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Issue of Feb. 18, 2007

Deacon Robert Jacob

Deacon Robert Jacob, 81, died Nov. 30. He was a member of the 1976 diaconate class and ministered at St. B e n e d i c t Parish. A funeral Mass was held Dec. 5 at St. Benedict Church on the North Side. Deacon Jacob was a retired mechanical engineer. In addition to ministering to parishioners of St. Benedict, he also baptized his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, officiated at first communions for family members and friends, and celebrated weddings.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his children, Mark, Catherine Fournier, Robert, Deborah Feddeler, Susan Murphy, Mary Jane Moran and John; 11 grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren.

Sr. Marie Riordan

Sister Marie (Margaret Mary) Riordan, 98, died Jan. 8 at Marian Hall, Dubuque, Iowa. She entered the BVM congregation in 1934 and professed final vows in 1941. She served as an educator in Illinois, Iowa, California and Oklahoma. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Mary High School (now closed), 1939- 50 and 1951-52; Immaculata High School (now closed), 1954- 65; and Chicago public schools, 1968-73.

Sr. Mary Lavoie

Sister of St. Joseph Mary (Aquinata) Lavoie died Jan. 13. Sister Mary recently celebrated 70 years of religious life. She taught at several schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago, including St. Leonard in Berwyn, St. Attracta in Cicero, St. Anthony and St. Bonaventure. She also served at Nazareth Academy in LaGrange for 20 years. She also taught for 15 years in Mississippi.

Sr. Eladia Klappa

School Sister of Notre Dame Eladia Klappa, 91, died Jan. 3 at Resurrection Life Center. A native of Milwaukee, she entered the congregation in 1935 and p r o f e s s e d vows in 1938. She served as a home econ o m i c s teacher at schools in I l l i n o i s , Michigan and Wisconsin. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she served at Cardinal Stritch, St. Michael and St. Stanislaus Kostka high schools.

Br. Victor Naegele

Marianist Brother Victor Naegele, 88, died Jan. 29 in San Antonio, Texas. Born in Chicago, he attended St. Clement and St. Mathias grade schools and St. Michael High School. He entered the Society of Mary in 1933 in Kirkwood, Mo., and professed his final vows in 1943.

Brother Naegele taught high school for almost 25 years in Texas, Wisconsin, Missouri and Illinois. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, he taught at St. Michael High School, his alma mater, which is now closed. He served as a manager of Maryhurst Press from 1962-63. He taught in the sociology department at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio from 1964-68.

In 1968, he was appointed coordinator of the Bi-Lingual Institute and director of the Office of Mexican-American Studies at St. Mary’s University. In October 1967 he was named a participant of President Johnson’s Cabinet Committee Hearing on Mexican- American Affairs in El Paso.

In 1983, he earned a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from St. Mary’s University and became director of the Family Life Center of Thomas More High School in Milwaukee.

In 1989, Brother Naegele retired from Thomas More High School and moved to the Marianist Residence in San Antonio. From 1993-94, Brother Naegele accepted a teaching assignment at a seminary in Blaj, Romania. He returned to Romania again in 1997.

Edward Barrett

Edward Barrett, the brother of Father James Barrett, pastor of St. Margaret Mary Church, died Jan. 31. Father Barrett was the main celebrant at a Feb. 3 funeral Mass for his brother at St. John Fisher Church. Mr. Barrett is survived by five other siblings, Nancy, Mary, Thomas, Anthony and Suzanne.

Robert Cook

Robert Cook, 47, the brother of Father Joseph Cook, died Jan. 23. Father Cook is the associate pastor at St. Lawrence O’Toole Parish in Matteson. Mr. Cook worked for 26 years at the Chicago Board of Trade. He is survived by five brothers, four sisters and 21 nieces and nephews.

Sr. Margaret Jane Gillespie

Dominican Sister Margaret Jane (Peter Canisius) Gillespie, 84, died Jan. 15 at St. Dominic Villa, Sinsinawa, Wis. She made her first profession of vows as a Sinsinawa Dominican in 1947 and her final profession in 1950. She served as a high school librarian for 29 years at schools in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she was the librarian at Trinity High School, River Forest from 1947-62.

Fr. John Hall

Father John Hall, pastor of Our Lady of Ransom Church in Niles, 52, died Feb. 10 after suffering a heart attack. C a r d i n a l George was the main celebrant at a Feb. 16 funeral Mass at Our Lady of Ransom Church. A native of Chicago, Father Hall attended Our Lady Help of Christians grammar school, Quigley Seminary North, Niles College and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. He was ordained in 1980. His first assignment was to Incarnation Parish in Palos Heights, where he served from 1980-85. He was an associate pastor at Holy Name Cathedral from 1985-95. He was appointed pastor of Our Lady of Ransom Parish in 1995.

Father Hall is survived by two sisters and two brothers: Judith Tarzon, Jane Shannon, James Troy and Thomas.

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