Sister M. Angelus Gardiner, O.S.F. (99) of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died on Thursday, August 18, 2011, at 9:25 a.m. at St. Francis Convent, Springfield, Illinois.
Sister Angelus, the former Sara Edith Gardiner, was born in Springfield, IL, on February 2, 1912, the daughter of William and Effie Morgan Gardiner. Her home parish was St. Joseph’s in Springfield. She entered the Congregation on February 2, 1937, and professed her religious vows on October 4, 1939.
Sister Angelus was a graduate of Springfield College in Illinois, the College of
St. Francis and DePaul University and did post-graduate studies at Loyola University. She served the community as a teacher in community-related institutions. She also served at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham, IL, from 1977 – 1994, and spent most of that time serving as Coordinator of Hospital Education & Community Relations. She returned to St. Francis Convent in 1994.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers: John, Elmer, and Walter Gardiner, and one sister, Frances Eastep.
She is survived by a niece, Mary-Jo Gardiner, several nephews including Les Eastep, Don Eastep, Larry Eastep, William Gardiner, Keith Gardiner, and Gerry Gardiner, plus other nieces and nephews as well as many great-nieces and great nephews, and her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for over 74 years.
Visitation will be held at St. Francis Convent on Sunday, August 21, 2011, from 4:00-7:00 PM with a Wake Service at 6:00 PM. The Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Andre Schludecker, OFM, on Monday, August 22, 2011, 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.
Wake Service at 6 pm
Time: 10:00 am