Sister Eileen Theis, 84

Sister Eileen (Mary Evelyn) Theis, died May 29, 2012, at St. Francis Convent in Little Falls.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis Convent Saturday, June 2, at 11 a.m. Friends may call at St. Francis Convent Friday, from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m., and from 8:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral Saturday.

Sister Eileen was born April 11, 1928, in Buckman. She was the oldest of 13 children born to the late John and Loretta (Broschofsky) Theis. She was accepted as a Franciscan Sister of Little Falls Aug. 12, 1947. She made her first profession of vows Aug. 12, 1949 and final vows Aug. 12, 1952. She was a Franciscan Sister for 64 years.

Sister Eileen had a mind that was eager to learn and apply her learning dutifully. She had a deep respect for people and was devoted to them through her nursing care. She loved her work in the health care field and felt both challenged and rewarded in giving over 30 years to the education of nurses. She tried to impress on them the importance of the healing touch of the nurses’ hands and to know that caring for a patient is not only a job, it is an art. Sister Eileen became a registered nurse at St. Francis School of Nursing in Breckenridge, earned a bachelor of science in nursing from Marquette University College of Nursing, Milwaukee, Wis., a Master’s degree in health care education from St. Cloud State University and did further study at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., to become an instructor in natural family planning.

Sister Eileen is survived by siblings, Helen (Willard) Hoheisel of New Prague, Cecilia Meyer of Buffalo, Marian Bleichner of Sauk Rapids, Alphonse (Irene) of Hastings, Judith (Bill) Glafke of Eagle River, Alaska and Roderick (Bunny) of Helix, Ore.; nieces and nephews and her Franciscan Community.

Donations to Franciscan Sisters Ministries preferred.

Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service