Obituaries

Sister Esther Keeven; was elementary teacher

A memorial Mass was celebrated June 8 for Sister Esther Keeven, a longtime elementary teacher and member of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon for 67 years. The prayer service took place at the sisters’ motherhouse chapel in O’Fallon.

Sister Esther died June 4 at St. Mary’s Institute in O’Fallon. She was 86.

Born in Florissant, Sister Esther entered the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood in 1939. She professed her first vows in 1942 and made her final profession in 1945. As a novice, she received the name Sister Mary Robert, but then returned to her baptismal name after the Second Vatican Council.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Quincy College in Quincy, Ill., in 1967.

Sister Esther was an elementary teacher for many years. In the Archdiocese of St. Louis, she taught at St. John the Baptist in St. Louis, St. Clement of Rome in Des Peres, St. Anthony of Padua in High Ridge, Holy Family in St. Louis, St. Monica in Creve Coeur, Most Sacred Heart in Florissant and Holy Innocents in St. Louis. She also taught at Ford School in St. Louis.

Sr. R.V. Hoelscher; educator and artist

A funeral Mass was celebrated  June 2 for Sister Rose Virginia Hoelscher at St. Joseph Chapel of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon.

Sister Rose Virginia, a longtime educator and a religious for 59 years, died May 29 at St. Mary’s Institute in O’Fallon. She was 81.

A native of Central Missouri, she was baptized Marie Anna Hoelscher. She entered the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon in 1947. She made her first profession of vows in 1950 and her final profession in 1953.

Sister Rose Virginia earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Quincy College in Illinois and master’s degree in elementary school guidance from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State) in Kirksville.

Sr. Mary Ann Robertson, was a teacher and home-care worker

Funeral Masses were celebrated in St. Louis and Sparkill, N.Y., for Dominican Sister Mary Ann Robertson, who taught in St. Louis and New York and was a home-care worker in St. Louis.

Sister Mary Ann, 68, died June 1 at Nazareth Living Center in South County.

The St. Louis native entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill, N.Y. in 1958 and became known as Sister Helen Patrice, professing her first vows in 1960 and her final vows in 1965.

Sister Mary Ann earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill in 1963 and an master’s degree in religious studies from the St. Louis University in 1976.

Fr. Clarence J. Bogetto, former teacher and hospital chaplain

A funeral Mass was celebrated June 6 at the Church of the Assumption in Perryville for Vincentian Father Clarence J. Bogetto, a former college and high school seminary faculty member and hospital chaplain who had been assigned to St. Mary of the Barrens in Perryville since 1992.

Father Bogetto, 94, died June 3 at St. Mary of the Barrens. Born in Michigan, he entered the novitiate in Perryville in 1937, professed vows in 1939 and was ordained there by Bishop George J. Donnelly in 1945. In addition to theology and philosophy degrees from St. Mary’s Seminary in Perryville, he had a master’s in English from DePaul University.

His first assignment was to teach at DePaul Academy in Chicago. He then served in the administration of DePaul University in Chicago before being named associate pastor of a parish in Chicago.

Sister Elaine Lamm dies after being struck by auto

The driver of the car remained on the scene, and O’Fallon police are investigating.

A memorial Mass for Sister Elaine was celebrated June 11 in St. Joseph Chapel of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood Motherhouse.

Sister Elaine, who was 64 when she died, was a former educator who had been a religious for 43 years.

A native of Shrewsbury, she was baptized at St. Michael the Archangel Parish and attended Bishop DuBourg High School, where she was taught by the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood.

Sr. Mildred Ellebracht, long time teacher, dies at 93

Sister Mildred taught in elementary and secondary schools at St. John the Baptist in St. Louis and in Colorado and Nebraska. She was a teacher and principal at Assumption High School in O’Fallon for eight years, an instructor at St. Mary’s College in O’Fallon for 15 years, an instructor at the University of Notre Dame and a professor at Cardinal Glennon College in Shrewsbury for 20 years.  After Vatican Council II, she served the congregation as directress of sisters in temporary vows and as a member of the renewal team.

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