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In memoriam: Sister Owen Marie McArdle, OSF
April 8, 2021 1:22 PM


Sister Owen Marie McArdle, O.S.F. (86) died on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. at St. Francis Convent, Springfield, Illinois.

Sister Owen Marie, the former Barbara Maureen McArdle, was born in Cleveland, OH, 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, Springfield, IL, at HSHS St. Francis Hospital, Litchfield, IL, at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, Highland, IL, at Our Lady of the Ozarks, Carthage, MO, and at St. Clara’s Hospital, Lincoln, IL.  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, IL, and at Alverna Home Nursing in Chicago, IL.  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, Riverton, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Neil and Owen McArdle.

She is survived by her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for over 67 years.

Private services will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

To read her feature story from 2011, please click here.

Staab Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



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