Obituaries

Sister Sarah Maureen Concannon; justice advocate and educator

A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 19 for Sister Sarah Maureen Concannon, a former educator and peace and justice activist, at the Church of the Seven Dolors of the Sisters of Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky.

Sister Sarah Maureen died Dec. 16 at the motherhouse infirmary. She was 90 and had been a Sister of Loretto for 58 years.

William Wilson; first U.S. ambassador to Vatican

CARMEL, Calif. — The first U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, William A. Wilson, died Dec. 5 at his home in Carmel. He was 95 and had been ill with cancer, his family reported.

Wilson was a political adviser to President Ronald Reagan when he was named the president's personal envoy to the Vatican in 1981. Three years later, when Congress repealed an 1867 law prohibiting full diplomatic relations with the Holy See, Wilson's position was elevated to that of ambassador.

He served in the post until May 1986.

Sister Silveria Fricke; educator in Ste. Genevieve County

A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 14 for Sister Silveria Fricke at St. Joseph Chapel of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O'Fallon.

Sister Silveria, a religious for 76 years, died Dec. 10 at St. Mary's Institute in O'Fallon. She was 95.

Sr. Jane Hamilton, DC; served in education, was pastoral minister

A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 7 for Sister Jane Hamilton, Daughter of Charity, in the Seton Residence Chapel in Evansville, Ind.

Sister Jane, a former educator and pastoral minister, died at Seton Residence on Dec. 5. She was 81.

A St. Louis native, she entered the Daughters of Charity on Dec. 2, 1946, receiving the religious name Sister Laboure. She earned a bachelor's degree from Fontbonne College in 1955 and a master's degree in religious education from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, in 1975.

Sister Angela Kirchgesner; CRE

A memorial Mass was celebrated Nov. 21 for Ursuline Sister Angela Kirchgesner at St. Francis Convent in Springfield, Ill.

Sister Angela died Nov.14 at the Loretto Home of St. Francis Convent. She was 88.

A native of Springfield, she made her first profession of vows as an Ursuline in 1942. She earned a bachelors's degree from the College of New Rochelle in New York and a master's degree from St. Louis University.

Sister Angela taught for many years in cities throughout Illinois and in New Orleans.

Sr. Mary Frances Moore, BVM sister for 64 years and longtime educator

A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 9 for Sister Mary Frances Moore, a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, at Marian Hall Chapel in Dubuque, Iowa.

Sister Mary Frances, a longtime educator, died Dec. 4 at Marian Hall. She was 83 and a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary for 64 years.

A native of St. Louis, she was a graduate of Xavier High School.

She entered the BVM congregation from St. Margaret of Scotland Parish in 1945, receiving the religious name Sister Eugene.

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