2010 In Memoriam

We remember our sisters who entered into eternal life in 2010:


Sr. Julia Becker, OSU

Sr. Julia Becker, OSU
June 30, 1914 – Feb. 12, 2010

“Julia completed her B.A. in history at Fontbonne College in St. Louis while already teaching, and she shared her education and her gift for teaching with literally hundreds of children from grades one through eight. Her classrooms were in Galveston, Texas; Springfield, Oak Park and Alton, Ill.; and Kirkwood, Bonne Terre, Clayton, Festus and Arnold, Mo.

“In her retirement years at Queen of Peace, we remember her for a number of typical ‘Julia’ things. Her love for Mary, the mother of Jesus, and her fidelity to the daily rosary, for which sisters gathered in her room, was unfailing. Whenever her large family entourage visited and brought candy, she could be found shortly after they left generously passing it out among the sisters, something for each one’s place. An avid Jeopardy fan, she would come down the hall on her way to watch it, with her walker, at her own pace, and when asked, ‘How are you doing?’ she would always respond with a twinkle, ‘As I please.’”

Sr. Chabanel Mathison, OSU

Sr. Ruth Marie Call, OSU

Sr. Ruth Marie Call, OSU
Jan. 4, 1912 – Sept. 25, 2010

“Sr. Ruth Marie and I were friends for some 50 years, and she was a dear and treasured friend. . . . She was renowned, of course, for her stories and her jokes, most of which I heard many times but never tired of hearing because she was such a good teller. Among my favorites was ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,’ whom St. Peter kept waiting at the pearly gates while he checked with the Lord, and when he returned, found that Ali Baba and the thieves were gone—and so were the pearly gates!”

Sylvia Probst

Sr. Jean Marie Deleery, OSU

Sr. Jean Marie Deleery, OSU
July 28, 1926 – Sept. 19, 2010

“About a month after my natural birth, I was baptized and became a full-fledged child of God. From then on, I feel that I had the eye of the Lord on me to belong to Him as a religious. That was about 83 years ago, long before I reached the age of reason. So much happens during a lifetime!

“The best part of being an Ursuline for me has been simply being part of what it is to be Ursuline: being Christ in all I do and say. I am most grateful to the Lord for the graces I have received throughout my life, especially during these final years as I prepare for my journey into eternity.”

Sr. Jean Marie Deleery
from “A Short Summary of My Life”


Sr. Mary Berchmans Fogery, OSU

Sr. Mary Berchmans Forgey, OSU
Dec. 17, 1916 – May 21, 2010

“Bercky, as we called her, was a lifetime Ursuline. She went to school with us and entered the order when she was 14 and in a school for aspirants. She remained faithful to her first love and mission: Cuba and her ex alumnae who followed her until the very day that she went to Heaven.

“After she left Cuba, Bercky was in the States and in Peru for some time but spent her life mostly in Mexico. She was an excellent English teacher and catechist, and worked very hard and many years, especially in Iguala and also in Puebla. We will always remember her for her good humor, her smile, and her affection and love for the children, the sisters, her students…. We will see you in Heaven, Bercky. Bless us in the meantime.”

Sr. Adriana Méndez-Peñate, OSU
Mexico Province


Sr. Grace Jokerst, OSU

Sr. Grace Jokerst, OSU
May 11, 1914 – Feb. 9, 2010

“Sister Grace, or ‘Gracie’ as we affectionately called her, was a lifelong learner. She learned to drive in her fifties and when she retired from her years as a high school business teacher she moved on to new endeavors, serving as a elementary school librarian and then working in the office of Cardinal Ritter Senior Services in St. Louis, where she enjoyed the opportunity to interact with peers in an interracial and inter-religious environment. Gracie suffered from dementia in her later years, but bore that with the same good cheer and openness that had always characterized her. Those of us who lived in small community with her could rely on her for many things—including the preparation of the Thanksgiving turkey with at least two kinds of stuffing.”

Sr. Peggy Moore, OSU

Sr. Mary Jude Jun, OSU

Sr. Mary Jude Jun, OSU
Oct. 11, 1926 – April 25, 2010

“She had entered a cloistered order of Catholic nuns at an early age, leading most people to think she’d spend all of her days and nights in silent prayer and that’s all that would happen in her life. I’m not quite sure what all went on in there, but that cloister produced a firebrand. Over the next 50 years, if there was someone to be taught, she taught him or her. If there was good to be done, she did it; if there was a song to be strummed and sung, she’d be front and center with her guitar and a fine voice. Over the years, she headed an academy for girls, worked in the missions of Botswana, and gave activism a new definition in inner-city St. Louis citizens’ centers. She railed against the death penalty, preached environmentalism and planned her own memorial down to the color of the paper napkins for the lunch after the service.”

Kathleen Jun, niece

Sr. Mary Patrick O'Brien, OSU

Sr. Mary Patrick O’Brien, OSU
April 19, 1923 – June 6, 2010

“In each and all of her ministries, she loved people, and people loved her. And her smile could work wonders: it was, as one former student described it, “a thousand-watt smile.” Who wouldn’t want to take on a task, or lead an endeavor, with the encouragement and reward of Sr. Mary Patrick’s smile?”

Sr. Mary Troy, OSU

Sr. Dolores Marie Ramsey, OCU

Sr. Dolores Marie Ramsey, OSU
Dec. 17, 1913 – Oct. 19, 2010

“One of her former students, who later became a member of the English Department at Ursuline in Dallas, writes of Sr. Dolores Marie, ‘She was the first voice you heard over the public address system in the morning and the last voice you heard reading the names of the seniors on Graduation Day. For four years of your life, she set the standard. Excellence was expected, and excellence was attained.’

“Sister encouraged her students to serve in the community and thus live out the Ursuline mission of Serviam. One student writes, ‘The way she put it to us was vintage DM as she said on the public address system in her unmistakable voice, “I’m not raising a bunch of hothouse violets here. Get out there and serve.’”

“Sr. Dolores Marie came to Queen of Peace in Alton in 2004. Her expectations for the staff were just as high as those for her students, and ‘Hurry up!’ was one of her favorite expressions when the CNAs were at her service. She was still ready to engage Sr. Mary Margaret Prenger in a game of computer solitaire the very evening she died, but she barely waited for the paramedics to arrive as she hurried her own way into eternity, allowing but few of us to get there in time to pray a farewell. We never could keep up with her!”

Sr. Chabanel Mathison, OSU