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Brother Denis Sutter

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Brother Denis (Herman) Sutter, F.S.C., 74, of St. Joseph, formerly of Jefferson City, passed away Saturday, July 31, 2010, peacefully at the home he grew up in.
A De La Salle Christian Brother for 52 years, he was born October 12, 1935, in St. Joseph, the son of Fred and Georgia (Cottrill) Sutter. He attended St. Joseph Cathedral Grade School and graduated from Christian Brothers High School in 1953. He attended Gard Business School and went to work for M.K. Goetz Brewing Company. In 1958, he entered the novitiate of the Christian Brothers in Glencoe, and immediately was assigned the task of teaching Latin to the novices, and in 1963 he professed his final vows. Brother Denis earned his B.A. degree in 1962 from St. Mary College in Winona, Minn., and his M.Ed. degree in 1979 from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. During his years as an educator, he started teaching in Memphis, Tenn., and then in Jefferson City. He taught at Christian Brothers High School in St. Joseph from 1967 to 1970 and at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Tenn. from 1970 to 1997, where he started the Soccer program and was the first Soccer Coach, full time teacher Athletic moderator, ground keeper and Director of the Community. Most recently he taught at Helias High School in Jefferson City from 1997 to 2008 when he retired. His motto was: "we are here to serve" and he did that for 51 years. Survivors include one sister: Betty Sutter of St. Joseph; one brother: Aubrey Sutter (wife Annie) of Chesapeake, Va.; one sister-in-law: Marjorie Sutter of Lincoln, Neb.; several nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; and the Christian Brothers of the Midwest District. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, David; and a sister, Jeanette.
Friends will be received from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, August 9, 2010, at Houser-Millard Funeral Home, where a prayer service will be held at 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 10, 2010, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with Fr. Brendan Doyle officiating. Interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Joseph Cathedral in St. Joseph at a date to be announced. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Rita Mae Vanderfeltz Memorial in care of Helias High School; the Helias Science Addition Fund; or the Christian Brothers of the Midwest Retirement Fund, 7650 South County Line Road; Burr Ridge, IL 60527. Arrangements are under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 West Main Street, Jefferson City, MO 65109. (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left for the family online at millardfamilychapels.com

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