Sister Mary Louise Hynd, OSF, longtime pastoral care chaplain, dies at 83
WEST PEORIA — A Mass of Christian Burial is planned for Friday, June 2, for Sister Mary Louise Hynd, OSF. It will be celebrated by Msgr. Michael Bliss at 9 a.m. in the chapel of Immaculate Conception Convent, 2408 W. Heading Ave.
Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, also in West Peoria.
A visitation will be held at the convent from 3:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, and from 8 to 9 a.m. on June 2.
Sister Mary Louise died on May 26, 2023, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. She was 83.
The daughter of William and Margueritte (Peterson) Hynd, Sister Mary Louise was born in Moline on Dec. 24, 1939. She entered the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis — also known affectionately as the Heading Avenue Franciscans — on Jan. 21, 1962, and professed her vows on Aug. 12, 1964.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa, and a master of divinity degree from Immaculate Conception Seminary in Darlington, New Jersey.
Beginning her ministry in 1964, Sister Mary Louise served at Guardian Angel Home, Peoria, and was a teacher and principal at St. Joseph School, Pekin. She also was a pastoral assistant at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Peoria Heights, worked at St. Joseph’s Home in Springfield and St. Joseph’s Convent in Peoria, and was assistant treasurer at the motherhouse in West Peoria.
In 1988, she went to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria to minister as a pastoral care chaplain and remained for 26 years.
In addition to her Franciscan Sisters, Sister Mary Louise is survived by two sisters, Betty (Robert) Vande Voorde and Barbara Carlson, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, William Hynd Jr.; her sister-in-law, Mary Hynd; and her brother-in-law, Richard Carlson.
Memorials may be made to the Retirement Fund of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception, 2408 W. Heading Ave., West Peoria, IL 61604.