Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Gerharda Nienaber

✝ Saturday, September 19th 2020

"The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love” Ps. 103.8

Trusting in God's merciful love our dear Sister M. Gerharda Nienaber died on September 19, 2020.

Sister M. Gerharda was born in Garrel on July 13, 1941. She joined our Congregation on August 15, 1967 and made her first profession of vows on May 3, 1970.

Since 1970, Sister M. Gerharda lived in the motherhouse convent. In her learned profession as a seamstress, she used her great skills and knowledge in all these years in the sewing room of the Motherhouse. It was a personal matter to her, that the Sisters were always well dressed. With much love, she cared for each one and could give good advice to many Sisters. Sister M. Gerharda led the sewing room for many years and was a good supervisor and colleague to her staff. 

Sister M. Gerharda committed herself for a good togetherness of the Sisters in the Motherhouse convent and she offered her services, wherever they were needed.  She gladly assumed liturgical services in our Motherhouse convent. As a Franciscan she enjoyed being in nature. On the weekends she went out with some sisters with the Nordic Walking sticks. Sister M. Gerharda loved her homeland, the Oldenburger Land, and had a very good relationship with her relatives.

In November 2018, Sister M. Gerharda was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent surgery. After some time, she returned to the motherhouse convent. She took up her life again as best as she could. At the beginning of 2020, Sister M. Gerharda had a back surgery. She became convalescent in St. Heriburg House.  She came to the St. Heriburg House as a convalescent. She was lovingly accompanied by many sisters and especially by Sister M. Pankratia, with whom she was closely connected not only professionally but also personally in all the years of her religious life. We know Sister M. Gerharda is safe in the love of God and his peace. This gives us comfort and confidence. We ask God to reward her for all her goodness. we remember her in prayer and especially in the Eucharistic celebration.

Due to the current situation, the Eucharistic celebration will take place on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. only in the inner circle in the Motherhouse Church; afterwards Sister M. Gerharda will be buried in our Sisters' Cemetery in Münster.