Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis
“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Sister Maretta, the former Norma Jean Kurk, was born in Quincy, Illinois on June 15, 1932, the daughter of Clarence and Edith Schaich Kurk. She entered the Congregation on September 12, 1951 and professed her religious vows on June 13, 1954.
She served at Our Lady of the Ozarks, Cathage, MO, St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, IL, and St. Joseph’s Home for the Infirm and Aged, Monroe, LA. The remainder of her ministry was in various departments at St. Francis Convent, Springfield, IL.
Sister Maretta was a person of deep faith and spent many hours in the Adoration Chapel and enjoyed being there. She had a special devotion to Mary, the Mother of God. The quote from the letter to the Philippians describes Sister Maretta very well. Her life had its own ups and downs as she faced different challenges, but by God’s grace, she experienced peace and was able to fix her heart and mind in Christ Jesus. Sister Maretta had a saying on her door for some time: “Why Worry When You Can Pray.”
Though the health concerns of Sister Maretta prevented her from sharing her intellectual gifts and talents, she was very contented with her various ministries. She was concerned about her Sisters in Community and always ready to help anyone in whatever way she could. Sister Maretta had a special interest in our International Congregational activities and would check with Sisters who were directly involved and offered her prayerful support. She was generous and thoughtful as well as complimentary towards and grateful to others. Sister Maretta had a very close relationship with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Lila Jane Fredericks and Mary Ellen Lohman. She is survived by one brother, Alvin Kurk, of Quincy, Illinois, several nephews, nieces, and several great nephews and nieces.
May Sister Maretta enjoy meeting Jesus face-to-face whom she adored through her many Holy Hours and intercede for us all.