Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister M. Ventura Wolking

✝ Thursday, January 12th 2023

Help that we all up above there with you praise God eternally, O Mary, help. (Song: Gotteslob No. 866, 18)

The merciful and kind God called to himself our dear Sister M. Ventura on January 12, 2023. Sister M. Ventura was born on February 15, 1939. She entered our religious community on February 11, 1964. She made her first profession on October 28, 1966.

Sister M. Ventura was born in the Oldenburg region and grew up in the circle of her large family in Steinfeld. At the age of 25 she followed her older sister, our Sister M. Franzinis, into our Congregation.

Sister M. Ventura was a good baker and spoiled the sisters in Kroge and Seppenrade with her delicious cakes and bread. Later she took care of the physical well-being of her fellow sisters in the hospital refectory in Münster until the convent was dissolved in 2000. After that, she put herself to work in the laundry room.

Her life was impaired by serious illnesses, which set narrow limits for her. In 2015, she therefore came to St. Heriburg House as a senior citizen. There she felt at home. She was faithful to her prayer life and still participated in the Eucharistic celebration in the house chapel three days before her death. She enjoyed making small handicrafts, which she gave away and sold at the bazaar for our Indian mission.

Sister M. Ventura was warmly attached to her family. She used to invite sisters to Steinfeld to her parents' house when they were on vacation in Kroge. Until the end, the relatives visited her and always kept an eye on her. When her condition had deteriorated two days ago, Sister M. Franzinis visited her and watched over her bedside. We extend our special sympathy to her.

We gratefully bid farewell to Sister M. Ventura. We remember her in prayer and in the celebration of the Eucharist and remain united to her as sisters.

On Monday, January 16, 2023, we will say farewell to Sister M. Ventura at 2:00 p.m. in the Motherhouse Church and then accompany her to her final resting place in the Sisters' Cemetery.