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In Memoriam
October 30, 2017 10:42 AM

Sister M. Francis Kuo, O.S.F. (97) of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 9:50 a.m. at St. Francis Convent, Springfield, Illinois.

Sister M. Francis, the former Mary Kuo, was born in Beijing, China on January 12, 1920, the daughter of Joseph Kuo and Ann Shon. She entered the Congregation on March 25, 1944 and professed her religious vows on September 17, 1947 in Tsinan, China. Sister had to leave her homeland in 1948 when the Communist threat became serious. She and the other Sisters traveled to Springfield, Illinois leaving behind their ministry to the sick and poor in their hospitals and clinics.

In 1953 Sister completed her studies at St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing and ministered as a nurse in HSHS hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin from 1953 to 1963. Sister Francis became a U.S. citizen in 1963. In 1964, she completed a program in Histology and ministered in HSHS hospitals in Wisconsin and Illinois as a histology technician until 1994 when she retired to the Motherhouse.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers: Francis Kuo and Chung Chiang Kuo, and a sister, Agnes Kuo.

She is survived by a sister, Mary C.J. Kuo, several nieces and nephews, and a great nephew, all of the People’s Republic of China, as well as her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for over 73 years.

Visitation will be held at St. Francis Convent from 4:00-6:00 p.m. with a Wake Service at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 29, 2017. The Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father André Schludecker, OFM on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Clare of Assisi Adoration Chapel at St. Francis Convent. Burial will be in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery.

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