Sr. Ann, Rest in Peace

With sad and joyful hearts we say goodbye to our dear Sr. Ann (Weidemer) of the Mother of God who died on Monday, July 22nd, 2019. Sister lived a long, full life in Carmel, and will be truly missed. If any of you knew her, you know how amazing she was.

Please pray for her soul and join us, if possible, for the services (She will be buried on the feast of St. Ann, her patroness. What a gift!

Her obituary:

Sister Ann of the Mother of God OCD was 92 years old when our Lord took her to Himself.  She was born Margaret (Peggy) Louise Wiedemer on March 26, 1927 in Newry, PA. She was the ninth child born to Martin and Regina (Castelo) Wiedemer. The family moved to Altoona, PA where she attended catholic schools run by sisters who influenced her vocation to religious life as well as her cousin who was an extern sister at the Carmel of Loretto, PA. At age 19 she entered the Carmelite Monastery in Loretto, PA and in 1950 became a founding sister of the Monastery in Little Rock. The temporary monastery was located next door to the school board building on Louisiana Street that was bombed in 1959 during the Civil Rights unrest. Because of structural damage to the house the sisters moved to their present location on West 32nd Street. Out of her 72 years as a Carmelite, she served 54 years preparing meals for the sisters and helping out wherever needed. In 1990 she volunteered to help out the Carmel in New Orleans and returned to Little Rock ten years later after they began flourishing again in Covington LA. Her passion was to pray for Priests and those who were in prison. She empathized deeply with those who lacked the basic necessities of life. She immediately set any stranger at ease because she saw Christ in them. She would often say “Every leaf on that tree is an act of love to Jesus from me” and that was evident in her life of faith, love and service to her sisters and friends. She had a playful spirit that helped lighten the heavy hearted. She was often seen spending time praying in the choir and whenever asked to do something she immediately dropped everything to joyfully take on the task. In her later years she spent much time corresponding with those who wrote to the Monastery for prayers.  Even while in the Infirmary she continued to care for other sisters. She will be missed by all who knew her. 

She is survived by many devoted nieces, nephews and their families, her beloved Carmelite Nuns, Carmelite Friars at Marylake, Carmelite Seculars of Little Rock, and many friends.

The community wishes to express their gratitude to those who lovingly cared for her during the years proceeding her death. Visitation will begin at 10 am July 25th with Vigil and Rosary at 7:30 pm. Funeral Mass will be Friday July 26th at 10 am at the Carmelite Monastery Chapel, 7201 West 32nd Street, Little Rock, AR. Burial will follow. Funeral Arrangements are through Griffin, Leggett. Healey & Roth Funeral Home, Little Rock, Arkansas. 

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  1. Please accept our love and prayers during your time of loss. I’m sure that those who come behind Sister Ann will see her faithfulness.
    Charles & Linda Speer

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  2. SR ANN SERVED OUR LORD , LOVING HIM , FINDING HIM IN ALL ……LIKE MARY MAGDALENE
    ( FEAST JULY 22 ) SR ANN FOLLOWED HIM EVERWHERE

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      So sorry for your sadness. We pray she can obtain lots of graces for you from heaven, and we know she is closer to you (and us) now more than she could ever have been here on Earth! The comfort of our Faith!

  3. Sister Ann was my mother’s cousin and they remained in touch over the years. Mom (Frankie (Canole) Kessler) always spoke highly of Sr. Ann and prayed for her. Mom was also best friends with her sister Esther Wiedemer Burkhart, who passed in 2010. They will both be remembered as special people and always be in our prayers along with the rest of the Wiedemers.

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      Thank you, Kay. So nice to hear from you. Can you imagine the family reunion they must be having?? She was the last of the nine to go, and she loved her sister Esther so much! Thank you for your prayers and kind words.

  4. What a beautiful life to have lived for God all these many years. And what joy must come with their meeting. Reading about her life of service brought peace to my heart. Thank you for sharing a little of her life on this web site. Blessings to all of you who have shared their life with her. Jeanne Butler

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      God bless you and we send our love to you and Mr. Butler and family. It was a real grace for Marisa to be here with Sr. Ann at her last hours. Many graces! And Marisa is a big one of them!

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  5. To paraphrase the Greek lyric poet Pindar:

    “We are things of a day. What are we? What are we not? The shadow of a dream is man, no more. But when the brightness comes and God gives it, there is a shining light and life is sweet.”

    I am sure Sister Ann is experiencing that brightness and shining light and will for all eternity.

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  6. What a beautiful post that describes so well the Sr. Ann I came to know in recent years through correspondence. Kind, giving, generous in sharing her joys, memories of childhood and love of dogs. I am blessed to have been a friend and pen pal, also sharing prayer requests to each other. She will be missed. Praying for all the Sisters at Carmel.

  7. Sr. Ann, I may have forgotten to sign the guest list and no wonder: your presence is still real to me. Thank you for being so good to me…Love Love Love tame

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