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  • Sr. Evelyn Disher


    Sister of St. Joseph Evelyn (Gemma) Disher, 91, died April 29 in Stevens Point, Wis. Sister Evelyn entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis in 1933 and professed final vows in 1938. She served as a teacher and principal in the Archdiocese of Chicago for 37 years. She taught at Immaculate Conception, St. Mary of Perpetual Help, St. Fidelis, St. Roman, and Lourdes High School. She also ministered at St. Monica Parish in Chicago for 18 years.

  • Sr. Delphine Wedmore


    Sister of Christian Charity Delphine (Mary Thomas) Wedmore, 87, died April 13 at Sacred Heart Convent, Wilmette. She was born in Oak Park and entered the Sisters of C h r i s t i a n Charity in 1936.

    Sister Delphine served as a teacher. She taught freshman religion and English at St. Gregory School from 1957-64. She also taught at Mallinckrodt College from 1964-72 and again from 1981-83. In 1972 she returned to St. Gregory for a year as the parish religion coordinator.

    Sister Delphine also did public relations for the community at St. Alphonsus in Prospect Heights (1976-77) and served as CCD coordinator at St. Theresa in Palatine (1979-81). In 1983, she took a sabbatical to research and write a book, “The Woman Who Couldn’t Be Stopped,” a biography of the foundress of the Sisters of Christian Charity.

    She also served as PR director at Josephinum High School from 1987-88. She moved to Sacred Heart Convent in 1988. She spent her retirement years writing for the community.

  • Sr. Elizabeth Look


    BVM Sister Elizabeth Look, 95, died April 19 in Dubuque, Iowa. Born in Chicago, Sister Elizabeth entered the BVM congregation in 1929 and professed final vows in 1937. She served as an educator in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, New York and Minnesota, where she also served as a pastoral minister and hospital chaplain. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Ferdinand (1949-58) and St. Eulalia in Maywood (1963-65).

  • Sr. Dorothy Karier


    Sister of Providence Dorothy Karier, 85, died April 13 in St. Mary of the Woods, Ind. A Chicago native, she entered the Sisters of Providence in 1939 and professed final vows in 1947. She taught at schools in Indiana, Illinois, Massachusetts, Texas, Iowa and California. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Mel (1960-61), St. Alexander in Palos Heights (1969-71) and St. David (1971-82). She was also principal at Our Lady of Mercy from 1961- 69.

  • Robert and Helen Walter


    Mr. and Mrs. Robert Walter, father and mother of Father Mark Walter, died a few days apart. Robert Walter died on April 15 and Helen Walter died April 23. Father Mark Walter is pastor at St. Christopher Church in Midlothian. Father Walter was the main celebrant at an April 27 funeral Mass for his parents at St. Christopher Church. Two daughters also survive, Marie Samson and Maureen Wilson.

  • Sr. Laurianus D’Urso


    Dominican Sister Laurianus D’Urso, 92, died April 25 in Sinsinawa, Wis. Sister Laurianus made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican in 1938 and her final profession in 1941. She served as an elementary school teacher and a school librarian in Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Alabama, New York, Washington and Minnesota.

    In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Laurianus taught at St. Cajetan, (1949-56), St. Basil (1956-59) and St. Jarlath (1962-68 and 1969). She served as the librarian at St. Thomas the Apostle from 1971-94. Sr. Laurianus lived in community at Trinity Convent, River Forest, and Divine Providence Convent and Nazarethville Nursing Home, both in Des Plaines.

  • Sr. Marion Iding


    BVM Sister Marion Iding, 91, died April 29 in Dubuque, Iowa. She entered the BVM congregation in 1934 and professed final vows in 1942. In Chicago, she taught at Holy Cross, Sacred Heart and St. E u g e n e schools.

    She was a volunteer at St. Constance Parish for 21 years.

    She also served in Wilmington, Ill., Iowa, Wisconsin and Virginia.

  • Sr. Mariette Gillen


    Sister of the Living Word Mariette Gillen, 86, died April 26 at Resurrection Life Center in Chicago. A native of Chicago, Sister Mariette entered the Sisters of Christian Charity in 1939 and professed final vows in 1945.

    She became a member of the Sisters of the Living Word in 1975. She served as a teacher and parish minister in Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and Iowa.

    In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she ministered at St. Gregory the Great, Holy Trinity and St. Teresa.

  • Fr. Edwin Johnson


    Marianist Father Edwin Johnson, 81, died April 25 in Los Angeles. Father Johnson mostly ministered as an educator in the Los Angeles area, but he also served at St. M i c h a e l High School in Chicago. He was born and raised in Texas.

    He entered the Society of Mary in 1961 in Galesville, Wis., and he professed vows in 1965. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, he served at St. Michael High School from 1966-70 and 1971-78. He served as an English teacher, assistant principal, guidance director and principal at the school. Father Johnson was ordained a priest in California in 1986.

  • Sr. Mary Paula Connor


    Dominican Sister Mary Paula (Marian Katherine) Connor, 85, died April 28 in Adrian, Mich. Born in Chicago, she attended Aquinas High School in Chicago. She received a bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights University in Adrian and a master’s in English from Loyola University Chicago. She served as an educator for 53 years in Illinois, Michigan, Florida and Ohio. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Clare of Montefalco from 1943-45.