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Sister Ruth Marie Boeckmann | Obituary

By on October 24, 2012 at 11:02 am

Sister Ruth Marie Boeckmann, ASC, (formerly Sister Mary Joachim), 78, of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, Ruma Center, died Oct. 20, 2012, in Ruma.

She was born to the late Bernard and Marie (nee Fehrmann) Boeckmann in New Baden on March 19, 1934.

She made her first vows as an Adorer of the Blood of Christ on July 1, 1952 and final profession on July 1, 1957.

Sister Ruth Marie devoted most of her ministry to child care, working at Catholic Children’s Home in Alton, (1952-53; 1962-82) and in Casa San Jose in Grants-Milan, New Mexico. She taught third grade in Centreville, (1957-62) and worked as house parent at Sunshine House in Columbia (a residence for developmentally disabled women) from 1982-83. From 1993 to 1998, she began and directed the Latchkey program for Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic School in Waterloo.  Another one of her ministries was that of bookkeeper and financial assistant at Catholic Children’s Home (1953-57), De Mattias Hall in St. Louis (1992-93), and at the Ruma Convent from 1984-90 and 2000-11.

Survivors include a sister, Florence (Roger) Lakenburges; brothers David (Diane) Boeckmann and Vernon (Julaine) Boeckmann; sister-in-law Monica and any nieces, nephews and Sisters in the community.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers Charles and Rev. Floyd Boeckmann, OMI.

Sister Ruth Marie requested to be cremated. At 10 a.m. on Thursday, her cremains will be welcomed and blessed; a sharing of memories follows.

A Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday in the Ruma Center Chapel, with Father Clyde Grogan officiating and reflections by Sister Jan Renz, ASC, Regional Councilor.

Donations in memory of Sister Ruth Marie Boeckmann may be sent to the ASC Retirement Fund, 4233 Sulphur Avenue, St. Louis, MO  63109, or online at

Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home, Red Bud, handled arrangements.

Tammy Taylor

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