Sister Ann (Elizabeth Frances) Connolly, ASC, died on Jan. 12 at the Ruma Center in Ruma. She was 91 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 72 years.
Sister Ann was born on May 15, 1927 in Assumption. She was the only child of the late Ernest and Catherine (Shannon) Connolly. Sister Ann made her first vows on July 1, 1946 and her final vows on July 1, 1951.
ST. LOUIS — A memorial Mass was celebrated on Dec. 29, 2018, for Sister Colette Jokerst, OSU, who died peacefully on Dec. 22. She was a resident of St. Andrews at Francis Place in Eureka, Mo., at the time of her death. Sister Colette served in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois for 30 years.
The daughter of Joseph and Josephine Huber Jokerst, she was born on March 7, 1927, in Crystal City, Mo. She entered the Ursuline Sisters in July 1946 and professed her vows in January 1949.
MILWAUKEE — School Sister of St. Francis Dorothy Petit, who lived her religious vocation as a homemaker and nurse for more than 60 years, died Nov. 29 at Sacred Heart in Milwaukee. She was 81 years old.
Sister Dorothy was born April 21, 1937, in Chicago. She was received into the School Sisters of St. Francis on June 13, 1955, made her first profession of vows in 1957, and final (perpetual) vows in 1963.
Albany, N.Y. — Sister Mary of the Incarnation Driscoll, OP (Mary Elizabeth), passed away on Nov. 15. She was the daughter of James and Nancy Driscoll of Yonkers, N.Y.
After graduating from St. Clare Academy in 1957, Sister Mary entered the Franciscans where she taught fifth-graders and studied history at Fordham before becoming a registered nurse. She transferred to the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1972. There she studied Scripture with Sister Kathryn Sullivan, RSCJ, worked in Bellevue’s emergency room, and went to Kenya as a midwife and with the aid of the people, built a dispensary.
Springfield Dominican Sister Mary Pauletta Overbeck died Oct. 13 at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Dieterich, on Jan. 4, 1915, and named Pauletta Madonna by her parents, Frank and Kathryn (Petry) Overbeck. She made her profession of vows in 1935 at Sacred Heart Convent. She had been the oldest professed Springfield Dominican and was inducted into the Sacred Heart-Griffin High School Hall of Fame in 2011. Springfield Dominican Sister Mary Pauletta Overbeck died Oct. 13 at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Dieterich, on Jan. 4, 1915, and named Pauletta Madonna by her parents, Frank and Kathryn (Petry) Overbeck. She made her profession of vows in 1935 at Sacred Heart Convent. She had been the oldest professed Springfield Dominican and was inducted into the Sacred Heart-Griffin High School Hall of Fame in 2011.
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 Marie Chang, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, died on Aug. 21, at St. Francis Convent, Springfield. She was 94 years old.
Sister Marie, the former Filomina (Chinese name: Shih Min) Chang, was born in Beijing, China on Jan. 21, 1924, the daughter of Lawrence and Elizabeth Wong Chang. She entered the congregation on Oct. 8, 1945 and professed her religious vows on Oct. 4, 1948, in Chowtsun, China.
ST. LOUIS — Father Martin Whealen, SJ, died July 19 in St. Louis. He was 87 years old, a Jesuit for 68 years and a priest for 56 years.
He was born in St. Louis on April 13, 1931 to Martin J. and Lucille Haggenjos Whealen. Following his graduation from St. Louis University High School, he entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, Mo., on Sept. 1, 1949. After pronouncing first vows and philosophy studies at the seminary, he studied at Saint Louis University, graduating with both a bachelor’s and a master’s in Latin. He studied theology at St. Mary’s College in St. Marys, Kan., earning the S.T.B. He also received a master’s in education from Saint Louis University. He was ordained a priest at St. Mary’s College on June 12, 1962.
Springfield Dominican Sister M. Alice Mannix, 88, of Springfield, died on May 3 at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Little Falls, Minn., in 1930 and named Margaret Ann. She made her profession of vows in 1950 at Sacred Heart Convent.
Sister M. Alice ministered as a middle school and junior and high school teacher for 37 years, primarily in Illinois and in Minnesota and Michigan. She was director of religious education at Mother of Perpetual Help Parish in Maryville from 1988-1998.
RUMA — Sister Mary Anthony Mathews, ASC, a longtime educator and missionary in China, died May 8 at the Ruma Center in Ruma. She was 102 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 84 years.
Born on May 1, 1916, in Coulterville, she was the oldest of 12 children in the family of John and Teresa (Peters) Mathews. She made her first vows on July 2, 1933 and her final profession on July 1, 1938.
MANITOWOC, Wis. — Father Richard Jeske, OFM, died on Feb. 13, at St. Mary’s Home at Felician Village in Manitowoc, Wis. He was 85 years old.
Father Richard was born on July 20, 1932, in Cleveland, to Gustav and Paula (Friedl) Jeske. He belonged to Our Lady of the Angels Parish and attended grade school there. After six years of seminary training in Westmont, he was received into the Franciscans of the Sacred Heart Province (headquarters in St. Louis) in 1952 and made his solemn profession in 1956. He was ordained a priest on June 24, 1959 in Teutopolis.
ST. LOUIS — Father Sylvano Pera, OFM, died Feb. 6 at St. Louis University Hospital. A retired priest of the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart, St. Louis, he was just a few days away from his 92nd birthday.
He was born Feb. 10, 1926 in Memphis, the son of Louis J. and Ida (Pisani) Pera. Father Sylvano entered the Franciscan Order July 4, 1945 and was ordained a priest June 24, 1952 in Teutopolis by Bishop William A. O’Connor.
WHEELING — Father William C. Mayer, CSV, was born Jan. 23, 1929 in Kankakee and passed away on Dec. 9 at Addolorata Villa here.
Father Mayer professed his first vows on Aug. 19, 1947 at the Viatorian Novitiate in Chicago and his final vows on Aug. 19, 1950 at St. Joseph Church in Springfield. He was ordained to the priesthood on Feb. 2, 1956 at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
St. Louis — Sister Christian Marie Ehrhardt, SSND, died Nov. 22, at Sancta Maria in Ripa in St. Louis. She was 68, and a former teacher, missionary, pastoral minister and tutor.
Sister Christian Marie was born in Quincy. She entered the congregation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1967. She professed first vows in 1970 and final vows in 1976.
SANTAREM, BRAZIL — Father Maurus Hawickhorst, OFM, died Nov. 12 at the friary of San Francisco in Santarem, Brazil, South America. He was 86 years old.
Father Maurus (Frank) was born July 10, 1931 in Teutopolis, the son of Albert and Mary Hawickhorst. He was ordained a priest in June 1958 and left in November 1959 for the mission in the Amazon Valley of Brazil, South America.
Sister M. Francis Kuo, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, died on Oct. 24 at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 97 years old.
Sister Francis, the former Mary Kuo, was born in Beijing, China on Jan. 12, 1920, the daughter of Joseph Kuo and Ann Shon. She entered the congregation on March 25, 1944 and professed her religious vows on Sept. 17, 1947 in Tsinan, China. Sister Francis had to leave her homeland in 1948 when the Communist threat became serious. She and the other sisters traveled to Springfield, leaving behind their ministry to the sick and poor in their hospitals and clinics.
Sister Helen Louise Schmitz, OSU, formerly known as Mother Mary Julian, died on Nov. 13. She was 98 years old.
She was born in Glendale, Mo., on May 26, 1919, daughter of Frederick William and Elsie Louise Boehm Schmitz. She entered the Ursuline Order in 1939, and professed her vows on July 16, 1941.
EUREKA, Mo. — Sister Darlene (Margherita) Fulgenzi, OSU, died peacefully at St. Andrew’s at Francis Place in Eureka, Mo., on Oct. 11. The daughter of Adolfo and Margaret Daniele Fulgenzi, she was born on Feb. 28, 1938 in Springfield.
Sister Darlene attended St. Joseph’s School in Springfield and Ursuline Academy in Springfield, graduating in 1956. She entered the Ursuline Sisters in July 1956 and professed her vows in January 1959. She earned her bachelor’s degree in classical languages from the College of New Rochelle (New Rochelle, N.Y.) and her master’s degree in Latin from St. Louis University. She also studied Scripture and spirituality at the Ursuline Generalate in Rome, Italy during her tertian year of spiritual renewal in 1977-1978.
RUMA — Sister Teresita Kern, ASC, died Friday, Oct. 13, at the Ruma Center in Ruma. She was 93 and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 76 years.
Sister Teresita was born on June 5, 1924 in Red Bud, one of eight children of Christian and Helen (Kelly) Kern. She made her first profession on July 1, 1941 and her final vows on July 1, 1946.
RUMA — Sister Rita Marie Lucash, ASC, died Oct. 2 at the Ruma Center in Ruma. She was 89 years old and was a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 70 years.
Sister Rita Marie was born Nov. 17, 1927, in Freeburg, the third of four children of Walter and Estella (Nehring) Lucash. She made first vows on July 1, 1947 and final vows on July 1, 1952.
Brother Patrick T. Shea, OFM, died Sept. 29 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital fortified with the sacraments of his faith and the prayerful support of his brothers and sisters in religious life and of his colleagues at the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois Catholic Pastoral Center. He was 69 years old.
Born June 29, 1948 in Rice Lake, Wis., the son of Francis Michael and Martha (Early) Shea, he lived with his family in Shell Lake, Wis., and Ashland, Wis.
Sister Mary Jo Schulte, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died on May 7 at St. Francis Convent, Springfield. She was 77 years old.
Sister Mary Jo was born in Quincy on April 25, 1940, the daughter of Frank and Frances Wilde Schulte. She entered the congregation on Sept. 12, 1958 and professed her religious vows on Sept. 8, 1961.
Sister Miriam Joseph Bardot, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died on April 24 at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 101 years old.
Sister Miriam Joseph, the former Kathryn Leona Bardot, was born in Luebbering, Mo., on March 17, 1916, the daughter of August and Cecilia Barband Bardot. She entered the congregation on Feb. 2, 1937 and professed her religious vows on Oct. 4, 1939.
Springfield Dominican Sister M. Laurentia Fenlon died March 21 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She was born in Chicago in 1931 to Lawrence J. and Mary Bartley Fenlon and baptized Joan Marie. She made her profession of vows in 1952 at Sacred Heart Convent.
Sister Laurentia ministered most of her religious life in elementary education. She taught or was principal in parish schools throughout central and northern Illinois and in Duluth, Minn. In 1992, she began her ministry as parish pastoral associate, serving at St. Gertrude Parish, Franklin Park and at Corpus Christi Parish, Carol Stream. In 2002, she became unit secretary in the Dominican Sisters’ nursing facility at Sacred Heart Convent and cared lovingly for the needs of the sisters until she was no longer able.
DONALDSON, IND. — Sister Wilma Boeving, (Dolores Ruth) PHJC, passed away on March 26 at the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, on the eve of the Feast of the Annunciation.
The Feast of the Annunciation is a special feast day for the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. Luke 1:26-38 tells of Gabriel’s visit with the message that Mary will conceive and give birth to Jesus. Mary replies, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”
Springfield Dominican Sister M. Carmen Cesario died Feb. 6 at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Chicago in 1918, and named Grace by her parents, Carmen and Rose Coconate Cesario. She made her profession of vows in 1952 at Sacred Heart Convent.
Sister M. Carmen is remembered by many Dominican sisters and priests, as well as Viatorian priests and brothers, as a gracious hostess and wonderful cook and baker. Her gifts were appreciated at the Dominican priory in Winona, Minn.; the Viatorian Province Center in Arlington Heights; and at every Springfield Dominican convent where she served.