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Obituary - Sister Grace Jokerst, OSU

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The daughter of Charles Joseph and Mary Magdalen Schilly Jokerst, she was born May 11, 1914, in Waco, Neb. She was educated by the Ursuline Sisters in York, Neb., and she entered the Ursuline community in 1936, making her vows in 1939. She completed her bachelor’s degree in history in 1948, at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and her master’s degree in education in 1956, at St. Louis University.

Sister Grace taught on both elementary and secondary levels in Kirkwood, Arcadia, and Jennings in Missouri; Texarkana, Texas; Alton and Frontenac, Minn. In the Springfield diocese, Sister Grace taught at Marquette High School in Alton from 1957 to 1964  and at St. Teresa High School in Decatur from  1964 to 1967.

She also served on the staff of Cardinal Ritter Institute in St. Louis and as local treasurer in Frontenac, Minn. She joined the Queen of Peace Retirement Community in Alton in 1998. Her favorite saying was, “Humor heals.”

Of her 10 siblings, four survive her: Dr. Herman Jokerst of St. Augustine, Fla., James Jokerst of Salina, Kan., Irma Jokerst Gleason of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Colette Jokerst Hartley of Lexington, S.C. She was preceded in death by sisters Regina, Eileen, Alice, and Alta and brothers Carl and Francis.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 13, at the Ursuline Convent Chapel in Alton.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Queen of Peace Healthcare Community, 845 Danforth Street, Alton, IL 62002.

Staten-Fine Funeral Home in Alton was in charge of arrangements.

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