“God’s faithfulness is without end.” - Psalm 117
I was born at home in Coopersville, MI and was raised on a farm with three brothers. We attended a one room, nine grades (K-8), one teacher, country public school with our neighbors. Our Parish was Saint Michael’s in Dennison (now Coopersville). Religious formation began at home followed by one hour after Sunday Mass where two senior girls from Mt. Mercy came to help us memorize our Catechism. Every June two Mercy Sisters came for two weeks to prepare us to celebrate the sacraments. Later, we were all enrolled in a by-mail program called Religion Correspondence Course directed by Dominicans. After expressing my desire to be a Sister, I came to be an aspirant so I could learn what Sisters were all about.
September 8, 1957, I entered as a postulant. After profession, a few of us went to study nursing. September 1960, I became an LPN and completed RN studies in June of 1985. As a nurse, I ministered in many specialized fields, with my last 27 years being End Stage Renal Disease. Currently, I am a member of the Pastoral Care Team at Marywood Health Center and Spiritual Care Companioning in the home.
I am grateful for the many opportunities and blessings that I’ve had throughout these 60 years and for all of the support I have received along the way.
2018 – 60 Years a Sister
Pray for nurses and caregivers
Sister Ann Hehl is a member of the Pastoral Team at Marywood Health Center and a Spiritual Care companion for women and men who are homebound by illness or mobility challenges.
In recognition of their extraordinary care for seniors, the Pastoral Care Team received the award for Group Volunteer of the Year from LeadingAge Michigan at the 2017 Member Awards Gala.
Registered Nurse Sister Ann Hehl in 1985. Dedicated to proving the best care, Sister Ann found an affinity for nursing people with kidney disease. For 27 years, she was an End Stage Renal Disease specialist.
Sister Ann Hehl at work in the garden on Marywood Campus. This farm girl, born and raised, has always had a passion for yard work and planting and caring for gardens.
Long before she took her vows, Theda Hehl was born August 31, 1939 in Cooperwville, Michigan. She was the only daughter of Martin and Catherine Mergener Hehl. Her three brothers took charge of her and taught her many things, such as catching and cleaning frogs.