A funeral Mass for Sister Jovita Chierek was celebrated Feb. 21 in
the Lally Room on the Cardinal Carberry Campus of Cardinal Ritter Senior
Services in Shrewsbury.
Sister Jovita, a Franciscan Sister of Our
Lady of Perpetual Help for 81 years, died Feb. 16 at Mary Queen and
Mother Center on the Cardinal Ritter Senior Services campus. She was 98
in St. Louis, she entered the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of
Perpetual Help in 1935 and professed perpetual vows in 1942. She earned a
bachelor’s degree from Webster College in Webster Groves.
Jovita taught in the St. Louis Archdiocese at Holy Ghost School in
Berkeley and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Ferguson and was a teacher aide at
St. Sebastian School in Dellwood. She was both teacher and principal at
St. Francis of Assisi School in Oakville. She also taught at schools in
Illinois, Louisiana, West Virginia, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin. In her
later years she volunteered at Villa St. Joseph Child Care Center, St.
Sebastian Parish and a number of southern Illinois parishes.
Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery.