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Mary Kelly


Mary C. Kelly (nee McCarthy), a lifelong South Sider, worked two jobs to make sure her five children could attend Catholic schools. A graduate of St. Sabina School and Visitation High School, she died June 18 in Oak Forest.

Mrs. Kelly was a member of the Third Order of St. Francis and the Telephone Pioneers of America. She had worked as a telephone information operator and Chicago Public Schools clerk.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Kelly. She is survived by her children Mary Ann Clifford, Margaret Gleason, Rita Hodorowich, Hugh “Jack” Kelly and Divine Word Father Robert J. Kelly, as well as 16 grandchildren and 16 greatgrandchildren.

Sr. Adele Pronschinske


School Sister of St. Francis Adele (Fredulpha) Pronschinske, 93, died Sept. 29 in Campbellsport, Wis.

A Wisconsin native, she was received into the School Sisters of St. Francis in 1937.

Sister Adele lived her religious ministry as a homemake r and a volunteer in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Illinois. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Adele served as a homemaker at Blessed Agnes Convent (now St. Agnes of Bohemia) in Chicago (1956-60).

Sister Adele is survived by her brother, Leo.

Sr. Alice Mary Glennon


Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Alice Mary (Archangela) Glennon, 82, died Sept. 30 in Montana.

A Montana native, Sister Alice Mary made her first religious profession in 1950. She ministered as a teacher, a nurse’s aide for three years, a licensed practical nurse and a volunteer for 12 years. Sister Alice Mary served in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colorado, Nebraska, Montana and Iowa.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Alice Mary taught at Immaculate Conception (1958-61).

Sr. Agnes Lutz


School Sister of St. Francis Agnes (Dola) Lutz, 93, died Sept. 30 in Wisconsin.

The Missouri native entered the School Sisters of St. Francis in 1938.

Sister Agnes lived her religious ministry as a homemake r and a volunteer in Wisconsin, Nebraska and Illinois. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Agnes served as a homemaker at St. James, Arlington Heights (1940); Our Lady of Victory (1960-67); and St. Anne, Barrington (1967-88).

Sr. Joan Frances Crowley


BVM Sister Joan Frances Crowley, 90, died Oct. 6 in Dubuque, Iowa.

A Chicago native, Sister Joan Frances attended St. Ignatius School and graduated from Immaculata High School in 1937. She attended Mundelein College from 1937-39. She entered the BVM congregation from St. Ignatius Parish on Sept. 8, 1939. In her early years of ministry she taught in Montana, Iowa and Minnesota.

She taught history at Mundelein College (1962-91) and social studies at Loyola University (1991-98).

She is survived by her sister, Joan M. Crowley.

Sister Kathleen Gilbert


BVM Sister Kathleen (Kathleena) Gilbert, 91, died Oct. 6 in Dubuque, Iowa.

A Chicago native, Sister Kathleen attended St. T h o m a s Aquinas, St Gertrude and Our Lady of Lourdes schools; Immaculata High School; and graduated from Mundelein College in 1939, the same year she entered the congregation.

She taught biology at Immaculata High School, 1948-64.

She was an educator or administrator in Kansas, Iowa, California and Missouri, and an academic advisor at Notre Dame University (1986-97).

Sr. Ladislas Kust


Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Ladislas Kust, 84, died Oct. 6 in Sinsinawa, Wis.

A Wisconsin native, she made her first religious profession in 1946. She ministered in the culinary arts for 30 years; as a teacher’s aide and librarian for 16 years; and in pastoral and home care for 12 years. Sister Ladislas served in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, New York and Illinois.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Ladislas ministered in the culinary arts at Ss. Faith, Hope and Charity, Winnetka, (1959-61), and as a teacher’s aide at St. Basil (1975-76).

She is survived by a brother, Bernard Kust.

Sr. Agatha Adler


School Sister of St. Francis Agatha Adler, 91, died Oct. 8 in Milwaukee.

A Wisconsin native, she entered the congregation in 1935. Sister Agatha lived her religious ministry as a teacher, principal and parish minister of care in Illinois and Wisconsin. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Agatha taught at St. Benedict (1936-43); taught at St. Dionysius School, Cicero (1943-52, 1966-79), served as principal and taught there (1979- 88), and served as parish minister of care at St. Dionysius Parish (1988-92); taught at Immaculate Conception (1955-66) and served at Our Lady of Charity Parish, Cicero, in the ministry of care (1992-99).

Sister Agatha is survived by her sisters Leola Kahl and Rose Dahlman.

Margaret A. “Mickey” Paluch


Margaret A. “Mickey” Paluch, 87, died Oct. 8, after suffering a stroke the night before. She had nine children and 17 grandchildren.

In keeping with her spirit, the J.S. Paluch Company, a major national religious publisher providing the Catholic community with worship aids, inspirational music, Sunday bulletins, calendars and computer software, shares its resources with parishes across the country.

She established the Paluch Family Foundation in 1995 to fund liturgy, stewardship and vocations projects. In particular, the area of church vocations held a special place in her heart and was a primary focus of her personal commitment. In 1985, she established the company’s National Vocation Awareness Division, which supports vocation ministry in the church and underwrites an annual national vocation seminar.

In recognition of her devotion to vocation ministry, the National Religious Vocation Conference presented its John Paul II Award to Mrs. Paluch in 1987. In 1989, the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors bestowed its Stewardship Award upon her and, in 1995, established the Margaret A. Paluch Award in her honor.

In 1991, Mrs. Paluch established the endowment for the Margaret and Chester Paluch Chair of Theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein in support of that effort. In 2007, she received the Pope John Paul II Seminary Leadership Award from the National Catholic Education Association Seminary Department in recognition of her distinguished service to Roman Catholic seminaries in the United States and Canada.

Sr. Mary Honore Quinn


Mercy Sister Mary Honore Quinn, 98, died Oct. 11 at Mercy Convent in Chicago.

A Chicago native, Sister Honore entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1930 and spent the majority of her 79 years as a sister in leadership roles in education and religious life. She served in many Chicagoarea grade schools and high schools including Siena High School; St. Mary, Lake Forest; St. Clotilde; Christ the King; St. Xavier Academy and St. Catherine of Siena.

She served as principal of two Chicago high schools, St. Thomas Aquinas (1957-63) and St. Rose of Lima (1953-57). She was also on the faculty at St. Xavier University and teacher at Mercy High School for 10 years.

She was the oldest Sister of Mercy in the Chicago community, and much looked up to by younger sisters as well as her peers.

Sister Honore is survived by a sister, Nona.

Sr. Marie Shefchik


Mercy Sister Marie Shefchik, 87, died Oct. 11.

A Wisconsin native, she entered the Sisters of Mercy in Des Plaines, and was a Sister of Mercy for 69 years.

For 11 years, she taught in Chicago and Davenport Iowa’s parochial schools before joining the faculty of St. Xavier University and working with the home economic programs for 12 years.

Sister Marie also practiced and taught T’ai Chi for years and used her teachings to help others find serenity and love.

Sister Marie helped start a program through the University of Illinois to help inner-city families learn about nutrition and healthy cooking and assist them with the skills to shop and prepare better foods for themselves and their families. She worked with that program for 10 years. She also served her community on the Province Administration team for two terms.

She is survived by her brother, John.

Sr. Mildred Scheetz


Benedictine Sister Mildred Scheetz, 91, died at St. Scholastica Monastery in Chicago Oct. 14. A Colorado native, she was received as a Benedictine Sister of Chicago in 1934. Her career as an elementary teacher and principal spanned 53 years. After retiring she did pastoral work as a minister of care.

In Chicago she taught at St. Symphorosa, Queen of All Saints, St. Joseph (Orleans), St. George, and St. John Nepomucene, and in Waukegan at Mother of God. In addition, she served in the Diocese of Pueblo.

Sr. Anne Mary Kirwin


Adrian Dominican Sister Anne Mary (Mary Helen) Kirwin, 99, died Oct. 16 in Adrian, Mich.

She spent 53 years ministering in education in Michigan, Illinois and Florida. She taught at St. Celestine, Elmwood Park (1937-38), and Ascension, Harvey (1955-56).