A funeral Mass for Loretto Sister Virginia Ann Driscoll was celebrated Jan. 10 at the Church of the Seven Dolors on the grounds of Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky. Sister Virginia Ann was a longtime educator who taught and was principal at the former DeAndreis High School in St. Louis and served on the faculty at Webster College (now university) in Webster Groves.
Sister Virginia Ann died Dec. 29 at Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary. She was 98 and in her 77th year as a Sister of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross.
Born in Toledo, Ohio, she attended Loretto Academy in El Paso, Texas, graduating in 1936. She entered Loretto in 1940, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English, with minors in Spanish and education, from Webster College. She was received into Loretto in 1941 and made first vows in 1943 and final vows in 1946. She earned a master's degree in Spanish in 1952 from Western Reserve (now Case Western) in Cleveland. In the summer of 1959, Sister Virginia Ann was the recipient of a Fulbright grant for a seminar for American teachers of Spanish in Colombia, South America.
In the St. Louis Archdiocese, Sister Virginia Ann taught at DeAndreis High School from 1952-54 and served as principal there from 1961-63. She was a Webster College faculty member from 1954-61 and 1963-65. In 1965, Sister Virginia Ann was one of 14 teachers selected for Webster College's participation in the nationwide Upward Bound Experiment for college-bound seniors in historically low-retention groups.
Sister Virginia Ann also served as a Spanish teacher at high schools in California and Illinois, was principal of a high school in New Mexico and assistant principal of a parochial school in Texas, served as a member of the office staff at a school and retirement facility in Kansas City, Mo., and was a secretary and driver for the Loretto Community in El Paso.
Sister Virginia Ann retired to the Loretto Motherhouse in 1993. In 2004, she moved to the infirmary there.
Burial was in the Loretto Motherhouse Cemetery.