Obituaries

Obituary | Msgr. Norbert Dietz

A funeral Mass was to be celebrated for Msgr. Norbert Dietz Jan. 20 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in University City. Msgr. Dietz, a longtime parish pastor, died Jan. 15. He was 94.

A native of St. Louis, he attended St. Louis Preparatory Seminary and Kenrick Seminary. He was ordained in 1949 at Kenrick Seminary by Archbishop Joseph E. Ritter. Msgr. Dietz earned a master's in biophysics from St. Louis University in 1958.

Obituary | Fr. Wilfred L. (Bill) LaCroix, SJ

A memorial Mass for Jesuit Father Wilfred L. (Bill) LaCroix was held Jan. 2 in the Fusz Pavilion Chapel at Jesuit Hall in St. Louis. Father LaCroix died Dec. 22 at the Jesuit elder care community after a long illness. He was 83 years old, a Jesuit for 57 years and a priest for 47 years.

Father LaCroix was born Nov. 27, 1933, in Kansas City, Mo. He graduated in 1955 from Marquette University in Milwaukee with a bachelor's in radio journalism and English. He then joined the U.S. Navy and served four years on ships patrolling the seas around Japan and the Philippines.

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.

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