Obituaries

Funeral Mass celebrated for Sr. Margaret Ellen Kavanaugh, OP; died at age 95

A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 21 at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel at the Dominican Convent in Sparkill, N.Y., for Sister Margaret Ellen Kavanaugh, who was a teacher and served in pastoral ministry in the archdiocese, including at the former St. Thomas More Parish in North County for nearly two decades.

Sister Margaret Ellen, 95, died Jan. 17 in Siena Hall Infirmary at the Dominican Convent in Sparkill.

Funeral Mass celebrated for Sr. Mary Magdalen Schwartz, SP; died at 87

A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 23 in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., for Sister Mary Magdalen Schwartz. A former administrator at John F. Kennedy High School in Manchester, Sister Mary Magdalen died on Jan. 16 at Mother Theodore Hall in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind.. She was 87.

Born Armella Ann Schwartz in Chicago, Sister Mary Magdalen entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence in 1941. She earned her bachelor's degree in mathematics at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master's degree in physical science at the University of Notre Dame.

Memorial Mass celebrated to be celebrated for Sr. Mary C. Koestner, SSND

A memorial Mass will be celebrated for Sister Mary Carla Koestner at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in the School Sisters of Notre Dame Motherhouse Chapel, 320 E. Ripa Ave. in South St. Louis County.

Sister Mary Carla, a School Sister of Notre Dame for 73 years, died Jan. 14 at Anna House-The Sarah Community in Bridgeton from complications from pneumonia. She was 99.

An educator for 43 years, Sister Mary Carla participated in The Nun Study on Alzheimer's disease and aging through the University of Kentucky and the University of Minnesota.

Sr. Mary Alma Kurtz, SSND

A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 19 for Sister Mary Alma Kurtz in the School Sisters of Notre Dame Motherhouse chapel in Lemay.

Sister Mary Alma (formerly Sister Almarus) died Jan. 14 at Anna House-The Sarah Community in Bridgeton from heart failure. She was 93 and a former teacher, director of religious education and pastoral minister.

Funeral Mass celebrated for Sr. Mary Arthur Ellis, RSM; educator and certified substance abuse counselor

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Jan. 18 at Mercy Center Chapel in Creve Coeur for Sister Mary Arthur Ellis, RSM.

Sister Mary Arthur, an educator, certified substance abuse counselor and member of the Sisters of Mercy for over 60 years, died on Jan. 16. She was 79.

Born Loretta May Ellis in Joplin, Mo., she entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1949 before receiving a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Webster College in St. Louis and a master's from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas.

Funeral Mass celebrated for Sr. Daneel Davinroy, SSND; longtime educator

A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 21 for Sister Daneel Davinroy at the School Sisters of Notre Dame Motherhouse Chapel in South St. Louis County.

Sister Daneel, an educator for 51 years, died Jan. 17 at Anna House-The Sarah Community, in Bridgeton from heart failure. She was 99.

An Illinois native, she entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1931. She professed first vows in 1934 and final vows in 1940. She earned a master's in elementary administration in 1967 and a bachelor's in history in 1950, both from St. Louis University.

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