Sr. Patricia Ann Hurley


Adrian Dominican Sister Patricia Ann (Michael Francis) Hurley, 84, died Jan. 2, 2015, in Adrian, Michigan.

Born in Detroit, she was in the 65th year of her religious profession.

Sister Patricia served in elementary education for 38 years in Ohio and Illinois.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Edmund, Oak Park (1950-1952); St. Philip Neri (1955-1959); Hurley Queen of Apostles, Riverdale (1959-1963); St. Mary Star of the Sea (1963-1966) and Our Lady of Knock, Calumet City (1966-1969). She also served as a bookkeeper and clerk at Mary’s Pence, Evergreen Park (1993-1998).
She became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan in 2012.

Sr. Laura Ann McLaughlin


Providence Sister Laura Ann (Elizabeth Ann) McLaughlin, 74, died Dec. 26, 2014, in New Jersey. Born in Massachusetts, she entered the Sisters of Providence in 1961 and professed final vows in 1969. She was a teacher in Indiana, Illinois, New Hampshire, Washington D.C., and in Peru, and New Jersey and a counselor in New Jersey.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Maternity BVM (1976-1983).

Sister Laura Ann is survived by a brother, David McLaughlin.

Sr. M. Alfreda Bracht


Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration M. Alfreda Bracht, 103, died Dec. 25, 2014, in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Sister Alfreda served for 24 years (1966-1990) as president and chief executive officer of St. Francis Hospital in Evanston. The Loyola University graduate’s career in medical administration began in 1934 with a position as a medical records librarian.

Survivors include a sister, Ida Bracht.

Sr. Rita Mooney


Mercy Sister Rita Mooney, 89, died Dec. 23, 2014.

Born in Elgin, she entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1943 and made her final profession of vows in 1949.

She encountered the Sisters of Mercy as a child, when her mother was in a tuberculosis sanitarium across the street from Mercyville in Aurora, Illinois.

She taught for 22 years before getting a degree in nursing in 1970, serving for the rest of her career at Mercy Hospital.

Sr. Francine McGriffin


Providence Sister Francine (Regina Catherine) McGriffin, 90, died Dec. 20, 2014, in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

An Indiana native, she entered the Sisters of Providence in 1943 and professed final vows in 1950. he ministered in education and nursing in Indiana, Illinois and California. In the archdiocese, she taught at St. Sylvester (1945-1950) and St. Francis Borgia (1982-1993).

She is survived by one sister, Marjorie Bronsing, and a brother, Philip McGriffin.