Sr. Therese Mary Waughon


BVM Sister Therese Mary (John Francine) Waughon, 86, died March 15 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Born in Chicago, she entered the BVM congregation in 1948 from Mary Queen of Heaven Parish, Cicero. She professed final vows in 1956.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Therese Mary taught elementary school at St. Eulalia, Maywood; St. Joseph, Round Lake; St. Ferdinand; St. Dorothy; St. Gertrude; and Mary Queen of Heaven, Cicero. She also taught elementary school in Iowa and New York and was a hospital volunteer in Chicago.

Sr. John Martha Knybel

Educator, librarian

School Sister of Notre Dame John Martha (Dolores Lorraine) Knybel, 92, died March 14 at Presence Holy Family Long Term Acute Care Hospital in Des Plaines.

She was a vowed member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame for 70 years.

Sister John Martha was born in Chicago and was baptized and went to school at St. John Cantius before attending St. Stanislaus Kostka High School. After high school, she worked for a year in an office and attended evening classes at De Paul University.

She entered the congregation in 1944 and took final vows in 1953.

She taught in Milwaukee before coming back to Chicago in 1958 to serve as a teacher and librarian at Cardinal Stritch High School. She served at Chicago schools, including St. Stanislaus Kostka and the Academy of Our Lady, until 1997. She then served as receptionist at Resurrection Life Center for 14 years.

Sr. Catherine Lyons


Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Catherine (Marie Edmund) Lyons, 88, died March 13 in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin.

Born in Chicago, Sister Catherine made her first religious profession in 1948. She made her final profession in 1951. She served in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and California.

In the Archdiocese Chicago, Sister Catherine taught at Sts. Faith, Hope and Charity, Winnetka (1963-1968).

She is survived by a sister, Frances Wasowicz.

Fr. Thomas Kass


Viatorian Father Thomas Kass, 70, died March 13.

Born in Chicago, he graduated from St. Patrick High School in 1964 and entered the Clerics of St. Viator novitiate that year. He professed first vows in 1965 and final vows in 1973. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1977 at St. Hedwig Church.

He earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in English language and literature, specializing in the life and works of Samuel Johnson.

He taught in Springfield, Illinois; served as a deacon at St. Viator Parish (1976-1977); and then taught at St. Viator High School, Arlington Heights (1977-1979). He taught at St. Anselm College, New Hampshire, from 1984 to 2008, then served the Viatorians as director of pre-novices, novices, priestly formation and as the formation team chair from 2008 to 2015.

Br. Terry O’Rourke


Glenmary Brother Terry (James Michael) O’Rourke, 82, died March 10 in Cincinnati.

Born in Chicago, he entered the Glenmary Home Missioners in 1958.

He was a former Glenmary second vice president, served as an assistant prefect of brothers in Cincinnati, assistant director of the Glenmary House of Study in Washington, D.C., and a missioner in Aberdeen, Mississippi. During that assignment, he helped train service dogs for the disabled.

For 15 years, he worked on the brothers’ building crew, helping to construct dozens of houses, churches, rectories and other structures.

Brother O’Rourke is survived by his sister Loretta Coogan, and his brother, Columban Father Robert O’Rourke.

Sr. Mary Magdalene Stroeder

Educator, administrator

School Sister of St. Francis Mary Magdalene Stroeder, 94, died March 9 in Milwaukee.

Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, she was received into the School Sisters of St. Francis in 1944 and made final vows in 1952.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Peter, Skokie (1948-1954), and at St. Beatrice, Schiller Park (1954- 1957).

Sister Mary Magdalene is survived by two sisters, Mary Lavery and Sally Muench, and a brother, George Stroeder.

Fr. Daniel Mallette


Father Daniel Mallette, 85, died March 27 at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park. He was pastor emeritus of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish.

Born in Chicago, Father Mallette attended St. Mary Magdalene School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary North and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1957.

He was assistant pastor of St. Agatha (1957-1968) and Visitation (1971-1975) and associate pastor of St. Norbert Parish (1975-1977). In 1977, Father Mallette was named pastor of St. Margaret of Scotland and remained there until he became its pastor emeritus in 2012.

In addition to serving in parishes, Father Mallette was chaplain for Harrison High School in 1963 and assistant dean at the Lincoln Center College of Fordham University in Brooklyn, New York (1968-1971). He also was known as a civil rights activist, participating in demonstrations and anti-war protests in Chicago and across the country.

In December 2011, Father Mallette was assaulted and seriously injured by two burglars who broke into St. Margaret of Scotland Parish. He responded by becoming increasingly involved in prison ministry.