Obituaries

Sister Hartke; served as educator, housekeeper

A funeral Mass was celebrated May 27 for Sister Claritus Hartke in the School Sisters of Notre Dame Motherhouse Chapel in Lemay.

Sister Claritus, a former educator and convent housekeeper,  died May 22 at Anna House-the Sarah Community in Bridgeton from congestive heart failure. She was 92.

An Illinois native, she entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1934. She professed first vows in 1937 and final vows in 1943.

From 1935-51, Sister Claritus was housekeeper for parish convents in Hannibal and Scott City, Mo., and in Illinois, Louisiana and Arkansas.

Brother Francis Haug; teacher and school administrator

A funeral Mass was celebrated May 25 at St. John Vianney High School’s chapel in Kirkwood for Marianist Brother Francis Haug, who taught and served as an administrator at several high schools in the St. Louis Archdiocese.

Brother Francis, 85, died May 21 in St. Louis.

A native St. Louisan, he entered the postulate of the Society of Mary at Maryhurst in Kirkwood in 1940 and then the novitiate in Galesville, Wis., in 1941. He professed first vows in 1942 and perpetual vows in 1947.

Brother Francis earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1944 from the University of Dayton in Ohio and a master’s degree in English in 1955 from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

Msgr. Clarence Good; retired parish pastor, chaplain

A funeral Mass was celebrated May 26 for Msgr. Clarence Good, a retired parish pastor living at the Regina Cleri residence in Shrewsbury.

Msgr. Good, 87, died May 21.

A St. Louis native, he attended St. Louis Preparatory Seminary and Kenrick Seminary in Shrewsbury and was ordained at Kenrick by Cardinal Joseph E. Ritter on Dec. 21, 1946.

He then was assigned to Holy Family Parish in South St. Louis. Two years later he was named as assistant pastor at St. Agatha Parish in South St. Louis. From 1947 to 1951 he taught at St. Mary’s High School, also in South St. Louis. He was named assistant pastor of Sts. John and James Parish in Ferguson in 1954 and Immaculate Conception Parish in Union in 1959.

Fr. N. Muckerman; was editor, Catholic Press Assoc. president

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 23, at the Liguori Mission House Chapel in Liguori for Redemptorist Father Norman Muckerman, former editor of the Liguorian Magazine and two-term president of the Catholic Press Association.

Father Muckerman, 92, died May 19 at St. Clement Health Care Center in Liguori. 

Born James Robert Muckerman in Webster Groves, he grew up with a love for sports and enough abilities to be a professional athlete. But he chose to become a missionary priest.

Father Muckerman entered the diocesan seminary in St. Louis in 1930 but transferred a year later to the Redemptorist minor seminary in Kirkwood. He spent one year at the novitiate in DeSoto and six years in Oconomowoc, Wis., at the Redemptorists’ major seminary. Father Muckerman professed his vows in 1937 and was ordained in 1942. In 1944 he joined the original six pioneers who had just established a Redemptorist mission along the banks of the Amazon River in Brazil. Father Muckerman founded a huge parish at the mouth of the Amazon River, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Belen.

Memorial Mass to be celebrated for Msgr.William A. Kerr

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, 2618 Brentwood Blvd. in Brentwood, for Msgr. William A. Kerr.

A native St. Louisan, Msgr. Kerr was an associate pastor in St. Louis before moving to Florida. He later served as a college president and in other roles in Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh and Florida.   

The 69-year-old priest suffered a stroke May 3, shortly after he completed his homily during Mass at the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Tallahassee. He died May 13. 

Sr. Alberta Maas; former educator, administrator

A funeral Mass was celebrated April 29 at Nazareth Living Center’s chapel in South County for Ursuline Sister Alberta Maas, a retired educator.

Sister Alberta, 89, died April 25 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis. A native of Portage des Sioux, Sister Alberta entered the Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union in1937 and made her first vows in 1940.

Sister Alberta served in various places, mostly in Missouri and Illinois, as a teacher, principal and administrator. She taught at and was principal of Corpus Christi High School in Jennings in the 1960s.

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