Obituary: Sister Mary Bede Baeten, CSJ

A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 12 at Nazareth Living Center chapel in South County for Sister Mary Bede Baeten, CSJ, a retired elementary school teacher.

Sister Mary Bede, 97, died Feb. 7 at Nazareth of congestive heart failure.

Born in West De Pere, Wis., she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1931. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Fontbonne College (now University) in Clayton in 1950.

Sister Mary Bede began her teaching career at St. Louis Cathedral School in the Central West End in the 1930s.

She taught at Holy Name School in North St. Louis from 1955-56. She also taught in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Texas and Wisconsin. She was coordinator of a foreign language listening center at a school in Green Bay, Wis., when she retired in 1990. She moved to Nazareth in 1999.

There were no immediate survivors. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery.

Obituary: Father Joseph J. Portucheck

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 11 for Father Joseph J. Portucheck, former pastor of St. John Nepomuk Parish near the Soulard area of South St. Louis.

The Mass was at St. John Nepomuk. Father Portucheck died Oct. 7 at Mother of Good Counsel Home of respiratory failure. He was 85.

Father Portucheck grew up in St. Joseph Parish in Martinsburg, Mo. He attended St. Louis Preparatory Seminary and Kenrick Seminary, and was ordained by Archbishop Joseph Ritter in 1949.

Obituary: Sister Mary Gemma Maschek, SSND

A memorial Mass for Sister Mary Gemma Maschek, SSND, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 8, in the School Sisters of Notre Dame motherhouse chapel, 320 E. Ripa Ave. in South St. Louis County.

Sister Mary Gemma, a former prison pastoral care worker and educator, died of cancer March 3 at Anna House–The Sarah Community in Bridgeton. She was 83.

Sister Mary Gemma donated her body to St. Louis University School of Medicine. A full obituary will be published in the March 14 Review.

Obituary: Father Daryl G. Cornish, SJ

A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 26 at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church in Midtown St. Louis for Jesuit Father Daryl G. Cornish, an artist who did retreat work and spiritual direction.

Father Cornish, 57, died Feb. 24 at Fusz Pavilion in Jesuit Hall in Midtown St. Louis.

Born in Kansas City, Mo., he entered the Society of Jesus in Kansas City in1972. During his regency he taught English and art at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City and from 1977-79 at St. Louis University High School in St. Louis.

Following theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, he was ordained in St. Louis by Bishop George Gottwald in 1982. He pronounced final vows in 1989 in Colorado.

Father Cornish grew up in an artistic family and developed his skills in sketching and painting. He studied art and Ignatian spirituality in the seminary.

Early in his life as a Jesuit he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), but he continued his pursuit of the priesthood. After his ordination he was assigned to Sacred Heart Retreat House in Sedalia, Colo., where he gave retreats and did spiritual direction.

When he lost the control of his hands, he continued to do spiritual direction and learned to use a mouth stick to paint and draw. When the MS became more physically debilitating, he moved to the Fusz Pavilion where he resided for the last 16 years.

"His courage in living with the disease has become legendary; and with the support of friends, family and nursing staff he kept his creative vision alive. His sufferings have been great, but his spirit has soared above them and he has been an inspiration to many," wrote Jesuit Father Michael G. Harter in a note about Father Cornish’s death.

Father Cornish is survived by his parents, Eleanor and Wayne Cornish of the Kansas City area; a brother, James of the Kansas City area; and four sisters, Diane and Judith of the Kansas City area, Susan of New Mexico and Shari of Los Angeles.

Burial was in Calvary Cemetery.

Obituary: Sister Donna Marie Kist, CPPS

A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 30 at the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon Motherhouse Chapel for Sister Donna Marie Kist, a longtime teacher and principal at St. Agnes School in Bloomsdale.

A memorial Mass also was celebrated Jan. 28 at St. Agnes Parish.

Sister Donna Marie, a member of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon for 50 years, died Jan. 24 at St. Mary’s Institute in O’Fallon. She was 69.

Obituary: Sr. Mary Charity Grace, RSM

A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 29 at the Mercy Center Chapel in Frontenac for Sister Mary Charity Grace, a business educator at the former Mercy High School in University City and the merged Aquinas-Mercy High School in Florissant for 18 years.

Sister Mary Charity, 83 and a Sister of Mercy for 62 years, died Sept. 26 at Catherine’s Residence in Frontenac.

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