Obituary | Sr. Maria Tessari, OSF

A funeral Mass for Sister Maria Tessari will be celebrated at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, in the Lally Room on the Cardinal Carberry Campus of Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, 7601 Watson Road in Shrewsbury. A wake will precede the Mass at 4 p.m.

Sister Maria, 74, died Jan. 16 at Mary Queen and Mother Center in Shrewsbury.

Obituary | Sr. Sheila Prendeville, CPPS

A funeral Mass for Sister Sheila Prendeville will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, in St. Joseph Chapel of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood, 204 N. Main St. in O'Fallon. A wake will precede the Mass at 10 a.m.

Sister Sheila, 72, died Jan. 8.

Born in St. Louis, she entered the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood community in 1963 just months after graduating from Bishop DuBourg High School. When she became a novice, she was given the name Sister John Marie.

Obituary | Fr. Joseph Ryan

A funeral Mass for Father Joseph Ryan was celebrated Jan. 16 at Immaculate Conception Church in Dardenne Prairie. Father Ryan was a retired parish priest who served 27 years in the archdiocese's Latin American Apostolate in Bolivia and Chile. He also served in Venezuela.

Father Ryan, 93, died Jan. 11. Born in St. Louis, he was ordained in 1951 by then-Archbishop Joseph E. Ritter. His first assignment was as assistant pastor of St. Joachim Parish in Old Mines. He was named assistant pastor of St. Catherine of Sienna Parish in Pagedale in 1952.

Obituary | Father Thomas J. Casey, SJ

A funeral Mass for Jesuit Father Thomas J. Casey was celebrated Jan. 17 at St. Francis Xavier College Church in Midtown St. Louis.

Father Casey, age 90, a Jesuit for 72 years and a priest for 60 years, died Jan. 11. Born in Evanston, Ill., he entered the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant in 1945. He was ordained in 1957 at St. Mary's College in St. Marys, Kan., and pronounced final vows in 1962 at Regis University in Denver.

Obituary | Sister Mary Ann Eultgen

A memorial Mass for Sister of Christian Charity Mary Ann Eultgen will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at St. Cronan Church. Sister Mary Ann died Dec. 27 at Sacred Heart Convent in Wilmette, Ill. She was 84 years old.

Born on Feb. 12, 1933, in St. Louis, she entered the Sisters of Christian Charity convent on Aug. 28, 1947. She was received into the novitiate on Aug. 21, 1949, and was given the name Sister Carol. She made first vows on Aug. 21, 1951, and perpetual profession on Aug. 20, 1957.

‘Priest for a day’ eulogized for his ‘robust’ faith

In 2015, while fighting a rare brain tumor, then-11-year-old Brett Haubrich was given a wish from the Make-A-Wish foundation, and he wanted to be a “priest for a day.” Brett served the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis as part of that wish. Brett died Jan. 10.

In celebrating the sacrament of the anointing of the sick two days before Brett Haubrich died on Jan. 10, Msgr. Patrick Hambrough noted the forceful manner in which Brett responded to the prayer at the anointing of his palms: "May the Lord of love and mercy free you from sin, save you and raise you up."

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