Obituaries

Obituary | Sr. Rose Ann Poetz, FSM

A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 16 in the chapel at the Sarah Community in Bridgeton for Sister Rose Ann Poetz, FSM, a retired nurse and nursing supervisor.

Sister Rose Ann, a Franciscan Sister of Mary for 71 years, died Sept. 11 at the Sarah Community at age 93.

She attended grade school and high school at St. Anthony Parish in south St. Louis. She worked for several years in a government job before entering the Sisters of St. Mary in 1943 and professing vows in 1949. Two of her sisters also were members of the order.

Obituary | Sr. Mary Loran Aubuchon, CSJ

A memorial Mass was celebrated Sept. 13 at Nazareth Living Center Chapel in south St. Louis County for Sister Mary Loran Aubuchon, a retired teacher and geriatric care provider.

Sister Mary Loran, 81, died of respiratory failure Aug. 16 at St. Anthony's Medical Center in south St. Louis County.

Born in St. Louis, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1950 and made her final profession in 1958. She received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Fontbonne College in 1963 and a master's degree in education/secondary counseling and guidance from St. Louis University in 1970.

Obituary | Sr. Mary Wilma Goeckner, ASC

A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 6 in the Ruma Center chapel in Ruma, Ill., for Sister Mary Wilma Goeckner, whose ministries included teaching, child care, domestic service, pastoral work and community outreach among the poor.

Sister Mary Wilma, 87, died Sept. 3 at the Ruma Center of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ.

Obituary | Sr. Leona Wieck, SSND

A funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 30 in the School Sisters of Notre Dame Theresa Center chapel in south St. Louis County for Sister Leona Wieck, a former food service worker and special needs staff member.

Sister Leona, 73, died Aug. 25 at Anna House at the Sarah Community in Bridgeton from congestive heart failure.

Born in St. Louis, Sister Leona entered the congregation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1960. She professed first vows in 1962 and final vows in 1967.

Obituary | Sr. Helen Ann Reynolds, SL

A memorial Mass was celebrated Aug. 28, for Loretto Sister Helen Ann Reynolds, a former educator who also served among Native Americans in Arizona, North Dakota and South Dakota and served as a pet-therapy volunteer. The Mass was at the Church of the Seven Dolors on the grounds of the Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky.

Sister Helen Ann, 96, died Aug. 21 at Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary in Nerinx. Born in Rockford, Ill., she entered the Sisters of Loretto in 1936. Sister Helen Ann received the habit and her religious name in 1937, professed first vows in 1939 and made final vows in 1942.

Obituary | Fr. William B. Ahrens

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Simon the Apostle Church, 11011 Mueller Road in south St. Louis County, for Father William B. Ahrens, a retired parish pastor.

Father Ahrens, 89, died Sept. 2. Born in St. Louis, he attended St. Louis Preparatory Seminary and Kenrick Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1951 by then-Archbishop Joseph E. Ritter.

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