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Sister Mary Baptista (Petronilla) Schik

Sister Mary Baptista (Petronilla) Schik


Sister Mary Baptista (Petronilla) Schik, 83, died on June 15 at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls, Minn. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Francis Convent on June 19. Arrangements were with Shelley Funeral Chapel, Little Falls.

Sister Mary Baptista was born on June 8, 1930, in Butler, Minn., the youngest of 11 children born to Victor and Anna (Hendrickx) Schik. She was accepted as a Franciscan Sister of Little Falls on Aug. 12, 1948. She made first profession on Aug. 12, 1950, and final vows on Aug. 12, 1953. She was a Franciscan Sister for 64 years.

Sister Mary Baptista had an understanding and listening presence as she dealt with people. She was a woman of many special talents but clearly her best talent, which she used her entire life, was building relationships with people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. She discovered great joy and fun in living, while at the same time was mindful of God's presence with His loving and faithfully gentle care for her and those with whom she related.

She had a love for nature and found that the songs of birds were a marvelous way to renew her spirit. She had a deep appreciation for God's unconditional love and constant care for her. She knew that all with whom she journeyed through life helped her become more grounded in her love for God.

Sister Mary Baptista min-istered at the St. Cloud Children's Home; St. Francis High School, Little Falls; the Dwelling Place in Sauk Rap-ids and St. Elizabeth Home in St. Cloud. She worked as a teacher assistant at Sacred Heart School in Sauk Rapids and as a home health aide at Ridgeview Place in St. Cloud. She became a beautician after attending the Ritters School of Beauty in St. Paul.

Sister Mary Baptista was preceded in death by siblings, Peter, Brother Tony, OSC, Joseph, Mary Jo, Louis, Henry and Margaret Severson and Sister Mary Susan, OSF.

Survivors include siblings, John (Mary Lou), New Hope; Sister Mary Sylvia, OSF, Little Falls, sister-in-law Dolores; nieces and nephews and her Franciscan community.

Donations to Franciscan Sisters Ministries preferred.