Obituaries | Sr. Mary Fides Foeller, CPPS
A funeral Mass was celebrated May 21 in St. Joseph Chapel of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood Motherhouse in O'Fallon for Sister Mary Fides Foeller, a retired homemaker at convents across the archdiocese and elsewhere.
Sister Mary Fides, 98, died May 17 at Villa Theresa Haven at the motherhouse in O'Fallon.
Born Lucille Foeller, she grew up in Florissant when that area was farmland and attended Sacred Heart School. When her father died in 1925, she put aside her own plans of entering the Precious Blood community and worked at various jobs to help her mother and family. She did that for 10 years enabling her sister, Sister Christine Foeller, to enter the Precious Blood Sisters before she entered herself in 1941, making her first profession in 1943 and her final profession in 1946.
For 42 years, Sister Mary Fides ministered in the community as a homemaker. She was known as an excellent cook. She ministered at St. Agatha, Holy Family, St. George, St. Domenico Home and St. Elizabeth convents in St. Louis, Our Lady Help of Christians convent in Weingarten and in convents in Charleston and Martinsburg, Mo., and in Quincy, Ill. Her last mission as homemaker was in Florissant at St. Sabina convent. She retired in 1994 and remained involved in activities and assisting other sisters in skilled care. At Villa Theresa Haven she went to a movie theater for the first time in her life. Sister Mary Fides was a devoted pinochle player and had a special group that met once a week.
Survivors include a brother, Martin Foeller of Florissant, and two sisters, Mary Ellebracht of Pilot Grove, Mo., and Josephine Meiners of Ballwin. Burial was in the convent cemetery.
- News »
- Papal News
- Religious Liberty
- Living Our Faith »
- Church Teaching »
- Opinion »
- Year of Faith
- Special Sections »