TANJUNG ARU(CS).- It was a shock to the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (FSIC) when two of their members passed away within two days apart.
Sister M Euphrasia Manson died Feb 20 while Sister M Angela Chung Nyuk Thai died Feb 22.
Both the funeral service for Manson Feb 22 at St Michael Penampang and the funeral Mass for Chung Feb 24 at Stella Maris Tg Aru were presided by Msgr Primus Jouil.
Born on 12 Dec 1935 in Kg Maang Penampang, Anastasia Manson was the third child in a brood of eight born to Gerard Manson and Agnes Matanjun.
She entered the FSIC congregation in 1955. But due to her sickness she was given one-year leave. She re-entered the congregation in 1957.
Manson made her first profession on 15 Aug 1959 and took as her profession name Sr Mary Euphrasia of the Good Shepherd.
After her first profession she was assigned to teach at St Mary’s Primary School Limbahau (1959-1965).
Manson made her final profession on 15 Aug 1964.
She was posted to Kuala Penyu twice and to Bundu Tuhan for more than 10 years.
As a teacher, Manson was very strict with her students but she took a great interest in them.
Upon retirement from teaching, she was posted to Tenom where she was fully involved in parish activities.
She celebrated her silver jubilee in Tenom on 15 Aug 1984 and was to celebrate her golden jubilee this year but God called her home instead.
The deceased’s last posting was in Beaufort where she suffered a minor stroke on 10 Oct 2007.
She was admitted to Damai Specialist Centre in Kota Kinabalu.
When she was discharged she was sent to St Joseph’s Convent Penampang for recuperation where she breathed her last on Feb 20.
During her stay in Penampang she used to receive Holy Communion daily.
When Sr Dariah Ajap came to her room that fateful day to prepare her for Holy Communion at 6:40 am, she found her motionless but still warm.
So Fr Alex Sipanul gave her the last Sacrament instead of Holy Communion.
Two days later God called her fellow sister home.
Martha Chung was born on 13 Dec 1918 in Kota Kinabalu, the seventh child in a brood of nine born to John Chung and Monica Chong.
She was educated at St Francis’ Convent KK and St Mary’s Convent Sandakan.
Chung entered the congregation on 11 Feb 1950 and took the name of Sr Mary Angela of St Francis when she made her first profession on 11 Feb 1953.
After her first profession, Chung was assigned to teach at St Anthony’s Primary Penampang until 1957.
In 1958, she attended a one-year teachers’ training course at Kent College Tuaran.
After the course Chung taught in Holy Trinity Primary School Tawau.
In 1962 she was transferred back to St Anthony Penampang as a principal until 1969.
In 1970 the deceased was posted to Kuala Penyu as the sister-in-charge as well as the principal of St Peter’s Primary School there.
After her retirement from teaching in 1980, Chung was sent to Tawau (1981-1982), Kudat (1983-1984), Tanjung Aru (1986-1993) and to Penampang (1993-1994).
After 1994, she stayed at the Stella Maris Home for Retired Sisters until her death.
During her retirement years, Chung was deeply involved in catechetical work especially in preparing children for their First Holy Communion.
A dedicated teacher, Chung had time for recreation, music, gardening and cooking.
Chung celebrated her silver jubilee on 1 Aug 1978 and her golden jubilee on 11 Feb 2003.
She had suffered much physical pain in the last few years and the community often reminded her to offer them for the congregation.
She died peacefully Feb 22 at 8:00 am.
Both sisters were buried at the Catholic cemetery at Mile 4.5 Jalan Penampang Lama.