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Sister Tharsilla Bichler, 82

February 14, 2014

Sister Tharsilla Bichler, a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist, died Feb. 9, 2014 at the Desert House in Pocatello.  The Franciscan Sisters were with her at the time of her death.  She lived in Pocatello since 2005 after spending 24 years in the Holy Land where she taught mathematics at the Anglican School in Jerusalem for 17 and then tutored at the Holy Child Program in Beit Sahur.
Sister Tharsilla was known to the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist for her strength of character, indomitable spirit and simplicity of life. 
She was born on Jan. 28, 1932 in Strausburg, North Dakota to Romanus and Mary Bichler.  She had four siblings, Gerald, Herman (now deceased), Venita, and Annabelle.  In 1946 the family moved to Spokane, Wash.
Sister taught school in Iowa, Wisconsin, Utah, Washington and Idaho. 
She became a founding member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist in 1973; she was missioned to Alaska before serving in the Holy Land.
The Franciscan Sisters acknowledge with profound esteem and reverence the spirit with which Sister Tharsilla faced suffering during her life.  Her pioneer attitude to wholeheartedly embrace her mission, her ready laugh at life’s incongruities, and her graciousness with people endeared her to many.  May she rest in peace.
The Wake will be on Feb. 23, from 3-5 p.m. at the Franciscan Sisters Chapel, Truckerville Road. 
The Funeral Mass will be on Feb. 24, at St. Joseph’s Church, 455 Hayes Street, Pocatello at 11 a.m.  The funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Downard Funeral Home.

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