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Sister Agatha (Zita) Niebrugge, 89, passed away early Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Catherine Kasper Life Center in Donaldson, IN.
Sister Agatha was born on August 11, 1928 in Green Creek, IL, the fifth of fourteen children to Anthony and Anna (Aulenbroch) Niebrugge.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Anthony and Anna Niebrugge; siblings - Paul Niebrugge, Lawrence (and Dorothy) Niebrugge, Alf Niebrugge, Ambrose (and Dorothy) Niebrugge, Fr. Herman Niebrugge, Fr. Richard Niebrugge, Bernard Niebrugge, Martha (and Joe) Muehlenfield, Johanna (and Bernard) Spracklen, Anna Marie Niebrugge, Mary Ann Niebrugge, Dolores (and Bede) Stockman.
She is survived by brother - Anthony (and Barbara) Niebrugge; in-laws - Dolores Niebrugge, Margaret Niebrugge; and several nieces and nephews.
Sister Agatha was a kindhearted and nurturing person. She was called to her vocation at the age of 18. She dedicated her life to the Poor Handmaid Sisterhood. She was assigned to many areas including Alton Orphanage, St Augustine High School in Chicago, and Breese Mater Dei in Highland. Sister Agatha spent the majority of her years teaching at Ancilla College. For two decades, she taught Sociology at the College and served on the Board of Trustees. In 2012, she was presented with the Ancilla Award, honoring her wide-ranging community service and dedicated support of Ancilla College.
Family, faith and her fellow Poor Handmaid Sisters were her passion. Growing up in a large family, she always had stories to share. She had a strong relationship with God and lived her faith daily. She loved art - teaching, creating and viewing. She was also an avid Cubs fan.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 4:30-8:00 p.m. EDT in the Ancilla Domini Chapel, Donaldson, Indiana. Mass of Resurrection will be held on Monday, October 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. EDT in the Ancilla Domini Chapel. Burial will be in the Mount Carmel Cemetery, Donaldson.
Published on October 5, 2017
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