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Rev. Msgr. John H. Westhues

Deceased: 2008-01-18


CSM Graduation Year: 1955

Monsignor John Henry Westhues, 85, passed away on Jan. 18, 2008, in St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, Mo. Monsignor was born June 19, 1922, in Jefferson City, Mo., to Henry and Helen Roer Westhues. He was a graduate of St. Peter’s High School in Jefferson City. He attended St. Benedict’s College, Cardinal Glennon College and Kenrick Seminary. Monsignor was ordained a priest on April 4, 1948, by Archbishop Joseph E. Ritter for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Mo. The Archdiocese of St. Louis sent Monsignor Westhues to study in Rome where he received his degree in Canon Law. Monsignor Westhues was invited by Bishop Helmsing, the first bishop of the new Diocese, to move to Springfield when the Diocese of Springfield/ Cape Girardeau was created in 1956. He is survived by his sisters, Marie Staub and her husband, Dr. Henry Staub, Sister Joan Cordis (Marjorie) Westhues, Jane Schmidt and her husband, Paul, Elaine Roer Westhues and Marilyn Evans and her husband, Robert. Monsignor was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Helen Westhues; and his sister, Rosemary Rieke. He is also survived by 27 nieces and nephews, 97 great-nieces and nephews, many cousins and extended family. Funeral Mass will be at 12 noon Monday, Jan. 21 (the Feast of St. Agnes), in St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield, with Bishop John J. Leibrecht, principal celebrant, and the priests of the Diocese concelebrating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery at 12 p.m. Tuesday in Jefferson City with Rev. Michael V. McDevitt and Monsignor Thomas E. Reidy, celebrants. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home, 500 East Walnut, Springfield. Visitation will be 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday evening, Jan. 20, at his beloved St. Agnes Cathedral with a prayer service at 7 p.m.; Monsignor Thomas E. Reidy, celebrant. Visitation will also take place on the day of the funeral from 10 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Maryknoll Sisters, the Tuition Assistance Fund of St. Agnes School, St. Benedict’s College or Conception Seminary.