Obituaries

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.

Memorial Mass set Oct. 8 for Sister Marie Louise Fitz-William

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, for Sister Marie Louise Fitz-William, a retired teacher and librarian.
The Mass will be 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.

Sister Gerald Mulvanny, DC; worked in nursing

A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 14 at Seton Chapel in Evansville, Ind., for Sister Gerald Mulvanny, a member of the Daughters of Charity who worked in the nursing profession for many years.

Sister Gerald died Sept. 10 at Seton Residence in Evansville. She was 90.

A native of Milwaukee, Sister Gerald graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing there and then entered the Daughters of Charity in St. Louis in 1943.

During her years of ministry, she first served a hospital in Montgomery, Ala., and at a hotel and later a hospital in New Orleans.

Sister Germanus Bauer, SSND; was a teacher and missionary

A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 18 at the School Sisters of Notre Dame Motherhouse Chapel in Lemay for Sister Germanus Bauer, a former teacher and missionary in Africa.

Sister Germanus died of congestive heart failure Sept. 14 at Anna House-The Sarah Community in Bridgeton. She was 91 and  celebrated her 70th jubilee as a School Sister of Notre Dame last year.

Born in Freeburg, Mo., Sister Germanus entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1935. She professed her first vows in 1938 and her final vows in 1944. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1968.

Sister Germanus taught at numerous schools during her lifetime. In the Archdiocese of St. Louis, she served at St. Gabriel the Archangel from 1945-46, St. Andrew from 1946-47, St. Bernadette from 1947-50, Sts. Peter and Paul from 1950-52 and St. Francis Borgia in Washington from 1982-86.

Sr. M. Whelan; was teacher, professor

A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 8 at Mount Saint Joseph in Maple Mount, Ky., for Ursuline Sister Mary deChantal Whelan, a former teacher at Seven Holy Founders School in Affton.

Sister Mary deChantal, 94, died Sept. 3 at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 75th  year as an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph.

Born in St. Joseph, Ky., Sister Mary deChantal made her perpetual profession with the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph in 1939. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from St. Louis University, a master of science in journalism from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., and her doctorate from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. She also spent two years doing research in England.

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