Obituaries

Obituary | Sr. Clara Ternes, ASC

A funeral Mass for Sister Clara Ternes, ASC, was celebrated Dec. 1 at the Ruma Center Chapel in Ruma, Ill. Sister Clara, a former hospital executive who taught medical ethics, died Nov. 27 at the Ruma Center.

She was 88 years old and had been an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 72 years.

Born in Wichita, Kan., in 1928, Sister Clara made first profession with the Adorers in 1944 and final vows in 1949.

Obituary | Sr. Margaret Mary Robins, DC

A funeral Mass for Sister Margaret Mary Robins, DC, was celebrated Nov. 29 at Seton Residence Chapel in Evansville, Ind. Sister Margaret Mary died Nov. 24 at the Seton Residence in Evansville. She was 95 years old and was a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul for 78 years.

Sister Margaret Mary was born in 1921 in St. Louis and entered the Daughters of Charity in St. Louis in 1938. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Fontbonne College in 1948.

Obituary | Sr. M. Cecilia Beardslee, FSMG

A funeral Mass for Sister M. Cecilia Beardslee was celebrated Nov. 30 at St. Francis Convent in Alton, Ill.

Sister M. Cecilia, 68, died Nov. 27 at St. Francis Convent in Alton.

Born in St. Louis, Sister M. Cecilia entered the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George in Alton in 1967. She made first profession of vows in 1970 and final profession in 1975.

Obituary | Msgr. Thomas Woracek

A funeral Mass for Msgr. Thomas Woracek was to be celebrated Dec. 8 at Mary Queen of Peace Church in Webster Groves.

Msgr. Woracek, a retired parish pastor, died Dec. 4. He was 95 years old and celebrated his 70th jubilee this year. At the time, he was the third-oldest living priest in the archdiocese.

A St. Louis native, Msgr. Woracek attended St. Louis Preparatory Seminary and Kenrick Seminary. He was ordained Dec. 21, 1946, at Kenrick Seminary by then-Archbishop Joseph E. Ritter.

Obituary | Sr. Sandra Maria Sander, RSM

A funeral Mass for Mercy Sister Sandra Maria Sander was celebrated Nov. 22 at Mercy Center in Frontenac.

Sister Sandra Marie, 77, died Nov. 19. She was a Sister of Mercy for 59 years.

Born in St. Louis, Sister Sandra Marie entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1957 and professed final vows in 1965. She attended Hanley Junior High School and Mercy High School in St. Louis and received a bachelor's degree in biology from Webster University. She was a certified medical technologist.

Obituary | Sr. Mary Anne Murphy, FSM

A funeral Mass for Sister Mary Anne Murphy was celebrated Nov. 28 in the chapel at The Sarah Community in Bridgeton.

Sister Mary Anne, a Franciscan Sister of Mary for 59 years and a retired registered nurse and operating room supervisor, died Nov. 22 at The Sarah Community. She was 85.

Born in St. Louis, she studied nursing at St. John's School of Nursing in St. Louis (affiliated with St. Louis University) and became a registered nurse in 1952; in 1969 she was certified in operating room administration through Queens University and Hotel, also affiliated with St. Louis University.

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