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Sister M. Helen Anthony Kieszkowski


Holy Cross Sister M. Helen Anthony (Audrey Marie) Kieszkowski, 82, died on Feb. 22.

An Indiana native, she entered the congregation in 1948 and taught for seven years at St. Theodore School in Chicago.

She is survived by her sisters, Marlene Bailey and Antonia Cross, and her brother, Marvin.

Sr. Virginia M. Healy


BVM Sister Virginia M. (Richardette) Healy, 97, died Feb. 23 in Dubuque, Iowa.

A Chicago native, she entered the Sisters of Charity, BVM congregation in 1934 from St. Margaret Mary Parish. She professed final vows in 1942.

In the archdiocese, Sister Virginia taught at Holy Cross in 1937. She was director of housing at Mundelein College (1976-1978) and attendance officer at the Immaculata High School (1978-1981). She also taught in Rock Island, Ill.; Iowa; Oregon; and Minnesota.

Fr. Thomas Moran


Claretian Father Thomas D. Moran, 84, died Feb. 23, in Chicago after complications from pneumonia.

A Chicago native, Father Moran made his first profession as a Claretian Missionary in 1947, perpetual profession in 1950 and was ordained a priest in 1955. Father Moran was a teacher and principal in Illinois for 12 years before being sent to Guatemala, where he spent about 25 years. He championed the rights of the indigenous and working people of the towns of El Estor and Livingston. His work in advancing the cause of education resulted in a new school being named in his honor in Livingston.

When he returned to the United States in 1999, he was assigned as an associate pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish on the South Side, where he served until December 2011.

He is survived by his sisters Joan McGoldrick and Marie Tarpey.

Fr. Edward Konerman


Jesuit Father Edward Konerman, 82, died Feb. 24. A Kentucky native, Father Konerman joined the Society of Jesus in 1945. He was ordained in 1958 and professed final vows in 1964.

Father Konerman taught theology to seminarians at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein (1963-1985) and was the chairman of the ecclesiastical faculty (1979- 1985). In 1967, Father Konerman began assisting at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish and remained there until 1988. From 1976-1996 Father Konerman was the secretary for the Catholic Theological Society of America. He also served as the freshman dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University Chicago (1986-1995) before spending a year as a coordinator for the NCAA lifeskills program at Loyola University.

He is survived by three brothers.

Sr. M. Hubert Jasinski


Franciscan Sister M. Hubert (Anna) Jasinski, 101, died Feb. 25,Sister Hubert, a Pennsylvania native, entered the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago in 1928.

She taught elementary school for 53 years, teaching every grade from second through eighth grade. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Five Holy Martyrs and St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr schools.

After retiring from education, she worked in health care support in Ohio before retiring to the Our Lady of Victory Motherhouse in Lemont in 1991.

Sister V. Joan Peebles


BVM Sister V. Joan (Veronica Joan) Peebles, 82, died Feb. 25 in Dubuque, Iowa.

A Chicago native, she entered the Sisters of Charity, BVM congregation in 1948 from Presentation Parish. She professed final vows in 1956.

Sister Joan taught at Mary Queen of Heaven (1951-1952), Holy Name Cathedral (1952- 1959), St. Agatha (1968-1969), St. Jerome (1969-1971), St. Angela (1993-1995) and Notre Dame High School for Girls (1995- 1997). She served in parish ministry at St. James, Arlington Heights (1971-1976), and St. Matthew, Schaumburg (1976- 1991).

Sr. Anita Bremner


Religious of the Sacred Heart Anita (Nancy) Bremner, 97, died Feb. 27 in Albany, N.Y.

A Chicago native and a product of Sacred Heart schools, Sister Bremner entered the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1937 and made her final vows in 1945.

From 1939 to 1984, Sister Bremner taught in Chicago area Catholic schools: Academy of the Sacred Heart, Sheridan Road; Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart; St. Joseph School and St. Mary’s Parish in Lake Forest.

For many years she was assistant superior of the schools in Lake Forest, during the years when both the academy and Barat College occupied the same administration building. She was a member of the Chicago Catholic School Board (1976- 1980).

In 1984, Sister Bremner moved to Louisiana, and a year later she began a literacy ministry that became her passion.

She is survived by a sister, Elizabeth Cole.