Sister Sabine Manyonga

Sister Sabine Manyonga

CHAMPAIGN – Sister Sabine Kazadi Manyonga, 45, of Champaign passed away at 3:35 a.m. Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church, 416 County Road 1100 N., Seymour, IL 61875. Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery, Seymour.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., with the service from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Meadowbrook Community Church, 1902 S. Duncan Road, Champaign, IL 61822.

She was very active in the French-English Ministry of Pastor Mimi and Prosper Panumpabi as singer, drum player, driver, intercessory prayer…

Another visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at St. Boniface Catholic Church.

Sr. Sabine was born May 3, 1967, in Kinshasa, Congo. She was the third of seven children (three boys and four girls) born to Papa Benjamin and Mama Albertine Musasa. She earned a diploma in Nursing and on Aug. 15, 1989, joined a religious community of the sisters "Notre Dame De Grace", which has its motherhouse in Cilomba, Congo.

Sr. Sabine professed her first vow Aug. 4, 1992, and final vow Aug. 22, 2001. She worked in Catholic hospitals in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), helping pregnant women during and before they deliver babies. She loved children and some families entrusted her with the kids if the mothers died while giving birth. Therefore, she was taking care of orphans and needy children. She has been known as a hard worker, full of love and joy, with smiling face all the time.

Sr. Sabine came to Normal, Ill., in the United States in 2005 purposely to pursue further studies in nursing. She joined her sister, Henrietta Panumpabi (Mama Mimi), who is married with children.

In 2006, Sr. Sabine and her sister's family moved to Champaign. She worked at Herff Jones Cap and Gown and then she started helping at the University of Illinois as kitchen helper. In 2010, she completed the CNA program at Parkland College, and continued with the Nursing program while working for Diversified Health Care Services as CNA. She went to school and worked for Diversified until August 2012, when she was unable to continue with both school and work because of poor health.

Sr. Sabine was a loving and true role model. She was always willing to help when asked to do so. Through the Congolese community, she was a unifying person.

Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy, is in charge of arrangements.