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Sr. Rosemary Smith


Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Rosemary (Maria Domenica) Smith, 84, died April 17 in Sinsinawa, Wis.

Sister Rosemary joined the congregation in 1952, and taught 15 years in elementary schools and 17 years in high schools.

She also served as the secretary for the Sinsinawa Dominican southwest province for seven years.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Rosemary taught at St. Barnabas (1952-63); St. Luke, River Forest (1963-67); and Queen of Peace High School, Burbank, (1972- 82).

She served as the secretary to the Sinsinawa Dominican southwest province while living in community at Queen of Peace Convent (1976-80) in Burbank, and as administrative assistant for the dean of the school of education, Dominican University, River Forest (1997-2003).

She is survived by her brother, Robert.

Sr. Marie Robert Letford


Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Marie Robert Letford, 95, died April 21 in Sinsinawa, Wis.

A native of Bloomington, Ill., Sister Marie Robert made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican in 1938.

She taught for 19 years and was principal for 29 years, six of those years serving as principal/ teacher. She served in Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Marie Robert taught at St. Barnabas (1938-40); St. Sabina (1940-48); Ss. Faith, Hope and Charity, Winnetka (1948-50); and Visitation (1965-66).

Sister Donna O'Neill


Providence Sister Donna (Laurence Therese) O’Neill, 78, died on April 22 in St. Mary-of-the- Woods, Ind.

A Chicago native, Sister Donna entered the Sisters of Providence in 1948.

She ministered in education for 43 years in schools in Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina and Texas. For 11 of these years, she served as principal.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she served at St. Sylvester (1956- 58); Our Lady of Mercy (1958- 64); St. Alexander, Palos Heights (1966-69); St. Andrew (1976- 79); St. Mark (1979-85 as a teacher, 1985-89 as principal); Immaculate Conception (1989- 94).

Deacon Robert Murphy


Deacon Robert Murphy of St. Jerome Parish, 86, died April 28, after suffering a stroke following a fall.

Murphy, an attorney, was ordained a deacon in 1975. He brought Communion to and visited with parishioners who were ill or homebound, and assisted people with their legal problems, according to family members.

A Bloomington native, Deacon Murphy served in the Marines in World War II and fought in the Battle of Okinawa. He got his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Notre Dame.

He married Ann Christian in 1951 and they had 11 children.

Survivors include daughters Ellen O’Hanlon, Nancy McGuire, Patti Williams, Maureen Anderson and Teresa Quinlan; sons Brian, Kevin, Tim, Michael, Terry and Sean Murphy; and 26 grandchildren.

Sr. Patricia Lynch


BVM Sister Patricia (John Arthur) Lynch, 84, died May 2 in Dubuque, Iowa.

A Minnesota native, Sister Patricia entered the BVM congregation in 1943 from St. Odilo Parish, Berwyn.

She graduated from St Odilo School and St. Mary High School.

Sister Patricia was an educator and administrator in Chicago, California, Nebraska and Des Moines.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Patricia taught at St Gertrude (1946-47, 1967-73) and St Bridget (1954-57).

Sr. Thoma Maynard


Adrian Dominican Sister Thoma (Maxine) Maynard, 97, died May 2 in Adrian, Mich.

A San Francisco native, Sister Thoma spent 29 years ministering in secondary education in Chicago, the Dominican Republic, Michigan, Florida and California.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Aquinas High School (1937-41, 1945-46). She also taught at the college level and did cancer research.

Deacon George Fuller


Deacon George E. Fuller, 87, died May 11. Fuller served in the U.S. Navy Seabees and was a veteran of World War II.

He was ordained a permanent deacon in 1975 and served at St. Veronica and then Resurrection Parish.

He married Luella Werth, who preceded him in death, and they were the parents of Matthew T. Fuller and Lois Scholle.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Michael and Nicole Scholle, brothers Chester and Robert Fuller, and his sister, Lee.