Editor’s note: The article was updated to correct the time of the funeral mass.
Sister Agnes Marie Tengler of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament of Corpus Christi died Oct. 7.
Tengler died of natural causes. She was 94.
Tengler entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word in 1944. She made her first profession of vows a year later 1945 and perpetual profession in 1948.
In 1952, Tengler earned her bachelors degree from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio and four years later her masters degree from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.
A graduate of Incarnate Word Academy, Tengler served as principal for a span of 16 years.
She also served as Superior General and took an active part in the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Tengler was appointed Bishop’s Representative for Religious in the Diocese of Corpus Christi in 1976 and Chairperson of the Diocesan Development Commission. She was a member of the Diocesan Pastoral Center Commission and of the Diocesan Pastoral Council.
Tengler’s involvement in civic and diocesan organizations included the Coastal Bend Chapter of the American Red Cross, Incarnate Word School Board of Directors in Corpus Christi, the Incarnate Word Academy Advisory Council in Brownsville and Villa Maria Senior Citizen Community Board.
Monsignor Richard Shirley, Tengler’s co-minister and friend, said the two had served together on multiple diocesan projects.
“It was always a welcome experience to watch this quiet and elderly nun work her way through marshmallow problems, to matters of futuristic concerns and still remain determined to let the light of the Incarnate Word overcome the darkness that still lurks in too many places,” Shirley said.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, funeral services will be livestreamed via the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament of Corpus Christi’s Facebook.
The wake service and rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and the funeral mass will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The livestream for both events will start 10 minutes before the scheduled time.
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