Joseph Leon Vorst

Birth: 5 Feb 1912, Sainte Genevieve, MO
At 198 South Third Street
Death: 5 Nov 1958, Saint Louis, MO
Burial: 9 Nov 1958, Valle Spring Cemetery, Ste. Genevieve
Occ: Attorney and French teacher
Educ: Teaching Certificate - S. E. Missouri State Teachers College

Sainte Genevieve Newspaper Clipping:

Joseph L. Vorst Dies November 5th
Joseph L. Vorst, age 46 years and 9 months, died suddenly at his apartment in St. Louis at 11:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 5, 1958.

Mr. Vorst was born in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., February 5, 1912, a son of the late Leon C. Vorst and the living Louise A. (André) Vorst. He attended school here and after his high school graduation, studied law at St. Louis University. During World War II he served in the Intelligence Service in the Army Air Corps. In 1947 he joined the modern languages department of St. Louis University as an instructor. In 1953 he became an assistant professor in the University's College of Arts and Sciences, teaching French.

He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Leon C. Vorst of Ste. Genevieve, and two sisters, Myrtle (Mrs. Fred Albert Sheppard) of Webster Groves, Mo., and Alice (Mrs. Clarence L. Karl) of Cincinnati, Ohio.

The remains were brought to the Jerry Stanton Mortuary here and funeral services were held at 2:00 p. m., Sunday afternoon at the Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church, Rt. Rev. Edmund Venverloh officiating. Burial took place in Calvary Cemetery at Valle Spring following religious and military rites. The Requiem Mass was offered at eight o'clock Monday morning at the church here, Msgr. Venverloh officiating.

Mr. Vorst was a member of Post 150, American Legion, the Alliance Francais of St. Louis, the Moderator of St. Louis University French Club and Friends of the Art Museum of St. Louis.

Mr. Vorst was for many years a faithful member of the Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church choir. He also took a profound interest in the early French culture of historic Ste. Genevieve helping in innumerable ways to foster and perpetuate the historical lore of Missouri's oldest town. Mr. Vorst once said that his deepest regret was to observe the gradual disappearance of the old French customs and buildings in his home town and tried in a sincere and almost devout manner to retain for Ste. Genevieve its priceless antiquity in every way possible.

Sympathy is extended to his bereaved mother, sisters and other members of the family who loved and respected him.

Class of 1929, Valle High School:
Valedictorian: Joseph L. Vorst
Other members of the class were:
Genevieve Ganahl Louise Sexauer
Angeline Trautman Bernadette Brischle
Gladys Herzog H. Herzog
L. Hoog L. Joggerst
M. Jokerst R. Moreau
R. Trautman Loretta Sexauer

Ste. Genevieve Herald

Looking Back
75 Years Ago - 1930
Joseph L. Vorst, son of Mrs. Louise Vorst of Ste. Genevieve has entered the sophomore class at St. Louis University, where he is taking a course in Arts and Science.

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