SSND

“Hoppy” lives charism through helping in her community

Loretta “Hoppy” Hopgood, the first School Sisters of Notre Dame associate in North America, rolled an old tire out of a trash heap and into the back of her van to recycle it. She lives out the charism of the SSNDs by keeping the community clean.

Loretta Hopgood slowly drove down the alley behind a strip mall, looking for opportunities to clean up. She passed several overflowing dumpsters, several with old tires and debris scattered next to them.

"We had homeless people living up here," she said, pointing to a covered platform on the back of the building. "And we've got tires over there. See, this is getting piled up."

Obituary | Sister Irene Marie Schmitz, SSND

A funeral Mass for Sister Irene Marie Schmitz was celebrated Aug. 14 in the Theresa Center chapel in south St. Louis County. The School Sister of Notre Dame and former teacher died Aug. 10 at Veronica House in Bridgeton. She was 87.

Born in Linn, Mo., Sister Irene Marie entered the congregation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1949. She professed first vows in 1952 and final vows in 1958.

She earned a bachelor's degree in theology in 1960 from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis.

Obituary | Sr. Beverly Reck, SSND

A funeral Mass for Sister Beverly (Mary Evelyn) Reck, SSND, was celebrated July 29 in the School Sisters of Notre Dame Theresa Center chapel in south St. Louis County. Sister Beverly died July 24 at Veronica House in Bridgeton. She was 79 and a former teacher, principal and librarian.

Obituary | Sr. Elizabeth Klutho, SSND

A memorial Mass for Sister Elizabeth Klutho was celebrated June 2 in the School Sisters of Notre Dame Theresa Center chapel in south St. Louis County.

Sister Elizabeth died May 29 at Anna House in Bridgeton. She was 83 and a retired teacher.

Born in Breese, Ill., Sister Elizabeth entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1956. She professed first vows in 1958 and final vows in 1964.

She earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1960 from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis and a master's degree in business education in 1971 from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark.

Obituary | Sr. Kara Ryan, SSND

A memorial Mass for Sister Kara Ryan was celebrated April 6 in the School Sisters of Notre Dame Theresa Center chapel in south St. Louis County.

Sister Kara died March 23 at Maria Health Care Center in Baltimore. She was 81 and a former teacher, computer programmer and professor.

Sister Joan Bellew, SSND

Sister Joan Bellew, SSND, died Sunday, Jan. 1 at DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton, Mo. She was 79, and a former teacher, administrator and missionary.

The memorial Mass was celebrated Jan. 27 in the School Sisters of Notre Dame Theresa Center chapel in south St. Louis County. Burial was in the Sancta Maria cemetery in Ripa.

Sister Joan was born in Fort Madison, Iowa. She entered the congregation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1955. She professed first vows in 1957 and final vows in 1963.

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