Obituaries

Fr. Theodore Heck, 108; oldest bendictine monk

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — Benedictine Father Theodore Heck, who had been the world’s oldest Benedictine monk at 108, died April 29.

He spent half a century teaching and serving as an administrator in St. Meinrad’s minor and major seminaries, helped form a generation of priests.

Fr. Heck’s funeral Mass was celebrated May 2 at the Archabbey Church of Our Lady of Einseideln, with burial to follow in the Archabbey Cemetery.

He was rector of the St. Meinrad School of Theology, 1956-1966, and served as rector of St. Meinrad College for three years during that span.

Sr. Kathleen Lander, OSF; educator, pastoral minister

Sister Kathleen earned a bachelor’s degree from Webster College in Webster Groves and a master’s degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

For 57 years she was an educator and pastoral minister. She served in education in Missouri, Texas, Louisiana, Nebraska and New Mexico. In the St. Louis Archdiocese, she taught at Holy Ghost School in Berkeley from 1953 to 1961 and Our Lady of the Pillar School in Creve Coeur from 1961 to 1964.

Sister Mary Manuela Souto; longtime elementary teacher

Sister Mary Manuela was an elementary school teacher for 45 years in Missouri, Illinois, Alabama and Georgia.

In the St. Louis Archdiocese, she taught at St. Mary Magdalen School in South St. Louis, 1948-50; Sts. John and James School in Ferguson, 1950-1953; Cathedral School in the Central West End, 1958-59; and Sts. Mary and Joseph School in South St. Louis,  1959-60. She retired in 1997.

Sr. Mary Mildred Sobba; was bookkeeper at monestary

She moved to Tucson, Ariz., and worked for a construction company and then was a bookkeeper and accountant for a wholesale plumbing and heating company. During World War II, she did USO work with a Catholic girls group she had joined while in Tucson.  

Introduced to the Benedictine Sisters by a friend from Kansas, she became an oblate of the Sisters’ Tucson monastery in 1947 and volunteered in the library.

Sr. Mary Rosaleen Dorlac; sister for more than 78 years

In 1930 she joined the Sisters of St. Mary, which in 1987 reunited with the Sisters of St. Francis of Maryville, Mo., to become the Franciscan Sisters of Mary. She was given the name Sister Mary Rosaleen and professed final vows in 1936.

She graduated from nursing school in 1937 and later earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing education from St. Louis University.

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.

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