Sr. Pietra (Maria Johanna) Aumer, CPS, a Missionary Sister of the Precious Blood, died on February 6, 2021 at Parkhouse Nursing Center, Royersford, PA at 86 years of age, and in her 62nd year of Religious Profession.
She was born into a faith-filled family and raised in Grieskirchen, Upper Austria. She is survived by a niece and four nephews. After finishing school, she worked in Innsbruck and in 1957 Sr. Pietra entered the convent in Wernberg Austria. She made her first Profession in 1959 and her final profession in 1962.
After training as a nurse and midwife she was assigned to Korea and then to the United States. She began working at Holy Family Manor, Bethlehem, PA in 1970 and was stationed there for over 40 years. As a registered nurse at Holy Family Manor, Sr. Pietra worked on all units and enjoyed getting to know the staff, residents, and their families. Sister believed her special love of the elderly and dying was rooted in our charism, as it enabled her to fully live and bring redeeming love to those who needed it most. Over the years she received many recognitions, citations, and nurse of the year awards. Sr Pietra had a heart as wide as the world and all were welcomed. Her nursing shills included a gift for journeying with the dying and with families who had lost a loved one. She often said that her work with the elderly was her mission, her joy, and her passion: ‘it is so beautiful to be with those who are on their way back to their Creator.’
When in 2016 she was approached about retiring she said: “The years have flown by and ‘retirement’ was a word I didn’t want to hear. Now the time has come, but – I can still volunteer.” And so, she continued to visit the residents and staff, to pray with and to encourage them and to bring hope.
Towards the end of 2017 Sr. Pietra began to experience one health issue after another; the surgeries and anesthesia began to take their toll and soon nursing home care was needed. In April of 2019 Sister had a severe stroke which left her paralyzed on the left side and diminished her cognitive abilities. Four weeks ago, she was diagnosed with Covid-19 and moved from the hospital to a Covid Palliative Care Unit. When she seemed to be recovering, pneumonia once again set in. Sr. Pietra lived life to the full and in everything gave thanks to the Lord her God.
Sr. Pietra’s funeral Mass and Burial will be private. The Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood express their gratitude to the caring staff of St. Joseph Villa, Reading Hospital and Parkhouse Nursing Home, to all who supported them with prayer and sympathy and to Mr. Klee and the Klee Funeral Home for their compassionate care and accompaniment. www.kleefuneralhome.com
Funeral Mass and Burial will be private