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Issue of Apr. 1, 2007

Fr. Charles Skach
Father Charles Skach, 82, pastor emeritus of St. Odilo Parish in Berwyn, died March 21 of heart failure at Resu r r e c t i o n Hospital in C h i c a g o . Bishop Timothy Lyne was the main celebrant at a March 24 funeral Mass for Father Skach at St. Raymond de Penafort Church in Mt. Prospect. A native of Berwyn, Father Skach was baptized at St. Mary of Celle Parish in Berwyn. He graduated from St. Odilo School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. Father Skach was ordained a priest in 1951 and he celebrated his first Mass at St. Odilo Church. He served as assistant pastor at St. Eulalia Parish in Maywood from 1953-60, and St. Symphorosa Parish from 1960-65. From 1966- 78, he served as chaplain of Lourdes High School. He served as pastor of St. Odilo Parish from 1978-1990 and as associate pastor of St. Raymond de Penafort Parish from 1990-97. After his retirement in 1997, Father Skach served as senior priest at St. Raymond de Penafort. Since 2003, he resided at St. Benedict Home in Niles where he was recovering from two strokes and undergoing treatment for lung cancer.

Father Paschal Honner
Benedictine Father Paschal Honner, 77, died March 4 at St. Patrick Residence in Naperville. He professed vows in 1950 and was ordained in 1956. He served at St. Procopius Academy, which is now Benet Academy in Lisle. He was a residence hall prefect, a Latin teacher, a chaplain, a religion teacher, and a men’s tennis coach. He taught Latin at the academy until 1998. Father Honner served as the associate pastor of St. Joan of Arc Parish in Lisle from 1978-80. He also served at various times as chaplain at Sacred Heart Monastery and member of the campus ministry team at Benedictine University. In his last years, he helped with Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreats, a ministry to women who had had an abortion.

Sr. Alice Gebhardt
School Sister of St. Francis Alice Gebhardt, 92, died March 1 at Sacred Heart Convent, Milwaukee. She entered the community in 1930 and professed vows in 1932. She served as a homemaker and baker in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Alice served as a homemaker at St. Nicholas Convent, 1946-49, and St. Anne Convent in Barrington, 1949-53.

Sr. Elaine Scanlon
Dominican Sister Elaine (Mary Elizabeth) Scanlon, 91, died March 12 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Mich. She received a master’s in social work from Loyola University Chicago. Sister Elaine ministered in education for 45 years at schools in Illinois, Michigan and Florida. She also taught at Barry University in Miami Shores for 11 years. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Philip Neri, 1932; Ascension in Harvey, 1932-33; Our Lady of Good Counsel, 1934-35; St. Nicholas of Tolentine, 1935- 39; and St. Rita, 1939-44.

Sr. Mary Eleanore Uzdrowski
Resurrectionist Sister Mary Eleanore Uzdrowski, 89, died Feb. 14. A Chicago native, she entered the congregation in 1935. She earned a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University, and taught elementary school as well and piano and music classes. She taught at Resurrection Academy, 1937-38; St. Casimir, 1938-39, 1951-56 and 1966-75; St Mary of the Angels, 1939-50; and St. Thecla, 1950-51, 1962-65 and 1966-73. Sister Mary Eleanore was also the principal at St. Thecla from 1962-65 and 1966-69. She performed various duties at Resurrection High School from 1975- 96.

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