Obituaries

Memorial Mass set Oct. 8 for Sister Marie Louise Fitz-William

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, for Sister Marie Louise Fitz-William, a retired teacher and librarian.
The Mass will be celebrated in the chapel at Villa Duchesne School, South Spoede and Conway Roads in Frontenac.
Sister Fitz-William, 96, died Aug. 18 at Oakwood convent of the Society of the Sacred Heart in Atherton, Calif.

Sister Gerald Mulvanny, DC; worked in nursing

A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 14 at Seton Chapel in Evansville, Ind., for Sister Gerald Mulvanny, a member of the Daughters of Charity who worked in the nursing profession for many years.

Sister Gerald died Sept. 10 at Seton Residence in Evansville. She was 90.

A native of Milwaukee, Sister Gerald graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing there and then entered the Daughters of Charity in St. Louis in 1943.

During her years of ministry, she first served a hospital in Montgomery, Ala., and at a hotel and later a hospital in New Orleans.

Sister Germanus Bauer, SSND; was a teacher and missionary

A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 18 at the School Sisters of Notre Dame Motherhouse Chapel in Lemay for Sister Germanus Bauer, a former teacher and missionary in Africa.

Sister Germanus died of congestive heart failure Sept. 14 at Anna House-The Sarah Community in Bridgeton. She was 91 and  celebrated her 70th jubilee as a School Sister of Notre Dame last year.

Born in Freeburg, Mo., Sister Germanus entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1935. She professed her first vows in 1938 and her final vows in 1944. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1968.

Sister Germanus taught at numerous schools during her lifetime. In the Archdiocese of St. Louis, she served at St. Gabriel the Archangel from 1945-46, St. Andrew from 1946-47, St. Bernadette from 1947-50, Sts. Peter and Paul from 1950-52 and St. Francis Borgia in Washington from 1982-86.

Sr. M. Whelan; was teacher, professor

A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 8 at Mount Saint Joseph in Maple Mount, Ky., for Ursuline Sister Mary deChantal Whelan, a former teacher at Seven Holy Founders School in Affton.

Sister Mary deChantal, 94, died Sept. 3 at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 75th  year as an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph.

Born in St. Joseph, Ky., Sister Mary deChantal made her perpetual profession with the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph in 1939. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from St. Louis University, a master of science in journalism from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., and her doctorate from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. She also spent two years doing research in England.

Sister Dorothy Rufkahr, FSM; served in accounting, business and volunteer prayer ministry

A memorial Mass was celebrated Sept. 11 at St. Mary of the Angels Convent in Richmond Heights for Sister Dorothy Rufkahr of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary.

Sister Dorothy, who served many years in accounting and business, died Sept. 6 at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center in Richmond Heights. She was 89.

Born Dorothy Catherine Slattery in Dardenne, she married Omar Rufkahr in 1944. Her husband, who served in the military, was killed in action in 1945. He was buried at a U.S. military cemetery in the Netherlands.

In 1946, Dorothy entered the Sisters of Mary, who in 1987 reunited with the Franciscan Sisters of Maryville, Mo., to become the Franciscan Sisters of Mary. She initially received the name Sister Mary Sharon and professed her final vows in 1952. Her sister, Melba, entered the same community just weeks after she did.

Sr. Rose Margaret Schweers; was hospital administrator

A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 3 for Sister Rose Margaret Schweers, a former administrator at St. Joseph Hospital in Kirkwood.

The Mass was at Nazareth Living Center in South St. Louis County, where Sister Rose Margaret died Aug. 31. A Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 69 years, she was 98.

A native of Augusta, Ga., she was baptized Mary Margaret Schweers. After graduating from high school and working for more than 10 years at J.C. Penney in Augusta, she joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in August 1939, receiving the religious name Rose Margaret. She made her final profession on Aug. 15, 1945.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn., in 1955 and took graduate studies at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

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