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Deacon Gerard Kwasegroch


Deacon Gerard Kwasegroch, who served at St. Eugene Parish, died Sept. 13. A World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Navy, he was ordained to the permanent diaconate in 1977. Deacon Kwasegroch, a retired lithographer, spent his entire ministry at St. Eugene, where he started the ministry of care to homebound parishioners and those in the hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Rita; a brother, Joseph; children Mary Ellen Torres and John and Julie A. Kwasegroch; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Sr. Francis Mary Deneen


Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Francis Mary Deneen, 93, died Sept. 16 in Sinsinawa, Wis.

A Chicago native, she entered religious life in 1941.

Sister Francis Mary ministered in education for 35 years, in service to the congregation for 25 years and in pastoral care for 5 years.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Francis Mary served as principal at Trinity High School, River Forest (1959-64).

Sr. Mary Frances Ryan


School Sister of St. Francis Mary Frances (Agna) Ryan, 94, died Sept. 20 in Milwaukee. She was received into the School Sisters of St. Francis in 1933.

Sister Mary Frances was a musician. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she served at St. William School (1933- 34); St. Clara School (1935-36); St. Benedict Grade School (1938-40); Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Glenview (1940-42); St. Philomena School (1942-43); St. Joseph School, Summit (1963-65); St. Bernardine School, Forest Park (1965-71); and Our Lady of Charity School, Cicero (1971-93). She also served at Our Lady of Charity Parish, Cicero (1993-98).

She is survived by her sister, School Sister of St. Francis Catherine Ryan.

Fr. Raymond Nicholas


Columban Father Raymond J. McNicholas, 85, died Sept. 21 in New York.

A Chicago native, he attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary before joining the Columban Fathers in 1939 to study at the congregation’s junior seminary. He was ordained in 1949 in Nebraska.

He served in the Philippines from 1950-57. In 1958, he returned to the United States to do mission-education work, and in 1960, he began doing related work in the Chicago area. In 1971, he became superior of the Columban house at Derby, N.Y. That was followed by assignments in the Virgin Islands and Rhode Island. In 1994, he was assigned to St. Bernadette Parish in Buffalo, N.Y., where he stayed until 2008.

He is survived by his brother, Augustinian Father Walter McNicholas, and his sisters, Rosemary Morris and Helen Marszalek.

Sr. Mariata Hartmann


Sister of the Living Word Mariata Hartmann, 89, died Sept. 24 in Chicago.

A Chicago native, she entered the Sisters of Christian Charity in 1937. In 1975, she became a Sister of the Living Word when that congregation was founded.

A lifelong educator, Sister Mariata taught primary grades in St. Louis, New Orleans and Illinois until 1960, when she discovered her real love, working with special needs students, their parents and instructors. Starting in 2000, she taught part time in a Montessori School in Arlington Heights. In 2002 she became a resident of Resurrection Life Center, Chicago.

Sr. Ann McFall


Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Ann (Geoffrey) McFall, 84, died Sept. 27 as a result of injuries from a car accident in North Fort Myers, Fla.

A Chicago native, Sister Ann made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican in 1945. She served as a culinary artist for four years; a teacher for 24 years; a principal for 12 years; a college teacher and volunteer for four years; development staff for two years; director of religious education for two years; volunteer tutor for three years; and Mound Services director at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, for six years. She served in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Florida. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Ann taught at St. Cajetan (1973-74) and St. Richard, as well as Dominican University, River Forest.

She is survived by a brother, John.

Sr. Karinne O’Malley


Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Karinne (Marguerite) O’Malley, 80, died in a car accident Sept. 27 in North Fort Myers, Fla.

A Chicago native, Sister Karinne entered the Sinsinawa Dominicans in 1949. She ministered as an elementary teacher, tutor and administrator’s assistant. She served in Wisconsin, Illinois, Alabama, Iowa, New York and Florida.

In the archdiocese, she taught at Immaculate Conception (1978-79).

She is survived by a sister, Jude Ryan.