2017 In Memoriam

We remember our sisters who entered into eternal life in 2017:


Sister Darlene Fulgenzi, OSU
Sister Margaret Ann Moser, OSU
Sister Helen Louise Schmitz, OSU
Sister Anne Dorothy Schober, OSU



Sister Darlene Fulgenzi, OSU

Sister Darlene Fulgenzi, OSU
Feb. 28, 1938  ̶  Oct. 11, 2017

Sister Darlene (Margherita) Fulgenzi, OSU, died peacefully on Oct. 11, 2017, at St. Andrew’s at Francis Place in Eureka, Missouri.

The daughter of Adolfo and Margaret Daniele Fulgenzi, she was born on February 28, 1938, in Springfield, Illinois. Sister Darlene attended St. Joseph’s elementary school and Ursuline Academy in Springfield, graduating in 1956. She entered the Ursuline Sisters in July 1956 and professed her vows in January 1959. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in classical languages from The College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, New York, and her Master of Arts degree in Latin from St. Louis University. She also studied scripture and spirituality at the Ursuline Generalate in Rome during her tertian year of spiritual renewal in 1977-1978.

Her many years of ministry included teaching elementary grades at SS. Peter and Paul in Alton, Illinois, and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Galveston, Texas, and teaching high school students at Ursuline Academy in Kirkwood, Missouri, and Marquette High School in Alton, Illinois. Sister Darlene also served as the prioress of Ursuline communities in Alton; Galveston, Texas; Kirkwood; and Springfield. In her semi-retirement, she was the assistant archivist for the Alton Ursuline community. She retired to Francis Place in 2016. 

Sister Margaret Ann Moser, OSU

Sister Margaret Ann Moser, OSU
Oct. 9, 1937 – Nov. 16, 2017

Sister Margaret Ann Moser died Nov. 16, 2017, after a brief stay in hospice.

Born Oct. 9, 1937, Sister Margaret Ann graduated from Ursuline Academy of Dallas in 1956 and shortly thereafter joined the Ursuline Sisters. She professed her vows in 1959.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, New York, and her master’s degree in theology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.

Her outstanding career included teaching and administrative positions at Ursuline schools in Galveston, Texas; Springfield, Illinois; St. Louis, Missouri; and New Orleans, Louisiana. After 31 years in these ministries, she returned to Ursuline Academy of Dallas, where she served as President from 1989 to 2012.

Sister Margaret Ann received the Catholic Foundation Award in 2012 in recognition of her commitment to Catholic education and the Dallas community. She also served on the boards of Ursuline Academy of New Orleans, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Houston, Alcuin Montessori School in Dallas, the Catholic Housing Initiative, and the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity.

May Sister Margaret Ann, a most gracious woman who showered all who knew her with kindness, love, humor and a generous spirit, rest in peace.

Sister Helen Louise Schmitz, OSU
Sister Helen Louise Schmitz, OSU
May 26, 1919 – Nov. 13, 2017

Sister Helen Louise Schmitz, OSU, formerly known as Mother Mary Julian, died peacefully Nov. 13, 2017, at Loretto Home in Springfield, Illinois. She was 98.

The daughter of Frederick William and Elsie Louise Boehm Schmitz, Sister Helen Louise was born in Glendale, Missouri, on May 26, 1919. She entered the Ursuline sisters in 1939 and professed her vows on July 16, 1941. 

She received a bachelor’s degree in music from Webster University in Webster Groves, Missouri, and a master’s degree in music education from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. She also received a Choirmaster Certificate from the Gregorian Institute of America.

Sister Helen Louise taught organ, piano, clarinet, violin and guitar. She was church organist and director of children’s mixed choirs, boys’ choir and adult choirs. She taught in grade schools and high schools in Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana and Minnesota. She also taught at Dominican College in New Orleans and Springfield College in Springfield. She was a member of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission in the diocese of Springfield in Illinois.

In addition to teaching on all grade levels and playing five musical instruments, she was gifted in music and art. She composed a Mass in honor of St. Patrick in 1994. Her preferred medium in art was design and sketching in pen and ink. She did tatting on cards/stationery, embroidered, knitted, created her own designs on plastic canvas, made church banners and sewed much of her own clothing.

After retiring from teaching, she worked at Cathedral Parish in Springfield for 18 years, updating the parish census and other parish records as well as recording all new parishioners, baptisms, address changes and deaths.

In 2005 she became a resident of Loretto Home, Assisted Living, at the Franciscan Motherhouse. She continued working at the Cathedral, enjoyed various craft work, read books and cheer for the St. Louis Cardinals and Blues on TV.

Sister Anne Dorothy Schober, OSU

Sister Anne Dorothy Schober, OSU
Oct. 17, 1945 – Aug. 14, 2017

Sister Anne Dorothy Schober, OSU, died peacefully on Aug. 14, 2017, in Los Roblas Hospital in Thousand Oaks, California. A celebration of her life was held Aug. 17 at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church in Encino.

The daughter of Robert J. Schober and Marguerite J. Sheils, she was born Jeanne Marie Schober on Oct. 17, 1945, in Jamaica, New York. She entered the Ursuline Sisters in Crystal City, Missouri, in July 1964 and professed her first vows in January 1967. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Marillac College in St. Louis, Missouri, and a master’s degree in theology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.

As a member of the Ursulines’ Central Province, Sister Anne Dorothy taught at parish schools in Illinois, Missouri and Louisiana.

In Illinois, she taught at St. Aloysius School in Springfield from 1970-76 and was the school’s religious education coordinator from 1982-86. She taught at SS. Peter and Paul School in Collinsville from 1979-1980 and at St. Ambrose School in Godfrey from 1986-1991.

From 1976-77 she taught at Sacred Heart School in Festus, Missouri, and served on the novitiate team at the Ursuline Novitiate in Crystal City. She taught at St. Angela Merici School in Metairie, Louisiana, from 1980-82.

In the ‘90s, Sister Anne Dorothy transferred to the Ursulines’ Western Province, where she taught at Our Lady of Grace School in Encino, California, from 1992-2015. Following a year of retirement, she returned to the classroom in 2016, serving as the religious education coordinator at St. Cyril of Jerusalem School in Encino. In July she returned to St. Louis to celebrate her 50th anniversary of religious life with her Ursuline Sisters in St. Louis.

A gentle woman of dispatch, Sister Anne Dorothy will be remembered for her deep faith, love for students and the teaching profession, and her wickedly keen sense of humor.