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Obituaries

Issue of Jan. 21, 2007

Father John M. Murphy
FORMER PASTOR

Father John M. Murphy, 68, died Dec. 29. Father Murphy had been associate pastor at St. Cornelius Parish in Chicago. He attended St. Cajetan Elementary School and Quigley Preparatory Seminary in Chicago before being admitted to Mundelein Seminary/ University of St. Mary of The Lake. After being ordained in 1965, Father Murphy served as an associate pastor at St. Edward (1965-73); St. Philip the Apostle, Northfield (1973-75); St. Thomas More (1875-1982); St. Alexander, Palos Heights (1982-87); and St. Jude the Apostle, South Holland (1987-1992). He served as pastor at St. Edward from 1992-2004. He was appointed a resident of St. Hilary on Feb. 28, 2005 and remained there until July 1. He then became an associate pastor of St. Cornelius Parish.

Sr. M. Johnetta Monahan
Educator

BVM Sister M. Johnetta Monahan, 84, died Dec. 24. She was born in Chicago and graduated from Queen of Angels School and Immaculata High School. She entered the BVM congregation in 1941 and professed final vows in 1948. She was an educator in Chicago at St. Dominic High School, 1957; Mundelein College, 1961-62; Holy Name Cathedral High School, 1984-89; and Carmel High School, Mundelein, 1972-76. She was in learning assistance services and a tutoring center assistant at Loyola University, 1991-99; and treasurer at Wright Hall, 1976-83. She also served on the staff of the BVM Center, Dubuque, Iowa. She is survived by a sister, Loretta Cavagnaro, of Burlingame, Calif.; and a brother, John Monahan, Chicago.

Sophia Gollatz
Mother of priest

Mrs. Sophia Gollatz, 86, died in Lombard, Ill. Dec. 28. Mrs. Gollatz, born Sophia Krupa, was formerly a resident of North Riverside. She is survived by her son, Father Ronald Gollatz, on sabbatical after completing his pastorate at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Lake Zurich; and her daughter, June Novakowski; as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Sr. Alice Ann Lane
Chicago educator

BVM Sister Alice Ann Lane (Alma), 94, died Dec. 22 at Caritas Center, Dubuque, Iowa. She was a longtime Chicago educator who taught at St. Thomas of Canterbury, 1963-64; St. Agatha, 1964-67; and Mary Queen of Heaven in Cicero, 1968-90. She also taught in Iowa, and in retirement lived at St. Constance Convent and at Wright Hall, Chicago. Born in Chicago, Sister Alice Ann entered the BVM congregation in 1928 and professed her final vows in 1936. .

Father Ellis Reinert
Teacher, chaplain Carmelite

Father Ellis Reinert, 82, died Dec. 24 in Englewood, N.J. He was born in Chicago and attended St. John the Baptist and later St. Kilian grade schools before entering Mount Carmel Preparatory Seminary in Niagara Falls, Ontario. He made first profession of vows in 1943 and graduated from Mt. Carmel College 1946. He was ordained a priest in 1949. He earned a masterís degree in classical language and sacred theology from Catholic University of America and taught in Joliet and in Washington D.C. Father Ellis spent the years from 1956-59 in an eremitical community in Wolfnitz, Austria. In 1959, he returned to teaching in Rome, and then in Canada. In 1969, Father Ellis moved into parish ministry in New Jersey, California, Virginia and Pennsylvania, before beginning as a hospital chaplain in New Jersey in 1977.

Sr. Mary Laudetta Sojka
Educator

Felician Sister Mary Laudetta Sojka, 94, died Oct. 28. She entered the Felician Sisters in 1929 and professed her final vows in 1937. She taught at schools in Alabama, Illinois, Minnesota, Texas and Wisconsin. She also served as an ESL teacher, tutor and music teacher. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Helen, 1929-30; St. Turibius, 1931-32; St. Mary Magdalen, 1937-40; St. John of God, 1942-48; St. Wenceslaus, 1948-56; St. Bruno, 1956-57; Good Shepherd, 1961-64; Our Lady of Ransom in Niles, 1979-82; and St. Joseph, 1986-91.

Sr. Arliss Sheeley
Teacher, Provincial councilor

School Sister of Notre Dame Arliss (Charles Marie) Sheeley, 84, died Dec. 26 at Resurrection Hospital, Chicago. Sister Arliss entered the congregation in 1944 and pronounced vows in 1947. She taught at schools in Illinois and Wisconsin and was a Chicago Archdiocesan Reading Consultant from 1962-68. She also served at St. Alphonsus in Chicago. From 1971-75, she was the Provincial Councilor for the School Sisters of Notre Dameís De Kalb province.

Sr. Mary Francetta Kujawa
Chicago-born Educator

Felician Sister Mary Francetta Kujawa, 89, died Nov. 9. Born in Chicago, she entered the Felician Sisters in 1935 from Sacred Heart Parish in Chicago. She professed her final vows in 1943. She taught in Illinois and Wisconsin for 36 years and was engaged in internal congregational ministries for a total of 27 years. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she ministered at St. Helen, 1937-39 and 1962-63; Sts. Peter and Paul, 1939-40; Holy Rosary in North Chicago, 1941-42; St. Mary Magdalen, 1942-53 and 1964-65; Ascension in Evanston, 1953-56; St. John of God, 1956-62 and 1971-73; St. Joseph High School, 1963-64; and St. Turibius, 1976-78. She also served at St. Andrew Life Center in Niles.

Father Joseph Burns
Priest in Joliet

Father Joseph Burns, 76, died Dec. 16. A native of Chicago, he attended St. Rita Grammar School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and Mundelein Seminary at the University of St. Mary of the Lake as well as St. Procopius Seminary before being ordained for the Diocese of Joliet in 1955. He served at parishes throughout the diocese, including pastorates in Joliet and Steger.

Sr. Mary Mericia Brongiel
Long time Educator

Felician Sister Mary Mericia Bronviel, 98, died Nov. 8. Born in Chicago, she entered the Felician Sisters in 1926 from Sacred Heart Parish, and professed final vows in 1934. She was a principal and teacher in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota for 41 years. She also worked in the finance office of the Felician Sistersí Chicago headquarters. She ministered at Holy Innocents, 1928-35; St. Bruno, 1937-39; St. Hedwig in Niles, 1940-41; St. Joseph Grade School, 1941-45; and St. Joseph High School, 1957-59 and 1960-71.

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