Sister Marie Chang, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, died on Aug. 21, at St. Francis Convent, Springfield. She was 94 years old.
Sister Marie, the former Filomina (Chinese name: Shih Min) Chang, was born in Beijing, China on Jan. 21, 1924, the daughter of Lawrence and Elizabeth Wong Chang. She entered the congregation on Oct. 8, 1945 and professed her religious vows on Oct. 4, 1948, in Chowtsun, China.
Sister Marie ministered as a nurse at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, after concluding her studies in China and the United States. During her lifetime, she served at various HSHS hospitals and spent many of these years at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, where she shared her talents in various hospital departments.
In 1949, Sister Marie, along with other native Chinese sisters who were members of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, came to the United States because of civil strife in China. In time, all these sisters became American citizens.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Peter, Paul, and Joseph Chang; and three sisters, Teresa Chang, Sister Agatha Chang, and Sister Mary Louise Chang, OSF.
She is survived by a niece, Janet Chang of Austin, Texas; and one nephew, Jia Kai, of Beijing, China; as well as her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for more than 72 years.
A visitation and wake service were held at St. Francis Convent. The Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Christian Burial was on Aug. 24 in St. Clare of Assisi Adoration Chapel at St. Francis Convent with Father Andre Schludecker, OFM, celebrant. Burial was in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery.
The Franciscan Sisters and the family of Sister Marie Chang, OSF, were served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, in Springfield.