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Fr. Anthony M. Talarico

Former pastor

Father Anthony M. Talarico, 75, died April 30. He was the former pastor of Holy Ghost Parish in South Holland.

Born in Chicago, Father Talarico attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1970.

After ordination, Talarico was assistant pastor of St. Priscilla and Immaculate Conception, Highland Park. He also served as chaplain at Columbus Hospital.

He served as pastor of St. Aloysius, Holy Rosary and Holy Ghost. He also served as an administrator at Cardinal Stritch Retreat House in Mundelein and Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. He retired from ministry in 2018, and he continued to reside at the Holy Ghost Parish rectory.

Roman Szabelski, former executive director of Catholic Cemeteries, remembers his friend “as a loving pastor who was always concerned for his parishioners.” Father Talarico cared for Szabelski’s brother, Father Joe Szabelski, who suffered from chronic health issues before he died three years ago.

“The same gentle kindness Father Tony showed his parishioners was the same gentle kindness that was applied to my brother,” said Szabelski, who recalled how Father Talarico cared for a three-legged Irish wolfhound named Finn. “Whenever the shelter had a dog, they would always call Father Tony to adopt it. I guess he was always willing to take care of the abandoned.”

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Sr. Helen Therese Conway


Providence Sister Helen Therese (Eileen) Conway, 94, died April 16 in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

Born in Chicago, she attended Our Lady of the Angels School and Providence High School. She entered the Sisters of Providence in 1948 and professed final vows in 1955.

Of her 72 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered in education for 37 years in schools in Indiana, Illinois and California. Retiring from teaching in 1987, she returned to the motherhouse, where she served as an administrative assistant in a variety of offices. 

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Francis Xavier, Wilmette (1960-1964) and Our Lady of Mercy (1964-1965).

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Sr. Loretta Finnerty


Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Loretta (Mercedes) Finnerty, 89, died April 27 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin. Her religious name was Sister Mercedes.

Born in Chicago, Sister Loretta made her first religious profession in 1952 and her perpetual profession in 1955. She was an educator and pastoral minister in Wisconsin, Colorado, Illinois, the District of Columbia, Louisiana and Michigan.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Loretta taught at St. Basil (1976-1977) and Visitation (1977-1981).

She is survived by a sister, Betty Finnerty.