Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Mariela Menne.

✝ Friday, October 9th 2020


Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust in him and not be afraid. (Is. 12: 2)

In the early morning hours of today, October 9, 2020, the earthly pilgrimage was completed in the St. Franziskus-Haus in Nordwalde, our dear Sister M. Mariela Menne.            

Sister M. Mariela was born on February 9, 1925 in Wadersloh-Liesborn and joined our congregation on April 15, 1952. She made her first profession on October 28, 1954.

Sister M. Mariela trained as a nurse in 1956 and then worked as a nurse in various hospitals until 1974, including the St. Marien-Stift pulmonary sanatorium in Neuenkirchen Oldenburg. With great personal care and with much empathy she lovingly and competently cared for the patients entrusted to her.

From 1974 to 2000, she worked in the homes for the elderly in St. Augustinus-Haus, Nordwalde, St. Gertrudis-Haus in Horstmar and St. Henricus-Stift in Südlohn. She was appreciated and respected. Sr. Mariela lived and served, believing the presence of God in every creature. From personal prayer and the contemplation of the Holy Scriptures she took the strength for her ministry.

Sister M. Mariela lived in the St. Franziskus-Haus in Nordwalde since May 2000 and initially was active in the St. Augustine House. She was a very happy and satisfied Franciscan who prayed a lot, many times praying the rosary. She maintained good contact with her relatives for a long time. Lately her strength has been declining noticeably. She was very grateful always for the good care and help. Believing in the resurrection and with the hope of completion in God's glory, Sister M. Mariela returned, this morning at 03:15 a.m., to her Creator well prepared.

Thankfully we take leave of Sister M. Mariela. We thank God for her life in our community and also for all her goodness. Trusting in God's goodness and firmly believing that HE will welcome her into the eternal home, we remember her in prayer and in the celebration of the Eucharist.

The funeral will take place on Wednesday, 14.10.2020, at 10.00 o'clock at the parish cemetery in Nordwalde. Due to the Corona Pandemic, the usual rules apply.