Father George Francis Cerny, 81, died Jan. 24. He was pastor emeritus of St. Bartholomew Parish and was a resident at the Franciscan Village/ Mother Theresa Home in Lemont.
Born in Chicago, he attended St. John Nepomucene and St. Rita schools and Quigley Preparatory Seminary before graduating from DePaul University with an accounting degree.
He then served in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant (1956- 1957) before entering the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. He was ordained in 1964.
Father Cerny served as assistant pastor of Our Lady of the Mount, Cicero 1964- 1973); St. Peter Canisius Parish (1973- 1978); Holy Ghost, South Holland (1978- 1979); and St. Bartholomew (1986-1991). He was pastor of St. Teresa of Avila (1980- 1986) and St. Bartholomew (1991-2004). He was named pastor emeritus after his retirement.
Father Cerny is survived by his sister, Irene Kucharski.
Father William Dennis Mannion, 78, died Jan. 20. He was pastor emeritus of Our Lady of Hope Parish, Rosemont, and was a resident at the Presence St. Benedict Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Niles.
Born in Chicago, he He attended St. Dorothy School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/ Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1963.
Father Mannion served as assistant pastor of St. Emeric, Country Club Hills (1963- 1967); Holy Name Cathedral (1967-1975); St. Christina (1975-1977); and St. John of the Cross, (1977-1988). During this time, Father Mannion served as defender of the bond at the Metropolitan Tribunal, as well as a member of the Diocesan Clergy Personnel Board (Priests’ Placement Board). He was named pastor of St. Athanasius Parish in Evanston in 1989.
Ten years later, Father Mannion became pastor of Our Lady of Hope Parish and served there until his retirement in 2008, when he was named pastor emeritus.
Father Mannion is survived by his brother, Robert Mannion.
Deacon Raymond Ward, 65, died Jan. 15. He was ordained in 1989 and served at St. Jerome Parish.
He worked as sound man for Chicago’s Wilderness Road and other bands.
He is survived by his wife, Kathryn, his children Raymond, Joanna, Nathaniel, Elizabeth and Kathleen Ward; grandchildren Evelyn and Liliana Ward; and siblings Donna Ward, Mark Ward, Andrea Johnston, Paula Ward and Matthew Ward.
Father Robert George Herne, 93, died Jan. 14. He was pastor emeritus of Our Lady of the Brook Parish, Northbrook, and was recently a resident at the Bishop Timothy J. Lyne Residence for Retired Priests in Palos Park.
Born in Chicago, he attended St. Columbanus School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1947.
Father Herne served as assistant pastor at St. Celestine, Elmwood Park (1947-1952); Holy Name Cathedral (1952-1960); St. Joseph, Wilmette (1960-1964); and St. Richard (1964-1968). He was pastor of Our Lady of the Brook Parish (1968-1991), and was named pastor emeritus there. Before moving to the Bishop Lyne Residence, he was a resident of Sacred Heart Parish, Palos Hills.
Because of his great devotion to the Blessed Mother, Father Herne was an active member of the Legion of Mary throughout most of his life as a priest.
Dominican Father George John Dominic Reynolds, 84, died Jan. 13 at Resurrection Life Center in Chicago.
Born in Chicago, he attended Ascension School, Oak Park, and St. Eulalia School, Maywood.
After attending one year of high school at Quigley Preparatory Seminary, he transferred to Fenwick High School in Oak Park, graduating in 1948.
He studied at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, for two years before entering the Dominican Order in 1951. He professed his first vows in 1952 and was ordained in 1959.
Father Reynolds taught high school at Fenwick and in Texas. He also served in pastoral ministry of parishes and Newman Centers in Minnesota, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Louisiana, Georgia and Wisconsin. In 2014, Father Reynolds moved to Chicago and lived at St. Pius V Priory on limited service.
He is survived by two sisters, Margaret Sallade and Sandy deBlaker.