Obituaries

Obituary | Sr. Mary Dorine Wittenbrink, FSM

A memorial Mass for Sister Mary Dorine Wittenbrink, FSM, was celebrated Jan. 11 in the chapel at The Sarah Community in Bridgeton.

A Franciscan Sister of Mary for 82 years, Sister Mary Dorine died Jan. 2 at The Sarah Community. She was 100.

She was known as "preemie Sister" for her legendary work with the tiniest of babies. She established the premature nursery at St. Mary's Hospital, Madison, Wis., and developed the instructional programs for physicians and nurses on caring for these infants.

Obituary | Sr. Andrea Marie Rentmeester, CSJ

A funeral Mass for Sister Andrea Marie Rentmeester, CSJ, was celebrated Jan. 3 at Nazareth Living Center Chapel. Sister Andrea Marie died Dec. 21 at Nazareth. She was 91 and a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 78 years.

Born Nov. 30, 1925, in Preble, Wis., Myrtle Agnes Rentmeester entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1943, received the name Sister Andrea Maria and professed first vows in 1946. She made final profession in 1949.

Obituary | Sr. Gerarda Augustyniak, OSF

A funeral Mass for Sister Gerarda Augustyniak, OSF, was celebrated Jan. 3 in the Lally Room on the Cardinal Carberry Campus of Cardinal Ritter Senior Services. Sister Gerarda died Dec. 29 at Mary, Queen and Mother Center. She was 95 and a Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help for 78 years.

Born in St. Louis in 1921, she entered the community in 1937 and professed perpetual vows in 1943.

Obituary | Sr. Kathleen Kevin Ryan, CSJ

A funeral Mass for Sister Kathleen Kevin Ryan was celebrated Dec. 23 at Nazareth Living Center Chapel in south St. Louis County.

Sister Kathleen, 88, died Dec. 20 at Nazareth of complications of dementia.

Born in Chicago, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1947 and made her final profession in 1952. She received a bachelor's degree in history from Fontbonne College in 1958.

Obituary | Sr. Mary Brian Rafferty, RSM

A funeral Mass for Sister Mary Brian Rafferty was celebrated Jan. 2 in the chapel at the Mercy Sisters' Catherine's Residence Chapel in Creve Coeur.

Sister Mary Brian, an educator for 55 years before retiring in 2010, died Dec. 29. She was 84.

Born in New Orleans, she entered the Sisters of Mercy community in 1950 and professed final vows in 1956. Sister Mary Brian received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Webster College in St. Louis in 1955 and a master's degree in special education from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee in 1971.

Obituary | Sr. Claire Marie McLevy, BVM

A funeral Mass for Sister Claire Marie McLevy was celebrated Dec. 23 in the Marian Hall Chapel in Dubuque, Iowa.

Sister Claire Marie, 92, died Dec. 20 at Marian Hall.

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