Obituaries (376)

Sunday, 27 December 2020 02:40

In Memoriam - Sister Bernadette Forquer, DC

EVANSVILLE, IND. — Sister Bernadette (baptized Mary Bernadette) Forquer died on Nov. 29, at Seton Residence in Evansville, Ind. Sister Bernadette was born on Feb. 1, 1933 in Santa Monica, Calif., and was one of two children of William J. and Dorothy (Dahle) Forquer. She graduated from Bishop County High School in Los Angeles, and entered the Daughters of Charity in St. Louis, in 1952.

Sunday, 27 December 2020 02:39

In Memoriam - Father Albert Langheim, OFM

Father Albert Langheim, OFM, died Dec. 6 at Sunrise Manor in Virden. He was born April 9, 1927 in Girard to Henry and Elizabeth (Sommer) Langheim. He was one of 10 boys.

Sunday, 27 December 2020 02:36

In Memoriam - Sister Mary Ann Mueller, ASC

RUMA — Sister Mary Ann Mueller, ASC, died Dec. 7 at the Ruma Center. She was 93 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 76 years.

Sunday, 27 December 2020 02:30

In Memoriam - Sister Peggy Stovall, OSU

ST. LOUIS — Sister Peggy Stovall, OSU, died Dec. 4 at Valley View Health and Rehabilitation in Moberly, Mo. She served many years in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.

Sunday, 13 December 2020 13:12

In Memoriam - Sister Marianne Mullen, OSU

ST. LOUIS — Sister Marianne Mullen, OSU, died peacefully Nov. 13 at St. Andrew’s at Francis Place in Eureka, Mo. She served many years in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.

Also known as Sister Marie Michelle, she was born July 3, 1934, in St. Louis to Walter J. and Lillian Kramer Mullen. A graduate of Ursuline Academy in Kirkwood, Mo., she entered the Ursuline Sisters in 1956 and professed her vows in 1958.

Springfield Dominican Sister M. Melanie Roetker, OP, died peacefully on Nov. 16, at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield.

She was born in Mattoon in 1942 to Harold C. and Elsie (Knollenberg) Roetker and baptized Mary Melanie. She joined the Dominicans in 1960 and professed her vows in 1962 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield.

Wednesday, 25 November 2020 15:41

In Memoriam - Sister Marie André Dougherty, OP

Springfield Dominican Sister Marie André Dougherty, OP, died on Oct. 28 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

She was born in Jerseyville in 1943 to William and Florence (Beiermann) Dougherty and baptized Agnes Marie. She joined the Dominicans in 1964 and professed her vows in 1966 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield.

Wednesday, 25 November 2020 15:40

In Memoriam - Sister Mary Dorothy Kiel, CDP

Sister Mary Dorothy Kiel, a Sister of Divine Providence, passed away on Nov. 11 at Stearns Nursing and Rehab Center. She was 90 years old.

Born Dec. 16, 1929 in Brussels, she was the daughter of William and Dorothy (Schmidt) Kiel.

Sunday, 15 November 2020 16:45

In Memoriam - Father James Fanale, CSV

ST ANNE — Father James F. Fanale, CSV, passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 13, in St. Anne. He was 77.

Father Fanale was born on Nov. 19, 1942 in Springfield, the son of Michael and Gertrude (Davis) Fanale.

Sunday, 15 November 2020 16:42

In Memoriam - Sister M. Sara Koch, OP

URBANA — Springfield Dominican Sister M. Sara Koch, OP, died suddenly on Oct. 18, in Urbana.

She was born in Mt. Sterling in 1940 to Raymond and Marie (Redmond) Koch, and baptized Marcia Sue at St. Mary Church, Mt. Sterling. She joined the Dominicans in 1959 and professed her vows in 1961 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield.

Sunday, 01 November 2020 18:17

In Memoriam - Sister Charlotte Gaughan, SSND

Sister Charlotte Gaughan, a School Sister of Notre Dame and retired educator, died peacefully on June 15 at age 94.

Born in Pana, she met the School Sisters of Notre Dame in high school and following graduation, she entered the candidature at Sancta Maria in Ripa in St. Louis in 1944. She was received into the novitiate in 1946 and given the name Mary Carol Therese. She pronounced her first vows in 1947 and final vows in 1953. She returned to her baptismal name in 1970.

Springfield Dominican Sister Margaret Therese Hebert, OP, died Oct. 6 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She was born in Pana in 1952, to Noel and Mary Louis (Fullerton) Hebert, and baptized Margaret Louise at St. Patrick Church. She joined the Dominicans in 1973 and professed her vows in 1976 at Sacred Heart Convent.

Sunday, 01 November 2020 18:12

In Memoriam - Sister M. Dominic Joerger, OP

Springfield Dominican Sister M. Dominic Joerger, OP, died Oct. 9 at Sacred Heart Convent, in Springfield. She was born in Mendota, in 1924, to Lawrence and Julia (Jones) Joerger, and baptized Mary Ann at Holy Cross Parish in Mendota. She joined the Dominicans in 1943 and professed her vows in 1945 at Sacred Heart Convent.

ST. LOUIS — Sister Francis Marie Thrailkill, OSU, died peacefully Oct. 2 at Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center in New Orleans. She was a former president of Springfield College in Illinois.

The daughter of Franklin and Mary Myrtle Huggins Thrailkill, she was born Barbara Ann Thrailkill on Sept. 21, 1937, in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from Ursuline Academy in San Antonio and entered the Ursuline Sisters in 1955, making her vows in 1958.

Sunday, 01 November 2020 17:59

In Memoriam - Deacon Jerry L. Cato II

GLEN CARBON — Deacon Jerry L. Cato II, 52, of Edwardsville, passed away at his home on Oct. 12.

He was born Jan.17, 1968 in Granite City, a son of the late Jerry and Patricia Jane (Piggott) Cato.

Sunday, 18 October 2020 14:40

In Memoriam - Sister M. Julia Kuropka, FSGM

ALTON — Sister M. Julia Kuropka, FSGM, died on Sept. 22 at St. Francis Convent Infirmary in Alton. She was 94.

Sister M. Julia was born on March 26, 1926, in Werden, Kreis, Oels., Diocese of Breslau, Germany. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George on March 5, 1953, was received into the novitiate on Oct. 3, 1953, and made her first profession of vows on Oct. 4, 1955, all in Germany. She consecrated herself to the Lord forever in final profession on Sept. 16, 1959, at the St. Francis Convent in Alton. She celebrated her Golden Jubilee in the motherhouse on Oct. 16, 2004, and her Diamond Jubilee in Alton, on Oct. 5, 2014.

Sunday, 04 October 2020 17:04

In Memoriam - Sister Mary Regina Berkel, OP

Sister Mary Regina Berkel, OP, 79, of Springfield, passed away on Sept. 14 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital. She was born May 15, 1941, in Queen’s Lake Memphis, the daughter of George F. and Irene Elizabeth (Farthing) Berkel who preceded her in death.

At the age of 21, she entered the Dominican Monastery in Catonsville, Md. Her religious profession was on Oct. 25, 1964.

Sunday, 04 October 2020 16:59

In Memoriam - Sister Mary Jane Schrage, ASC

RUMA — Sister Mary Jane (Mary Victor) Schrage, ASC, died Sept. 19 at the Ruma Center. She was 85 years old and had been a professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 67 years.

She was born on Aug. 14, 1935 in St. Rose, one of six children in the family of the late William and Alma (Goestenkors) Schrage.

ST. LOUIS — Sister Miriam Teresa Graczak, OSU, died peacefully on Aug. 25 at St. Andrew’s at Francis Place in Eureka, Mo. She served many years in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.

She was born June 30, 1929, in Ellisville, Mo., to Alice and Joseph Graczak. She entered the Ursulines in 1947 and professed her vows in 1952. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Xavier University in New Orleans.

Sunday, 06 September 2020 16:18

In Memoriam - Sister M. Jeanine McGinley, OP

Springfield Dominican Sister M. Jeanine McGinley, OP, died on Aug. 17, just shy of her 100th birthday, at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She was born in Chicago in 1920 to Irish-born parents, Cornelius and Sarah Carr McGinley, and baptized Catherine Patricia at St. Clement Parish. She joined the Dominicans at the age of 16, and in 1938 professed her vows at Sacred Heart Convent.

Sister M. Jeanine gave almost her entire teaching ministry to kindergarten and primary school children in Illinois. She taught at St. Mary School, Assumption, and at St. Agnes and Cathedral in Springfield. In northern Illinois, she taught at parochial schools in East Moline, Chicago, and Elgin.

Sunday, 06 September 2020 15:43

In Memoriam - Sister M. Anton Uthe, OP

Springfield Dominican Sister M. Anton Uthe, OP, died on Aug. 17, at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She was born on her family’s farm near Gilbert, Iowa, in 1923. Her parents, Anton and Esther Reichart Uthe, baptized her Alice Cecilia at St. Peter and Paul Church in Gilbert. She made her profession of vows at Sacred Heart Convent in 1943.

Sister M. Anton taught grades 1-8 throughout her 54 years of educational ministry. In two instances, she taught and was principal at the same time. In Illinois, she ministered in schools in Kampsville, Chicago, Springfield, Algonquin, Michael, Bethalto, Hampshire, Newton, and Mendota, where she served for 12 years at Holy Cross School and another 6 years as minister to the sick. She also taught in Lenox, Mich., and Duluth, Minn.

Sunday, 23 August 2020 17:09

Father Kennedy passes away at age 93

QUINCY — Father John B. Kennedy, senior priest of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, died Aug. 7 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy. He was 93 years old.

He was born April 10, 1927, in Fort Scott, Kan., a son of Bernard A. and Helen M. (Keating) Kennedy.

Sunday, 23 August 2020 17:07

In Memoriam - Sister Laura Goeckner, ASC

RUMA — Sister Laura Goeckner, ASC, died July 24 at the Ruma Center. She was 93 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 74 years.

Sister Laura was one of nine children born to William and Rosa (Probst) Goeckner of Effingham. Five of her sisters also were Adorers.

Sunday, 23 August 2020 16:59

In Memoriam - Sister Mary Ann Luth, OSU

ST. LOUIS — Sister Mary Ann Luth, OSU, died peacefully July 28, at St. Andrews at Francis Place in Eureka, Mo. She served many years in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. She was 100 years old.

The daughter of Louis H. and Marie Burke Luth, she was born May 28, 1920, in St. Louis. She graduated from Ursuline Academy in Kirkwood, Mo., in 1938, entered the Ursuline Sisters in 1940 and professed her vows in 1943. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of New Rochelle in New York and a master’s degree from St. Louis University.

Sunday, 09 August 2020 16:46

In Memoriam - Sister M. Diana Doyle, OP

Springfield Dominican Sister M. Diana Doyle, OP, died July 19 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She was born in Jacksonville, in 1930, to J. William and Elizabeth Mary Gillen Doyle and baptized Mary at Our Saviour Church. In 1951, she made profession of vows at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield.

Sunday, 26 July 2020 08:25

In Memoriam - Sister Maria Eck, OP

Springfield Dominican Sister Maria Eck, OP, died July 2 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She was born in Springfield in 1933 to Karl and Ruth Dirksen Eck and baptized Barbara Ruth at Blessed Sacrament. In 1955, she made her profession of vows at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield.

Sister Maria was a gentle, guiding presence for students, faculty, and families alike at three Springfield Dominican high schools. At Sacred Heart Academy (now Sacred Heart-Griffin High School), she taught English and theology, 1960 to 1967, and was in charge of the girls who were boarders at Siena Hall, 1963 to 1967. Sister Maria was also an assistant principal and principal, taught English, and served as guidance counselor, 1975 to 1986. She was a principal at Rosary High School, Aurora, 1969 to 1975, and dean of students, 1989 to 1991. At Marian Catholic, Chicago Heights, she was college registrar, 1993 to 2004.

Sister Mary Frances Lutty, OSF, 98, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, died on May 30 at St. Francis Convent in Springfield.

Sister Mary Frances, the former Anna May Lutty, was born in Pittsburgh on July 26, 1921, the daughter of Frank F. and Josephine M. Fichter Lutty. She entered the congregation on Feb. 2, 1950 and professed her religious vows on Oct. 4, 1952.

Sister Rose Duchesne Noelke, OSF, 100, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, died on May 30, at St. Francis Convent, Springfield.

Sister Rose Duchesne, the former Leona Mary Noelke, was born in Washington, Mo., on April 22, 1920, the daughter of the late Henry and Rose Barbara Gerritson Noelke. She entered the congregation on Sept. 23, 1949 and professed her religious vows on June 13, 1952.

Springfield Dominican Sister Charlotte Rebbe died April 10 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She was born Charlotte Ann, in Petersburg in 1934, to John and Marguerite Heflin Rebbe. In 1960, she made profession of vows at Sacred Heart Convent.

 

Sister Augusta Sperl, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died on April 2 at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 97 years old.

Sister Augusta, the former Bernadine Elizabeth Sperl, was born in Springfield on March 8, 1923, the daughter of August and Elizabeth Beckman Sperl. She entered the congregation on Sept. 8, 1939 and professed her religious vows on Oct. 4, 1942.

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