OBITUARY | Sr. M. Carmelita Erdman, SSND

A memorial Mass for Sister M. Carmelita Erdman, SSND, was celebrated Dec. 29 at Sancta Maria in Ripa in St. Louis. Sister Carmelita died Dec. 16 at Anna House in Bridgeton. She was 89 and a former teacher, principal, director of religious education and pastoral minister.

Born in Hereford, Texas, Sister Carmelita entered the congregation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1946 and professed first vows in 1948 and final vows in 1954.

Obituary | Sr. John Kenneth Scott, CSJ

A memorial Mass for Sister John Kenneth Scott was celebrated Dec. 7 at Nazareth Living Center Chapel in south St. Louis County. A nurse and former administrator of Nazareth who was a Sister of St. Joseph for 60 years, Sister John Kenneth died Dec. 3 at Nazareth of end-stage dementia at age 91.

Obituary | Sr. Anita Lapeyre, RSCJ

A funeral Mass for Sister Anita (Tita) Lapeyre was celebrated Dec. 16 in the Religious of the Sacred Heart's Oakwood chapel in Atherton, Calif.

Obituary | Cardinal Bernard F. Law

Cdl. Law

VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Bernard F. Law, who had been one of the United States' most powerful and respected bishops until his legacy was blemished by the devastating sexual abuse of minors by priests in his Archdiocese of Boston, died early Dec. 20 in Rome at the age of 86.

Before the abuse scandal forced his resignation in 2002, Cardinal Law had been a leading Church spokesman on issues such as civil rights, international justice, abortion poverty, ecumenism and war and peace.

Obituary | Sr. Andrea Lacoste, DC

A funeral Mass for Sister Andrea Lacoste was celebrated Dec. 2 at the Seton Residence Chapel in Evansville, Ind. Sister Andrea, 93, died Nov. 29 at Seton Residence.

Born in New Orleans, Sister Andrea (baptized Loretto André) entered the Daughters of Charity in St. Louis in 1944. She earned a diploma as a registered nurse at St. Joseph School of Nursing in Chicago in 1947, a bachelor's degree in nursing education from DePaul University in Chicago in 1951 and a master's degree in adult and hospital education from Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., in 1973.

Obituary | Sr. Therese Beaudin, CSJ

A memorial Mass for Sister Therese Beaudin was celebrated Dec. 5 at the Nazareth Living Center Chapel in south St. Louis County. She was a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 65 years and spent most of that time teaching at schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Sister Therese, 84, died Nov. 27 at Nazareth of end-stage dementia.

Born in Hancock, Mich., she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1951 and made final profession in 1959. She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Fontbonne College in 1966.

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