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Obituary - Sister Dolore Gerau, SSND

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— Sister Dolore Gerau, SSND, died Nov. 8 at Anna House at The Sarah Community in Bridgeton, Mo., from complications from a stroke. She was 92 and a former teacher and secretary.

The funeral Mass was held Nov. 11, in the School Sisters of Notre Dame Theresa Center chapel in south St. Louis County. Burial was in Sancta Maria in Ripa Cemetery.

Sister Dolore was born in St. Louis. She entered the congregation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1938 from All Souls Parish in Overland, Mo. She professed first vows in 1942 and final vows in 1948. She earned a bachelor's degree in home economics from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, in 1945 and a master's degree in home economics education from St. Louis University in 1951.

Sister Dolore was a teacher for 40 years. She began her teaching career at St. Francis Borgia in Washington, Mo., where she taught from 1940-41. She also taught at St. Martin of Tours, St. Louis, 1942-43; Rosati-Kain High School, St. Louis, 1945-47 and 1949-58; Catholic Central High School, Fort Madison, Iowa, 1947-49; Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School, Houston, Texas, 1958-61; Teutopolis High School, Teutopolis, 1961-70 and Mater Dei High School, Breese, 1970-82.

Sister Dolore also served as a secretary at St. Gabriel the Archangel in St. Louis, 1982-2006.

She is survived by a sister, Sister Mary Rose Gerau, SSND. She was also the aunt of Sister Rose Mary Ryan, SSND.

Memorial contributions may be made to the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Mission Advancement, 320 E. Ripa Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63125-2897.

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