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Fr. Pierre J. Barr


Father Pierre J. Barr, 81, pastor emeritus of St. Joseph and St. Anne Parish on Chicago’s near Southwest Side, died in Palos Community Hospital in Lemont Sept. 14.

Father Barr was born in Joinville, France, and moved with his family to Chicago.

He graduated from St. Joseph and St. Anne Elementary School here before entering Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary.

He was ordained in 1951 and served as assistant pastor of the now closed St. Nicholas Parish in the Roseland area (1951-57), St. Malachy Parish (1957-64), St. Dorothy Parish (1964-65), the former St. Francis de Paula Parish (1965-69), the former St. Brendan Parish (1969-70), and St. Theodore Parish (1970-72). He became St. Theodore’s pastor from 1972-1976 and oversaw its closing in July 1976.

After serving as associate pastor of Our Lady of the Ridge Parish in Chicago Ridge, Father Barr was assigned to his home parish of St. Joseph and St. Anne in May 1977, where he served as associate pastor for five years and pastor for nine. On June 30, 1991, Fr. Barr was named pastor emeritus, and St. Joseph and St. Anne Parish consolidated with nearby St. Agnes Parish into Our Lady of Fatima Parish.

Sr. Clara Kuhn


Daughter of Charity Sister Clara Kuhn, 93, died Aug. 16 in Evansville, Ind..

The Erie, Pa., native entered the Daughters of Charity in 1937. Her first assignment was to Charity Hospital in New Orleans, where she trained as a nurse. She worked in nursing and supervisory roles in California and Texas before coming to St. Vincent Infant Hospital of Chicago in 1961. She spent 10 years in the archdiocese ministering as a child care supervisor and instructor. She then served in Alabama until 1989, when she went to the Seton Residence in Evansville.

Sr. Magdalene Bagdonas


Sister of St. Casimir Magdalene (M. Amata) Bagdonas, 87, died Aug. 18.

Sister Magdalene was a native of Scranton, Pa., who taught at St. Norbert, Northbrook; Providence of God; and St. Bartholomew, Waukegan, where she worked as principal as well. She also served in the East and Southwest area of the United States.

She is survived by her sister, Eleanor Dozier.

Fr. Richard T. Lambert


Jesuit Father Richard T. Lambert died Aug. 27 after spending 46 years as a missionary in India.

A native of Oak Park, Father Lambert entered the Jesuit novitiate shortly after graduating from Loyola Academy in Wilmette in 1954.

He was sent to India in 1961, and was ordained in Patna, India, in 1967.

In India, he served as a teacher, spiritual director, director of a Jesuit center called Navjyoti Niketan and diocesan treasurer.

Sr. M. Rosilda Newtoff


Felician Sister Mary Rosilda Newtoff, 79, died Aug. 1 at Our Lady of the Angels Convent.

A native of Chicago, she served as an elementary school principal and teacher in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. She then worked for 21 years at a clerical institution in Illinois and Wisconsin.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she ministered at St. Wenceslaus (1954-58), Ss. Peter and Paul (1962-68), St. Damian (1975-77), Good Shepherd (1977-81) and the St. Andrew Life Center (1998- 2003).

Sister Helen O’Keefe


BVM Sister Helen (Reginata) O’Keefe, 88, died Aug. 31.

Sister Helen was an elementary school teacher at St. Callistus (1947-50); St. Ferdinand (1950-55) ; and St. Charles Borromeo (1958-64). She taught adult education for the Illinois Migrant Council in Mundelein (1969-71 ) ; and Central YMCA College, (1971-76).

Sister Helen was born in Chicago and graduated from Presentation Grammar School and John Marshall High School.

She is survived by a sister, Margaret Brennan.

Sister Jean Marie Palbicki


Holy Spirit Missionary Sister Jean Marie (Ruth Veronica Frances) Palbicki, 82, died Aug. 21 at the Convent of the Holy Spirit in Techny.

The Milwaukee native was an X-ray technician at St. Therese Hospital in Waukegan from 1945- 48, and again from 1953-59. She served as supervisor of the department from 1956-69. Working in province administration, she coordinated the retirement program and was a member of the Formation Team. From 1981-86 she worked in occupational therapy at Resurrection in Park Ridge.

Sister Jean Marie served as an elected local leader at the Convent of the Holy Spirit from 1986-89. She then became Mission Coordinator for the Holy Spirit Missions. She worked as Mission Coordinator until her retirement in 1997.

Sister M. Louise Hartwig


Benedictine Sister Mary Louise Hartwig, fourth prioress of the Benedictine Sisters in Lisle, died Sept. 4 at age 93.

Sister Mary Louise was from St. Vitus Parish and attended Sacred Heart Academy in Lisle. She taught at Sacred Heart Academy and grade schools until 1947. She moved to leadership roles as treasurer and prioress until 1973. She returned to educational and parish work until her retirement in 1985.

Sr. Cyprian Borowski


School Sister of Notre Dame Cyprian Borowski died Aug. 30. Sister Cyprian was born in Milwaukee and entered the congregation in 1947.

She educated students for 51 years, serving as a principal, librarian and teacher in elementary and high schools.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she served at St. Alphonsus, the former Cardinal Stritch High School and at St. Stanislaus Kostka.