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.
Sister Colette earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from The College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, N.Y., and a master’s degree in religious studies from Providence College in Providence, R.I. During her many years of ministry, Sister Colette served in Kirkwood, Crystal City and Portageville in Missouri; San Antonio, Texas; and Decatur, Oak Park, Springfield and Alton in Illinois. She taught in elementary and secondary schools, served as a pastoral assistant and in the formation of young religious, and in religious education.
In the Springfield diocese, Sister Colette taught at St. Patrick School in Alton from 1955 to 1959, St. Bernard School in Alton from 1959 to 1960, and Marquette High School in Alton from 1960 to 1964. She was religious education coordinator and a pastoral assistant at St. Joseph School in Springfield from 1985 to 1992. Sister Colette served well into her 80s as a member of the pastoral care team at the Ursuline Sisters infirmary in Alton.
She is survived by two sisters, Bernice Hardin and Dorothy Bequette, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by four sisters: Sister Lucy Jokerst, OSU; Sister Elaine Jokerst, OSU; Corinne DeClue and Ursula Jokerst; and by two brothers, Benjamin and Leonard Jokerst.
Sister Colette donated her body to St. Louis University School of Medicine.
Memorials gifts may be made to the Ursuline Sisters Retirement Fund, 353 S. Sappington Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122.