Obituaries

Brother John Klein; taught at Chaminade in the 1950s

A funeral Mass was celebrated July 9 in San Antonio for Brother John Klein, a Marianist for 65 years who taught at Chaminade College Preparatory School in the 1950s.

Brother John died July 4 in San Antonio. He was 84.

Born in Detroit, Brother John was drawn to religious life even as a youngster. He learned about the Society of Mary through a friend, whose brother was a Marianist.

After graduating eighth grade, he entered the postulate of the Society of Mary in Kirkwood. He professed his first vows in 1943 and his perpetual vows in 1947 at Galesville, Wis.

While a postulant, Brother John became interested in teaching. In 1945, he earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Dayton.

He began his teaching career in 1945 at a grade school in Victoria, Texas, where he taught until 1953.

Later that year, he moved to St. Louis, where he taught at Chaminade until 1959. During his time there, he taught sixth grade and was a prefect for boarding students.

Sr. M.C. Wiederholt, FSM; longtime registered nurse

A funeral Mass was celebrated for Sister Mary Christina Wiederholt, a Franciscan Sister of Mary, July 8 at St. Mary of the Angels Convent in Richmond Heights.

Sister Mary Christina died July 5 at St. Mary of the Angels Convent. She was 95 and had been a religious sister for 79 years.

A native of Northwest Missouri, she was baptized Mary Elizabeth Wiederholt. In 1930 she joined the Sisters of St. Francis of Maryville, Mo. (OSF), who in 1987 reunited with the Sisters of St. Mary (SSM) to become the Franciscan Sisters of Mary. She received the name Sister Mary Christina. She professed final vows in 1935.

She attended St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing, attaining her registered nursing degree in 1935.

Sister Mary Christina served  for many years at St. Francis Hospital in Maryville, Mo., as a nurse, 1935-45; medical/surgical supervisor, 1945-50 and 1970-73; obstetrics supervisor, 1959-64;  night-duty nurse, 1974-76; and assistant administrator and superior of the convent, 1977-79.

Fr. John A. Gambon; served as parish pastor, chaplain

A funeral Mass was celebrated July 13 for Father John A. Gambon at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Washington.

Father Gambon, a retired pastor, died July 7 at Mother of Good Counsel Home in Normandy. He was 89. On June 7, he celebrated the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.

A native of St. Louis, he was baptized at St. Rose of Lima Parish in St. Louis. He attended St. Louis Preparatory Seminary and Kenrick Seminary.

He was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of St. Louis on June 7, 1949, by Archbishop Joseph E. Ritter.

Father James A. Krings; served in several parishes, health care ministry

A memorial Mass was celebrated June 30 at St. Joseph Parish in Manchester for Father James A. Krings, a longtime archdiocesan priest who also served in health care ministry.

Father Krings died June 27. He was 63 and had battled cancer for a number of years.

Born in St. Louis, he attended St. Louis Preparatory Seminary-South, Cardinal Glennon College, Kenrick Seminary and St. Louis University.

Cardinal John J. Carberry ordained him to the priesthood on May 29, 1971, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

Father Krings served as an associate pastor at a number of parishes, including St. John the Baptist and St. Francis de Sales in South St. Louis, St. Matthias in Lemay, St. Patrick in University City, St. Cronan in St. Louis and St. Joseph in Manchester.

Sister Claudia Ann Troia dies; was educator, library assistant

A funeral Mass was celebrated June 26 at Sacred Heart Manor in Hamden, Conn. for Sister Claudia Ann Troia, a St. Louis native who ministered 26 years as a teacher, principal and library assistant at schools in the archdiocese.

Sister Claudia Ann died June 24 at Sacred Heart Manor at age 87. Baptized Anna, she entered the Congregation of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in New Haven in 1937, professed first vows in 1940 and perpetual vows in 1946.

In St. Louis, she was principal at Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Bellefontaine Neighbors from 1956-61. She taught at St. Ambrose School in South St. Louis from 1972-79 and at Our Lady of Good Counsel from 1979-82. She then began working in the school library there. In 1988 she moved to Sacred Heart Villa in St. Louis where she worked with the children there until 1993 when she retired to Connecticut.

Three members of the SLUH community die, two others injured in plane crash

Three members of the St. Louis University High School community were killed in a June 26 plane crash in northern Arkansas, and two others were injured.

Warren Langford, his son, Brendan Langford, and Jacob Ritz were killed. Brendan and Jacob, both 15, recently completed their freshman year at SLUH. Warren Langford, 52, was an SLUH alumnus. He was piloting the single-engine plane when it crashed shortly after  takeoff from a resort in Baxter County, Ark.

Injured were Donald Beckerle, 43, and his son, Joshua Beckerle, 15. Donald Beckerle is a St. Louis University High School alumnus and his son also recently completed his freshman year at the Jesuit high school.

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