St. Peter Alumni
Inspiring students to love God, their Catholic faith and learning.
With a storied history reaching back as far as the mid-1800’s St. Peter Catholic 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
Thank you and God Bless,
Mrs. Gayle Trachsel
2019 – Tony Hood
Tony was a graduate of the St. Peter Catholic School class of 1977 and attended Helias High School. Tony works full time at Cole County Residential Services and is an upstanding member of the community. Tony has been a volunteer at St. Peter Interparish School since 1990. Tony stepped into his true life calling by nurturing and fostering Catholic elementary students, especially those with learning disabilities. He has worked in partnership with St. Peter Interparish School administration, faculty and staff in providing a disciplined, Christ center learning environment where all students are valued.
2018 – 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, and president of Home and School. She instilled strong Christian values in her children and made baptismal gowns to be given to each baby at their baptism. She also 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 – Jack Kramer
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 as a Reader at Mass, past president of St. Peter Holy Name Society, past president of St. Peter Property Committee, past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 1054, and past president of the Knights of Columbus Council 1054 Home Association.
2016 – 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 and was stationed two years in New Guinea. After the Navy, he returned to Jefferson City and joined the St. Peter Church Choir/Chorale in 1946 where he sang for 66 years until his retirement from the Choir 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. Roddy and Patricia had two sons, Mike and Terry Bruns, 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 reader and was in charge of scheduling readers for several years. He was a member of the Holy Name Society and served on the Parish Council. Roddy’s life illustrates commitment to family, church and community.
2015 – Betty Sandbothe
Betty is a 1952 graduate of St. Peter High School and has been a member of St. Peter Parish since 1956. Betty was active in the Senior Citizens Social/Bingo, Ladies Sodality, Sale-A-Rama, and Parish Council. She also served as a room mother, scout leader and volunteered for the Mission Party. Betty’s daughters are all active members of St. Peter Church and their children have all graduated from St. Peter Catholic School. Betty is proud to be the first of what is now three generations of St. Peter Saints! She shows thanks for her many blessings by participating in Mass several days a week and Eucharistic Adoration. Betty’s life illustrates commitment to family, church and community.
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 School she was a room mother, Girl Scout and Brownie Leader, served 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, and 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. Claranne taught high school math and science for 29 years. She then became the director of maintenance and housekeeping at Villa Gesu. She also worked in the finance department at Notre Dame High School in St. Louis, Missouri.
2011 – Henry McMichael
Henry graduated from St. Peter School 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, and served on Helias High School Board. Henry 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 in the Diocese of Jefferson City as a 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 is currently retired.
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 reader, a member of the Immaculata Club and 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 for the school football team as an end and quaterback. During his junior college years he was asked to be the assistant football coach at St. Peter. Ted was on the first parish council of St. Peter Church, and served on the finance committee for over 30 years, and was 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. He was on the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Jaycees, the Lions’ Club and American Red Cross. Bill served as a reader, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, 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 was a Korean War Veteran and deeply involved with Special Olympics. He 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 Wars -Post #1003 and enjoyed Flag Folding Ceremonies. Robert 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, Missouri and taught many years in the St. Louis area before returning to St. Peter Catholic School to teach until retirement. During her time at St. Peter she served both in the school and in the church. 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