Obituaries

Obituary | Deacon Paul D. Porterfield

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 11 at St. Sabina Church in Florissant for Deacon Paul D. Porterfield, who served at St. Sabina and St. Ann parishes and as a hospital chaplain.

Deacon Porterfield, 75, died Oct. 7.

Born in St. Louis, he married the former Carol Ann Mueller in 1961. Deacon Porterfield served his country for two years in the U.S. Air National Guard in the European Theater of Operations. He was employed by General Motors Corp. in Wentzville.

Obituary | Sr. Merida Ramirez, DC

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 21 at Marian Chapel at the Sarah Community in Bridgeton for Sister Merida Ramirez, DC, a pharmacist who once was chief pharmacist at DePaul Hospital in St. Louis.

Sister Merida, 77, died Oct. 16 at the Sarah Community.

Born in Lajas, Puerto Rico, Sister Merida was baptized Erika Ramirez. A 1956 graduate of Immaculate Conception Academy in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, she earned a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras in 1962. Sister Merida entered the Daughters of Charity in St. Louis in 1963.

Obituary | Fr. Ernest J. Jacques, SJ

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 13 at Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center in New Orleans for Jesuit Father Ernest J. "E.J." Jacques, who taught Scripture and served as a parish priest.

Obituary | Sr. Anne McNeive, OP

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 10 at Nazareth Living Center's chapel in south St. Louis County for Dominican Sister Anne McNeive, a retired educator and social worker. A second Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel at the Dominican Convent in Sparkill, N.Y., on Oct. 13.

Sister Anne, 82, died Oct. 7 in St. Louis.

Obituary | Sr. Therese Leonard, OSU

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 1 at St. Martin de Porres Church in Hazelwood for Ursuline Sister Therese Leonard, a retired educator and pastoral associate.

Sister Therese, also known as Sister Martin de Porres, died Sept. 27 at St. Clare Health Center in Fenton at age 82.

Born in St. Paul, Minn, she entered the Ursuline Sisters in 1952 and professed vows in 1954. She received a bachelor's degree from Fontbonne University in Clayton and a master's degree from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minn. She also did post-graduate work at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.

Obituary | Father Peter Mary Rookey, OSM

A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 15 at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica in Chicago for Father Peter Mary Rookey, a priest of the Order of Friar Servants of Mary (Servites), an internationally known healing priest who frequently traveled to St. Louis to celebrate healing Masses.

Father Rookey died Sept. 10 at Our Lady of Sorrows Monastery in Chicago. He was 97 and was a priest for 73 years.

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