Sister Paula Leick, O.S.B.May 17, 1924 ~ July 8, 2020 (age 96)
A Private Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Paula Leick, O.S.B. will be Friday, July 10, 2020 at Immaculata Monastery in Norfolk. The Reverend Kenneth Reichert will be the celebrant. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery. Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.
Just days before she died, Sr. Paula recalled how blessed she feels. It was clear that faith and love were the foundation stones of her family and remained with her through her 96 years of her life.
Agnes Ann was born on May 17, 1924, into a family of three boys and six girls to Joseph and Catherine Keiming Leick on a small farm in St. Bernard, Nebraska. Life on the farm gave Agnes a love of nature. The hard times of drought and grasshopper plague in her childhood fostered lessons of simplicity, ingenuity, and natural common sense. She attended St. Bernard Catholic School up to grade 10. In 1941 Agnes wished to join her two older sisters, Veronica and Rosemartha and become a Missionary Benedictine Sister in Raeville, Nebraska.
Agnes received the name “Paula” when she became a novice. Her first profession followed on August 16, 1945, and her final vows on April 22, 1949. She was looking forward to celebrating her 75th jubilee of profession this August.
Over the years Sr. Paula served in various areas of healthcare ranging from lab assistant, medical records, accounting, and administration. Most of her mission experience was at Holy Trinity Hospital and Grace Home in Graceville, Minnesota, where she served generously a total of 36 years. Under her administration the hospital flourished and expanded. She also served at Sacred Heart Hospital in Lynch, Nebraska, and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and Immaculata Monastery in Norfolk, Nebraska.
Following retirement, Sr. Paula’s senior years passed calmly; she found great pleasure in creative sewing and in crocheting colorful afghans. Sr. Paula died peacefully July 8, 2020, at 2:50 p.m. as the sisters sang a song of surrender and trust. Her parents, Joseph and Catherine, and nine siblings, preceded her in death: Sr. Frances, Louis, Cecilia Mason, Peter, Loretta Dunn, John, Sr. Germaine, Mary Frisch and Rita Miick. She is survived by 31 nieces and nephews and her community of Missionary Benedictine Sisters in Norfolk.