Rest in peace, Freeburg native Sister Dorothy E. Lauberth


Freeburg native Sister Dorothy E. Lauberth, 90, passed away peacefully on Dec. 18 at her home in Sullivan.

A Memorial Mass was celebrated on Dec. 31 in St. Anthony Church in Sullivan, with Father Paul Telken presiding.

Sr. Dorothy Elizabeth was born on Feb. 28, 1932, in Freeburg, a daughter of Joseph Henry and Mary (Eisterhold) Lauberth.

She grew up and attended school in the Freeburg area before graduating and moving to St. Louis. She worked there for several years before entering religious life in the Sisters of St. Mary.

She remained a member of the community for over 25 years. During this time, she continued her education and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

Sr. Dorothy spent much of her career as a nurse, not only ministering as a nurse in many states but also in several Missouri penitentiaries.

She eventually entered the Sisters for Christian Community, remaining until her death.

As faith-filled woman, she loved cooking, baking, making new friends and spending time with those she loved.

She was a prayer warrior and made a habit of visiting and taking Holy Communion to whomever was in need. She also loved her dog, Bandit.

Sr. Linda, a companion for 45 years, and Sr. Joann, a companion for 22 years, were sisters in community with Sr. Dorothy, as well as close friends.

Surviving are a brother, Joseph Lauberth and his wife Jane of St. Louis; a sister, Ann Tillman of Jefferson City; a sister-in-law, Esther Lauberth of Westphalia; and numerous nieces and nephews and many other cherished family and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; a brother, Jerome Lauberth; and a sister, Dolores (Ralph) Cernich.

Memorials contributions may be offered for Masses in memory of Sister Dorothy Lauberth.

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