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Fr. Paul E. Schwartz


Father Paul E. Schwartz, 80, died Sept. 7.

Born in Stoyestown, Pa., he moved to Calumet City and graduated from St. Victor Elementary School before entering the archdiocesan seminary system.

He was ordained in 1953, and served as assistant or associate pastor at Our Lady Gate of Heaven (1953-62); St. Margaret Mary (1962-67); Our Lady of Mercy (1967-72); St. George, Tinley Park (1972-75); St. Ann, Lansing (1975-80); St. Kieran, Chicago Heights (1980-86); and St. John, Glenwood (1986- 1997). He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3540 in Lansing, Ill.

After retirement, Father Schwartz resided at St. James Parish in Sauk Village where he remained actively involved in the parish’s religious education programs until 2001. A sister, Jean (Ed) Sidor of Highland, Ind., survives.

Fr. William J. Shields


Father William J. Shields, longtime pastor of St. Hubert Parish in Hoffman Estates, died Sept. 9, at age 82.

A Chicago native, Father Shields was baptized at St. Mel, where he attended elementary school before entering the archdiocesan seminary system.

Fr. Shields and his younger brother, James were both ordained on May 1, 1952. He served as assistant pastor at St. Gall (1952-60); Holy Name Cathedral (1960-64); and St. Celestine, Elmwood Park (1964- 69). From 1969-75, Father Shields was assigned to an experimental parish at the Ford City Shopping Center, and he briefly served as associate pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Palos Hills (1975-76).

He was pastor of St. Hubert Parish, Hoffman Estates (1976-91) and associate pastor of Santa Maria del Popolo Parish, Mundelein (1992-95). Father Shields is survived by a sister, Mary Williams.

Deacon Martin Mongan


Deacon Martin Mongan died Sept. 3. He was 71.

Deacon Mongan, who taught at Quigley South Preparatory Seminary for more than 25 years, was ordained to the permanent diaconate in 1985. He served at St. Barnabas, St. Bernadette and St. John Fisher parishes before retiring. He is survived by daughters Beth Paluch, Kathleen Russel, Jennifer Naughton and Mary Quick; son Thomas; sister Carol Zeiler; and 14 grandchildren.

Sr. M. Miranda Sanecki


Felician Sister Mary Miranda Sanecki, 89, died June 10.

She taught in schools in her native Chicago for six years before beginning coursework that launched her into a 33-year career in health care, including years as a nurse, hospital administrator and hospital president. She was instrumental in providing compassionate, quality health care in a rural community in southern Illinois.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she ministered at SS. Peter and Paul from 1941-42 and St. Wenceslaus from 1942-47.

Sr. Marie Cecile Oberle


Sinsinsawa Dominican Sister Marie Cecile Oberle, 82, died Aug. 18.

Born in Geneseo, Ill., she ministered for 31 years as a music and classroom teacher and 16 years as assistant principal, media and technology instructor.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Marie Cecile taught at SS. Faith, Hope and Charity, Winnetka (1953-1957, 1967-1977); and Visitation Grade School (Chicago, 1977-1979). She also served in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.

She is survived by a sister, Norma Jean Grothus.