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Sr. Evelyn Boyd


Daughter of Charity Sister Evelyn Boyd, 84, died June 12 in Evansville, Ind. Born in Chicago, Sister Evelyn attended Lucy Flower High School and DePaul University. While studying at DePaul, Sister Evelyn became interested in the Catholic faith and was baptized during her junior year at the age of 20. She worked as a chemist in a public laboratory and a teacher in the Chicago public schools before entering the Daughters of Charity in St. Louis in 1950.

Sister Evelyn mostly served in education, working as a junior high and high school teacher, assistant principal and guidance counselor. She also served as a housemother at a home for emotionally disturbed adolescent girls in Milwaukee. She ministered at schools in Utah, Missouri, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Ohio, Mississippi and Alabama.

Agnes Rhodes


Agnes Rhodes, 93, an active parishioner at St. Bartholomew’s parish, died June 24. For many years, Mrs. Rhodes served as the head sacristan at St. Bartholomew. She became famous for the “sloppy joes” that she always contributed to the parish’s annual carnival. She was also involved in scouting and won the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (ACCW) woman of the year award in 1993. Besides her parish work, Mrs. Rhodes sold Avon for 47 years before a stroke forced her to stop in 2001.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, William Cashman and Chester Rhodes, as well as her son, John. She is survived by her children, Matthew, James, Bill, Tom and Mary.

Deacon Owen Boehm


Deacon Owen H. Boehm, Ph.D., 65, died June 24. Deacon Boehm, a member of the diaconate class of 1977, served at St. Rene Goupil Parish. A funeral Mass was held June 30 at St. Rene Goupil.

Deacon Boehm was a former teacher of Latin and English at Percy L. Julian High School, and he owned the company, Owen H. Boehm Pipe and Reed Organs.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen “Katy.” He is survived by his children, Dr. Mary M. “Daisy” Braaten, Sara C. Broaders and Anne E. Matist; and eight grandchildren.

Michael Mortimer


Michael D. Mortimer, 69, president of the Real Presence Association since 1999, died June 23. A funeral Mass was held June 28 at Incarnation Church in Palos Heights.

He was active in evangelization and lay ministry. Mr. Mortimer and his wife, Carol, were involved in high school retreats and Marriage Encounter. They served as regional co-coordinators of Marriage Encounter. Mr. Mortimer was active in helping to establish adoration chapels at parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago, Joliet and Iowa.

Mr. Mortimer was a former employee of Commonwealth Edison and an Army Veteran. He is survived by his wife, Carol; his children, Mary Clare Bohlen, Colleen Dearth, Kathleen Murray, Thomas, Ann and John; and 18 grandchildren. One son, Michael Joseph, preceded him in death.

Deacon Clifford Dienberg


Deacon Clifford E. Dienberg, 74, died June 28. Deacon Dienberg, a member of the diaconate class of 1979, ministered at St. Mary of Celle Parish in Berwyn. A funeral Mass was held July 3 at St. Giles Church in Oak Park.

In his ministry, Deacon Dienberg served as Rural Life director, a board member of the Heifer Project and a hospital chaplain. He was a resident of Oak Park, where he was the owner of C.E. Dienberg Printing. Deacon Dienberg is survived by his wife, Lauretta; his children, Denise Helmers, Gayle Love, Steve, Sue Winkler, Clifford, Craig, David, Laurie Hoppe; and 11 grandchildren. One son, Mark, preceded him in death.