With a storied history reaching back as far as the mid-1800's St. Peter Interparish School's Alumni community is composed of an amazing variety of talented spirit-filled individuals. Until the inception of Helias Catholic High School in 1956, St. Peter School served as one of the only Catholic schools educating children through 12th grade.
We are so proud and grateful for our Alumni that every year a distinguished Alumnus Award is presented during Catholic School week. For more information contact us at 573-636-8922 or email Saints@stpeterjc.org
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Thank you and God Bless,
Mrs. Gayle Trachsel
2018 St. Peter Interparish School
Distinguished Alumni Recipient
Mary Oidtman Hillen
Mary was a graduate of the St. Peter High School class of 1946 and was united in marriage at St. Peter Catholic Church in 1948 to the late Joseph H. Hillen. Mary volunteered and was active in St. Peter Parish and St. Peter Interparish School in many ways including volunteer secretary at school, cafeteria volunteer, room mother, Cub Scout leader, Girl Scout leader, parish council, president of Home and School. She instilled strong Christian valuesin her children. Additionally, Mary made baptismal gowns to be given to each baby at their baptism and made lap quilts for cancer patients to keep them warm through their cancer treatments. She organized her high school class reunion each year up to and including the year that she passed away in 2008.
2017 St. Peter Interparish School
Distinguished Alumni Recipient
Jack has been a lifelong member of St. Peter parish graduating from St. Peter Interparish School in 1962 and Helias Catholic High School in 1966. He has been active in the parish in many areas including a lector at masses, past president of St. Peters Holy Name Society, current president of St. Peter's Property Committee, past Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus Council 1054, and past president of the Knights of Columbus Council 1054 Home Association just to name a few.
2016 St. Peter Interparish School
Distinguished Alumni Recipient
Roderick "Roddy" Bruns
Roderick "Roddy" Bruns, was born in Jefferson City on April 2, 1922 to Joseph and Emma (Schnieders) Bruns. He was the youngest of four siblings, Alice Bruns, Irene Heidrich, and Howard Bruns. He was baptized at St. Peter Church in April of 1922 and attended St. Peter School from first grade through twelfth grade graduating in 1940. After graduation, Roddy served in the US Navy from 1942 to 1946 during World War II spending two years in New Guinea. Once back in Jefferson City after his time served in the Navy, he joined the St. Peter Church Choir/Chorale in 1946 singing for 66 years retiring in 2012 at age 90.
He married Patricia Wisch in St. Peter Church on May 25, 1963 and she preceded him in death on Feb. 12, 1993. He has two sons, Mike and Terry Bruns. He has two granddaughters and eight step grandchildren. He met Trudy Tegethoff and they were married in St. Peter Church on April 22, 1995. Roddy served many years as a lector and was in charge of scheduling lectors for several years. He was a member of the Holy Name Society and served on the Parish Countil.
Roddy's life illustrates commitment to family, church and community. And we are proud to announce him as the 2016 Distinguished Alunmi recipient.
2015 St. Peter Interparish School
Distinguished Alumni Recipient
Betty (Bernskoetter) Sandbothe is a 1952 graduate of St. Peter's High School and has been a member of St. Peter Parish since 1956. She was raised in Wardsville, MO where she attended St. Stanislaus Grade School. Betty was active in the Senior Citizens Social/Bingo, Ladies Sodality, Sale-A-Rama, Parish Council, room mother, scout leader and volunteered for the Mission Party. Betty's only son, Gary, died in a car accident at the age of 19. Betty's daughters, Karen, Susan and Julie, are all active members of St. Peter Church whose children are currently attending or have already graduated from St. Peter Interparish School. Betty is proud to be the first of what is now three generations of St. Peter Saints!
Betty spends her retirement traveling, attending plays, visiting with friends and family, and hosting the weekly Sunday gathering of her children and grandchildren. She shows thanks for her many blessings by participating in Mass several days a week and Eucharistic Adoration. Betty's life illustrated commitment to family, church and community. And we are proud to announce her as the 2015 Distinguished Alumni recipient.
PREVIOUS ALUMNI RECIPIENTS
2014 - Lucille Rackers Krummen - Lucille graduated from St. Peter High School in 1947. She married Delbert Krummen and together they had five children. Lucille has been a life-long member of St. Peter Church and all five of her children graduated from St. Peter School and Helias High School. While her children attended St. Peter's she was a room mother, Girl Scout and Brownie Leader, on the Home and School association and was a substitute teacher. She was a long-time member of the Altar Sodality, St. Peter's annual Sale-A-Rama, participated in creating beautiful quilts for each year's St. Peter Big Bucks Dinner and Auction. Lucille's life illustrates commitment to family, church and community.
2013 - William "Bill" Feind - Bill graduated from St. Peter High School, went to Missouri University on a football scholarship and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. Bill became a member of Our Lady of the Snows, where he served on the parish council, school board, Eucharistic Minister and Lector.
2012 - Sr. M. Claranne Vogel, SSND - Sr. Claranne graded from St. Peter High School in 1940. She entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame Convent and professed her final vows on July 30, 1949. Sr. taught high school math and science for 29 years. She then became the director of maintenance and housekeeping at Villa Gesu. She then tooke collage courses to be able to work in the finance department at Notre Dame High School in St. Louis, MO.
2011 - Henry McMichael - Henry graduated from St. Peter Grade and High School in 1955. He served in the Army as a Sp5 Sergeant, U.S. Army Intelligence. He was president of the first St. Peter Church Parish Council, a "Helping Hands" member, President of St. Peter School Board, served on Helias High School Board, is a current member of St. Andrew's Church and was President of the first St. Andrew's Parish Council.
2010 - Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Wilbers, E.V. - Monsignor Wilbers has served the late Bishop Michael F. McAuliffe and me as pastor, Director of the Office of Religious Education, Chancellor, Vicar General, Episcopal Vicar, and Vicar for Administration, over a period spanning 43 years. This required him to be a member of multiple standing diocesan committees and temporary committees such as Finance Committee, Buildings and Properties Committee, Deposit and Loan Committee, Diocese of Jefferson City Fund Committee, Diocese of Jefferson City Jubilee Fund Committee, Diocesan Excellence in Education Board, Priests Mutual Benefit Society Board, Personnel Board, and many others. Monsignor Wilbers currently serves as pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Parish.
2009 - Virginia Rackers - Virginia graduated from St. Peter School and High School in 1947. Virginia became a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jefferson City. She was a lector, a member of the Immaculata Club and a volunteered as a Teacher's Aide for several years. She was involved with the Special Learning Center, Special Olympics and the American Legion.
2008 - Ted Wisch - Ted, his parents and grandparents attended St. Peter School. He played end and if necessary quarterback for the school team. During his junior college years he was asked to be the assistant coach for football at St. Peter. Ted was on the first parish council of St. Peter Church, finance committee for over 30 years, and a member of the Holy Name Society. Ted was a member of the Jaycees and Lion's club.
2007 - William "Bill" Luebbert - Bill graduated from St. Peter Grade School in 1950 and from St. Peter High School in 1954. Bill was active in high school athletics and he served as president of the Senior Class. Bill was an engineer and served as president of the local Engineer's Club, was on the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce, member of the Jaycees, Lions' Club and American Red Cross. He served as a lector, Eucharistic minister, President of the Home and School Association, solicitor in the Capital Campaign and a part of the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree.
2006 - Robert Deeken - Robert contributed to Society in a number of ways. He was a Korean War Veteran, deeply involved with Special Olympics, served on the Cole County Residential Services Board of Directors and was awarded the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce Civic Award. He was the commander of the Veterans of Foreign Ward, Post #1003 and enjoyed Flag Folding Ceremonies. He was an original member of St. Peter Church Perpetual Adoration Group.
2005 - Sr. Esther (Marie) Becker, SSND - Sr. Esther attended St. Peter grade school and then entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Sr. Esther began her teaching career in Freeburg, MO and taught many years in the St. Louis area before returning to St. Peter Interparish School to teacher until retirement. During her time at St. Peter she served both in the school and in the parish in many ways. Sr. Esther celebrated her 60 year Jubilee in the Summer of 2015. She currently resides at the SSND Mother House in St. Louis and does a variety of jobs there.
2004 - William J. "Bill" Deeken -
2003 - Nelson Vincent
2002 - Anna Leah Agniel
2001 - Alan R. Lepper
2000 - Rev. John C. Condit