Obituaries

Deacon Edmund J. Gronkiewicz

Class of 1993

Deacon Edmund J. Gronkiewicz, 81, died Sept. 2. He served at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish.

Deacon Gronkiewicz was born and grew up on the Southwest Side. He attended St. Casimir School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and Loyola University Chicago, and he received his bachelor’s, master’s and law degrees all within four years of each other. A polyglot, Edmund was fluent in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, French, Russian and Polish.

In addition to serving as a deacon, he was active in the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, the Order of Sts. Maurice and Lazarus and the Constantinian Order of St. George. He was a life member and former legal counsel of the Polish Museum of America and a 49-year member of the Chicago Society of the Polish National Alliance.

Deacon Gronkiewicz had been a probate and estate planning lawyer for 55 years.

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Sr. Barbara Gass

Educator

Adrian Dominican Sister Barbara (Gerald Cecilia) Gass, 93, died March 23 in Adrian, Michigan.

Born in Michigan, she was in the 75th year of her religious life.

Sister Barbara ministered in education in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Florida, and in the office of her congregation in Michigan. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught music at Queen of Angels School (1946-1948).

She is survived by her sister, Sister Mary Louise Gass.

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Sr. Carolyn Nelson

Educator

Adrian Dominican Sister Carolyn (Angelita) Nelson, 87, died April 13 in Adrian, Michigan.

Born in Chicago, she was in the 67th year of her religious life.

Sister Carolyn ministered in education and congregation administration and as a pastoral associate in Illinois, Iowa and Michigan.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Mary, Star of the Sea (1952, 1963-1965) and was provincial administrator for the St. Dominic Province, Hometown (1975-1979).

She is survived by a sister, Judith Verhaeghe.
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Sr. Pauline Richter

Educator

Adrian Dominican Sister Pauline (Rose Angeline) Richter, 86, died May 18 in Adrian, Michigan.

Born in New Mexico, she was in the 66th year of her religious life.

Sister Pauline ministered in Illinois, Michigan and New Mexico.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Ascension, Harvey (1957-1960); Regina Dominican High School, Wilmette (1964-1965); Aquinas High School (1965-1966); Our Lady of Good Counsel (1966-1968); and Our Lady of Loretto, Hometown (1968-1970).

She is survived by sisters Maxine Garcia, Norma Stoll, Georgia Kincaid, Mary Antonette Kropog and Sheryl Warden.

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Sr. Margaret Mehigan

Educator, chaplain

Adrian Dominican Sister Margaret (Thomas Owen) Mehigan, 93, died May 19 in Adrian, Michigan.

Born in Chicago, she attended Academy of Our Lady High School before entering religious life 74 years ago.

She ministered in Michigan, New Mexico, Arizona, Iowa, Puerto Rico, Florida, California and Illinois.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Clare of Montefalco (1955-1957); taught and was guidance director at Aquinas High School (1957-1966); was guidance director at Mother of Sorrows, Blue Island (1971-1974); was provincial administrator for St. Dominic Province, Hometown (1979-1981); did clinical pastoral education at Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge (1982); was chapter prioress for the Midwest Dominican Chapter, Hometown (1982-1985); and provided pastoral care at Ravenswood Hospital (1998-2001).

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Sr. M. Jeanine McGinley

Educator

Springfield Dominican Sister M. Jeanine (Catherine Patricia) McGinley, 99, died Aug. 17 in Springfield, Illinois.

Born in Chicago, she was baptized at St. Clement Parish. She joined the Dominicans at the age of 16, and in 1938 professed her vows at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield.

Sister M. Jeanine gave almost her entire teaching ministry to kindergarten and primary school children in Illinois. She taught in Springfield, East Moline, Elgin and Chicago, including at Our Lady of Grace School.

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Sr. Georgia Brost

Educator

School Sister of St. Francis Georgia (Virginia) Brost, 93, died Aug. 21 in Milwaukee.

Born in Wisconsin, she was received into the School Sisters of St. Francis in 1946 and made final vows in 1954.

Sister Georgia ministered in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin for more than seven decades. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Blessed Agnes (1951-1952), St. Cyprian, River Grove (1956-1959) and St. Catherine Laboure, Glenview (1964-1966). 

Sister Georgia is survived by three brothers: Father Frederick Brost, David Brost and John Brost; and three sisters: Janice Brost, Patricia Nickley and Donna Tamasaki.

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Sr. Baptist Stohrer

Musician, educator

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Baptist Stohrer, 93, died Aug. 31 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin.

Born in Urbana, Sister Baptist made her first religious profession in 1947 and her perpetual profession in 1950.

She primarily taught music in elementary and high schools for 20 years before beginning a 40-year tenure in music at Rosary College/Dominican University, River Forest. She served in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and South Dakota.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Baptist taught at St. Cajetan (1947) and taught music at Rosary College/Dominican University, River Forest (1972-2013). She served as university ministry liturgist at Dominican University (2013-2014).

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Fr. Paul V. Mankowski

Scholar

Jesuit Father Paul V. Mankowski, 66, died Sept. 3 in Evanston due to a brain hemorrhage.

Born in Indiana, he earned a degree in classics and philosophy from the University of Chicago before entering the Society of Jesus in 1976. He was ordained in 1987 and he professed final vows in 2012.

His other degrees included a master’s in classics from Oxford University, a Master of Divinity and a licentiate in sacred theology from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and a doctorate in comparative Semitic philology from Harvard University.

Father Mankowski taught at Xavier University (1983-1984) and was a professor of Old Testament languages at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome (1994-2009). He also taught at Graham School of General Studies at the University of Chicago (2010-2011).  Father Mankowski spent a year as acting pastor of Sacred Heart Church English Language Parish in Amman, Jordan, before, in 2012, becoming a scholar-in-residence at Lumen Christi Institute, University of Chicago.

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Fr. Joseph Cook

Associate pastor

Father Joseph T. Cook, 61, died Aug. 17. He was associate pastor of St. Linus, Oak Lawn.

Born in Evergreen Park, Father Cook attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary South, Niles College Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary.

After being ordained in 1986, he served as associate pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption and Holy Ghost, South Holland.

He was then pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption and St. Kieran, Chicago Heights, before being assigned as associate pastor of St. Linus.

Cook’s classmate and friend, Father James Presta, pastor of St. Emily, Mount Prospect, had known Father Joe since they both entered Niles College Seminary in 1978 as freshmen.

“Father Joe had a great smile and an infectious laugh, a deep, unwavering faith in the Lord and a passion for priestly ministry,” Presta said. “He has been a wonderful friend, a great classmate and brother priest to me. He will be sorely missed by his dear family and many friends, his seminary classmates and the many people whose hearts and souls he touched in parish life.”

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