Sister Miriam Joseph Bardot, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died on April 24 at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 101 years old.
Sister Miriam Joseph, the former Kathryn Leona Bardot, was born in Luebbering, Mo., on March 17, 1916, the daughter of August and Cecilia Barband Bardot. She entered the congregation on Feb. 2, 1937 and professed her religious vows on Oct. 4, 1939.
She graduated from St. John’s School of Nursing in 1943 and from Quincy College in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. During her long years of ministry, she served in various HSHS hospitals in Wisconsin and Illinois in the business office, as well as in the areas of administration, admitting, and accounting. Sister Miriam Joseph retired from active duty in 1996.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers: Raymond and James Bardot and five sisters: Cora Hanngiesser, Helen Schroeder, Mary McDermott, Alice Powers, and Rosalie Baur.
She is survived by a nephew, David Baur, of Gray, Maine and her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for over 80 years.
The Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Christian Burial was held on April 28 in St. Clare of Assisi Adoration Chapel at St. Francis Convent with Father Andre Schludecker, OFM, presiding. Burial was in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery.
The Franciscan Sisters and the family of Sister Miriam Joseph were served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home in Springfield.