Sister Anna Marie Schwieder, OSF, 96, (formerly known as Sister Gerard), of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, died on Aug. 15, at St. Francis Convent in Springfield.
Sister Anna Marie was born in St. Louis, on Sept. 22, 1922, the daughter of Edward and Mary Mahoney Schwieder. She entered the congregation on Feb. 1, 1948 and professed her religious vows on Oct. 4, 1950.
Sister Anna Marie graduated from St. Louis University with a bachelor’s degree in medical records library science. In 1971, she earned a master’s degree in counseling/psychology from Loyola University in Chicago. She also completed courses in the clinical pastoral education program at Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge.
She began her career in Medical Records at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield in 1951, and was promoted to director of Medical Records in 1956. In 1967, she moved to Streator, and served as medical records librarian at St. Mary’s Hospital until 1968. She returned to Springfield in 1971, serving as director of Patient Relations and Pastoral Care at St. John’s Hospital until 1980, when she became the directress of volunteers. In 1983, she moved back to Streator, to serve as special projects coordinator at St. Mary’s Hospital until 1985. In 1986, she served as co-director of Pastoral Care at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur. Later the same year, she went to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, serving in the Pastoral Care Department until 1999, when she retired from active duty. She then served in various volunteer ministries at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine until 2010 when she returned to the motherhouse in Springfield.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Edna Schwieder and Catherine Richards.
She is survived by several great-nephews and nieces, as well as her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life with for over 71 years.
A visitation and wake service were held at St. Francis Convent on Aug. 18. The Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Christian Burial was on Aug. 19 at St. Clare of Assisi Adoration Chapel at St. Francis Convent with Father Dennis Koopman, OFM, as celebrant. Burial was in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery.
The Franciscan Sisters and family of Sister Anna Marie were served by Butler Funeral Home–Springfield.