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Obituaries

Issue of Mar. 4, 2007

Sr. Anne Kachelmeier
EDUCATOR, MUSICIAN

School Sister of St. Francis Anne (Virgilia) Kachelmeier, 99, died Jan. 26 at Sacred Heart Convent, Milwaukee. She entered the community in 1929 and p r o f e s s e d vows in 1934. Sister Anne served as a teacher, organist, musician and music supervisor. She also gave private music lessons. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she served as a teacher and organist at St. William School, 1929-35; St. Maurice School 1935-37; and St. Philomena School 1952-53.

Frank Knoll
FORMER MARINE/VOLUNTEER

Frank P. Knoll, 89, died Feb. 2. Mr. Knoll, a Chicago native, volunteered in several Catholic organizations and was an active member of St. Margaret Mary Parish for 50 years. Bishop Raymond Goedert was the main celebrant at a Feb. 10 funeral Mass held at St. Margaret Mary Church. Mr. Knoll graduated from Loyola Academy, Loyola University and Loyola University Law School. He had served as the president of the Loyola University Alumni Association. He joined the Marines after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and served as a demolition officer in the South Pacific. After the war, he worked in the marketing department at Illinois Bell Telephone Company for 35 years. Mr. Knoll served on the board of Holy Cross Hospital for over 25 years. He served as the chairman of St. Margaret Mary Parish's finance committee. He was a lector and a retreat leader. Mr. Knoll was also the chairman of the development committee and a member of the presidentís council at St. Scholastica Academy. He was a devoted supporter and volunteer at Misericordia Heart of Mercy.

Fr. James Dore
RETIRED RESIDENT

Servite Father James M. Dore, 74, died Feb. 4 at Annunciata Priory. Father Dore was a solemn professed friar and priest of the Order of Friar Servants of Mary, USA Province. He was a retired resident at Annunciata Church on the East Side. A funeral Mass for Father Dore was offered Feb. 12 at Annunciata Church. Father Dore is survived by his brothers, Philip, Daniel and Robert, one sister, Marilyn Klimara, nieces and nephews.

Sr. Mary Benjamin Watts
NURSE

Mercy Sister Mary Benjamin Watts, 84, died Feb. 2 at Provena McAuley Manor in Aurora. A native of Jackson, Miss., Sister Benjamin attended Beale School in Chicago. She later ministered in nursing. She served in Chicago at Mercy Infirmary, Mother McAuley High School, Mercy Hospital and Mercy Hall. She also previously served at Mercyville Sanitarium in Aurora, in addition to other hospitals and care facilities in Iowa and Wisconsin.

Kathleen Long
FOUNDER OF CHICAGO MARIAN CENTER

Mrs. Kathleen Long, the founder and director of the Chicago Marian Center, died suddenly Dec. 23 of a heart attack. Mrs. Long was born in Dublin, Ireland, immigrated to Canada and later settled in C h i c a g o , where she raised her four children. The Chicago Marian Center was recognized by the Archdiocese of Chicago. The center sponsors pilgrimages, Marian conferences and days of recollection. Mrs. Long also opened a chapel in a shopping mall. Just prior to her death, the Marian Center along with the religious gift shop, Trinity and Shamrock, relocated to 7331 N. Harlem, Niles. Mrs. Longís efforts are being continued, by her daughter, Margaret Hoffman, and her granddaughters.

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