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Rev. David J. Cortesi


Rev. David J. Cortesi, 70, pastor emeritus of St. Ferdinand Parish, died on Monday, Oct. 15 at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights.

A Highland Park native, Father Cortesi attended Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary.

From 1970, he was associate pastor and resident at Divine Infant Parish in Westchester. He served in various archdiocesan agencies, including the Office for the Laity, the Council of Catholic Women (ACCW), and as chaplain of the Combined Counties Police Association.

He was appointed pastor of St. Ferdinand Parish in 1987 and as associate pastor of St. Hilary Parish in 2006. He retired in July 2007 and was named St. Ferdinand’s pastor emeritus. His sister Teri McGillen survives him.

Sr. Mary Henry Marking


School Sister of St. Francis Mary Henry Marking, 95, died Sept. 21 at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac, Wis.

Born in Cross Plains, Wis., she joined the School Sisters of St. Francis in 1928.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Matthias School , (1928-1933), St. Bernardine School, Forest Park, (1933- 1934); taught and was principal at St. Clara School, (1951-1956), and was principal at St. Benedict Grade School (1962- 1966).

Sr. Rita Clare Kolo


School Sister of St. Francis Rita Clare Kolo, 93, died Sept. 24 at Sacred Heart Convent in Milwaukee. Born in Milwaukee, she entered the School Sisters of St. Francis community in 1934.

Sister Rita Clare ministered as a homemaker, sacristan, teacher and volunteer in Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she was a homemaker at St. Nicholas Convent (1935-1940) and at Blessed Agnes Convent (1940-1943).

Sr. Dominica Goetz


Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Dominica Goetz died Sept. 26 at St. Patrick’s Home, the Bronx, N.Y. She was 97.

She made her final profession in 1937.

She taught elementary grades for 56 years and was a volunteer for seven years at St. Patrick’s Home, the Bronx, where she lived 17 years in community. She served in Illinois; Wisconsin; Washington, D.C.; Maryland and New York. In the Archdiocese, she taught at St. Philip Benizi (1934-1936).

Helen R. Kucera


Helen R. Kucera, 85, died Oct. 14 at Our Home K Care, Lac du Flambeau, Wis.

She was born in Chicago and was a lifelong resident of the area. Kucera was a nurse’s aide at Holy Cross Hospital since World War II. She served as a long-time volunteer with the archdiocesan Apostolate of the Handicapped, coordinating rides for people with disabilities.