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Sr. M. Carletta Havermann


Sister M. Carletta Havermann, a Sister of Christian Charity, died Sept. 28 at Sacred Heart Convent in Wilmette.

Louise Dolores Havermann was born in St. Louis on Dec. 14, 1918. In 1925, she and her four brothers were placed in St. Vincent Orphanage in Normandy, Mo., where they spent the next nine years in the care of the Sisters of Christian Charity.

On Aug. 16, 1934, she entered the community and first worked at the motherhouse in Wilmette as portress (1938-1949).

She was then sent to the orphanage of her childhood to be a seamstress and group mother for 13 years. Three years later she returned to work as a portress at the motherhouse (1966-1968).

She was a cook and homemaker at St. Martha in Morton Grove (1968-1974); St. Alphonsus, Prospect Heights (1974); the House of Prayer, Calumet City (1975) and St. Margaret Mary, Chicago (1975-1977).

Sister Carletta then returned to St. Louis as a craft instructor at the Resurrection Parish Senior Citizens’ Center. In 1985, she was reassigned to St. Vincent Home before retiring in 1992 to the Sacred Heart Convent.

Fr. George J. Morgan


Claretian Father George J. Morgan, died Oct. 6 at the age of 77.

Father Morgan, a Chicago native, attended Mount Carmel High School and the University of Notre Dame. He studied political science and U.S. Air Force science and tactics, and later music theory and musical composition at the Chicago Conservatory College. He later became a licensed music educator in the Illinois public school system.

He was inspired to join the Claretian order by a Franciscan friar who survived the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki, and was ordained in 1989.

Father Morgan was campus minister at Southwest Missouri State University (1988-1989) and a missionary in Izabal, Guatemala (1990-1994). He then returned to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Chicago, working as associate pastor until 1999.

His final assignment was at the Claretians’ Our Lady of Fatima Church in Perth Amboy, N.J. He retired from active ministry in 2000.

Sr. Patricita O'Donnell


Sister Patricita O’Donnell, 98, died Oct. 12, at Marian Hall, Dubuque, Iowa.

Born in Middlesboro, England, she later graduated from St. Dorothy Elementary School and St. Mary High School, Chicago, before entering the congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Feb. 2, 1928.

Sister Patricita was principal of Immaculata High School, 1962- 65; and Carmel High School, Mundelein, 1970-76 and librarian at St. Gilbert, Grayslake, 1976-79.

She also served as a principal, teacher, campus minister and librarian in Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kansas, California and Arizona.

Sr. Gerry Cavanaugh


Sister of Providence Gerry (Marie Richard) Cavanaugh, born Sept. 1, 1925, in Chicago and baptized Geraldine Margaret, died Oct. 14, in Mother Theodore Hall, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind.

Sister Gerry entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence on July 22, 1944. She earned a bachelors degree from St. Mary of the Woods College and an masters from Indiana State University.

She ministered in education for 47 years in schools in Illinois, Indiana and Oklahoma. In the archdiocese, she served at St. Angela, 1961-1963; St. Andrew, 1963-69, as principal; National Federation of Priests Councils, Chicago 1969-1971; St. Francis Borgia, 1971-73, as assistant principal; Mother Theodore Guerin High School, in River Grove, 1973-74; St. Joseph Provincial House, Park Ridge, 1974-76; City Colleges of Chicago, 1977-81; St. Zachary, Desplaines, 1982-96, and as assistant principal 1996-97.

From 1981 until her death she was alumnae coordinator of Marywood High School, Evanston.