Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Margaret (Aimee Julie) Michael, 100, died in Cincinnati Jan. 11. Born in Ohio, she entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1934 and made final vows in 1943.
Sister Margaret taught every grade from first through eighth. In the Archdiocese of Chicago she spent nine years in three schools. Her special passion was serving in inner-city schools where she understood the importance of teaching all children the skills they needed to succeed.
Sister Margaret officially retired in 1994, but remained very active in gardening and other volunteer work.
She is survived by one niece, Kevin Ann Ford.
Sister of St. Joseph-Third Order of St. Francis Regina Wachowski, 84, died Dec. 6 in Manaus, Brazil.
A member of her religious community for 68 years, she taught at St. Roman and St. Mary of Perpetual Help before embarking on a 44-year ministry in Brazil. She was a medical missionary in the Esperanca Project, traveling down the Amazon River on a hospital ship. She spent many years in the medical field before serving as a pastoral care worker in Manaus.
Sister of Christian Charity De- Lourdes (Evelyn) Bragg, 104, died Dec. 4 at Sacred Heart Convent, Wilmette.
Born in Michigan, she was received into the novitiate in 1930, made first vows in 1932 and perpetual vows in 1937.
She taught in schools in Missouri, Louisiana and Iowa as well as at Mallinckrodt High School, Wilmette, where she taught ninthgrade religion, English and Latin (1942-1943).
She returned to the motherhouse in Wilmette in 1985 and began teaching art at Mallinckrodt College. When she came to Sacred Heart Convent in 1999 a group of former students followed her; they would continue to meet until 2012 in the basement of Sacred Heart Convent to paint, talk and enjoy refreshments twice a week.
Adrian Dominican Sister Ruth Anne (Mary Ralph) Kelly, 77, died Jan. 10 in Adrian, Michigan.
Born in Michigan, she was in the 61st year of her religious profession. She ministered in elementary and secondary education for 44 years in Illinois and Michigan.
She taught at Queen of Angels (1955-1956) and St Celestine, Elmwood Park (1956-1967)
Sister Ruth Anne is survived by a brother, Francis P. Kelly Jr., and sisters: Margaret Rose Kelly, Barbara Kelly and Patricia Kelly.
BVM Sister Frances (Alberic) Wohn, 80, died Dec. 30 in Dubuque, Iowa.
Born in Iowa, she entered the BVM congregation in 1955 and professed final vows in 1963.
In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Odilo, Berwyn; Holy Name School; Cathedral High School; and St. Benedict High School. She also taught high school and college in Iowa.
She is survived by her sisters Margaret Edwards and Rose Holm.
Adrian Dominican Sister Ethel (Nicholas Marie) Detz, 69, died Dec. 29 while visiting her brother Michael in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Born in Detroit, she was in the 50th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Ethel ministered in elementary and pre-school education and as a spiritual director in Chicago. She also served in South Africa, Canada and New York.
In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught elementary school at Queen of Angels (1967- 1971), St. Laurence (1972-1975) and Little Flower (1975- 1979); preschool at St. Clare of Montefalco (1979-1986); kindergarten and elementary school at Our Lady of the Westside (1986-1994); kindergarten at St. Basil (1994-1995); and was a preschool master teacher at Visitation (1999-2000). She was a spiritual director in Chicago from 2002 to 2008.
Sister Ethel is survived by her brothers Michael, Nicholas and Richard Detz; and her sister, Dolores Dolecki.
Adrian Dominican Sister Mary Rita (Ann Catherine) Gleason, 96, died Dec. 26 in Adrian, Michigan.
Born in New York, she was in the 79th year of her religious life.
Sister Mary Rita ministered in Illinois, Florida, California, Michigan and Kentucky. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Aquinas High School (1942-1944).
Sister Mary Rita is survived by one sister, Patricia Jean Ferrin.
Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Mary (John Mark) Woods, 93, died Dec. 22, 2015 in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin.
A Missouri native, she made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican in 1949 and her final profession in 1952. She served in Illinois and Wisconsin and she taught science and chemistry for 46 years.
In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Mary taught at Trinity High School, River Forest (1949-1953) and Rosary College/Dominican University, River Forest (1953- 1957, 1960-1997). She also served at Dominican University as an adviser (1997-1998) and tutor (1997-1998 and 2004-2011).
Dominican Father Giles A. Klapperich, 94, died Dec. 19 in Chicago.
He was born in South Dakota and survived all 15 of his siblings.
He entered the Dominican novitiate in 1946 and made his first profession of vows the next year at St. Thomas Aquinas Priory in River Forest. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1953.
He did parish ministry and was a chaplain in Louisiana, Oklahoma and Wisconsin before serving as a missionary in Nigeria. He went on to serve in Louisiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Colorado, including an assignment as associate pastor at St. Vincent Ferrer, River Forest. He moved to St. Pius V Priory, the Dominican assisted- living community in Chicago, in 2005 and relocated to Resurrection Life Center in 2014.
Dominican Father Robert Alexius Goedert, 89, died Dec. 19 in Palos Park.
Born in Oak Park, Father. Goedert attended St. Giles School and was a 1943 graduate of Fenwick High School in Oak Park.
He entered the Dominicans in 1944 and was given the religious name Alexius and professed first vows the following year at St. Thomas Aquinas Priory in River Forest.
He was ordained to the priesthood in 1951 at St. Pius V Church.
He served in New Orleans and then as an active duty chaplain for the U.S. Air Force (1960-1965). He served as a reserve chaplain until 1988. He held various provincial administrative jobs, and from 1990 until his retirement he was involved in preaching ministry across the country and abroad.
Father Goedert lived in the assisted-living community at St. Pius V Priory for many years until he needed 24-hour care. The last few months of his life he lived at the Holy Family Villa in Palos Park, where he died.
He is survived by his brothers, Bishop Raymond Goedert and William Goedert, and his sister, Caroline Doyle.