Obituary | Sr. Mary Theodora Hoff, FSM
A memorial Mass was celebrated July 31 at the Anna House Chapel in Bridgeton for Sister Mary Theodora Hoff, a retired nurse.
Sister Mary Theodora, a Franciscan Sister of Mary for more than 73 years, died July 25 at Anna House, a part of The Sarah Community. She was 94.
Born Alice Benigna Elizabeth Josephine Hoff in Germantown, Ill., she entered the Sisters of St. Mary (SSM) in 1939, following in the footsteps of her aunt, Sister Mary Benigna Micheel. In 1987, the Sisters of St. Mary and the Sisters of St. Francis of Maryville, Mo., reunited as the Franciscan Sisters of Mary. She received the name Sister Mary Theodora and professed final vows in 1944. She received a bachelor's degree in nursing from St. Louis University in 1950.
Sister Mary Theodora served as head nurse and pediatrics supervisor at St. Mary's Hospital, 1949-51; head nurse supervisor at Firmin Desloge, 1951-60; a nurse at St. Mary's and Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, 1963-68; a nurse at St. Louis City Hospital, 1968-72; a nurse at Missouri Pacific Hospital, 1972-74); and a nurse and clinic receptionist at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospitals Poison Control Center, 1974-88. She also was a nursing supervivor and a medical and surgical supervisor at hospitals in Wisconsin and a patient visitor at a hospital in Illinois. She retired in 1989, returning to St. Mary of the Angels Convent in St. Louis, where she served as a volunteer for many years. She moved to The Sarah Community in June 2011.
Survivors include a sister, Helen Erlinger, and a brother, Walter Hoff, both of St. Louis. Burial was at Resurrection Cemetery in St. Louis.
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