Obituaries

Obituary | Sr. Sarah Ann Mitra, CSJ

A funeral Mass for Sister Sarah Ann Mitra was celebrated Feb. 13 at Nazareth Living Center Chapel in south St. Louis County. Sister Sarah, 80, died Feb. 8.

Born Rose Marie Mitra in St. Louis, she attended Rosati-Kain High School, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1954 and made first profession in 1957 and final profession in 1962.

Obituary | Sr. Marie Christine Berner, FSM

A funeral Mass for Sister Marie Christine Berner was celebrated Feb. 13 in the chapel at The Sarah Community in Bridgeton.

Sister Christine, a Franciscan Sister of Mary for 61 years, died Feb. 8 at The Sarah Community. She was 78.

Born Marjorie Ann Berner in St. Louis, she entered the Sisters of St. Mary in 1955, received the name Sister Marie Christine and professed final vows in 1963. (The Sisters of St. Mary reunited with the Sisters of St. Francis of Maryville, Mo., as the Franciscan Sisters of Mary in 1987.)

Sister Joan Bellew, SSND

Sister Joan Bellew, SSND, died Sunday, Jan. 1 at DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton, Mo. She was 79, and a former teacher, administrator and missionary.

The memorial Mass was celebrated Jan. 27 in the School Sisters of Notre Dame Theresa Center chapel in south St. Louis County. Burial was in the Sancta Maria cemetery in Ripa.

Sister Joan was born in Fort Madison, Iowa. She entered the congregation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1955. She professed first vows in 1957 and final vows in 1963.

Obituary | Sr. Marjorie (Maggie) Fisher, SCN

A funeral Mass for Sister Marjorie (Maggie) Fisher, SCN, was celebrated Jan. 24 at St. Vincent Church in Nazareth, Ky.

Sister Maggie, 92, died at Nazareth Home in Louisville, Ky., Jan. 16. A native of St. Joseph, Mo., Sister Maggie made first vows as a Religious of the Sacred Heart in 1949 and transferred to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in 1979.

The program director at the St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America from 1987-94, she was known for her efforts for social justice, especially in countries such as Nicaragua and El Salvador.

Obituary | Sister Martha Ritter, CSJ

A funeral Mass for Sister Martha Ritter was celebrated Jan. 25 at Nazareth Living Center Chapel. Sister Martha died Jan. 22. She was 94 and had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 75 years.

Obituary | Sr. M. Geralda Schaefer, RSM

A memorial Mass for Sister Mary Geralda Schaefer, RSM, will be celebrated in early February at Catherine's Residence in St. Louis.

Sister Mary Geralda, 98, died Jan. 18 at Catherine's Residence.

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