In memoriam: Sister Marie Chang, OSF
August 21, 2018 11:10 AM
Sister Marie Chang, O.S.F. (94) died on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 7:45 a.m. at St. Francis Convent, Springfield, IL.
Sister Marie, the former Filomina (Chinese name: Shih Min) Chang, was born in Beijing, China, on January 21, 1924, the daughter of Lawrence and Elisabeth (Wong) Chang. She entered the Congregation on October 8, 1945 and professed her religious vows on October 4, 1948.
Sister Marie ministered as a nurse at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, after concluding her studies in China and the United States. During her lifetime, she served at various HSHS hospitals and spent many of these years at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, IL, where she shared her talents in various hospital departments.
In 1948, Sister Marie, along with other native Chinese Sisters who were members of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis came to the United States because of civil strife in China. In time, all of these Sisters became American citizens.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers: Peter, Paul, and Joseph Chang, and three sisters: Teresa Chang, Sister Agatha Chang, and Sister Mary Louise Chang (who was also a Hospital Sister of St. Francis).
She is survived by a niece, Janet Chang of Austin, TX, and one nephew, Jia Kai, of Beijing, China, as well as her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for over 72 years.
Visitation will be held at St. Francis Convent from 4-7 p.m. with a Wake Service at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 23, 2018. The Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Andre Schludecker, OFM on Friday, August 24, 2018 at 10 a.m. in St. Clare of Assisi Adoration Chapel at St. Francis Convent. Burial will be in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery. Butler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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