ALTON - Sister Bernadette Meyer, CDP, 86, died Dec. 22 at the Ursuline Infirmary.
She was born Georgiann Meyer on April 23, 1921, in Bonnots Mill, Mo., daughter of the late Ferdinand and Mayme (Buthe) Meyer. She entered the Sisters of Divine Providence in St. Louis in 1941 and took her final vows in 1947. She celebrated her 65th Jubilee with the Divine Providence community in 2006.
Sister Bernadette began her ministry as a teacher at St. Mary's School in Brussels in 1943. For the next 17 years, she taught or served as principal at St. Joseph School in Meppen, St. Mary School in Madison, Ascension School in Normandy, Mo., St. John School in Imperial, Mo., and Divine Providence School in Westchester.
During the turbulent years from 1960-68, Sister Bernadette ministered as the novice mistress for the St. Louis province of the Sisters of Divine Providence, guiding young women through their years as novices and postulants and helping them discern their vocations and adjust to religious life. She returned to Catholic education in 1969, serving as teacher and/or principal at St. Mary School in Madison, St. Mary School in Brussels, St. John School in Imperial, Mo. and Mary, Queen of the Universe School in Lemay, Mo.
She served in parish ministry at St. Mary Parish in Madison from 1984-99, when she retired to a prayer ministry.
Sister Bernadette is survived by a sister, Betty Haslag, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Clarence Meyer; and two sisters, Gertrude Koetting and Sister Ferdinand Marie Meyer.
A memorial Mass was celebrated at St. Mary and St. Mark Catholic Church in Madison on Dec. 28. Sister Bernadette donated her body to St. Louis University Medical School for medical research, so there was no visitation or burial.
Memorials can be made to the Sisters of Divine Providence retirement fund, in care of the Development Office, Providence Center, 3415 Bridgeland Drive, Bridgeton, MO 63044-2604.