduate Degree in Surgery from HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL, in 1957. She began her career as a nurse in the Surgery Departments at HSHS Hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin. She served as an instructor at Copley Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Aurora, IL, from 1971 until 1975, during which time she attended Aurora College and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in 1973. She returned to Surgical Nursing in 1976 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Joliet, IL, where she served until 1979. She then returned to St. Francis Convent in Springfield, IL, in 1979 and worked in various departments until 1985 when she served at HSHS St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, IL, as a Medical Records Coder. In 1989 she returned to St. Francis Convent in Springfield, IL, serving as Sacristan until 1993, when she relocated to Breese, IL, and served in the Social Services/Pastoral Care Department of Breese Nursing Home until 1997, when she retired from active duty. She continued to serve in a volunteer capacity at Breese Nursing Home until 2004 when she returned permanently to St. Francis Convent in Springfield, IL.
God blessed Sister Anna Clara with many gifts and talents. Sister loved making rosaries and gave them as gifts to family and friends. Sister Anna Clara lost her mother when she was a toddler. Later Sister said: “I took the Blessed Virgin Mary as my biological mother.” Now we know why she had the passion in making the rosaries. Sister also made many cut-out cards and plaques for family and friends. Sister also loved to listen to music.
When it was baseball season, Sister enjoyed watching the Cardinal games and got a special thrill whenever the Cardinals swept their opponent.
Sister Anna Clara had a very close relationship with her family. Many of the family members looked up to her. When Sister Anna Clara was no longer able to travel, the family came to her and had their family reunions. During the last family reunion, Sister Anna Clara had the intuition and said: “this will be my last family reunion.”
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and four sisters. She is survived by two sisters, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephwes, great-great nieces and great-great nephews, as well as her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for over 73 years. We offer Sister Anna Clara’s family and friends our sincere condolences and prayerful support of the Christian community.
May Sister Anna Clara enjoy seeing Jesus face-to-face and intercede for her family and friends.