Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Elfriede Baumann

✝ Sunday, April 26th 2020

He walked with them! They recognized the Lord when he broke the bread! Lk 24.15b / 35

Today early morning, April 26, 2020, our dear Sister M. Elfriede Baumann was called by God to His eternal peace.

Sister M. Elfriede was born on June 27, 1938 in Recke and joined our Congregation on August 15, 1964. She made her first profession of vows on May 1, 1967.

Before joining our congregation, Sister M. Elfriede studied the profession of nursing at the St. Marien Hospital in Lünen. Immediately after her novitiate period, in 1967 she moved to Dorsten to the St. Elisabeth Hospital, where she worked for almost 50 years in different departments. Until spring 1992, she worked in the Surgery department as a surgical nurse and a supervisor. Always ready to help, she dedicated herself to the service of the sick. 

From 1992 to 2000, she worked in the central sterilization. Then she committed herself in the pulmonology, in the EEG department and in the hospital library. She particularly enjoyed working in the library. She liked to be in the house and kept in touch with the patients.

She was also happy to support her religious sisters. She started the Divine office in the chapel and gladly took over the decorating of the retreat rooms on the various festive days. Sister M. Elfriede was a person of many talents. Her hobby was making craft works for the mission.

With faith, trust, and determination she followed His path in Franciscan simplicity. She gladly included all concerns in her prayer. As the oldest of 13 siblings, she maintained close contact with her family.

Sister M. Elfriede had lived in the St. Heriburg house for about three years. She had severe health problems, so she had to go to hospital in shorter intervals. A few days ago she was admitted to the palliative ward in St. Franziskus Hospital. Christ, the Risen Lord, took her home to the eternal father's house at 1:45 am today, April 26, 2020, in the presence of one of her siblings.  We believe that Sister M. Elfriede will now share in Christ's glory. We say goodbye to her with love and gratitude and recommend her in prayer for the closeness and goodness of God.

Due to the current situation, the Eucharistic Celebration will take place on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, only in the narrowest circle in the chapel of the St. Heriburg House; Sister M. Elfriede   will be buried in our sisters’ cemetery in Münster. May she rest in peace.