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Sister Louise

Sister Louise died peacefully in Wantage Nursing Home on November 4th 2012.  Sister was born of Dutch parents in Indonesia, but the family returned to Holland and lived there under Nazi occupation.  She became an Old Catholic, but in 1942, responding to God’s call to Religious Life; she found her way to Wantage in 1947

and was professed on November 3rd 1951.  In 1998, Sister returned to the Convent, having spent the intervening years in various communities.  She later became a resident on St Raphael’s Wing, celebrating her Golden Jubilee of Profession in 2001 with great joy.  As long as she was able, she gardened, producing a wonderful variety of flowers.  When she needed more skilled care than we could give, she moved to Wantage Nursing Home, where she settled well and was beautifully cared for.  A party of us helped her to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee of Profession in 2011.  Her family in Holland kept in close touch, and she was so proud of them.  Sister deteriorated gently, and, unexpectedly, her long years of suffering were brought to a peaceful end on the day after her Profession Anniversary.  Her Requiem and burial were blest by a beautiful sunny day after storms of rain, and we sang the two hymns she had chosen:  ‘For the beauty of the earth’ and ‘The God of love my Shepherd is’.  May our Sister Louise rest in peace and rise with Christ in glory.  


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