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Sr. Camille Neubauer

Educator, parish minister

Providence Sister Camille Neubauer, 79, died Aug. 14 in St. Mary of the Woods, Indiana.

Born in Washington, D.C., Sister Camille entered the Sisters of Providence in 1961 and professed final vows in 1969.  She taught in schools in Missouri, Maryland and Illinois, then served as music director in parishes in Maryland and Virginia.

In 2002, she returned to the motherhouse in St. Mary of the Woods to serve as director of liturgy and music, and later was a volunteer receptionist at Woods Day Care and Providence Conference and Spirituality Center. 

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Mother Theodore Guerin High School, River Grove (1975-1980).

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Fr. Raymond E. O’Connor

Shrine director

Claretian Father Raymond E. O’Connor, 81, died Aug. 17 in Park Ridge.

Born in Chicago, Father O’Connor attended Claretian seminaries and Catholic University of America before being ordained in 1964.

He had brief assignments at Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Francis of Assisi parishes before serving as assistant vocation director at the Claretian House of Studies in Washington, D.C., in 1966. He also ministered in New York, Virginia, Missouri and Georgia.

He returned to Chicago in 2005 and became the director of the National Shrine of St. Jude at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish.  In 2008, he retired and became a resident of the Claretian community in Oak Park, but continued as codirector of the shrine for another 10 years. In 2019, he moved to the Sheridan at Park Ridge nursing home, his final place of residence.  
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Fr. Robert C. Thul


Jesuit Father Robert C. Thul, 89, died Aug. 25.

Born in Cincinnati, Father Thul was a Jesuit for more than 70 years.

He taught math and religion at St. Ignatius College Prep, at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati and at Colegio San Jose in Arequipa, Peru.

In the 1990s, Father Thul co-authored “Math for Change,” a teaching curriculum which incorporated social justice themes into math problems, and which has gone through multiple reprints. 

After 2006, he did pastoral ministry in Lexington, Kentucky; and in Cincinnati before moving to the Colombiere Center in Michigan in 2016.

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Sr. Carol Louise Hiller


Adrian Dominican Sister Carol Louise (Elizabeth June) Hiller, 97, died Aug. 24 in Adrian, Michigan.

Born in Detroit, she was in the 77th year of her religious life.

Sister Carol Louise ministered in Illinois, New York, Michigan, Florida, Nevada, Alaska and California.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Rita (1943-1944); St. Kilian (1944-1948); St. Kevin (1948-1951); and St. Albert the Great, Oak Lawn (1958-1959); and she was a librarian at Aquinas High School (1962-1966).