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Sr. Generosa Francl


Benedictine Sister Generosa Francl, 90, died Dec. 8.

Sister Generosa was born in Wisconsin but raised and educated at St. Mary of Celle Parish in Berwyn. She completed high school at Sacred Heart Academy in Lisle before entering the Lisle Benedictine community in 1936. She taught at St. Michael and Our Lady of Lourdes Commercial High School (1940-47) in Chicago, and at St. Mary of Celle.

She also taught at schools in Lisle and in Texas before serving as teacher and principal at Sacred Heart Academy for several years. She taught at Benet Academy from its inception and was a professor at Sacred Heart College. Incapacitated by multiple sclerosis, Sister spent a number of years in nearby skilled-nursing facilities. For the past two years, she was cared for by the Sisters and staff in the monastery health-care facility.

Fr. Daniel O’Sullivan


Father Daniel J. O’Sullivan, longtime pastor of St. Irenaeus Parish in Park Forest, died Dec. 15 at St. James Hospice, Chicago Heights, following complications from cancer. He was 72 years old.

Father O’Sullivan was born in Chicago and attended Resurrection Elementary School on the city’s West Side. He graduated from Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. He was ordained in 1962 and served for six years as assistant pastor of St. Louise de Marillac Parish in LaGrange Park. He served as assistant pastor of St. Ailbe Parish, 9015 S. Harper Ave., from 1968-73 before being named pastor of the now closed Our Lady of Hungary Parish on the South Side in 1973. He served there for 13 years before being named associate pastor of St. Gall Parish, 5500 S. Kedzie Ave. He served there until 1989, when he was named pastor of St. Irenaeus Parish in Park Forest. He continued in this position until his death.

Father O’Sullivan is survived by two brothers, Neil and Jerry O’Sullivan.

Fr. Raphael Orozco


Father Raphael Orozco, pastor emeritus of the former Santa Teresita Vicariate in the Northwest suburbs, died Dec. 21 of complications from kidney cancer at the Little Sisters of the Poor/St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly in Palatine. He was 85 years old.

Born in Mexico, Father Orozco grew up in Chicago where he attended St. Gabriel Elementary School. He graduated from Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. He was ordained in 1950.

Father Orozco served for seven years as the assistant pastor of St. Ann Parish, Lansing. In 1957, he was named assistant pastor of St. Jarlath Parish on Chicago’s West Side, and served there for four years before being named pastor of the Santa Teresita Vicariate in 1961. The Santa Teresita Vicariate had its beginnings when Cardinal Albert Meyer, concerned for the religious needs of Hispanic farm workers in the Northwest suburbs, provided a church outgrown by a neighboring parish in 1961. Named Santa Teresita, and later renamed Mision San Juan Diego, in 1997, it became the first mission for Hispanics in the area and is now a parish.

Father Orozco retired in December 1993.