Sister Emma Pothast, 94, of the Sisters of St. Francis of Tiffin, died at 1:33 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at St. Francis Home, Tiffin.
She was born Sept. 7, 1918, in Landeck, to Henry and Adeline (Bonifas) Pothast.
She is survived by a sister, Mildred (Paul) Rayman of Kalida.
Sister Emma Pothast
She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Esther (Charles) Niedecken, Evelyn (Donald) Deitrick and Ellen (Joseph) Mittelkamp; and four brothers, Leo, Arnold, Firmon and Luke Pothast.
Sister Emma graduated from Edgecliff College, Cincinnati and St. Vincent School of Nursing, Toledo. She served as an elementary teacher in New Washington, Ft. Jennings, Delphos, Bucyrus, Peru, Miller City, Bryan and Bismark. She was both an elementary teacher and principal in Millersville, and a high school teacher at the former St. Francis Convent High School, Tiffin.
Sister Emma moved into healthcare ministry. She served as a nurse at the motherhouse infirmary in Tiffin, and as an administrator and nurse at Mercy St. Vincent Hospital, Toledo, St. Francis Home, Tiffin, and the former St. Anthony's Orphanage, Toledo. Her ministry then took her to Linton, N.D., where she served as the secretary/treasurer at Linton Hospital and worked in administration and nursing.
Change was nothing new to Sister Emma. Later in life, she served as a seamstress at the motherhouse and as the sacristan at St. Francis Convent and at St. Pius X Parish, Sycamore. Her ministry of service led her to continue her nursing skills by volunteering with Seneca County Hospice program and the local Red Cross Bloodmobile.
Sister Emma served the community as a minister of prayer from 2007 until the time of her death. She enjoyed listening to classical music and opera and doing creative activities. In her own words, she said, "God has gifted me with many things. I have just tried to give my best at whatever I am doing."
Visitation for family and friends will be 2:30-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at St. Francis Home Chapel and 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at St. Francis Convent Chapel, Tiffin.
Her funeral Mass will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Francis Convent Chapel. Burial will follow at St. Francis Convent Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Home or St. Francis Convent, in care of the Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory, 214 S. Monroe St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-3113.
To send condolences go to www.traunerofuneralhome.com.