Catholic Educators Mourned Crash near Steelville, Mo. Kills Two Administrators

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Catholic students and teachers turned to prayer Wednesday morning after hearing of the deaths of Sister Mary Ann Governal, 49, and Ellen Boedeker Ryan, 47. The women, who were killed in an auto accident Tuesday, were key administrators in the St. Louis Archdiocesan schools.

"Both women were really devoted to helping people educate themselves about the Gospels from birth to death . . . they both were so willing to help us," said Mary Lou Storment, principal of Cathedral School, in the Central West End.

Cathedral's faculty meeting Wednesday morning turned into a prayer session in memory of the administrators. The scene was repeated at many Catholic schools.

Ryan and Governal were killed about 4 p.m. Tuesday on Missouri Highway 8 near Steelville, Mo., while returning from a two-day meeting of Catholic principals at the YMCA's Trout Lodge near Potosi, Mo. An approaching dump truck blew a tire, swerved and collided with the car carrying the two women.

Governal was the archdiocese's associate superintendent for elementary education. Ryan was the archdiocese's director of religious education.

George Henry, superintendent of the 59,300-student system, called them dedicated, innovative and happy women who will be missed.

Governal joined the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in 1964. Since then, she had taught elementary school, here and elsewhere in the United States and served as principal of Transfiguration School in Florissant. In 1991, she assumed development of curriculum for Arc hdiocesan schools, and last summer she was named an associate superintendent. …


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