SPRINGFIELD – Sister M. Elizabeth Westenberger, OSF, 89, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died on Saturday, April 10, 2010, at 6:15 p.m. at St. Francis Convent, Springfield, Illinois.
Sister Elizabeth, the former Elizabeth Lucille Westenberger, was born in Springfield, IL on Nov. 11, 1920, the daughter of John Henry and Naomi G. Clayton Westenberger. She entered the Congregation on Sept. 8, 1938, and professed her religious vows on June 13, 1941.
She was a graduate of St. John’s School of Nursing and served the community as a pediatric nurse and a contagious disease nurse in hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin. She also served in the St. Francis Convent medication room as a sacristan in the St. Clare of Assisi Adoration Chapel.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Patricia Martinez and Loretta Flesch; and three brothers, Gerhard, James and John Henry Westenberger.
She is survived by two sisters, Frances Caillier and Helen Bleser, both of Torrance, CA; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for over 72 years.
Visitation will be held at St. Francis Convent from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, 2010, with a wake service at 7:00 p.m. The Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Vincent Callahan, OFM, on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in St. Clare of Assisi Adoration Chapel at St. Francis Convent. Burial will be in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery.
Staab Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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