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Sr. Paulissa Mellenthin


School Sister of Notre Dame Paulissa Mellenthin died March 2 in Joliet.

A native of Chicago, she entered the congregation in 1940. As a primary and intermediate school teacher, Sister ministered in several parishes in the archdiocese including St. Helena of the Cross, St. Alphonsus, St. Benedict, St. Joachim and St. Stanislaus Kostka.

Sister Paulissa is survived by her brother, Martin Mellenthin.

Sr. Jean Arkenberg


Sister of Providence Jean (Dorothy) Arkenberg, 85, died March 8 in Terre Haute, Ind.

A Chicago native, she entered the Sisters of Providence in 1941.

She ministered as teacher for 55 years in schools in Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, Missouri and Washington, D.C.

She left classroom teaching in 1986 but served another 12 years as a school mathematics specialist.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she served at St. Mark (1956-60) and Immaculate Conception (1980-98).

In 1998 she moved to the motherhouse in St. Mary-of-the- Woods and gave generous service to her sisters, in particular as a seamstress.

Sister Jean is survived by three sisters, Sister of Providence Catherine Arkenberg, Marian Domkowski and Zita Andree; and a brother, Raymond Arkenberg.

Sr. Marie Chiuffo


BVM Sister Marie Chiuffo, 88 died March 17 in Dubuque, Iowa.

A Chicago native, Sister Marie graduated from St Callistus School and St Mary High School, before entering the BVM congregation in 1937. She had a bachelor ’s degree in biology (with a minor in English and philosophy) from former Mundelein College, Chicago, and a master’s degree in biology (and a minor in physical science) from Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Marie taught primary-level students at St Pius (1940-45), St Ferdinand (1959-60) and St Eugene (1972). She also worked as a marketing researcher (1973-81) for Kiver Publications, Chicago; executive secretary to the vice president (1981-85) for Cahners Publishing Co., Des Plaines; and secretary to the marketing director (1985-86) for the Joint Commission of Accreditation Hospitals, Chicago.

Sister Marie was also an educator in Northlake (1971-72) and Cicero (1972-73); and in Iowa and New York.

Sr. Mariann Horning


Mercy Sister Mariann (Donalda) Horning, 77, died March 12 in Aurora.

In addition to the mark she made as a teacher for 30 years in Catholic schools in Chicago and Milwaukee, Sister Mariann embarked on a new adventure training people from struggling non-profit organizations in countries such as Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria. She was director of public training for the Support Center of Washington, D.C., a nonprofit management assistance organization that helps nonprofit organizations manage themselves better.

Her work in Slovakia, was part of a pilot project sponsored by Slovak Academic Information Agency and the international arm of The Support Centers of America. She helped the people in what was then the newly formed country of Slovakia learn how to plan a project, write proposals, identify funding sources and raise money.

Her accomplishments during her eight years with the center include developing a syllabus of 130 training courses for use by the 11 Support Centers around the country.

A Wisconsin native, Sister Mariann entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1949.

She received her bachelor’s degree in 1960 from St. Xavier College (now University), her master’s degree in speech pathology from Northwestern University in 1965 and an advanced certificate in training and development from the University of Maryland in 1991.

She was a long-time educator with a special talent for teaching math. She taught at 11 Chicago Catholic schools from 1952-83. During those years, she also served as assistant principal (1961-1963) and principal (1968- 1971) at Queen of Martyrs Elementary School, in Evergreen Park.

She is survived by her sister Betty Horning Stefaniak, and brothers Donald and Robert Horning.