|Sister Genna Hibser, O.S.B.|
|February 12, 1928 - October 13, 2010|
|Rock Island, Illinois|
|Visitation: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday October 17, 2010 at St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Ave. W., Rock Island, Ill.|
|Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 a.m. Monday October 18, 2010 at St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Ave. W., Rock Island, Ill.|
|Vigil Service: 7:00 p.m. Sunday October 17, 2010 at St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Ave. W., Rock Island, Ill.|
|Interment: Monday October 18, 2010 at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island, Ill. |
|Sister Genna (Mary Michael) Hibser O.S.B., 82, of St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, Ill., died Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at the Monastery.|
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. on Monday at the St. Mary Monastery Chapel. Burial is at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Monastery, where a Christian wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to St. Mary Monastery. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan, Ill., is assisting with arrangements.
Georgianna Hibser was born on February 12, 1928 in St. David, Ill., a daughter of Frank and Johanna Shragal Hibser. She attended St. Boniface School, Peoria, Ill., and graduated from St. Mary’s Academy, Nauvoo, Ill. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from St. Ambrose College, Davenport, Iowa and a Masters in Religious Education from St. Meinrad, St. Meinrad, Ind.
Georgianna entered the Benedictine community on September 8, 1946. She made her first profession as a Benedictine Sister on July 12, 1948. Her ministry included serving as an elementary teacher, music instructor and/or principal at St. Anthony’s, Atkinson, Ill.; St. John’s, Clinton, Ill.; St. Mary’s, Moline, Ill.; St. Thomas More, Munster, Ind.; St. Roch’s, LaSalle, Ill.; St. Joseph’s, Ivesdale, Ill.; Immaculate Conception, Monmouth, Ill.; and St. Boniface and Holy Family, Peoria. Sister Genna did Pastoral Care and Liturgy at Mary’s, Moline and St. Maria Goretti in Coal Valley, Ill. and Evangelization at St. Joseph’s, Pekin, Ill. and Munster, Ind. She was also a student recruiter for St. Mary’s Academy.
She is survived by her Benedictine Sisters and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers; and nine sisters.
Online condolences may be left at www.wheelanpressly.com.
I pray that you are at peace. That you were lovingly greated by all your sisters and brothers. I know you touched many in your years here and will be thought of foundly for years to come.
Johanna and Heather Kelley
-- Heather Kelley
Sister Genna - You deserve to rest in His peace. Oh how I remember your laughter and our talks when you ministered in Munster. The years you spent Thanksgiving with mmy family and your "special talk" with me when Aunt Blossom died. Sr. Genna, join Sr. Katherine the two of you will make heaven an even better place and the laughter will resound everywhere. St. Benedict is, I am confident, so proud to have you as his "bride," and his faithful "daughter." Rest in Peace, my friend. Chet Nordyke
-- Chet Nordyke
My sincere sympathy to the Sisters and Sister Genna's family. She was a great help to me during a difficult time in my life as she was serving at St. Joseph's in Pekin. May she rest in peace.
-- Leslie Fahnders
Sr. Genna was at our parish, St. Joseph's, Pekin, IL. She was a great inspiration to me in my faith journey. She helped me to understand the Benedictine beliefs & I've followed them ever since. I attended Retreats at St. Mary's Academy in Nauvoo, IL. These retreats taught me about Centering prayer & Lectio. I learned to be still with my God & sought discernment in everything in my life. Her & I were in Hospital Ministry for many years at all three hospitals in Peoria, IL. I took over for her when she was away during the summer. She suggested I take workshops in regards to this ministry. I did & those workshops helped to discern when three patients from our parish needed to see our priests. They did see them & all three died within two days. I've read every book by Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr. I used her reflections when I started The WATCH program with Sr. Charlotte Sonneville at St. Joseph's parish. I attended the Lay Ministry Leadership Program in Peoria, IL, first in Family Ministry, then in liturgy. This helped me to start the RCIA process in our parish. Sr. Genna gave me material to use in this program. Also, I've read books by Sr. Joan Chittister, especially her book "Wisdom Distilled from the Daily." If it hadn't been for Sr. Genna I don't think I would have had such a fantastic faith journey as I've had. I miss having your community at our parish! I loved her very much. We are sorry we can't attend, my husband Wes has problems with his spine right now & can't drive long distances. God bless, her friend in Christ, Mary Valade, 1117 S. 9th St., Pekin, IL 61554, 309-347-3214.
-- Mary E Valade
I am saddened by the passing of my Aunt Sister Genna. Sr. Genna was always fun-loving and interested in sharing her time with and challenging her nieces and nephews to be good, caring Catholics. Sr. Genna and all of the members of Benedictine Order are in my prayers.
-- Daniel P. Daly