Sister Maria Engelinda

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Martha Angenendt

Maria Regina Province, Coesfeld / Germany

Date and Place of Birth:            January 05, 1937       Oberhausen
Date and Place of Profession:  April 16, 1963             Mülhausen
Date and Place of Death:          February 05, 2024     Mülhausen
Date and Place of Burial:          February 09, 2024     Mülhausen, convent cemetery 

“Anyone who welcomes a little child such as this in my name, welcomes me”. (Mark 9:37)

Martha Angenendt was the oldest of the four children born to Heinrich and Wilhelmine Angenendt. She grew up with one sister and two brothers.

After completing the eight years of basic elementary and secondary school, Martha attended the school for home economics in Buer-Kassel for two years. Then she completed her training as an infant and pediatric nurse at the hospital in Resse where she worked until 1958. Until she started her novitiate in Mülhausen in 1960, she worked in the infant ward in the children’s home in Geldern-Baersdonk.

After her profession, Sr. M. Engelinda ministered as an educator in different children’s homes in the province of Mülhausen, for example in Kempen, Wachtendonk, Hüls, and Leuth. As it had already become obvious that she was especially good at dealing with younger children when she worked on the infant ward, she was deployed accordingly.

Sr. M. Engelinda spent the longest time of her career as an educator with children and young people with multiple disabilities at “Maria Helferin“ home in Leuth. With her empathetic, motherly manner, she was able to give the children the feeling of being at home.

Although Sr. M. Engelinda was in poor health due to several orthopedic operations, she continued to perform her duties.

When she retired from her educational work in 1994, she ministered at the reception desk in “Maria Helferin“ until she moved to Haus Salus, Mülhausen, in 2010.

She took part in community life as long as her health permitted. As her limitations increased during the last year, she repeatedly said that growing old was not easy. She also said quite often, “I can’t go on, I would like to die“ or “I would like to go home”.

On February 5th at around noon, her wish to go home was fulfilled.

In faith, we know that God has ended Sr. M. Engelinda’s suffering and she is safe in God‘s love.