Memorial Mass to be celebrated for Msgr.William A. Kerr

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, 2618 Brentwood Blvd. in Brentwood, for Msgr. William A. Kerr.

A native St. Louisan, Msgr. Kerr was an associate pastor in St. Louis before moving to Florida. He later served as a college president and in other roles in Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh and Florida.   

The 69-year-old priest suffered a stroke May 3, shortly after he completed his homily during Mass at the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Tallahassee. He died May 13. 

Sr. Alberta Maas; former educator, administrator

A funeral Mass was celebrated April 29 at Nazareth Living Center’s chapel in South County for Ursuline Sister Alberta Maas, a retired educator.

Sister Alberta, 89, died April 25 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis. A native of Portage des Sioux, Sister Alberta entered the Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union in1937 and made her first vows in 1940.

Sister Alberta served in various places, mostly in Missouri and Illinois, as a teacher, principal and administrator. She taught at and was principal of Corpus Christi High School in Jennings in the 1960s.

Sr. Anne Vincetta Hughes, 96; teacher and community worker

A funeral Mass was celebrated May 6 at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel at the Dominican Convent in Sparkill, N.Y. for Sister Anne Vincetta Hughes, a native St. Louisan who was an educator for many years in St. Louis and elsewhere.

Sister Anne Vincetta, 96, died May 2 at Siena Hall Infirmary at the convent in Sparkill.

Born Julia Hughes in St. Louis, she entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill in 1931 and became known as Sister Anne Vincetta, professing her first vows in 1933 and her final vows in 1935.

Sister Anne Vincetta earned a bachelor’s degree in education from St. Louis University in 1951.

She taught in the archdioceses of New York, St. Louis and Miami and in the dioceses of Syracuse and Jefferson City. In the St. Louis Archdiocese she taught at Epiphany School, 1935-38; Little Flower, 1938-40 and 1950-52; St. Mark, 1940-45; St. James, 1953-57; and Holy Redeemer, 1957-65.

Sr. Vera Meinhardt; served as religious for 59 years

A funeral Mass was celebrated April 25 at St. Joseph Chapel at the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood motherhouse in O’Fallon for Sister Vera Meinhardt, a retired homemaker, cook and office assistant.

Sister Vera, 82, died April 22 at St. Mary’s Institute at the motherhouse in O’Fallon.  

Born Jeanette Ruth Meinhardt in St. Louis, she had a twin sister and two brothers. She had been taught by Sisters of the Most Precious Blood at St. John the Baptist School and because of their impact entered the community in 1947 and professed her vows in1950.

Sister Mary Tobias Hagan, 73; music teacher, administrator

Her ministry as a Sister of St. Joseph began in 1956, when she was assigned to teach at St. Cecilia Grade School in Peoria, Ill. In 1957, she returned to St. Louis, where she was assigned to teach at Holy Rosary School.

In 1963, she was named a music education consultant and supervisor for several schools in St. Louis. The following year, she went to Fontbonne College, where she taught and served as chairperson of the music department.

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.

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