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In Loving Memory of
Sister M. Dorothea Micek

Birth date: January 22, 1925

Entered Religious Life: June 15, 1939

Born Into Eternal Life: June 18, 2021

"A cheerful heart is good medicine..."
(Proverbs 1:227)

Frances Micek was born in Omaha, Nebraska on January 22, 1925, and was baptized a couple weeks later on the 8th of February at Immaculate Conception Church. Frances was the seventh of nine children of Frank and Agnes Micek. On April 29, 1934, Frances was confirmed and received the name Agnes. These sacraments, especially Confirmation, impacted Frances in her life and actions. It is not surprising to know that Frances was deeply concerned that her father was not a practicing Catholic and this weighed heavily on her heart. Consequently, at the age of 12, she decided to offer her life to God for the conversion of her father. This promise remained with her and two years later Francis wrote a letter to the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago asking permission to join the community.

Both parents supported Frances' decision to join the convent, but her father told her that she should return home if they didn't treat her right! In July 1939, at the age of 14, Frances boarded a train to go to Chicago to become a sister. The train from Omaha to Chicago passed her house. As the train approached her house, Frances saw all her friends standing on a hill waving good-by as the train sped along. This act of kindness deeply touched Frances and caused her to cry. In fact, Frances cried a lot in the beginning of her convent days. She was very homesick. She was only able to control her feelings and stop crying when the Sister sacristan told her if she continued to cry, she'd be sent home.

Frances became a postulant on February 2, 1941, and entered the novitiate on August 15, 1941, receiving the name Sister Mary Dorothea. Two years later, Sister made her First Profession of Vows on August 15, 1943, and her Final Profession on August 12, 1948. The beginning years of Sister M. Dorothea's religious life were spent at St. Joseph Home and Guardian Angel Day Care Center. From 1947 to 1950, Sister was at St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Joliet, Illinois. After training as a nurse, she went to Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota as an anesthetist student.

From 1951 through 1982, Sister M. Dorothea ministered as a nurse and anesthetist at hospitals in Atkinson, Nebraska, Huron, South Dakota, Omaha Nebraska and Palos Heights, Illinois. During these years she served as president of the South Dakota Nurse Anesthetists and Chairman of the Huron Convention of the South Dakota Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Sister also obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska in 1978. After many successful years ministering as a nurse anesthetist, Sister Dorothea attended Sangamon State University in Springfield, Illinois in 1982, to study Gerontology where she obtained a Master's Degree in Gerontology in 1983.

After the internship in Gerontology at Our lady of Angels Retirement Home in Joliet, Illinois, Sister became the administrator at Mother Theresa Home in Lemont, Illinois. She remained in this position until 1987. For a few months Sister received a sabbatical at St. Clare House of Prayer in Kankakee, Illinois, until she accepted a position as charge nurse at Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights, Illinois. Sister remained in this ministry for eight years.

In 1995 Sister M. Dorothea retired from nursing and took residence at Our Lady of Victory Convent in Lemont, Illinois as a driver and shopper for the sisters, serving as local superior for three years and assistant to the local minister for a year. Finally in 2012 Sister retired completely and dedicated her time to prayer and copious letter writing. Sister loved entertaining the sisters and guests with her funny stories and jokes. She loved to make people laugh. In the 81st year of religious life and at the age of 96, Sister M. Dorothea peacefully entered into eternal life at 8:45 P.M. on Friday, June 18, 2021, to be with Jesus whom she loved and served with all her heart.