sister winifred adelsberger

75th Jubilee

Sister Winifred Adelesberger, baptized Mary Winifred, was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1941 and was received into the novitiate in 1942 as Sister Mary Leander. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin from Fontbonne College in St. Louis in 1955 and a master’s degree in Latin from St. Louis University in 1964.

Sister Winifred devoted more than 60 years of ministry to education. She began in the 1940s at Most Holy Rosary Grade School and St. Louis Cathedral Grade School, both in St. Louis. She continued into the 1950s at St. Patrick’s in Rolla, Missouri; St. Edward’s in St. Louis; and Sacred Heart in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

She began teaching on the high school level in 1956 at St. Thomas Aquinas in Florissant, Missouri. After assisting in the opening of a new parish high school in Chicago where she taught for six years, she returned to Missouri and taught at Redemptorist in Kansas City, Missouri.

In the early 1960s, she taught at St. Anthony High School in south St. Louis. From 1966 to 1971, she was a teacher and assistant administrator at St. Joseph Academy in St. Louis and returned to St. Thomas Aquinas High School for 12 years as administrator and principal.

From 1983 to 1986 Sister Winifred worked for the Catholic Education Office in the Archdiocese of St. Louis as the coordinator of school data services, during which time computer scheduling was introduced into the Archdiocesan high schools.

Serving her Sisters of St. Joseph community, she worked at the congregational center as an administrative assistant through 2002.

Since her retirement in 2002, she has been active in volunteer ministry at St. Joseph’s Academy in St. Louis.

She is an avid sports fan and enjoys reading mystery stories. 

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