Obituaries

Obituary | Fr. David Corrigan, SJ

A funeral Mass for Jesuit Father J. David Corrigan was celebrated March 12 at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church in Midtown St. Louis.

Father Corrigan died March 6 in St. Louis. He was 82, a Jesuit for 65 years and a priest for 52 years.

Born in Springfield, Ill., he attended St. Louis University High School and entered the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant in 1952. He pronounced first vows two years later. He was ordained a priest in 1965 at St. Mary's College, St. Marys, Kan., and pronounced final vows in 1969 at Regis University in Denver.

Obituary | Sr. Rose Mary Ryan, SSND

A memorial Mass for Sister Rose Mary Ryan was celebrated Feb. 27 at School Sisters of Notre Dame Theresa Center chapel in south St. Louis County.

Sister Rose Mary, 77, died Feb. 22 at Anna House in Bridgeton. She was a former primary and early childhood educator.

Sister Rose Mary was born in Alton, Ill. She entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1958 and professed first vows in 1960 and final vows in 1966.

Obituary | Sr. Alice Regine Zipfel, CPPS

A funeral Mass for Sister Alice Regine Zipfel was celebrated March 7 at St. Joseph Chapel on the grounds of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood in O'Fallon.

Sister Alice Regine, 86, died March 3. A St. Louis native, Sister Alice Regine entered the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood in 1949 and professed her first vows in 1952. She earned a bachelor's degree in English at Fontbonne College and a masters' degree in early childhood education at Oklahoma City University. She also held a license in the Montessori method.

Obituary | Sr. Michael Helene Purfield, CSJ

A memorial Mass for Sister Michael Helene Purfield, CSJ, was celebrated March 1 at Nazareth Living Center in south St. Louis County.

Sister Michael Helene died Feb. 25 at Nazareth Living Center at the age of 93. As a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 73 years, she primarily worked in nursing.

A native of Colorado Springs, Colo., Sister Michael Helene entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1944, making final profession in 1949.

Obituary | Sr. Mary Agnes Richter, SL

The funeral Mass for Loretto Sister Mary Agnes Richter was celebrated Feb. 23 at the Church of the Seven Dolors at the Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky. Sister Mary Agnes was a longtime special-education teacher who helped to create a special needs classroom long before it became standard practice in the field of special education.

Sister Mary Agnes died Feb. 10 at Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary. She was 93 and in the 75th year of her life as a Sister of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross.

Obituary | Sister Mary Sheila Higdon, OSU

The funeral Mass for Sister Mary Sheila Higdon was celebrated Feb. 20 at Mount Saint Joseph in Maple Mount, Ky. Sister Mary Sheila died Feb. 17 in Owensboro, Ky. She was 88 and had been an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph for 70 years.

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