Obituary of Sister M. Hyacintha Dürbeck


In you, O God, we shall
rest on the Sabbath of eternal life,
when we have finished our work.
This peace and security within you,
you exalted, holy one,
is our hope.
(St. Augustine Bek. XIII, 36 and 38)

In the middle of the night, prepared and silent, our dear sister M. Hyacintha Dürbeck was called by God to her eternal home on July 15, 2023, at the age of 92.
Sister Hyacintha was born on June 14, 1931, as the third child of Adam and Martha Dürbeck in Bad Königshofen in Grabfeld. She was baptized on the day she was born and was named Elvira.
From 1937 to 1945, she attended the Königshofen —Gr—elementary school. Then, the agricultural school in Herbstadt lasted until 1947.
In March 1948, she started working as a kitchen assistant at the Episcopal Boys' Seminary Kilianeum in Miltenberg to acquire cooking skills.
She writes: "My most fervent wish is to consecrate myself to God and my neighbor." Serving God and people was and remained her life program.
So, she joined our community as a candidate on October 1, 1949. From April 1950 to 1952, she trained as a baby nurse at Mönchberg. Her sister, Sister Henriette, who was one year older, also joined the community and enjoyed being with her, especially in her old age.
In April 1952, Sister Hyacintha began her novitiate, which she completed with her first profession on April 24, 1954. On May 8, 1957, she made her vows and profession for life.
As a novice and then intermittently, she was entrusted with the children in our children's home for seven years, looking after them in her motherly, patient manner. Until her death, a former child kept in touch with Sister Hyacintha in gratitude and appreciation. For her birthday four weeks ago, he brought her another bouquet of roses. On behalf of Sr. Hyacintha, I thank you for this loyal connection.
Her other areas of operation were the hospital in Giebelstadt and family assistance and nursing in St. Elisabeth in Zellerau.
In 1976, she moved to the St. Martin retirement home in Geldersheim. She now looked after older adults. She qualified as a home manager in additional training at the Caritas Association in Munich. From 1978 to 1982, she was the superior and home director of Geldersheim. In 1982, she came to her mother's house due to illness.
She then began her duties in our infirmary.
After opening our Haus Clara retirement and nursing home in 2000, she was entrusted with a ward kitchen. Sister Hyacintha was a good spirit in the house, performing many small services in silence.
She also had a "green thumb" and looked after the flowers for many years. She loved flowers and enjoyed them for a long time on short walks in the garden.
With her calm, patient manner and her smile, she was and remained a kind sister to us. It seems that she carried suffering silently in her heart.
Having become increasingly frail, Sr. Hyacintha moved into a room in the nursing area in 2016.
She always had attentive contact with her relatives. Her nieces and nephews visited her until she was dying and kept in touch by telephone. God bless you for that.
In March of this year, Sr. Hyazintha broke her thigh and arm in a fall. After the operation, she was weak and developed a double-sided pulmonary embolism. She never recovered from that.
Sister Hyacintha went home at night to God, who called her into the light of the resurrection.
We believe and trust that HE has brought them from the darkness of fear and death into His eternal light.
We thank Sister Hyacintha for her lived devotion, prayer, and faithful service in our community and entrust her to the love and mercy of God.