Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis
"For I am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith." (2 Timothy 4:6-7)
During the Octave of Easter with new life all around us, God decided to give new life to Sister Owen Marie and took her very early in the morning at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, April 8, 2021.
Sister Owen Marie, the former Barbara Maureen McArdle, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 19, 1934, the daughter of Francis and Barbara Reulbach McArdle. She entered the Congregation on September 8, 1953, and professed her religious vows on June 13, 1956.
Sister Owen Marie earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Louis University in 1975 and completed her Clinical Pastoral Education in 1993.
Sister Owen Marie ministered in the Dietary Department at St. Francis Convent, HSHS St. Francis Hospital, Litchfield, HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital, Highland, Our Lady of the Ozarks, Carthage, and St. Clara's Hospital, Lincoln. Sister served as a nurse's aide and a registered nurse at hospitals in Illinois and Missouri. She later cared for the Sisters in Loretto Home, served in Home Health at HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital, Highland, and at Alverna Home Nursing. After completing her Clinical Pastoral Education, Sister ministered as a Hospital Chaplain at HSHS St. John's Hospital. She volunteered at a local nursing home and at St. James Parish in Riverton.
Sister Owen Marie was a Secular Franciscan in Cleveland before she entered our Community. As a classmate and friend, Sister JoAn Schullian describes Sister Owen Marie as someone who was very determined, direct, and honest with a good sense of humor and a unique laugh. Above all, she spoke with her eyes! Sister lived a simple Franciscan life.
Sister Owen Marie had a true Irish spirt. She enjoyed St. Patrick's Day celebrations and dressing up for the occasion. Sister Owen Marie was always willing to lend a helping hand to others. People gathered around her and while talking to them, Sister used to hold their hands to express her care and concern. Sister was very proud to be from Cleveland and very happy to be around our Sisters who are also from Cleveland. Sister enjoyed watching all the Cleveland sports, and her joy was doubled when she had another Sister with whom to watch the game.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Neil and Owen McArdle.
Private burial services, including the Mass of Christian Burial, will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Burial will follow in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery.
May she now enjoy her new life in Heaven!