Sister Martha Heimer 1931-2012
March 31, 1931 – March 14, 2012
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Martha Francis Heimer who passed away on March 14 from complications of Alzheimer Disease. She was 80 years old.
Sister Martha was born in Denver, Colo. to parents Francis and Martha (Hanson) Heimer. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet on September 15, 1957, and made her final profession on August 6, 1965. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the College of St. Catherine in 1961 and a master’s degree in medical social work from St. Louis University in 1973.
Sister Martha's various ministries focused on healing of both the neighbor and the earth.
In the 1960s Sister Martha was a staff nurse and nursing supervisor at St. Joseph Hospital in Kirkwood and at St. Joseph Health Center in Kansas City. In the 1970s, she was a medical social worker at St. Joseph Hospital in Kirkwood, Mo.
In the 1980s she served at parishes in Ava, Gainsville and Mansfield, Mo., as a pastoral associate and medical social worker. Other positions included medication nurse at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Mo. and as a home health care staff nurse at Mercy Hospital in Mansfield, Mo.
From 1989 to 1992 she served her CSJ community at the St. Joseph Provincial House as transition/ministry coordinator. In the early 1990s she returned to health care as a registered nurse/social worker at Washington County Home Health Center in Potosi, Mo. and at Catholic Charities Tri County Branch Office in Crystal City, Mo.
She continued her ministry as a social worker at Project Hope in Potosi, Mo. And as client advocate at New Way Shelter in Bonne Terre, Mo. She served the elderly though home care in Illinois and Missouri, as well as at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis where she worked as a dietary aid.
After retiring in 2002 Sister Martha's love for creation led her to a new ministry, first as volunteer at the White Violet Center for Eco Justice in St. Mary-of-the-Woods in 2002 and then as the co-director of St. Joseph Woods Earth Spirituality Center in Ferguson, Mo. in 2004.
She served at St. Joseph Woods until her retirement in 2010 and resided at Nazareth Living Center.
Sister donated her body to science and a memorial mass is planned for Wednesday March 21, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Nazareth Living Center Chapel, 2 Nazareth Lane, St. Louis, MO 63129.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province, 6400 Minnesota Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63111. Donate on line.