A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 12 in Seguin, Texas, for Deacon George Beinke, who served as a permanent deacon at several parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Deacon Beinke died Dec. 8 in San Antonio after a long illness. He was 68. A memorial Mass is being planned in St. Louis in January.
Born in St. Louis, Deacon Beinke was married to the former Regina Galvin in 1973. She passed away in 1998.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 18 at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church in Midtown St. Louis for Father Richard J. Burtschi, SJ. Father Burtschi, 79, died Dec. 8 at Jesuit Hall in St. Louis after a long illness. He was a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) for 53 years and a priest for 43 years.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 6, in the Adoration Chapel of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, Mo., for Benedictine Sister Mary Denise McMahon, a member of the former St. Louis community known for her artistic talents.
Sister Denise, 90, died Dec. 1 at the monastery in Clyde.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 7 at the Holy Family Chapel of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in St. Louis for Sister Margaret Mary Hamm, a physical therapist. Sister Margaret Mary, 71, died Nov. 3 in St. Louis.
Born in St. Louis, Sister Margaret Mary entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1965 and made final profession in 1973. She received bachelor's degrees in physical therapy from St. Louis University in 1965 and in occupational therapy from Washington University in 1970 and a master's degree in hospital administration from St. Louis University in 1984.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 24 in the School Sisters of Notre Dame Theresa Center chapel in south St. Louis County for Sister Susanne Hornung, a former principal and teacher.
Sister Susanne, 90, died Nov. 19 at Anna House at The Sarah Community in Bridgeton.
Born in St. Louis, she entered the the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1940 in St. Louis. She professed first vows in 1944 and final vows in 1950. She celebrated her 70th Jubilee as a School Sister of Notre Dame this year.
A memorial Mass was celebrated Dec. 5 at Our Lady of the Pillar Parish in Creve Coeur for Marianist Father Michael Barber, a former teacher at St. Mary's High School. A funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 24 in San Antonio.
Father Barber, 73, died Nov. 17 in San Antonio. Born in St. Louis, he attended Eugene Coyle High School, where he first encountered members of the Society of Mary. At age 15, he entered the postulancy at Maryhurst in Kirkwood. He entered the novitiate at Marynook in Galesville, Wis., in 1958 and professed first vows one year later.