Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Franzildis Wiesker

✝ Tuesday, December 27th 2022

Into your hands I place with confidence my spirit.  You have redeemed me, Lord, you faithful God.    (Psalm 31:6)

Shortly after midnight of the 2nd day of Christmas, December 27, 2022, the good and merciful God called to Himself our fellow Sister M. Franzildis to himself.  Sister M. Franzildis was on born on April 30, 1937. She entered our Congregation on January 30, 1959 and made her Profession on October 28, 1961.

Gisela Wiesker was born in Altenberge. There she got to know our Sisters in the hospital. Then her desire to become a religious matured. At the age of 22, she entered the Mauritz Franciscan Sisters and received the religious name Sister M. Franzildis.

She learned nursing and pediatric nursing at the St. Francis Hospital in Münster. Later she qualified as a ward manager at the Caritas Institute in Freiburg.

One met Sister M. Franzildis professionally in the infants’ room, first in Bremerhaven, then in Emsdetten and later in Laer, until this hospital was transformed into a special hospital for psychiatry. From 2000 to 2016, she served at the hospital reception at St. Bonifatius Hospital in Lingen, graciously greeting all who came to the large facility. When her strength began to wane, she moved to St. Franziskus-Haus in Nordwalde as a senior citizen. At first she was able to participate in the life of the convent, but later her living space was limited to her room and bed. She patiently bore the burdens of old age and was grateful for the help that was offered to her. Thus, God came to her as a savior when he took her to himself. 

We gratefully bid farewell to Sister M. Franzildis. We remain united to her in prayer and in the celebration of the Eucharist.

On Thursday, December 29, 2022, we will celebrate the Resurrection Mass for Sister M. Franzildis at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel of St. Francis House in Nordwalde and then say goodbye to her at the parish cemetery, where she will find her final resting place. Afterwards, we can share our memories over coffee at the St. Franziskus House.