Taos native Sister Francisca (Theresa) Eiken CCVI, 85, a Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word, died on May 15 at The Village at Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.
She was born in Taos on October 29, 1934, to Vincent and Adela (Kerperin) Eiken.
Sr. Francisca attended St. Francis Xavier School in Taos and graduated from Fatima High School in Westphalia in 1953.
She worked for the Missouri Department of Social Services as a keypunch operator before entering the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in 1960.
She served in the congregation’s healthcare ministry as a radiology technician at Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio until 1993.
Following her retirement from healthcare ministry, she served as the archivist for the congregation.
For the past 10 years, she enjoyed serving in various activities.
Sr. Francisca accepted and enjoyed any situation.
She had insight into people’s needs and sought to help them.
Her family will miss her quiet and prayerful demeanor and her positive attitude.
Preceding her in death were her parents; three brothers, Alfred Eiken, Silver Eiken, and Matthew Eiken; five sisters, Margaret (Paul) Forck, Mary (Clarence) Winkelman, Sister Adela (Edna Mary) Eiken CCVI, Frances Eiken and Susie Eiken; a sister-in-law, Pat Eiken; three nephews; and four nieces.
Surviving are a sister, Mathilda (Don) Meyer of Wentzville; two brothers, Joe Eiken of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, and Eddie (Mary) Eiken of Jefferson City; a sister-in-law, Clara Eiken of Taos; 30 nieces and nephews and many great- and great-great nieces and nephews.
Private services were to be held at The Village at Incarnate Word in San Antonio, with interment in the convent cemetery.
Those wishing to email tributes or condolences to the family may do so at www.the angelusfuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, 4503 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209.