Sister Mary Gervase Goellner RSM

March 28, 1916February 12, 2012

Sister Mary Gervase Goellner, RSM of McAuley Convent, Barling, AR passed away Sunday, February 12, 2012. Sister was born March 28, 1916 in Lumberton, MS and was baptized Flora Frances Goellner at Mother of Perpetual Help Church in Lumberton, MS. Her parents were Ferdinand and Theresa Goellner. Sister entered the Sisters of Mercy Community on September 8, 1935 in Webster Grove. She professed her first vows on March 12, 1938 and perpetual vows August 16, 1941.

She received her BA of Science degree from Our Lady of the Lake College, San Antonio, TX in 1959. Additionally she studied theology at Xavier University in Chicago, IL. Her ministry included teaching and administration in elementary schools in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Sister then did parish and healthcare pastoral ministry in Missouri and Arkansas until she retired at McAuley Convent in Barling, AR in 1996 where she continued her ministry as an active volunteer in healthcare, schools, and churches in the Ft. Smith and Barling areas.

Sister Gervase is preceded in death by her parents, Ferdinand Goellner and Theresa Elizabeth Schivrenjohn, three brothers; A.C. Goellner, Ollie Goellner, and Paul Goellner, and two sisters; Clementine Goellner and Sister Mary Elreada Goellner, RSM.

She is survived by one sister; Mary Seals of Mississippi, and one brother Edward Bernard Goellner of Texas; nieces Teresa Lester and Mary Smith both of Mississippi, and Ann Jay of Florida; her nephews; Troy Seals, Tony Seals, Joe Goellner, and Gene Goellner all of Mississippi and Karl Goellner of Texas.

The Rosary and Funeral Service will be held at Catherine McAuley Convent, in Barling, AR on Wednesday, Family visitation and prayer will take place on Friday at 11:00am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Lumberton, MS and burial will following at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cemetery in Lumberton MS. Local arrangements are under the direction of White Funeral Home of Lumberton, MS.


  • Rosary Wednesday, February 15, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sister Mary Gervase Goellner RSM

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February 17, 2012

Sister Gervase hired me to teach 5th/6th grades at Christ the King School in Fort Smith, Arkansas, in 1976. It was my first teaching experience. I had a fine degree in history but no education courses. Sister taught me the basics and more! Presently I teach high school social studies at one of the best schools in San Francisco, and I often refer to Sister Gervase with regard to what she taught me about this or that. Also, Sister Gervase, along with Sister Lucina, came to visit me and my mom (now 83) on the beach in Florida. We all walked the beach every day, went to the races, ate seafood every day, and more! We had a ball. My mom and I are remembering her tonight with many fond memories. Also, I enjoyed keeping up with Sister Gervase over the years. We exchanged letters, saw one another, and talked on the phone whenever I visited my aunt in Fort Smith. I last spoke with her this past summer. Sister Gervase helped shape me as an educator and person. -Kathy Cantrell, San Francisco

February 15, 2012

She was a great teacher and a great person she will be greatly missed
Paula Wallace