Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis
“Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.” (Romans 6:8)
Though Sister Augusta was not feeling well for a long period of time, Sister Death came to her rather suddenly and unexpectedly on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 4:22 p.m. Sister Marilyn McCormick and the staff were present when Sister Augusta left her earthly home. May she now live with Christ!
Sister M. Augusta, the former Bernadine Elizabeth Sperl, was born in Springfield, Illinois, on March 8, 1923, the daughter of August and Elizabeth Beckman Sperl. She entered the Congregation on September 8, 1939 and professed her religious vows on October 4, 1942.
Sister was a 1945 graduate of St. John’s School of Nursing, Springfield, Illinois, and earned a CPE Certificate in 1980 from St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Illinois. She served as a nurse at HSHS hospitals in Illinois early in her career. She also served as Medical Records Librarian at St. Francis Hospital, Washington, Missouri, from 1961 until 1968. From 1969 until 1976 she was the Administrator and Superior at St. Nicholas Hospital, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She served as the Director of Pastoral Care and subsequently as a volunteer at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wisconsin from 1977 until 2005 when she returned to the Motherhouse.
At the time of her retirement from Pastoral Care at Sacred Heart Hospital, Sister was remembered by her colleagues as having a listening ear and the ability to support families at times of important decision-making regarding their loved ones. Her kindness and gentleness were not forgotten.
Father August Sperl and Sister Augusta spent many vacations with their nieces and nephews taking them on skiing trips. For several years, they lived together in Loretto Home which was a great consolation for both of them until Sister Death took Father Sperl in 2014.
In addition to her parents and step mother, Marcella Sperl, she was preceded in death by a brother, Father August Sperl, and a sister, Lucille Kuchar. She is also preceded in death by two half-brothers, James and Robert Sperl, and a half- sister, Patricia Ratterree. She is survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. We offer Sister Augusta’s family and friends our sincere condolences and prayerful support of the Christian community.
Private burial services, including the Mass of Christian Burial, will be held on Monday, April 6, 2020. Burial will follow in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.
May she rest in peace.