Late in the afternoon of February 21, Sister Anna Marie Metz was sitting quietly in her room. Although she regularly attended the 4 o’clock Mass, she was not feeling well enough go that day. During that Mass Annie was peacefully invited to share in the heavenly banquet that the Lord had prepared. No fanfare here on earth, but heavenly rejoicing to be sure! Just like her, quiet, private, not wanting any fuss.
We now celebrate her new life and begin by recalling her life on earth. Anna Marie was born on April 6, 1925, to Leo and Louise (Thielen) Metz in Chicago, Illinois. Louise Metz died three days after giving birth to Anna, her first child. Anna’s godmother and aunt, Frances Jaskowiak (Metz) assisted her father in caring for Anna until he remarried. Leo and Marjorie (Barber) Metz had three more children: Frederick, Veronica and May.
The Metz family were members of St. Bartholomew’s parish in Chicago where Anna was baptized and attended grade school. After graduating from Foreman High School, she worked a few years before asking to enter the postulancy of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate in 1948. She was received into the novitiate and was given the name Sister Mary Leonissa. Her father, Leo, was undoubtedly very proud of his daughter.