Obituaries

Obituary | Sister M. Jane Ratermann, ASC

A funeral Mass for Sister Mary Jane Ratermann, ASC, was celebrated July 27 at the Ruma Center in Red Bud, Ill. Sister Jane, 80, died July 22 of complications from a stroke. She was an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 60 years.

Sister Jane was born Sept. 5, 1934 in Breese, Ill., and entered the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in 1953, making first vows in 1955 and final profession in 1960.

She graduated from the St. Louis School of Pharmacy in 1959 and earned her master's degree in health services administration from St. Francis College in Joliet, Ill., in 1984.

Obituary | Cardinal William W. Baum

WASHINGTON -- Cardinal William W. Baum, the archbishop of Washington from 1973 to 1980, died July 23 at the age of 88 after a long illness. He was a cardinal for 39 years -- the longest such tenure in U.S. Church history.

Obituary | Sr. Antoinette Cusimano, ASC

A funeral Mass for Sister Antoinette "Toni" Cusimano was celebrated July 24 at the Ruma Center in Ruma, Ill. The teacher, missionary in Liberia and pastoral minister died July 21 at Ruma Center. She was 79 and a member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 59 years.

Obituary | Sr. Agnes Marie Baer, CSJ

A memorial Mass for Sister Agnes Marie Baer was celebrated July 24 at Nazareth Living Center Chapel in south St. Louis County. Sister Agnes died July 14 at Nazareth Living Center at age 93. A longtime educator and social worker, she was a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 70 years.

Born in St. Louis, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1944 and made final profession in 1949. She earned a bachelor's degree in social studies from Fontbonne College in 1943 and a master's degree in social studies from St. Louis University in 1952.

Obituary | Sr. Marie Joann Rekart, SL

A funeral Mass for Loretto Sister Marie Joann Rekart will be celebrated Saturday, July 25, at the Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky. Sister Marie Joann, 78, died July 4 at the motherhouse in Nerinx.

Born Joyce Rose Rekart in Brentwood, she attended St. Mary Magdalen School in Brentwood and Eugene Coyle High School in Kirkwood, receiving her high school diploma in 1955. She entered the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross in Nerinx later that same year and made first vows in 1958 and final vows in 1963.

Obituary | Sr. Betty Brucker, FSM

Sister Betty Brucker, who served for 16 years as head of SSM St. Mary's Health Center in Richmond Heights, died June 30 at The Sarah Community in Bridgeton. She was 90 and a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary for more than 72 years.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, July 31, at St. Peter Church, 221 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles.

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