Obituaries

Sister Bertha (Mary Austin) Fischer: Congregation Leader, Translator, Singer Dies

Sister Bertha (Mary Austin) Fischer, ASC, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in St. Louis. She was 83 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 61 years.

Sister Bertha was the fifth of 12 children of Joseph, Sr. and Elizabeth (Tebbe) Fischer from St. Rose, Illinois.

She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in French, minoring in other languages, that kick-started a lifelong interest and ministry in languages.

She taught French at St. Pius X High School in Festus,

Sister Emma Goeckner, Food Service Veteran & Quilter Dies

Sister Emma Goeckner, ASC, a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 72 years, died Monday, August 27, 2018 at the Ruma Center, Ruma, Illinois. She was 88 years old.

Born on June 9, 1930, she was the youngest of nine children in the family of William and Rosa (Probst) Goeckner in Bishop Creek, Illinois. Her five sisters also became Adorers.

Sister Emma earned a certificate in food service supervision from Fontbonne College in St. Louis and worked in dietary more than 60 years. She worked in small convents in Vienna and Zell,

Sister Mary-Evelyn Di Pietro Dies at 97

Sister Mary Evelyn Di Pietro, ASC, died Monday, July 23, 2018, in Columbia, Pennsylvania. She was 97 and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 74 years.

Beatrice Evelyn Di Pietro was born, along with her twin brother, Philip, on July 4, 1921 in Belmont, Massachusetts. They were the third and fourth of 10 children of Italian immigrants Ciriaco and Evelina (Cancellieri) Di Pietro.

She came to know the Adorers through her aunt, Sister Maria Cancellieri, ASC, who entered the community in Rome before migrating to the U.S.

Sister Janis Yaekel, Educator, Spiritual Director, Writer, Lover of Creation, Dies

Sister Janis Yaekel, ASC, died May 12, 2018 at the Ruma Center.

She was 66 years old and had been a professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 37 years.

Sister Janis was born Aug. 2, 1951 in Belleville, Illinois, the only daughter and youngest of four children of the late James and Paula (Platzkoester) Yaekel. Sister Janis made her first profession on June 1, 1980 and her final vows on Aug. 14, 1983.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies from the former Notre Dame College in St.

Educator, Missionary Dies at 102

Mary Anthony Mathews, Adorer of the Blood of ChristSister Mary Anthony Mathews, ASC, a longtime educator and missionary in China, died Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the Ruma Center, Ruma, Illinois. She was 102 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 84 years.
 
Born on May 1, 1916, in Coulterville, Ill., she was the oldest of 12 children in the family of John and Teresa (Peters) Mathews. She made her first vows on July 2, 1933 and her final profession on July 1,

‘Gentle, Loving’ Health Minister Dies

Sister Marciana Heimann, ASC, died Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Ruma Center in Ruma, Ill.

She was born on March 1, 1928, the second of four children in the family of Herman and Rosa (Richter) Heimann of New Baden, Ill. She was 90 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 71 years.

Sister Marciana, who had dual bachelor’s degrees from Saint Louis University in nursing and physical therapy, spent most of her ministry in health care. She headed the physical therapy department at St.

Sister Helen Ridder dies at 82

Sister Helen Ridder died Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. She was 82 years old and had been an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 64 years.

She was born July 20, 1935 in Derby, Kansas, to John and Agnes (Abt) Ridder, the fifth of eight children.

Helen entered the Wichita ASC community on Jan. 1, 1952, and pronounced first vows on July 1, 1953, and permanent vows on July 1, 1958.  She graduated from high school at Sacred Heart Academy in 1954. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Sacred Heart College in 1962 and graduated from Kansas State Teachers College,

Sister Teresita Kern, ASC

Sister Teresita Kern, ASC, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at the Ruma Center, Ruma, Ill. She was 93 and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 76 years.

Sister Teresita was born on June 5, 1924 in Red Bud, Illinois, one of eight children of Christian and Helen (Kelly) Kern. She made her first profession on July 1, 1941 and her final vows on July 1, 1946.

She was a member of the Dietary Managers Association and was certified in food service supervision and sanitation.

She spent 60 years in the industry,

Sister Margaret Mary Smith’s Obituary

Sister Margaret Mary Smith, who had celebrated 65 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ this spring, died Monday, October 9, 2017. She was 85.

Sister, baptized Emma Gelesta, was born in Hanover, Pennsylvania, the eighth of 11 children of Maurice and Evelyn (Adams) Smith.

In 1950, at the age of 18, she entered the Adorers of the Blood of Christ at St. Joseph Convent, the former Columbia Province Motherhouse. She entered the novitiate on Aug. 12, 1951, made first vows a year later, and final vows on Aug.

Adorer Who Never Quite Retired Dies at 89

Sister Rita Marie Lucash, ASC, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at the Ruma Center, Ruma, Ill.

She was 89 years old and was a professed member of the Adorers for 70 years.

Sister Rita Marie was born Nov. 17, 1927, in Freeburg, Ill., the third of four children of Walter and Estella (Nehring) Lucash. She made first vows on July 1, 1947 and final vows on July 1, 1952.

She worked in elementary education for 40 years as a teacher, principal and organist. Her assignments in Illinois included Immaculate Conception in Centreville,