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Sr. Mary Ann Eultgen

Educator, pastoral minister

Sister of Christian Charity Mary Ann (Carol) Eultgen, 84, died Dec. 27 at Sacred Heart Convent, Wilmette.

Born in St. Louis, she entered the convent in 1947, and made first vows in 1951 and perpetual vows in 1957.

She taught at St. Mary, Riverdale (1951-1954); and St. Aloysius (1955-1956); as well as in other Illinois communities, in Iowa, Minnesota and Louisiana. She later worked as a pastoral minister in the St. Louis area.

After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September, she returned to Sacred Heart Convent in Wilmette, where she died three months later.

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Sr. Lorraine Lawrence


Sister Lorraine Lawrence, a Religious of the Sacred Heart, died Jan. 24 in California. She was 100 years old.

Sister Lorraine was born in Libertyville and attended St. Joseph School there and Holy Child High School in Waukegan.

She studied at Barat College and earned a degree in medical technology at St. Therese Hospital in Waukegan. After working for several months at an Iowa hospital, she discerned a vocation to religious life.

She entered the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1938 and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science and a doctorate in chemistry.
She returned to Barat College to teach for five years. While there, she was featured in a 1954 Chicago Tribune article about her work as a ham radio operator at the college.

She began teaching in California in 1955, and, after more than 20 years, retired from teaching to serve the society in a number of roles.

Sister Lorraine is survived by her sister, Mary Neal, and her brother, John Lawrence.

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Sr. Emilie Marie Sierakowski

Educator, musician

Felician Sister Emilie Marie Sierakowski, 99, died Jan. 24 in Our Lady of the Angels Convent.

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, she entered the Felician Sisters in 1938 and pro-fessed her final vows in 1946. She ministered in elementary and high schools as a principal, music teacher and organist in Illinois, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

She served as a music teacher (1955-1972) and then as the principal (1972-1978) of St. Joseph High School. She later taught music at St. Turibius School (1978-2009).

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Sr. Mary Hemmen


Adrian Dominican Sister Mary (Rose Maureen) Hemmen, 81, died Jan. 24 in Adrian, Michigan.

orn in Detroit, she was in the 62nd year of her religious life.

Sister Mary ministered in Michigan and Illinois. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Laurence (1965-1967) and was principal of St. Celestine, Elmwood Park (1970-1974).

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Sr. Mary Doris Ashcraft

Hospital advocate

Franciscan Sister of Mary Doris (Gwendolyn Sandra) Ashcraft, 82, died Jan. 26 in Missouri. 

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, she became Catholic at the age of 12. She entered the Sisters of St. Mary in 1955 and she professed final vows in 1962. 

In 1975, she moved to St. Francis Hospital in Blue Island, as sacristan and patient visitor. Sister Doris remained at St. Francis for 35 years as chaplain assistant, chaplain associate, pastoral mission advocate, patient advocate and spiritual mission advocate, until the hospital became a for-profit institution in 2008. 

Sister Doris is survived by a stepsister, Theresa J. Cippola.

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Sr. Roseann Eck


Sister of St. Joseph Roseann Eck, 88, died Jan. 31.

She had been a member of the community for 71 years.

Sister Roseann taught at St. Margaret Mary; St. John Fisher; St. Mary, Riverside; Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Melrose Park; St. Francis Xavier, LaGrange; St. Joseph Military Academy and Alexine Learning Center, LaGrange Park; and St. Leonard, Berwyn.