Obituaries

Obituary | Msgr. Robert F. Overman

A memorial Mass for Msgr. Robert F. Overman will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at St. Alban Roe Parish, 2001 Shepard Road in Wildwood.

Msgr. Overman died April 17 in San Antonio.

Born in St. Louis, he attended St. Louis Preparatory Seminary and Kenrick Seminary in Shrewsbury. He was ordained Dec. 21, 1945, at Kenrick Seminary by Cardinal John J. Glennon.

Obituary | Deacon Donald G. Heitert

A funeral Mass for Deacon Donald G. Heitert was celebrated April 23 at Ste. Genevieve du Bois Church in Warson Woods.

Deacon Heitert, who was known for his work with low-income and disabled people, died April 15 at age 97.

Born in St. Louis, Deacon Heitert received degrees from Washington University in electrical engineering and from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in education. He worked 43 years as an electrical and physical design engineer at Emerson Electric before retiring in 1985. Deacon Heitert was married to his wife, Florence, for 68 years before her death in 2008.

Obituary | Sr. Elizabeth Lakin, SSND

Memorial services are pending for Sister Elizabeth (Liz) Lakin, SSND, who died April 15 at Anna House in Bridgeton. She was 87, and a former teacher, pastoral minister and travel agent.

Born in Ziegler, Ill., Sister Liz entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1947 after working in sales for Sears Roebuck. She professed first vows in 1950 and final vows in 1956.

She earned a bachelor's degree in 1958 in education from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis and a master's degree in education in 1965 from St. Louis University.

Obituary | Sr. Alberta Blase, OP

A funeral Mass for Dominican Sister Alberta Blase was celebrated April 9 at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel in Sparkill, N.Y. Sister Alberta Blase, 100, died April 3 at Siena Hall of the Dominican Convent in Sparkill.

Born in Maplewood and baptized Catherine Blase, she entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill in 1937 and received the name Sister Mary Alberta, professing first vows in 1938 and final vows in 1943.

Obituary | Fr. Paul J. Philibert, OP

A funeral Mass for Dominican Father Paul Philibert will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 25, at St. Dominic Priory, 3407 Lafayette Ave. in St. Louis.

Father Philibert, 79, died April 14 in St. Louis. He was the author of several books and numerous articles on topics such as religious life, Christian faith, priestly spirituality, and St. Thomas Aquinas. Father Philibert had been serving as a senior fellow at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. He earlier was the third provincial of the Dominicans' Province of St. Martin de Porres.

Obituary | Sr. Esther Ramirez, OSF

A funeral Mass for Sister Esther Ramirez was celebrated April 12 in the Lally Room on the Cardinal Carberry Campus of Cardinal Ritter Senior Services in Shrewsbury.

Sister Esther, 87, died April 8. She had served as a teacher, pastoral associate and religious formation coordinator.

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