The funeral Mass for Sister Janice Niemeyer, DC, was celebrated Sept. 4 at the Seton Residence Chapel in Evansville, Ind. Sister Janice died Aug. 30 at Seton Residence. She was 85 years old and served 66 years as a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.
Born July 1, 1933, in Kansas City, Mo., Sister Janice was one of three children born to Louis Frederick and Loretta (Halloran) Niemeyer. She graduated from Labouré High School in St. Louis in 1951. She earned a bachelor’s in education from the University of San Francisco in 1961, and a master’s in social work from Loyola University in Chicago in 1968.
Sister Janice entered the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in St. Louis from Blessed Sacrament Parish in November 1951. Following initial formation, she taught elementary school in New Orleans (1953-56), then was a group mother at Mount St. Joseph in San Francisco, (1956-61); and at Marillac Center in Kansas City, Mo., (1961-66; there she also taught and served in administration). After completing her master’s, she was missioned to St. Elizabeth in San Francisco to serve as a social worker, (1968-70).
She next served at Guardian Angel Settlement Association in St. Louis, as a case worker, (1970-72) and as director (1972-74). Her next ministry was at St. Vincent Infant Home in New Orleans, as child care director, (1974-77) then as child care assistant administrator (1977-79). Sister Janice was missioned to Marywood (Home of Holy Infancy) in Austin, Texas, where she served as a social worker (1979-88). From 1988 to 2004, she was the director of social services at Marillac Social Center in Dallas. She remained in Dallas and served as director of financial assistance for Catholic Charities, (2004-08).
Sister Janice was a volunteer in the health clinics of Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans, (2009-12). In June 2012, Sister Janice entered the ministry of prayer at Seton Residence in Evansville where she served until the time of her death.
Sister Janice is survived by a brother, Robert Louis Niemeyer of Weslaco, Texas; and a sister, Marcella Mary Funck of Fort Madison, Iowa. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery in Evansville.