Feb 162011


ST. LOUIS — Sister Genevieve Schlarman, SSND, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Anna House — The Sarah Community, in Bridgeton, Mo. The former educator in the Diocese of Davenport was 95.

Born in Germantown, Ill., she entered the congregation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1932 and professed first vows in 1935 and final vows in 1941.

Sr. Schlarman earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Louis University, a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in secondary education from St. Louis University.

She was in education for 66 years. In the Diocese of Davenport she taught at Catholic Center/Aquinas High School in Fort Madison from 1945-56 and 1966-72. She served as a principal at Notre Dame High School in Burlington from 1956-62. Sr. Schlarman also taught or served as principal in Texas, Illinois and Missouri.

Following retirement, Sister was a volunteer tutor at Rosary High School and Notre Dame Learning Center in St. Louis.

She was a participant in The Nun Study. Sr. Schlarman was one of 678 School Sisters of Notre Dame who helped scientists learn about the aging process and Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers studied her early life, lifestyle, education, and physical and mental abilities. As part of the study, an autopsy of her brain will be performed in order to conclusively diagnose Alzheimer’s disease.

Sr. Schlarman donated her body to St. Louis University School of Medicine.

A memorial Mass was scheduled to be held Feb. 15 at the School Sisters of Notre Dame Motherhouse Chapel in south St. Louis County.

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