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Sister Alix leClerc Winklemann of St. Mary of the Pines, Chatawa, died at home, early Thursday morning, April 18, 2013. Morning prayer and visitation will be at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 22, 2013 at St. Teresa Church, in Chatawa. The Eucharistic Celebration will follow at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Thomas Potts, SVD will be the celebrant.

Agnes Winklemann, who became Sister Alix, was born in Brinktown, Missouri on December 23. 1910. She was the eighth of nine children born to Casper and Elizabeth (Wiegers) Winkleman. It was in Brinktown that Agnes attended elementary school then finished her secondary education in St. Louis.

Agnes returned to Brinktown to teach in a small rural school near her home. After two years she found the experience so rewarding that she felt drawn to join the congregation of religious women who taught her in high school. Agnes began her professional training with the School Sisters of Notre Dame in St. Louis and was received into the congregation as Sister Mary Alix le Clerc.

After her profession of vows in 1932, Sister Alix was sent to teach the children in the primary grades at Holy Ghost School in St. Louis. During her almost fifty-year teaching ministry, Sister taught in every elementary grade and also taught music in Missouri, Illinois, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. It was during the 40's that Sister taught the primary grades and music at St. Francis of Assissi School in Brookhaven, Miss.

Sister Alix retired from the classroom in 1979 to become a pastoral minister in San Antonio, then in Jeanerette, La. Sister came to our retirement home at St. Mary of the Pines, in Chatawa, in 1992. Here she continued her service in prayer and in the community until the frailty of her age precluded most activity.

Sister Alix le Clerc's parents preceded her in death as did her eight siblings. Sister is survived by nieces and nephews, most of whom reside in Missouri.

Hartman-Sharkey Funeral Home of McComb is in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers are from the Charles R. Brill Council of the Knights of Columbus. Burial will be in the Chatawa Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to St. Mary of the Pines; 3167 Old Hwy 51 South; Chatawa, MS 39657.

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