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In memoriam: Sister Gabrielis Hu, OSF
February 11, 2017 6:27 PM


Sister M. Gabrielis Hu, O.S.F. (105) died on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at 3 p.m. at St. Francis Convent.

Sister Gabrielis, the former Mary Hu-Cheng-Kuan, was born in Wucheng Shandong Province, China, on November 11, 1911, the daughter of Anthony and Mary Li Hu. 

From St. Joseph's Hospital, Jinan, China, (founded by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis in 1925) she became a candidate and traveled to America on June 24, 1930 with three other candidates and their Mistress of Novices. She entered the Congregation on July 31, 1930 as a postulant at St. Francis Convent, Springfield and professed her religious vows on May 18, 1933. In 1936, she graduated from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing after which she rejoined the Sisters’ Community in China and served as a nurse and Directress of Novices. Sister Gabrielis and the Sisters left China in 1948 when the Communists’ threats became serious. They arrived at St. Francis Convent, Springfield, on June 5, 1948 and America became their home. Over 40 years would pass before Sister Gabrielis received a visa to return to her native land to visit her family.

During her years in America, Sister Gabrielis served the Community at HSHS hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin as a nurse and histology technician. She served as a missionary at Star of the Sea Clinic in Kaohsiung, Taiwan from 1980 through 1987. From 1988 through 1995, she was a volunteer at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chippewa Falls, WI. She returned to St. Francis Convent in 1995.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers. She is survived by a niece and a nephew living in the People’s Republic of China, and her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for 86 years.

Visitation will be held at St. Francis Convent on Monday, February 13, 2017, from 4-7 p.m. with a Wake Service at 6 p.m. The Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Andre Schludecker, OFM on Tuesday, February14, 2017 at 10 a.m. in St. Clare of Assisi Adoration Chapel at St. Francis Convent. Burial will be in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery. 

To read her feature story from 2010, please click here.

Staab Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


In memoriam: Sister Frances Elizabeth Schmitz, OSF
January 19, 2017 1:38 PM


Sister Frances Elizabeth Schmitz, O.S.F. (94) died on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Convent, Springfield, Illinois.

Sister Frances Elizabeth was born in Waterloo, Iowa on March 1, 1922, the daughter of Henry and Agnes (Beck) Schmitz. She entered the Congregation on February 2, 1945 and professed her religious vows on October 4, 1947.

Sister Frances Elizabeth graduated from LeClerc College in Belleville, Illinois, in 1949 with a BA in History. In 1953, she earned a BA in Church Music from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. In 1961 she obtained a Certificate as Medical Records Librarian from the College of St. Mary’s in Omaha, Nebraska. She also received a post-graduate degree in Theology from Aquinas Institute in St. Louis, Missouri in 1979. Sister Frances Elizabeth taught at St. Francis High School located in the Motherhouse in Springfield, Illinois; served as a missionary to the Navajos in Lukachukai, Arizona; a Medical Records Librarian in HSHS hospitals; Hospital Administrator at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and various leadership positions within the Community becoming Provincial Superior of the American Province in 1979. In 1982, she returned to HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin until 2005 when health concerns brought her back to the Motherhouse.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers: Robert and Loren Schmitz, and two sisters: Mary Elaine Schmitz and Margaret M. Greiner.

She is survived by a sister, Clare Staebell, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, several nieces and nephews, several great nieces and great nephews, as well as her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life. This year she would have celebrated her 70th Jubilee year in religious life.

Visitation will be held at the St. Francis Convent from 4-7 p.m. with a Wake Service at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2017. The Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Dennis Koopman, OFM on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Clare of Assisi Adoration Chapel at St. Francis Convent. Burial will be in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery.

To read her feature story from 2002, please click here.

Staab Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



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