Sister Mary Jo Schulte, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died on May 7 at St. Francis Convent, Springfield. She was 77 years old.
Sister Mary Jo was born in Quincy on April 25, 1940, the daughter of Frank and Frances Wilde Schulte. She entered the congregation on Sept. 12, 1958 and professed her religious vows on Sept. 8, 1961.
Sister Miriam Joseph Bardot, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died on April 24 at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 101 years old.
Sister Miriam Joseph, the former Kathryn Leona Bardot, was born in Luebbering, Mo., on March 17, 1916, the daughter of August and Cecilia Barband Bardot. She entered the congregation on Feb. 2, 1937 and professed her religious vows on Oct. 4, 1939.
Springfield Dominican Sister M. Laurentia Fenlon died March 21 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She was born in Chicago in 1931 to Lawrence J. and Mary Bartley Fenlon and baptized Joan Marie. She made her profession of vows in 1952 at Sacred Heart Convent.
Sister Laurentia ministered most of her religious life in elementary education. She taught or was principal in parish schools throughout central and northern Illinois and in Duluth, Minn. In 1992, she began her ministry as parish pastoral associate, serving at St. Gertrude Parish, Franklin Park and at Corpus Christi Parish, Carol Stream. In 2002, she became unit secretary in the Dominican Sisters’ nursing facility at Sacred Heart Convent and cared lovingly for the needs of the sisters until she was no longer able.
DONALDSON, IND. — Sister Wilma Boeving, (Dolores Ruth) PHJC, passed away on March 26 at the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, on the eve of the Feast of the Annunciation.
The Feast of the Annunciation is a special feast day for the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. Luke 1:26-38 tells of Gabriel’s visit with the message that Mary will conceive and give birth to Jesus. Mary replies, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”
Springfield Dominican Sister M. Carmen Cesario died Feb. 6 at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Chicago in 1918, and named Grace by her parents, Carmen and Rose Coconate Cesario. She made her profession of vows in 1952 at Sacred Heart Convent.
Sister M. Carmen is remembered by many Dominican sisters and priests, as well as Viatorian priests and brothers, as a gracious hostess and wonderful cook and baker. Her gifts were appreciated at the Dominican priory in Winona, Minn.; the Viatorian Province Center in Arlington Heights; and at every Springfield Dominican convent where she served.
Sister M. Gabrielis Hu, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, died on Feb. 11 at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 105 years old.
Sister M. Gabrielis, the former Mary Hu-Cheng-Kuan, was born in Wucheng Shandong Province, China, on Nov. 11, 1911, the daughter of Anthony and Mary Li Hu. She entered the congregation on July 31, 1930 in China and professed her religious vows on May 18, 1933 in Springfield. In 1936, she graduated from St. John’s School of Nursing after which she rejoined the Sisters’ community in China and served as a nurse and directress of novices. The Sisters left China to travel to America in 1948 when the Communists’ threats became serious. Over 40 years would pass before Sister Gabrielis received a visa to return to her native land to visit her family.
ST. LOUIS — A Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated Jan. 7 in Dallas, for Sister Kathleen Barnes, OSU, who died peacefully Dec. 1, 2016 in New Orleans. She served in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.
The daughter of George Sanderson Barnes and Agnes Phelan, she was born Jan. 16, 1921, in Little Rock, Ark. Her father’s job kept the family traveling throughout her childhood and she attended eight different elementary schools. She received her secondary education at Ursuline Academy in Dallas, graduating in May 1938.
Sister Frances Elizabeth Schmitz, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died on Jan. 19 at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 94 years old.
Sister Frances Elizabeth was born in Waterloo, Iowa on March 1, 1922, the daughter of Henry and Agnes Beck Schmitz. She entered the congregation on Feb. 2, 1945 and professed her religious vows on Oct. 4, 1947.
Springfield Dominican Sister M. Rosalima Blough died Jan. 15 at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Peoria, in 1917, and named Alice Virginia by her parents, Earl Blaine and Anna Catherine Ely Blough. She made her profession of vows in 1937 at Sacred Heart Convent.
Sister M. Rosalima ministered as an elementary and high school teacher for 56 years, primarily in Central Illinois and at Marian Catholic High School, Chicago Heights, where she taught math and science from 1961-1982. From 1993-2003, she worked in medical records at St. Mary-Rogers Memorial Hospital in Rogers, Ark., and from 2003 until retirement in 2014, she served as an assistant librarian at Sacred Heart Convent.
Springfield Dominican Sister Janice Greenwood died on Jan. 4 at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Chicago, in 1932, to John and Agnes (Meyer) Greenwood. She made her profession of vows in 1951 at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield.
Sister Janice faithfully served God’s people and her Dominican Sisters for 66 years, first as an elementary school teacher in Springfield and the Chicago suburbs (1951-1970), then as a home economics teacher at Marian Catholic High School, Chicago Heights (1970-1982) and Rosary High School, Aurora (1982-1986).
Springfield Dominican Sister Doris Taylor died Dec. 31, 2016 at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Eldred in 1933 to John F. and Freda (Gehlhausen) Taylor. She made her profession of vows in 1953 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield.
Sister Doris, who was known as Sister M. Leona for a time, served 11 years as an elementary school teacher in Chicago, East Moline and East St. Louis, before beginning a 33-year mission in Peru. There she served as a teacher and pastoral minister in La Oroya, Lima, and Llanopampa. Sister Doris returned to the U.S. in 1998 and after a sabbatical, ministered among Spanish-speaking people in Kentucky and in Freeport, Jacksonville and Beardstown.
Sister Teresa Margaret Murphy, OP, died peacefully on Dec. 7 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. She was 95 years old.
She was born Margaret Jane Murphy in Co Derry, N. Ireland to Mary (née McCloskey) and James Murphy. She was the eldest of five children: Margaret, William, George, Mary and Veronica.
Sister Donna Marie Woodson, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died on Dec. 18, 2016 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. She was 82 years old.
Sister Donna Marie, the former Marie Evelyn Woodson, was born in Omaha, Neb., on July 10, 1934, the daughter of Cleo Eugene and Josephine Mary Hoban Woodson. She entered the congregation on Feb. 11, 1960 and professed her religious vows on Sept. 8, 1962.
ST. LOUIS — Sister Nancy (Mary Pacelli) Fearon, OSU, died peacefully on Oct. 10 at St. Louis University Hospital. She served in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois for many years. She was 85 years old.
The daughter of Charles W. and Rose McKay Fearon, she was born on July 25, 1931, in Oak Park. She attended Ascension Catholic School in Oak Park and St. Mary’s High School in Chicago. She entered the Ursuline Sisters in July 1959 and professed her first vows in January 1962. After studying at Northwestern and DePaul universities in Chicago, she earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from The College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, N.Y.
Sister M. Kenneth Wildt of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, died on Oct. 11 at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 86 years old.
Sister Kenneth, the former Laverne Wildt, was born in Washington, Mo., on March 22, 1930, the daughter of Herman and Catherine Zwicke Wildt. She entered the congregation on Feb. 1, 1947 and professed her religious vows on Oct. 4, 1949.
Father Aaron Pirrera, a monk of Subiaco Abbey, died peacefully Sept. 18 at Sparks Regional Medical Center, Fort Smith, Ark. He was 72 years old and had been a professed monk for 36 years and a priest for 31 years.
Born Charles Pirrera in Chicago on Aug. 7, 1944 he was one of two children of Carl and Mary Midiri Pirrera. The family resided in Springfield, where Charles attended Ss. Peter and Paul School and went on to attend and graduate from Griffin High School in 1962.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — Brother Leo V. Ryan of the Clerics of St. Viator died on June 22 at the Moorings of Arlington Heights Rehabilitation Center. He was 89 years old.
Brother Ryan was born on April 6, 1927 in Waukon, Iowa, the son of John and Mary (O’Brien) Ryan. He was an Army veteran and held a bachelor’s in business administration from Marquette University, an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago and a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University School of Commerce and Finance.
Sister Marie Clare Scheible, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died on June 12 at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 91.
Sister Marie Clare was born in Rochester, N.Y., on June 27, 1924, the daughter of Anthony and Florence Servatius Scheible. She entered the congregation on Sept. 8, 1947 and professed her religious vows on June 13, 1950.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — Father Kenneth E. Yarno, CSV, died June 8 in Arlington Heights. He was 84.
He was born on March 4, 1932 in Watseka, the son of Edward and Dorothy (Garing) Yarno. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Melvin of Kankakee and Russell of Fort Walton Beach, Fla. He is survived by his sister, Pauline Newquist of Colliersville, Tenn., and nephews Michael Newquist and Bruce Yarno.
Springfield Dominican Sister Mary Ventura, OP, died on April 26 at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Bradley, in 1928, one of four children born to Philip and Josephine Ciaccio Ventura. She made her profession of vows in 1947 at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield. Sister Mary gave her life educating children and adults. As a primary school teacher, she served in Chicago, Mt. Sterling, Odell, and Springfield.
Springfield Dominican Sister Josephine Therese Uhll, OP, died on April 9.
She was born in Morrisonville in 1918. Named Mildred Marie, she was one of four children born to James B. and L. Josephine Young Uhll. She took the religious name Josephine Therese and made her profession of vows in 1937 at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield.
Springfield Dominican Sister Mary Bede DuChene died on April 19 at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Trenton, Mich., in 1923 and named Veronica Agnes. She was one of 12 children born to William and Agnes Dubry DuChene. She made her profession of vows in 1944 at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield.
Sister M. Bede spent her life as an educator, principal and librarian, sharing her love of learning with children of all ages in central Illinois and Chicago.
Springfield Dominican Sister M. Regina Graham, OP, died on March 16. She was born in Martinsville, in 1926 and named Helen Joan, one of eight children born to William and Lena (Callahan) Graham. She took the name M. Regina when she made her profession of vows in 1943 at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield.
Sister M. Regina served the people of God for 73 years. Her early years of ministry were given to kindergarten teaching at Little Flower (1948-1952) and Christ the King (1958-1966). She was a founding teacher in both schools. She also served at Holy Rosary Duluth, Minn.; St. John Bosco, Chicago; Holy Family, Decatur; and St. Bernadette, Evergreen Park, before becoming principal of Rosary High School, Aurora, where she served from 1979-1989.
Sister M. Michaeline Hoffmann, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died on Feb. 27 at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 94 years old.
Sister M. Michaeline, the former Marcella Hoffmann, was born in Belleville on March 11, 1921, the daughter of Frank and Mary Ripp Hoffmann. She entered the Congregation on Sept. 7, 1940 and professed her religious vows on Oct. 4, 1943.
Loretto Sister M. Concetta Torrillo, 91, died on Feb. 1, at Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary in Nerinx, Ky. She was born in Granite City, in 1924, and named Maria Magdalena Addolorato, one of four children born to Joseph and Concetta (Gagliardi) Torrillo. She entered the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross in 1944 where she made her first vows in 1946 and final vows in 1950.