Sister Agnes Marie Baer, CSJ 1921-2015


November 6, 1921 - July 14, 2015

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Agnes Marie Baer who passed away on July 14 at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis, Missouri. She was  93 years of age.

Sister Agnes Marie was born on November 6, 1921, in St. Louis, Missouri, to parents Oliver Louis and Agnes C. (Robineau) Baer. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on February 11, 1944, and made her final profession on August 15, 1949.

She received her bachelor’s degree in social studies from Fontbonne College in St. Louis in 1942 and a master’s in social studies from St. Louis University in 1952.

Sister Agnes Marie began her 70 years of service as a teacher in St. Louis at Our Lady of Lourdes Grade School in 1946 and then at St. Teresa of Avila Grade School in 1951. She then taught in Denver, Colorado at St. Francis de Sales for the next nine years.

In 1961, S. Agnes Marie left the classroom to study at Regina Mundi College in Rome.

A year later, she returned to St. Louis and served her CSJ community at the St.Joseph Provincial House, first, as the director of postulants in 1962 and then as the director of novices in 1967.

She went back to elementary education in 1968 as a vice principal at Academy of Our Lady in Peoria, Illinois, and then as vice principal at St. Thomas Aquainas in Florissant in 1970.  She also taught at Rosati-Kain High School in 1973.  

In 1978 sister Agnes Marie served as a social worker for the Archdiocesan office of Human Rights.  She was the founder and executive director of New Life Style Program.

In 1995 she again served her CSJ community at the St. Joseph Provincial House working in the Development Office on grants..

Sister Agnes Marie retired to the old St. Joseph Academy Convent in 1999 and  since 2007 she served in the ministry of prayer and presence at Nazareth Living Center.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, July 24 at 10:45 a.m. at Nazareth Living Center, located at 2 Nazareth Lane, St. Louis, MO 63129. Sister Agnes donated her body to science.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province, 6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111-2899. Donate online.

July 17, 2015

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