Sister Anna Wolfe was hospital chaplain in Omaha

Sister Anna Wolfe combined her musical talent with her compassion to help others during difficult times.

Sister Anna, a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis, died in Omaha June 18. She was 96.

A funeral Mass was held June 24 at St. John Church on the Creighton University campus, with burial at Calvary Cemetery, both in Omaha.

A native of Hankinson, North Dakota, Sister Anna entered religious life in 1947 with a Franciscan community in Hankinson, and professed first vows in 1948 and final vows in 1951.

While studying music at Alverno College in Milwaukee she met the School Sisters of St. Francis and transferred to that order in 1983.

In Omaha, she served as a chaplain at Methodist Hospital from 1982 to 1983, as pastoral associate at then-St. Joseph Hospital from 1983 to 1984 and 1987 to 2003.

As a chaplain and pastoral care minister, Sister Anna used her musical talent as a violinist during monthly prayer services with families who had lost loved ones.

She also participated in the Nebraska Office on Aging’s Intergenerational Orchestra, a group of musicians age 55 and older and age 25 and younger, where she nurtured and influenced young musicians.

After retiring in 2003, Sister Anna volunteered as a chaplain for the Omaha Police Department and as a pastoral care volunteer at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha.

Sister Anna is survived by nieces and nephews, caregiver and friend Marge Pesak and the School Sisters of St. Francis community.

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