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Ms. Kathleen Sladek Millard


St. Daniel the Prophet School teacher Ms. Kathleen Sladek Millard died Oct. 15 after a long illness.

After being diagnosed last year, Ms. Millard taught for the remainder of the 2008-09 school year and returned to her students for the 2009-10 year. While at St. Daniel the Prophet School she taught seventh- and eighth-grade language arts and served as the junior high area drama coach.

Ms. Millard is survived by a daughter, Colette Millard; her mother, Charlotte Sladek; and two brothers, Richard and Paul Sladek.

Sr. Vivian Smella


Holy Spirit Missionary Sister Vivian (Leocadia Agnes) Smella, 91, died Oct. 11.

Born in Michigan, she was received into the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters in Techny at age 16, when she began studying at Holy Ghost Academy in Techny.

She taught in Pennsylvania, Mississippi and Northbrook, Ill., before receiving a mission appointment. She was reappointed to the U.S. Province in 1966. Her last years were spent at the Convent in Techny, Ill., where, while still able, she pursued her love of art and held classes for the sisters.

Sr. Leone Cordell


BVM Sister Leone Cordell, 89, died Oct. 25 in Dubuque, Iowa.

A native of Chicago, Sister Leone attended St. Gregory grammar school and graduated from Immaculata High School, in 1937. She entered the BVM congregation the next year. She was an elementary school educator at Annunciation (1949- 60) and administrator at St. Vincent ( 1 9 6 0 - 6 6 ) . She also was an educator in Lincoln and Pontiac, Ill., and in Iowa.

She is survived by a sister, Lorraine Noll, and two brothers, James and Lee.

Sister Mary Lydon


Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Mary (Mary Bridget) Lydon, 84, died Oct. 26 in Ohio.

A Chicago native, she entered the congregation in 1954.

In the early 1960s, Sr. Mary answered a call for missionaries to South America. One of four chosen from many volunteers, she set off to Huancane, Peru, where she taught religion to the Aymara Indians in public schools and assisted in opening a medical clinic.

Also, she taught for more than 20 years at schools in Ohio, Michigan, and New Mexico.

In 1972, Sr. Mary returned to Peru, this time spending a year in Chivay-Arequipa, located in the altiplano, high in the Andes Mountains. Sister Mary returned to the Chicago area in 1973, teaching at Elizabeth Seton High School in South Holland (1973-75 and 1979- 84), and her alma mater, St. Sebastian High School (1975-79). During this time, she volunteered at Cook County Jail, where she taught English to Spanish speaking prisoners awaiting trial.

Sister Angela Neuhoff


Daughter of Charity Sister Angela Neuhoff, 87, died in Evansville, Ind., Oct. 26.

A Nashville, Tenn., native, she joined the Daughters of Charity in St. Louis in 1942. She served in schools and in community formation and leadership positions before working as attendance clerk at Marillac High School in Northfield (1975-85).

Sr. Mary Julia Cummings


Providence Sister Mary Julia (Wilma Jane) Cummings, 87, died Oct. 28 in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind.

An Indiana native, she entered the congregation in 1939. Of her 70 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered for 48 years teaching in elementary schools in Indiana, Illinois and Oklahoma. She ministered in parishes in Indiana and Illinois for nine years.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Mel-Holy Ghost (1941-44) and St. David (1959- 62) and served as a minister of care at Immaculate Conception (1992-98).

Sister Mary Julia is survived by a sister, Providence Sister Mary Pat Cummings, and two brothers, Bill and Joe.

Sr. Cecilia Lee


BVM Sister Cecilia (St. Cecilia) Lee, 99, died Oct. 31 in Dubuque, Iowa.

A Chicago native, Sister Cecilia attended St. Vincent School, and entered the BVM congregation in 1928 from St. Vincent Parish.

She was principal at Immaculata High School (1965-70) and a math teacher at Carmel High School, Mundelein (1976-81). She was a hospital minister at Condell Hospital, Libertyville, 1981-92.

She also was an educator and administrator in Wisconsin, Arizona, Missouri, Minnesota, Kansas and Iowa.

She is survived by a sister, Eleanor Klauke.