A Mass of farewell for Sister Mary Juliana Droste was held June 3 at The Sarah Community in Bridgeton. Sister Juliana, a Franciscan Sister of Mary for more than 75 years, died Saturday, June 1, at The Sarah Community. She was 99.
Mary Anna Droste was born March 19, 1920, in Godfrey, Ill., second of 13 children (nine girls, four boys) born to Theodore and Mary Anna (Brinkman) Droste.
She entered the Sisters of St. Mary on March 22, 1944. She received the name Sister Mary Juliana, and professed final vows Feb. 11, 1950. (In 1987 the Sisters of St. Mary and the Sisters of St. Francis of Maryville, Mo., reunited as the Franciscan Sisters of Mary.) Her younger sister Clare Louise, also a Franciscan Sister of Mary, died in 2014.
Sister Juliana worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis, until June 1954, when she took charge of the laundry at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, Wis. In 1957 she returned to the motherhouse as assistant novice mistress for three years. She worked in the new laundry and in housekeeping at St. Mary of the Ozarks Hospital in Ironton, Mo. (1960–1964). She managed the laundry at St. Mary’s Hospital, Jefferson City, Mo., for more than 11 years before heading to the new Arcadia Valley Hospital in Pilot Knob, Mo., where she was executive housekeeper and worked in the laundry (1975–1980).
In August 1980 she moved to Marceline, Mo., where she served for 32 years. She was activities therapy aide for the first two years at St. Francis Hospital. She ministered to shut-ins and patients in hospitals and nursing homes, providing pastoral care and bringing the Eucharist. She served at St. Bonaventure Parish and at Pioneer Health Care Center. She moved to The Sarah Community in November 2012.
She said she loved the opportunity to reach out to the elderly and lonely. “To bring the Eucharist to the shut-ins is one of the greatest blessings, a special privilege,” she said.
Sister Juliana is survived by two sisters: Gertrude Droste and Julia Mulrean, both of Godfrey, Ill.; a brother, Paul Droste of Alton, Ill.; and many beloved nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Burial was at Resurrection Cemetery in St. Louis.