Sr. McKenzie, FSM; served in convents, hospitals

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 5 for Sister Mary Wilbur McKenzie, FSM, at St. Mary of the Angels Convent in Richmond Heights.

Sister Mary Wilber died Oct. 2 at St. Mary of the Angels Convent of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary. She was 89.

Born in Leopolis, Mo., she was baptized Katherine McKenzie. She became acquainted with the Sisters of St. Mary as a patient at St. Mary’s Hospital, in Madison, Wis., where her aunt, Sister Mary Bernadette Hogan, was administrator. Another aunt and cousin were also members of the congregation.

Sr. Mary Greenwell, longtime educator; served over 50 years

A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 25 for Sister Mary Clement Greenwell, an Ursuline Sister of Mount St. Joseph, at Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse Chapel in Maple Mount, Ky.

Sister Mary Clement died Sept. 23 at Mount St. Joseph. She was 101 and in her 82nd  year of religious life.

A native of Curdsville, Ky., she joined the Ursuline Sisters in 1927. She was an educator for more than 50 years. In the St. Louis Archdiocese, she taught at Seven Holy Founders School in Affton, 1968-72.

Sister M.L. Fitz-William; was teacher in Sacred Heart schools

A memorial Mass was celebrated Thursday, Oct. 8, for Sister Marie Louise Fitz-William, a retired teacher and librarian.

The Mass was 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.

Born in St. Louis, she spent 12 years attending elementary and high school at the Academy of the Sacred Heart (City House) in St. Louis. She graduated from Maryville College. In 1933 she entered the Society of the Sacred Heart. Her first vows were made in 1936 and the profession of her final vows took place in 1942.

Br. Peter Baxter, CM; was cook, butcher

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 2 for Vincentian Brother Peter Baxter at the Vincentian Residence in Perryville.

Brother Peter died Sept. 28 in Perryville. He was 93.

A native of New York, he was baptized James Baxter. He became a meat cutter and served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific campaign during World War II.

On Dec. 8, 1948, he entered the novitiate at St. Mary’s of the Barrens in Perryville. Receiving the religious name Peter, he professed his vows on Dec. 8, 1950.

Brother Peter served almost all his religious life in Perryville, leaving only from 1970-1972 to serve in Washington, D.C. He was a butcher and cook and performed other duties. Since 1999, he had been a senior confrere in residence at St. Mary’s of the Barrens.

Fr. Robert J. Zimney; was a seminary teacher

A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 24 in the chapel at the Vincentian residence at St. Mary’s of the Barrens in Perryville for Father Robert J. Zimney, a retired seminary teacher and parish priest.

Father Zimney died Sept. 22 at St. Mary’s of the Barrens.

Father Zimney was born in La Salle, Ill.. He later entered St. Vincent College in Cape Girardeau and was received into the Vincentian novitiate in 1934. Father Zimney took his vows in 1936, and he was ordained in 1942.

Father Zimney was on the faculty of St. Louis Prep Seminary in St. Louis from 1949-51.

Jesuit Fr. Thomas Prag; was on retreat staff

A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 22 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Midtown St. Louis for Jesuit Father Thomas S. Prag, who was on staff at White House Retreat in Oakville.

Father Pratt died Sept. 19 at White House Retreat, where he had been serving as superior of the community since mid-August. Father Prag, 71, had just completed his 52nd year as a Jesuit.

Father Prag grew up in South St. Louis. He entered the Society of Jesus in Florissant in 1957. He did his philosophical studies at St. Louis University and his regency in Wichita, Kan., teaching English and elocution at Chaplain Kapaun Memorial High School. He returned to St. Louis for his theology studies and was ordained in 1969 in St. Louis by Auxiliary Bishop George Gottwald. He earned a master’s degree in spiritual theology from St. Louis University in 1971 and completed his formal formation with tertianship in Oklahoma.

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