A funeral Mass for Sister Mariella Stenger was celebrated June 27 in the chapel at The Sarah Community in Bridgeton. A Franciscan Sister of Mary for 65 years and a former director of pharmacy services at St. Mary's Health Center in St. Louis, Sister Mariella died June 24 at The Sarah Community. She was 82.
A funeral Mass for Sister Frances Ann Eveler was celebrated June 19 in the School Sisters of Notre Dame Theresa Center chapel in south St. Louis County. Sister Frances Ann died of cancer June 13 at Theresa Center on the Sancta Maria in Ripa campus in Lemay. She was 85 and a former principal, teacher, missionary to Africa and seamstress.
A funeral Mass for Sister Mary Jean Powers was celebrated June 30 at the Sisters of Mercy Catherine's Residence Chapel in Frontenac. Sister Mary Jean died June 28 at the Catherine's Residence. She was 88 years old and a Sister of Mercy for 68 years.
Msgr. Joseph D. Pins, a pillar of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Parish where he served as rector since 2004, died June 17 of cancer at Mother of Good Counsel Home in north St. Louis County. He was 70.
A public viewing is scheduled from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 22, and a funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, June 23, at 10 a.m., both at the cathedral basilica.
Msgr. Pins once said that the cathedral basilica was a place that strengthened his faith over the years. Others have said that his presence there and at his other assignments strengthened their faith.
A funeral Mass for Sister Electa LaGrutta, ASCJ, was celebrated May 20 at Sacred Heart Manor Chapel in Hamden, Conn. Sister LaGrutta died at Sacred Heart Manor May 18, at the age of 89. She was an Apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for 75 years.
Born in Pittsburgh, Josephine Marie LaGrutta entered the Apostles of the Sacred Heart in 1940, professing first vows in 1943 in New Haven, Conn., and final vows in 1949. She earned a bachelor's degree in administration and supervision from Duquesne University.
A funeral Mass for Sister Helen Rottier was celebrated May 23 at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Motherhouse in south St. Louis. A longtime educator, Sister Helen died May 19 at Nazareth Living Center in south St. Louis County. She was 74 and a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 54 years.