RUMA — Sister Emma Goeckner, ASC, a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 72 years, died Aug. 27 at the Ruma Center. She was 88 years old.
Born on June 9, 1930, she was the youngest of nine children of William and Rosa (Probst) Goeckner in Bishop Creek. Her five sisters also became Adorers.
Sister Emma earned a certificate in food service supervision from Fontbonne College in St. Louis and worked in dietary more than 60 years, including at small convents in Olney; Vienna and Zell, in Missouri; and Fort Dodge, Iowa.
She supervised kitchens in such large institutions as the Catholic Children’s Home in Alton, St. Henry Seminary in Belleville, St. Teresa Academy in East St. Louis and the Ruma Center, in Illinois, and at De Mattias Hall, the House of Studies for Adorers and other sisters on the campus of Saint Louis University.
Sister Emma was one of the last of the regular quilters at Ruma and helped produce an enormous number and variety of quilts over the years. She also did needlework and enjoyed card games, reading and her prayer life.
Sister Emma was preceded in death by her parents; her step-mothers Clara Willenborg and Elizabeth Koester; her brothers William Goeckner, Alphonse Goeckner and Norbert (Eleanor) Goeckner; her sisters and fellow Adorers: Sister Mary Jerome Goeckner, Sister Mary William Goeckner, Sister Martha Goeckner and Sister Adella Goeckner; and step-sister Virginia Koester.
She is survived by her sister, Sister Laura Goeckner, an Adorer; and nieces and nephews.
A visitation, prayer service, sharing of memories and a Mass of the Resurrection for Sister Emma took place on Sept. 1 at the Ruma Center. Burial was in the Ruma Center cemetery.
Donations in memory of Sister Emma may be sent to the Adorers at 4233 Sulphur Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63109 or online at www.adorers.org “Memorial Donations.”