A funeral Mass for Sister Jeanne Rene Mercier, CSJ, a longtime elementary school teacher and pastoral care provider, was celebrated Nov. 10 at Nazareth Living Center Chapel in south St. Louis County. Sister Jeanne Rene died Oct. 31 at Nazareth Living Center. She was 91 years old and a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 70 years.
Sister Jeanne Rene, baptized Genevieve, was born on Sept. 5, 1929, in Kingsford, Michigan, to parents Henry and Ida Mae (King) Mercier. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1949 and was received into the novitiate in 1950. She made her final profession in 1957.
In the 1950s, Sister Jeanne Rene taught at St. Mary Magdalen School in St. Louis; St. Catherine of Siena School in Denver; and Nativity of Our Lord School in Chicago. She taught at Holy Cross School in Champaign, Illinois, from 1958-62. Throughout the remaining 1960s, she also taught at Sacred Heart School in Shawano, Wisconsin; Sacred Heart School in Indianapolis; and St. John School in Ishpeming, Michigan. She continued teaching during the 1970s at St. Bede the Venerable School in Chicago and St. PeterSchool in Oconto, Wisconsin.
In 1976, Sister Jeanne Rene transitioned into pastoral ministry work. She was a parish visitor for St. Louis Parish in Englewood, Colorado, until 1978. For the next 29 years, she served at the St. Peter Cathedral Parish in Marquette, Michigan, as a parish minister to the sick and elderly (1978-1991) and a pastoral associate (1991-2007). During this time, from 1991 to 2003, she also served in pastoral care at Marquette General Hospital.
Sister Jeanne Rene retired to St. Louis in 2007. Since 2009, she had resided at Nazareth Living Center, carrying out her mission of prayer and presence.
Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery.