Obituaries (361)

Sunday, 18 October 2020 14:40

In Memoriam - Sister M. Julia Kuropka, FSGM

ALTON — Sister M. Julia Kuropka, FSGM, died on Sept. 22 at St. Francis Convent Infirmary in Alton. She was 94.

Sister M. Julia was born on March 26, 1926, in Werden, Kreis, Oels., Diocese of Breslau, Germany. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George on March 5, 1953, was received into the novitiate on Oct. 3, 1953, and made her first profession of vows on Oct. 4, 1955, all in Germany. She consecrated herself to the Lord forever in final profession on Sept. 16, 1959, at the St. Francis Convent in Alton. She celebrated her Golden Jubilee in the motherhouse on Oct. 16, 2004, and her Diamond Jubilee in Alton, on Oct. 5, 2014.

Sunday, 04 October 2020 17:04

In Memoriam - Sister Mary Regina Berkel, OP

Sister Mary Regina Berkel, OP, 79, of Springfield, passed away on Sept. 14 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital. She was born May 15, 1941, in Queen’s Lake Memphis, the daughter of George F. and Irene Elizabeth (Farthing) Berkel who preceded her in death.

At the age of 21, she entered the Dominican Monastery in Catonsville, Md. Her religious profession was on Oct. 25, 1964.

Sunday, 04 October 2020 16:59

In Memoriam - Sister Mary Jane Schrage, ASC

RUMA — Sister Mary Jane (Mary Victor) Schrage, ASC, died Sept. 19 at the Ruma Center. She was 85 years old and had been a professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 67 years.

She was born on Aug. 14, 1935 in St. Rose, one of six children in the family of the late William and Alma (Goestenkors) Schrage.

ST. LOUIS — Sister Miriam Teresa Graczak, OSU, died peacefully on Aug. 25 at St. Andrew’s at Francis Place in Eureka, Mo. She served many years in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.

She was born June 30, 1929, in Ellisville, Mo., to Alice and Joseph Graczak. She entered the Ursulines in 1947 and professed her vows in 1952. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Xavier University in New Orleans.

Sunday, 06 September 2020 16:18

In Memoriam - Sister M. Jeanine McGinley, OP

Springfield Dominican Sister M. Jeanine McGinley, OP, died on Aug. 17, just shy of her 100th birthday, at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She was born in Chicago in 1920 to Irish-born parents, Cornelius and Sarah Carr McGinley, and baptized Catherine Patricia at St. Clement Parish. She joined the Dominicans at the age of 16, and in 1938 professed her vows at Sacred Heart Convent.

Sister M. Jeanine gave almost her entire teaching ministry to kindergarten and primary school children in Illinois. She taught at St. Mary School, Assumption, and at St. Agnes and Cathedral in Springfield. In northern Illinois, she taught at parochial schools in East Moline, Chicago, and Elgin.

Sunday, 06 September 2020 15:43

In Memoriam - Sister M. Anton Uthe, OP

Springfield Dominican Sister M. Anton Uthe, OP, died on Aug. 17, at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She was born on her family’s farm near Gilbert, Iowa, in 1923. Her parents, Anton and Esther Reichart Uthe, baptized her Alice Cecilia at St. Peter and Paul Church in Gilbert. She made her profession of vows at Sacred Heart Convent in 1943.

Sister M. Anton taught grades 1-8 throughout her 54 years of educational ministry. In two instances, she taught and was principal at the same time. In Illinois, she ministered in schools in Kampsville, Chicago, Springfield, Algonquin, Michael, Bethalto, Hampshire, Newton, and Mendota, where she served for 12 years at Holy Cross School and another 6 years as minister to the sick. She also taught in Lenox, Mich., and Duluth, Minn.

Sunday, 23 August 2020 17:09

Father Kennedy passes away at age 93

QUINCY — Father John B. Kennedy, senior priest of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, died Aug. 7 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy. He was 93 years old.

He was born April 10, 1927, in Fort Scott, Kan., a son of Bernard A. and Helen M. (Keating) Kennedy.

Sunday, 23 August 2020 17:07

In Memoriam - Sister Laura Goeckner, ASC

RUMA — Sister Laura Goeckner, ASC, died July 24 at the Ruma Center. She was 93 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 74 years.

Sister Laura was one of nine children born to William and Rosa (Probst) Goeckner of Effingham. Five of her sisters also were Adorers.

Sunday, 23 August 2020 16:59

In Memoriam - Sister Mary Ann Luth, OSU

ST. LOUIS — Sister Mary Ann Luth, OSU, died peacefully July 28, at St. Andrews at Francis Place in Eureka, Mo. She served many years in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. She was 100 years old.

The daughter of Louis H. and Marie Burke Luth, she was born May 28, 1920, in St. Louis. She graduated from Ursuline Academy in Kirkwood, Mo., in 1938, entered the Ursuline Sisters in 1940 and professed her vows in 1943. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of New Rochelle in New York and a master’s degree from St. Louis University.

Sunday, 09 August 2020 16:46

In Memoriam - Sister M. Diana Doyle, OP

Springfield Dominican Sister M. Diana Doyle, OP, died July 19 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She was born in Jacksonville, in 1930, to J. William and Elizabeth Mary Gillen Doyle and baptized Mary at Our Saviour Church. In 1951, she made profession of vows at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield.

Sunday, 26 July 2020 08:25

In Memoriam - Sister Maria Eck, OP

Springfield Dominican Sister Maria Eck, OP, died July 2 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She was born in Springfield in 1933 to Karl and Ruth Dirksen Eck and baptized Barbara Ruth at Blessed Sacrament. In 1955, she made her profession of vows at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield.

Sister Maria was a gentle, guiding presence for students, faculty, and families alike at three Springfield Dominican high schools. At Sacred Heart Academy (now Sacred Heart-Griffin High School), she taught English and theology, 1960 to 1967, and was in charge of the girls who were boarders at Siena Hall, 1963 to 1967. Sister Maria was also an assistant principal and principal, taught English, and served as guidance counselor, 1975 to 1986. She was a principal at Rosary High School, Aurora, 1969 to 1975, and dean of students, 1989 to 1991. At Marian Catholic, Chicago Heights, she was college registrar, 1993 to 2004.

Sister Mary Frances Lutty, OSF, 98, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, died on May 30 at St. Francis Convent in Springfield.

Sister Mary Frances, the former Anna May Lutty, was born in Pittsburgh on July 26, 1921, the daughter of Frank F. and Josephine M. Fichter Lutty. She entered the congregation on Feb. 2, 1950 and professed her religious vows on Oct. 4, 1952.

Sister Rose Duchesne Noelke, OSF, 100, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, died on May 30, at St. Francis Convent, Springfield.

Sister Rose Duchesne, the former Leona Mary Noelke, was born in Washington, Mo., on April 22, 1920, the daughter of the late Henry and Rose Barbara Gerritson Noelke. She entered the congregation on Sept. 23, 1949 and professed her religious vows on June 13, 1952.

Springfield Dominican Sister Charlotte Rebbe died April 10 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She was born Charlotte Ann, in Petersburg in 1934, to John and Marguerite Heflin Rebbe. In 1960, she made profession of vows at Sacred Heart Convent.

 

Sister Augusta Sperl, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died on April 2 at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 97 years old.

Sister Augusta, the former Bernadine Elizabeth Sperl, was born in Springfield on March 8, 1923, the daughter of August and Elizabeth Beckman Sperl. She entered the congregation on Sept. 8, 1939 and professed her religious vows on Oct. 4, 1942.

NEW ORLEANS — Sister Mary Patrice Clifford, OSU, died peacefully on March 29 in New Orleans. She served many years in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.

The daughter of Connell and Mary Eunice Clifford, Sister Mary Patrice was born Lillian Patricia Clifford on Sept. 2, 1935, in Oak Park. After her family moved to New Orleans, she attended Ursuline Academy there, graduating in 1953. She entered the Ursuline community that summer and professed her vows in 1956.

Springfield Dominican Sister M. Stephanie Kapusta died on March 24 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She was born in Benld, in 1928, to Peter and Magdalene (Koniak) Kapusta, who named her Leona. In 1951, she made her profession of vows at Sacred Heart Convent.

 

ST. LOUIS — Sister Mary Celeste Cour, OSU, died peacefully Feb. 24 at St. Andrew’s at Francis Place in Eureka, Mo. She was 96 years old.

The daughter of Raymond F. Cour and Frances Irene Greeley, she was born Jan. 11, 1924, in Springfield. As a young student at Ursuline Academy, she was captivated by stories of the missions and dreamed of the day when she could give her life to this work. She entered the Ursuline Sisters in Crystal City, Mo., in 1944 and made her vows in 1947.

RUMA — Sister Theresa Marie Braun, ASC, died Jan. 7 at the Ruma Center. She was 93 years old and was a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 76 years.

She was born Dec. 13, 1926 in Chester, one of five children of William and Florence (Wolshock) Braun. She made her first profession on July 1, 1943, and her final vows on July 1, 1948.

Sunday, 26 January 2020 12:12

In Memoriam - Sister M. Elvon Huser, OSF

Sister M. Elvon Huser, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died on Jan. 6, at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 100 years old.

Sister Elvon, the former Marie Cecilia Huser, was born in Hanson, Wis., on March 20, 1919, the daughter of Frank and Anna Wirtz Huser. She entered the Congregation on Oct. 1, 1936 and professed her religious vows on June 13, 1939.

ALTON — Sister M. Wencesla Rieger, FSGM, died on Jan. 7, at the St. Francis Convent infirmary in Alton. She was 94.

She was born on March 29, 1925, in Weigelsdorf, Kreis Reichenbach, Germany, the daughter of Joseph Rieger and Magda (Roesler) Rieger, both deceased.

ALTON — Sister Mary Gabriel Gibbons, FSGM, died on Jan. 13, at the St. Francis Convent infirmary in Alton. She was 82.

She was born on June 12, 1937, in Alton. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George in 1955, shortly after her graduation from Marquette High School. The congregation was founded in Germany. Sister Mary Gabriel was the second American-born sister. She made her first profession of vows in 1958, and her final profession of vows in 1963. She celebrated her Golden Jubilee in 2007, and her Diamond Jubilee in 2017.

Sunday, 12 January 2020 10:53

In Memoriam - Sister Mary Xavier Kelly, OP

Springfield Dominican Sister Mary Xavier Kelly died Dec. 12, 2019, at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She was born in Wyoming, Ill., in 1929 to George and Sarah (Smith) Kelly, who named her Sarah Elizabeth. In 1950, she made her profession of vows at Sacred Heart Convent.

Sunday, 12 January 2020 10:51

In Memoriam - Sister Maretta Kurk, OSF

Sister Maretta Kurk, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, died on Dec. 19, 2019, at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 87 years old.

Sister Maretta, the former Norma Jean Kurk, was born in Quincy, on June 15, 1932, the daughter of Clarence and Edith Schaich Kurk. She entered the Congregation on Sept.12, 1951, and professed her religious vows on June 13, 1954.

Springfield Dominican Sister Ann Therese Haupers died on Nov. 21, at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She was born in Chicago in 1918 to William and Ann Theresa (Kavanaugh) Haupers, who named her Mary Elizabeth. In 1940, she made her profession of vows at Sacred Heart Convent.

DONALDSON, Ind. — Sister Mary Kathleen Kuenstler, PHJC, died on Oct. 28 at the Catherine Kasper Home.

Sister Kate was born in St. Louis on Jan. 21, 1949 and she was adopted by Lawrence Kuenstler and Lorraine (Buerster) Kuenstler, who preceded her in death. Her siblings include her brother, Matthew (Deb) Kuenstler and her sister, Agnes Schoultz.

Sunday, 10 November 2019 10:14

In Memoriam - Sister Josine Mondloch, OSF

Sister Josine Mondloch, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, died on Oct. 19 at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 87 years old.

Sister Josine, the former Dolores Mary Ann Mondloch, was born in Sheboygan, Wis., on Aug. 12, 1932, the daughter of Joseph and Magdalen Schirmeister Mondloch. She entered the congregation on Feb. 2, 1949 and professed her religious vows on Oct. 4, 1951.

Sunday, 10 November 2019 08:42

In Memoriam - Sister Marie McCloskey, OSU

ST. LOUIS — Sister Marie McCloskey, OSU, died peacefully Oct. 4, at Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center in New Orleans, at age 105. She taught in the Springfield diocese during the 1960s and 1970s.

The daughter of Joseph McCloskey and Zita Gogarty McCloskey, she was born Dorothy Catherine McCloskey Feb. 17, 1914, in New Orleans. She attended Ursuline College and earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Loyola University. She later earned a master’s degree in English from St. Louis University and did further studies in theology at Incarnate Word University in San Antonio.

Springfield Dominican Sister M. Francene Harbauer died Oct. 9, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. She was born in Springfield in 1931 to Frank and Ella (Keeley) Harbauer, who named her Nancy Ann. In 1951 she made profession of vows at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield.

The last 25 years (1989-2014) of Sister M. Francene’s 63 years of ministry were devoted to Rosary High School in Aurora, where she served as principal and then as director of advancement. During her earlier years of ministry (1951-1985), she was a principal and/or a teacher in Catholic parish elementary schools. In Illinois these included St. Paul, Odell; St. Edward, Chicago; St. Kevin, East Alton; St. Malachy, Rantoul; St. Thomas More, Elgin; and Little Flower, Springfield. From 1985-1989 she was principal at Sacred Heart School in San Diego, Calif.

Sunday, 27 October 2019 17:19

In Memoriam - Sister Anna Clara Rick, OSF

Sister Anna Clara Rick, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died on Oct. 11 at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 90.

Sister Anna Clara was born in Valmeyer, on Jan. 28, 1929, the daughter of Vincent and Clara Marquardt Rick. She entered the congregation on Feb. 2, 1946 and professed her religious vows on Oct. 4, 1948.

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