Obituaries

Funeral Mass celebrated for Sr. Mary Thomas McNeela

Sr. Mary Thomas McNeela

A funeral Mass was celebrated April 18 in the Seton Residence chapel in Evansville, Ind., for Sister Mary Thomas McNeela, former executive director of the Guardian Angel Settlement in St. Louis and a councillor for the Marillac Provincialate of the Daughters of Charity.

Sister Mary Thomas, 87, died at Seton Residence April 15. Born in Chicago, she became a postulant with the Daughters of Charity after graduating from high school in 1939.

A member of the West Central Province in St. Louis, she taught at the former St. Malachy School  in St. Louis from 1941-47, served as a councillor for the provincialate   from 1963-74 and was executive director of the Guardian Angel Settlement  from 1989-94.

Sister Mary Ann Eckhoff, SSND, former superintendent of Catholic education

A funeral Mass was celebrated April 23 for Sister Mary Ann Eckhoff, former superintendent of Catholic education, at the School Sisters of Notre Dame Motherhouse Chapel in Lemay.

Sister Mary Ann died April 18 at her home in St. Louis. She was 78 years old. Since 2004, Sister Mary Ann was a project coordinator for educational programs for the Incarnate Word Foundation in St. Louis.

Sister Mary Ann was the first woman superintendent of Catholic education in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the first woman president of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and the first woman on the executive board of the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals.

Fr. Xavier Albert; was educator, hospital chaplain, first African-American priest in St. Louis

A memorial Mass was celebrated April 21 at St. Richard Church in Creve Coeur for Father Xavier Albert, an educator, hospital chaplain and parish priest.

Father Albert, 77, died April 6. He had been on medical leave since 2000 and lived at the Regina Cleri residence for priests until moving last year to St. Agnes Home.

Born in Houston, Father Albert was raised as a Baptist and became interested in the Catholic faith as a student at Texas Southern University after his sister married a Catholic.

While finishing his studies in pharmacy he read much about the Catholic faith and entered the Church with his sister in 1951.

Fr. Lawrence Schieber; retired pastor, educator

A funeral Mass was celebrated April 14 at St. Dominic Savio Church in Affton for Father Lawrence J. Schieber, a retired parish pastor and educator.

Father Schieber, 86, died April 10.

A St. Louis native, he attended St. Louis Preparatory Seminary and Kenrick Seminary and was ordained in 1949 by Cardinal Joseph E. Ritter at Kenrick.

Sr. Jacqueline Briegel; longtime educator

A memorial Mass will be celebrated for Sister Jacqueline Briegel at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 18, in the School Sisters of Notre Dame Motherhouse Chapel, 320 E. Ripa Ave. in Lemay.

Sister Jacqueline, a School Sister of Notre Dame and longtime educator, died  April 2 at St. Louis University Hospital from cardiovascular disease. She was 79.

Obituary: Sr. Christopher Fiala, CPPS

Sister Christopher was a registered nurse at the motherhouse infirmary in O’Fallon, 1964-1969; Lutheran Hospital in St. Louis, 1969-73; and Alexian Brothers Hospital in St. Louis, 1973-83. She was an instructor at St. Mary’s College in O’Fallon from 1968-69 and continued in a longtime role as dispenser of medicines at the motherhouse.

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