Sister Andrea Marie Rentmeester 1925-2016


November 30, 1925 - December 21, 2016

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Andrea Marie Rentmeester who passed away on Dec. 21 at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis, Missouri. She was 91 years of age.

Sister Andrea Marie was born on November 30, 1925, in Preble, Wisconsin, to parents Andre Joseph and Anna Teresa (Vander Kelen) Rentmeester.  She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on September 15, 1943, and made her final profession on August 15, 1949.

She received her bachelor’s degree in history, modern Europe, from Loretto Heights College, Denver, Colorado, in 1955, and a master's in history, modern Europe, from St. Louis University in 1963.

Sister Andrea Marie was a member of the CSJ community for over 72 years.  She began her ministry teaching at the grade school level in St. Louis at St. Anthony of Padua in 1946. She taught the next 10 years in Denver, at St. Francis de Sales. She returned to St. Louis in 1956 to teach what would be her last year in elementary education at Nativity of Our Lord.

From 1957 to 1971 she went on to serve at the high school level. She taught at St. Thomas Aquinas in St. Louis for nine years. Then, in 1965, she was principal of Bishop Baraga in Marquette, Michigan, for four years. She spent her final two years as a teacher at Loretto Catholic Central in Ste. Marie, Michigan. From there, she transitioned to the position of educational consultant at the Marquette Diocese in Marquette, Michigan, in 1971 

In 1973, Sister Andrea Marie came back to St. Louis.  For the first three years, she served her CSJ community as the coordinator of pastoral ministry. She served at the Archdiocese of St. Louis the following six years as president of the Archdiocesan Council of Women Religious. Afterwards, she moved north to St. Joseph’s Academy in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and worked in campus ministry (1982-1985) and in alumnae relations (1985-1990).

Sister Andrea Marie returned to St. Louis to stay in 1990.  She once again served her CSJ community at the St. Joseph Provincial House as publications assistant for three years and then as a ministry secretary.  She retired in 1994.  Since 2005, she had been living at Nazareth Living Center in prayer and presence.

The Funeral Mass will be held Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. at Nazareth Living Center, 2 Nazareth Lane, St. Louis, MO 63129. 

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.

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