Sister Marilyn Jean Burkemper, OSU
February 27, 1943 – January 27, 2018
Sister Marilyn Jean Burkemper, OSU, also known as Sister Edmund Marie, died peacefully Jan. 27, 2018, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She served in parish schools in Missouri, Illinois and Texas and is remembered as a tremendously gifted teacher and counselor for primary grades and special needs students.
The daughter of Edmund and Catherine Gnade Burkemper, Sister Marilyn was born Feb. 27, 1943, in Old Monroe, Missouri. She graduated from Ursuline Academy in Kirkwood, Missouri, and entered the Ursuline Sisters in July 1961, professing her vows in January 1964.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from The College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, New York, and a master’s degree in elementary school counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
In Illinois, she taught at St. Patrick School in Decatur from 1973–75, Ascension School in Oak Park from 1979–84, and St. Ambrose School in Godfrey from 1992–93.
In Missouri, she taught at St. Peter School in Kirkwood from 1984–91 and at St. Catherine of Alexandria in St. Louis from 1996–2002. She was a teacher and counselor at John Paul II School in St. Louis from 2002–04.
She also taught at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Galveston, Texas, from 1967–73 and was principal from 1975–79.
At the time of her death, Sister Marilyn was a resource teacher and learning consultant at St. Ferdinand School in Florissant, where she had served since 2005.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Florissant, with interment at St. Peter Cemetery in Kirkwood.