Obituaries

Obituary | Sister Mary Doris Ashcraft, FSM

A memorial mass for Sister Mary Doris Ashcraft, FSM, will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 in the chapel at The Sarah Community in Bridgeton. Sister Doris died Jan. 26 at The Sarah Community. She was 82 and had been a Franciscan Sister of Mary for 62 years.

Obituary | Sr. Virginia Ann Driscoll, SL

A funeral Mass for Loretto Sister Virginia Ann Driscoll was celebrated Jan. 10 at the Church of the Seven Dolors on the grounds of Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky. Sister Virginia Ann was a longtime educator who taught and was principal at the former DeAndreis High School in St. Louis and served on the faculty at Webster College (now university) in Webster Groves.

Sister Virginia Ann died Dec. 29 at Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary. She was 98 and in her 77th year as a Sister of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross.

Obituary | Msgr. John J. Kennedy

A funeral Mass for Msgr. John J. Kennedy was celebrated Jan. 23 at St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Richmond Heights. He was an educator and longtime pastor of St. Luke before his retirement.

Msgr. Kennedy, 93, died Jan. 18. Born in St. Louis, he attended St. Louis Preparatory Seminary and Kenrick Seminary and was ordained in 1949 at Kenrick by then-Archbishop Joseph E. Ritter.

Obituary | Sr. Maria Tessari, OSF

A funeral Mass for Sister Maria Tessari will be celebrated at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, in the Lally Room on the Cardinal Carberry Campus of Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, 7601 Watson Road in Shrewsbury. A wake will precede the Mass at 4 p.m.

Sister Maria, 74, died Jan. 16 at Mary Queen and Mother Center in Shrewsbury.

Obituary | Sr. Sheila Prendeville, CPPS

A funeral Mass for Sister Sheila Prendeville will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, in St. Joseph Chapel of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood, 204 N. Main St. in O'Fallon. A wake will precede the Mass at 10 a.m.

Sister Sheila, 72, died Jan. 8.

Born in St. Louis, she entered the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood community in 1963 just months after graduating from Bishop DuBourg High School. When she became a novice, she was given the name Sister John Marie.

Obituary | Fr. Joseph Ryan

A funeral Mass for Father Joseph Ryan was celebrated Jan. 16 at Immaculate Conception Church in Dardenne Prairie. Father Ryan was a retired parish priest who served 27 years in the archdiocese's Latin American Apostolate in Bolivia and Chile. He also served in Venezuela.

Father Ryan, 93, died Jan. 11. Born in St. Louis, he was ordained in 1951 by then-Archbishop Joseph E. Ritter. His first assignment was as assistant pastor of St. Joachim Parish in Old Mines. He was named assistant pastor of St. Catherine of Sienna Parish in Pagedale in 1952.

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