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Breese, IL 62230
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Joann Hummert Boyles


Joann Boyles died at home on Tuesday ( April 8, 2003 ) after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 65 and lived in Creve Coeur. She was born in Breese, Illinois, the first child of Henry C. and Mary (Sartory) Hummert. After completing her early education, she worked for a year as a nurse aide at St. Josephís Hospital in Breese before joining the religious order, The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ in 1955, and she took the religious name of Sister Mary Henry. She received her BSN from Alverno College in 1962 and began working at St. Anneís Hospital in Chicago. She left the Poor Handmaids in 1970 and then became a nursing supervisor at St. Francis Hospital in Chicago. At that time she also joined the U. S. Air Force Reserves. She advanced to Colonel in the Reserves and retired from the service in 1997. She worked as a school nurse in the Chicago public school system before meeting her husband, Richard Boyles. They married in 1977 and moved to St. Louis.

In St. Louis she continued her nursing career, first at Special School District, and then at Jewish Home for the Aged. She then worked as a nursing administrator at DePaul Hospital, and during that time she completed her Masters of Science degree in Nursing from SIU Edwardsville. Most recently she had been a health nurse with the St. Louis County Public Health Service.

Ms. Boyles was active with the Mercy Associates, the St. Vincent DePaul Society, and with her parish, St. Richardís. She had recently begun volunteering with the OASIS program.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three siblings: Margaret Howe of Leicester, England, Julie Hummert, of Breese, Henry J. Hummert of St. Louis, and 9 nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Augustineís Church in Breese, Illinois, on Friday, April 11, and there will be visitation for one hour before the funeral at the church. A memorial mass and service, with a reception immediately following, will be held at St. Richardís Church in St. Louis at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 12.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mercy Associates, in c/o Richard Boyles, 49 Rae Court, St. Louis, MO, 63131, or to Chaminade College Preparatory School, 425 S. Lindbergh, St. Louis, MO, 63131, for the Jo Boyles scholarship fund.



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