Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Crescenza Deuker

✝ Monday, August 17th 2020


Death is the gateway to Life. Francis of Assisi

Yesterday evening, August 17, 2020, our loved Sister M. Crescenza Deuker, completed her earthly pilgrimage in St. Franziskus-Haus in Nordwalde.

Sister M. Crescenza was born on March 19, 1933 in Ahaus-Wüllen and entered our Congregation on August 13, 1955. She made her first profession on May 03rd, 1958.

Sister M. Crescenza studied nursing in 1959. In 1982, Sister M. Crescenza was educated as a nurse specialist for community health care. Until 1982, she worked as a nurse and as a supervisor in the St. Bernhard Hospital in Brake, the St. Lambertus Hospital in Ascheberg and the St. Thiatildis Hospital in Freckenhorst. In 1982, she moved to the Marienstift in Alpen on the Lower Rhine. Here she worked as a community nurse in the social station for about 23 years. She was always helpful and treated the patients, their relatives and their staff with understanding. She was valued and respected by all in her humble manner. She took strength for her service from personal prayer and contemplation of the Holy Scriptures.

She enjoyed the community in the convent.When the convent in Alpen was dissolved in 2005, Sister M. Crescenza came to the St. Franziskus House in Nordwalde together with Sister M. Friedhelma. Here, as far as her strength allowed, she liked to work in the garden. She loved the outdoors, was humble and very content. She maintained good contact with her relatives and with some acquaintances from the Alps. As her strength weakened and she could no longer work in the garden, Sister M. Crescenza enjoyed doing handicrafts and reading.A few weeks ago she became weak and bedridden, and was then completely dependent on care. Well prepared, she put her life back into the protective hands of God yesterday evening around 6:45 p.m.

We gratefully say goodbye to Sister M. Crescenza. We thank God for her life in our community and also for all her goodness. Trusting God's goodness and firmly believing that HE will receive her into the eternal home, we remember her in prayer and in the celebration of the Eucharist.