Obituaries

Sister Inez Hallinan; was teacher, principal

A funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 17 for Sister Inez Denise Hallinan, a longtime teacher and administrator, at Nazareth Living Center in South County. Sister Inez died of congestive heart failure Nov. 9 at Nazareth. She was 83 and had been a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 65 years.

Sr. Angela Neuhoff, DC; was Laboure principal

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 28 in Seton Chapel of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul residence in Evansville, Ind., for Sister Angela Neuhoff, principal of the former Laboure High School in St. Louis from 1959-65.

Sister Angela, 87, died at Seton Residence Oct. 26. Born in Nashville, Tenn., she joined the Daughters of Charity in St. Louis in 1942. She taught in Natchez, Miss., and New Orleans for the first 12 years of her ministry. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Fontbonne College in St. Louis and a master’s in education degree from Loyola University in New Orleans. She served as a principal at a school in Louisiana before coming to Laboure. In 1966 she received a diploma in religious education from Corpus Christi College in London.

Sister Judith Ann Kleinheider, SSND; longtime educator

A memorial Mass was celebrated Nov. 2 in the School Sisters of Notre Dame motherhouse chapel in Lemay for Sister Judith Ann Kleinheider, a former principal, teacher and tutor.

Sister Judith Ann, 75, died Oct. 27 at the motherhouse from cancer.

Born in Washington, she entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1951. Sister Judith Ann professed first vows in 1954 and final vows in 1960. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1961 and a master’s degree in elementary administration from Arkansas State University in 1969.

Sister Judith Ann was in education for 54 years. She began teaching in Alton, Ill. She also taught in Jefferson City, Mo., Belleville, Ill., Pico Rivera, Calif., East St. Louis, Ill., Linn, Mo., DuBois, Ill., and Sikeston, Mo.

She was a principal and teacher in Scott City, Mo., and at Immaculate Conception in Dardenne, from 1974-76.

Sister Mary Richard Griffith; taught at two schools in St. Louis

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 21 in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., for Sister Mary Richard Griffith, a retired educator who taught at Our Lady of Providence School and Kennedy High School in the archdiocese.

Sister Mary Richard, 94, died Oct. 18 in Mother Theodore Hall of the Sisters of Providence motherhouse in St. Mary-of-the-Woods.

Born in Fort Wayne, Ind., and baptized Mary Catherine, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence in 1934. She professed first vows in1937 and final vows in 1942. Sister Mary Richard earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana.

Sr. Virginia M. Huels; served as teacher, receptionist, clerk

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 24 at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel of the Dominican Convent in Sparkill, N.Y. for Sister Virginia Marie Huels, a retired teacher and receptionist in St. Louis.

Sister Virginia, 83, died Oct. 20, in Siena Hall Infirmary at the convent in Sparkill.

Born in St. Louis, Sister Virginia entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill in 1943. She professed her first vows in 1945 and her final vows in 1951. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Webster College in Webster Groves in 1953.

During her professional life, Sister Virginia Marie served in the Archdiocese of New York and in St. Louis as an elementary school teacher. She ministered in St. Louis at Epiphany School, 1947-48; St. James, 1949-50 and 1965-68; St. Mark, 1950-51; Little Flower, 1952-53; and Holy Redeemer, 1953-65 and 1972-73.

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.

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