Obituaries

Obituary | Sr. M. Rosemary Nicholson, SL

A funeral Mass for Loretto Sister M. Rosemary (formerly Sister Thomas Ann) Nicholson was celebrated Aug. 16 at the Church of the Seven Dolors in Nerinx, Ky. Sister Rosemary, a longtime educator who served in the St. Louis Archdiocese for 33 years, died Aug. 11.

Sister Rosemary, known by family and friends as "Mary," was a Sister of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross for 75 years. Sister Rosemary was the last surviving member of three Nicholson siblings who were Sisters of Loretto. Her aunt, Loretto Sister Irmintrude Brown, died in 1986.

Obituary | Sr. Grace Berger, DC

A funeral Mass was to be celebrated for Sister Grace Berger, DC, Aug. 25 at Seton Residence Chapel in Evansville, Ind. Sister Grace, a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul for 46 years, died Aug. 12 at Seton Residence.

Obituary | Deacon Donald Schiffman

A funeral Mass for Deacon Donald Schiffman was celebrated Aug. 18 at Immaculate Conception Church in Dardenne Prairie.

Deacon Schiffman, 79, died Aug. 12. Born in Cairo, Ill., he married Mary Alice Blubaugh in 1958. They had five children, Barney, Diane, Ellen, Kathy and Mary Joe; along with 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Deacon Schiffman was a reservist in the Missouri National Guard. He worked in sales and marketing positons.

Obituary | Sr. Mary Inez Kennedy, FSM

A funeral Mass for Sister Mary Inez Kennedy was celebrated Aug. 8 in the chapel at The Sarah Community in Bridgeton.

Sister Inez, a Franciscan Sister of Mary for nearly 68 years, died Aug. 2 at The Sarah Community. She was 85 and had worked in accounting and business offices in SSM hospitals and directed SSM St. Joseph Hospital's Mission Awareness Team for many years.

Obituary | Deacon Albin A. Gegg

A funeral Mass for Deacon Albin A. Gegg was celebrated Aug. 8 at St. Joseph Church in Farmington.

Deacon Gegg, 84, died Aug. 4 in Farmington. Born in Coffman, he married Norma Jean Seitz in 1952. Deacon Gegg spent 27 years with the U.S. Postal Service prior to retiring. He continued to work part time in the real estate business.

Deacon Gegg was ordained to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate in 1992 by Archbishop John May. He was assigned to St. Joseph Parish in Farmington, where he served until retiring in 2012.

Obituary | Fr. William J. Britt

A funeral Mass for Father William J. Britt was to be celebrated on Aug. 5 in the St. Vincent de Paul Chapel at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury.

Father Britt, a retired parish pastor, died Aug. 1. He was 89.

A St. Louis native, Father Britt attended St. Louis Preparatory Seminary and Kenrick Seminary. He was ordained Feb. 28, 1953, at Kenrick Seminary by then-Archbishop Joseph E. Ritter.

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