Sister Louisa Schumacher

Sister Louisa Schumacher died on February 21,2024, and was buried at Saint Joseph Villa on February 26, 2024. Louisa’s parents immigrated from Germany and settled in Northeast Philadelphia. They had four children. Louisa and her twin sister Clara were the oldest. Louisa encountered the Sisters of Saint Joseph at Resurrection Parish. She commented in her living history, “I met the Sisters of Saint Joseph in elementary school and liked the way they interacted  with one another and the students, so it was the life I chose.” This simple statement sums up Louisa’s commitment.

Louisa taught elementary school for almost 40 years in Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey. She also served as Pastoral Minister for the elderly for 14 years in Wilmington, Delaware. Although she reported that teaching was the most exciting, challenging, and fulfilling ministry for her, she loved pastoral ministry, and she won the hearts of the seniors she served. Louisa was attentive, attended special events, and conducted Communion services. Among other things friends loved about her, they especially “liked Sister’s Mass better than Father’s.” She was solid, practical, orderly, thrifty, a nature and art lover, easy company, comfortable listener, big-hearted, kind, and grateful. Louisa manifested these virtues even in her last days.

In addition to her daily prayer, Louisa’s yearly retreats and spiritual direction were central to her life. Her 30-Day retreat was a profound experience in her life. She comments, “God has been a constant companion in my life. He has worked with me from the time I entered the Community, and He has provided me with a wonderful and fulfilling life.” Louisa loved her religious life and accepted the joys and challenges graciously. She truly lived the mission, “We live and work so that all people may be united in God and with one another.”

Louisa, your simple life inspires all of us to draw closer to God. May you enjoy the embrace of your father, mother, Clara, and all, especially of your loving God this day and forever in Paradise.