Obituaries

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Sr. Marie Patrice O’Donnell

Educator

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Marie Patrice O’Donnell, 91, died July 26 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin.

Born in Nebraska, Sister Marie Patrice made her first religious profession in 1947 and her perpetual profession in 1950.

She served in Illinois, Wisconsin, Alabama, Colorado and Nebraska.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Marie Patrice taught at Visitation (1947-1950) and St. Cajetan (1958-1962, 1971-1972).

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Sr. Mary Milano

Educator, spiritual director

Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Mary (Carmen Therese) Milano, 87, died July 21 in Cincinnati.

Born in Chicago, she was baptized at St. William Parish. She was in religious life for 70 years.

Sister Mary taught every elementary grade from second to eighth. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Robert Bellarmine (1954-1958) and St. Victor, Calumet City (1963-1966). She also taught in other Illinois cities; in Ohio, Michigan and Arizona; and in Kenya.

She was at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership at Loyola University Chicago from 1979 to 1980. After training in spiritual direction, she served as novice director, then spiritual and retreat director for 26 years.

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Sr. Maureen Juozapavicius

Educator, pastoral care provider

Sister of St. Casimir Maureen Juozapavicius died July 29.

A native of Chicago, Sister Maureen entered the Sisters of St. Casimir in 1943.  She made her first profession of vows in 1946 and made her final vows in 1951.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Maureen taught at Immaculate Conception (44th Street) (1946-1947, 1964-1968); St. Joseph, South Chicago (1952-1954, 1956-1957, 1969-1970); Nativity BVM (1956-1957, 1961-1964); St. Norbert, Northbrook (1958-1959); Sts. Peter and Paul (1959-1961); Our Lady of Vilna (1968-1969); and Maria High School (1973-1981), where she also provided guidance counseling.  From 1981 to 1993, Sister Maureen served in pastoral care at Holy Cross Hospital.  She also taught in elementary schools in New Mexico, Michigan and Florida.

She was a minister of prayer and presence from 2014 to 2019 at Franciscan Village in Lemont.

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Sr. Ursula Cazalé

Nurse

Daughter of Charity Sister Ursula Cazalé, 93, died Aug. 5 in Bridgeton, Missouri.

Born in New Orleans, Sister Ursula was a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul for 72 years.

She received her nursing diploma from St. Joseph School of Nursing in Chicago in 1950; the following year, she earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing education from DePaul University.

Sister Ursula served as nursing supervisor at St. Joseph Hospital (1947-1951). She also served at other hospitals in Illinois and in Alabama, Texas and Louisiana, and at the Marillac Provincial House in St. Louis.

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Sr. Patricia Brady

Educator

Adrian Dominican Sister Patricia (Francis Kevin) Brady, 80, died Aug. 6 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Born in Chicago, she attended Aquinas High School and was in the 61st year of her religious life.

Sister Patricia ministered in Michigan, Florida, Illinois and Louisiana.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she was associate principal at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Westchester (1977-1987); taught at Mother McAuley High School (1988-1991); was chapter prioress of the Upper Midwest Chapter (1991-1997); was coordinator/liaison for Dominican Youth/Young Adult Ministry in Westchester (1998-2008) and was executive director of the Dominican Association of Secondary Schools in Westchester (2008-2009).

She is survived by her sisters, Mary Quinn Brady and Colleen McGuire.

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Fr. Richard W. Anderson

Spiritual director, superior

Jesuit Father Richard W. Anderson, 84, died Aug. 10.

Born in Chicago, he was a Jesuit for more than 65 years.

He ministered as a spiritual director and community superior at Loyola University Chicago and Milford Spiritual Center. He also served as chaplain at various locations, including St. Ignatius College Prep and the John Felice Center of Loyola University in Rome.

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Fr. John C. Hergenrother

Pastor emeritus

Father John C. Hergenrother, 79, died July 8. He was pastor emeritus of St. Louise de Marillac Parish, La Grange Park.

Born in Chicago, he attended St. Laurence School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1966.

He was chancellor of the Archdiocese of Chicago and a judge of the Metropolitan Tribunal. He also served as associate pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Ferdinand and St. Monica. He became pastor of St. Louise de Marillac in 1985 and was named pastor emeritus in 2010.

Father Michael Bradley, adjutant judicial vicar who worked with Father Hergenrother for more than 20 years, said Father Hergenrother wrote about the spirit of joy as the Second Vatican Council was unfolding during his final years in the seminary. Father Hergenrother felt that same “spirit renewed with Pope Francis challenging us to live the joy of Jesus’ merciful Gospel and the documents of Vatican II being implemented,” Bradley said.

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Fr. Joseph Nam Dao

Associate pastor

Father Joseph Nam Dao, 65, died July 10 in Ohio. He was associate pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Highland Park.

Born in Vietnam, he attended Blessed Phung Minor Seminary and St. Theresa Major Seminary in Vietnam and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 2000.

Father Dao served as associate pastor at St. Margaret Mary; Sts. Faith, Hope and Charity, Winnetka; and Immaculate Conception.

Father Claudio Diaz, classmate and pastor of St. Aloysius, remembered Father Dao as “a mixture of an old soul with a child’s twinkle in his eyes.” He added that Father Dao “endured many hardships in Vietnam and came to Chicago with the sole purpose of serving the people of God in the archdiocese.”

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Deacon Frank DeVita

Class of 1974

Deacon Frank DeVita, 97, died July 10. He was ordained in 1974 and served at Divine Providence Parish, Westchester.

Deacon DeVita served as a combat medic in World War II and attained the rank of staff sergeant. After the war, he continued to serve in the reserves and National Guard, where he attained the rank of first lieutenant. He worked for 31 years as an insurance agent and manager.

As a deacon, he assisted in hospital and parish ministry.

His wife, Blanche DeVita, predeceased him. He is survived by his children Maria Burg, Anthony DeVita, Michelle Fong and Jean Ferri; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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Deacon Mario Avila

Class of 1992

Deacon Mario Avila, 68, died July 10. Deacon Avila, who lived in Westchester, was ordained in 1992 and served at St. Malachy-Precious Blood Parish, where he was a pastoral associate.

He is survived by his wife, Juanita, the director of religious education at St. Malachy-Precious Blood; children Mario Jr., Wendy Ruth and Christine Olivia Avila; and brothers Jose Castulo, Alejandro and the late Julio Avila.

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