Obituaries

Sr. Catherine Beckerle; was seamstress

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 24 in the St. Joseph Chapel of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood Motherhouse in O’Fallon for Sister Catherine Beckerle, who served many years as a seamstress at the motherhouse, activities director at the motherhouse infirmary and in other roles.

Sister Catherine, 95, died Oct. 20 at St. Mary’s Institute in O’Fallon after suffering from pneumonia.

Born Mary Catherine Beckerle in St. Louis, she attended grade school in East St. Louis, Ill., and entered the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon in 1930. As a novice she was given the name Sister Leonis. She later returned to her baptismal name. In 1933 she professed her first vows, and last year she celebrated her 75th anniversary.

Sister Catherine was a seamstress at the motherhouse in O’Fallon for 36 years, a kindergarten teacher at St. Agatha School in South St. Louis from 1934-35, worked in food service at convents in Conception, Mo., St. John the Baptist Parish in South St. Louis and St. Joseph Parish in Rhineland, Mo., and served as an assistant in the Ecclesiastical Art Department in O’Fallon from 1972-76. She was activities director at the motherhouse infirmary in O’Fallon from 1976-93 and served in activities at the motherhouse infirmary from 1993-2004.

Deacon Glennon L. Bourbon; served at 3 parishes since '95

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 23 at All Saints Church in University City for Deacon Glennon L. Bourbon Sr., who served at three parishes in the archdiocese following his ordination in 1995. He died Oct. 19.

Deacon Bourbon, 75, was born in Mitchell, Ill. He married the former Mary Ann Gagen in 1962.

Deacon Bourbon was ordained to the diaconate on June 10, 1995. He served at three parishes: Incarnate Word in Chesterfield, St. Jude in Overland and All Saints in University City. He retired from active ministry in 2002, but he continued to serve All Saints Parish intermittently after his retirement as his health permitted.

Deacon Bourbon served four years in the U.S. Navy. He was employed by Eastern Air Lines for 22 years.

Sr.T. Keeven; teacher, helped poor

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 19 at St. Joseph Chapel of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood Motherhouse for Sister Theophila Keeven, a retired teacher who later ministered to poor people at St. Agatha Center in St. Louis.

Sister Theophila, 91, died Oct. 15 at St. Mary’s Institute in O’Fallon.

Born Dolores Clara Keeven in Florissant, she grew up on a farm and entered the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon in 1935 and made her religious profession in 1938. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Latin from Quincy College in Quincy, Ill., and a master’s degree in speech from St. Louis University.

Sister Theophila taught at St. John the Baptist School in St. Louis, 1938-40 and 1944-46; St. Elizabeth Academy (elementary) in St. Louis, 1940-41; All Saints in St. Peters, 1941-42; St. Agatha in St. Louis, 1946-53; Sacred Heart in Ozora, 1984-86; and St. Agnes in Bloomsdale, 1989-90. She served as a teaching principal at St. Patrick in Wentzville, 1953-54 and 1975-80 and St. Joseph in Josephville, 1986-89.

She taught high school students at Bishop DuBourg in St. Louis, 1954-61 and 1964-75; St. Elizabeth Academy in St. Louis, 1961-64; and St. Mary’s Academy in O’Fallon 1983-84. She served as a secretary at the Marianist provincialate in St. Louis and St. Barnabas in O’Fallon, 1990-91. She earlier had served as a principal in Quincy.

Sr. Rebecca Peters; educator and administrator for 52 years

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 21 for Sister Rebecca Peters, SSND, at the School Sisters of Notre Dame Motherhouse Chapel in Lemay.

Sister Rebecca died Oct. 17 at the SSND motherhouse from cancer. She was 72 and a former principal, teacher and tutor.

A St. Louis native, she entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1954 from St. Teresa Parish in Glennonville, Mo. She professed first vows in 1956 and final vows in 1962.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1963 and a master’s degree in elementary administration from St. Louis University in 1974.

Sister Rebecca was an educator for 52 years in Illinois and Missouri. In the St. Louis Archdiocese, she served at Our Lady of Loretto School in Spanish Lake, 1964-65 and 1966-67; St. Peter Claver in St. Louis, 1985-87. She was the principal at St. Joseph in Manchester,1967-73. From 1987-2005 and 2006-08, Sister Rebecca was a tutor at the former Notre Dame Learning Center in South St. Louis County.

Fr. W. McKee; editor, treasurer, marketing director

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 16 at the Liguori Mission House Chapel in Liguori for Redemptorist Father William McKee, who was known for his work with inactive Catholics. Father McKee died Oct. 12 at St. Clement Health Care Center in Liguori. He was 89 years old.

Born in St. Louis, Father McKee attended Brothers of Mary High School. Afterward, he entered the Redemptorists’ seminary in Kirkwood and then went to the novitiate in DeSoto. He professed his vows as a Redemptorist in 1942. After attending Immaculate Conception Seminary in Oconomowoc, Wis., he was ordained a priest in 1948.

A year after his ordination, Father McKee went to Brazil, where he was stationed at Coari, located in the Amazon region. Four years later, he was assigned to a parish in Belem, at the mouth of the Amazon. He served there as a parish priest, director of Perpetual Help devotions and was business manager for the vice-province of Manaus.

Sr. Paschalita Linehan; educator, nurse, designer

A memorial Mass was celebrated Sept. 28 for Sister of Loretto Paschalita Linehan, an educator and health care professional, at the Sisters of Loretto Motherhouse Church of the Seven Dolors in Nerinx, Ky.

Sister Paschalita died Sept. 22 at Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary in Nerinx. She was 95 and in her 74th year as a Sister of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross. She was a former teacher, registered nurse and university professor.

A native of Alabama, she was baptized Charlotte Dorothy Linehan. After earning a registered nursing degree she came to St. Louis, where she was the first nurse at Webster College. In 1935, she entered the novitiate of the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross in Nerinx, taking the religious name Sister Paschalita. She pronounced her first vows in 1938 and her perpetual vow in 1941.

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