A memorial Mass for Sister Colette Jokerst, OSU, was celebrated Dec. 29. Sister Colette died Dec. 22 at the age of 91. She was a resident of St. Andrews at Francis Place in Eureka.
The daughter of Joseph and Josephine Huber Jokerst, she was born on March 7, 1927, in Crystal City. She entered the Ursuline Sisters in July 1946 and professed her vows in January 1949.
Sister Colette earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from The College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, New York; and a master’s degree in religious studies from Providence College in Providence, R.I. During her many years of ministry, Sister Colette served in Kirkwood, Crystal City and Portageville, Mo; San Antonio, Texas; and Decatur, Oak Park, Springfield and Alton, Ill. She taught in elementary and secondary schools, served as a pastoral assistant and in the formation of young religious, and in religious education. She served well into her eighties as a member of the pastoral care team at the Ursuline Sisters infirmary in Alton.
In the St. Louis archdiocese, Sister Colette taught at Ursuline Academy from 1965-66 and was assistant novice director at the Ursuline novitiate in Crystal City from 1966-67.
She is survived by two sisters, Bernice Hardin and Dorothy Bequette. Sister Colette donated her body to Saint Louis University School of Medicine.