Sr. Vincentia Kaeferstein


BVM Sister Vincentia Kaeferstein, 102, died Jan. 13 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Born in Iowa, she entered the BVM congregation in 1931 and professed final vows in 1939.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Vincentia taught at St. Eulalia, Maywood, and St. Ferdinand. She also ministered in Wyoming and Iowa.

Fr. Wayne Schimmelmann

Parish priest, chaplain

Claretian Father Wayne Schimmelmann, 66, died Jan. 12 at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Born in Virginia, Father Schimmelmann made his religious profession as a Claretian Missionary in 1981 and was ordained a priest in 1986.

He served in parishes, on college campuses and in hospitals in Missouri, New Jersey, Illinois and Georgia. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, he ministered at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish (1991-1992), St. Paul Parish (1996-1998) and University of Illinois Medical Center and Resurrection Hospital (1998-2004). He was a resident of Claretian houses in Chicago and Oak Park (2005-2015) before moving to Mercy Circle.

He is survived by his sisters, Donna Bourland, MaryAnne Massey and Joanne Griffin, and brothers Charles and Allen Schimmelmann.

Sr. Margaret Kelly


Providence Sister Margaret (Bernard Maureen) Kelly, 80, died Jan. 15 in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

Born in Chicago, she entered the Sisters of Providence in 1957 and professed final vows in 1964.

She ministered as a teacher for 46 years in schools in Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina and Missouri, then cared for her sister and served as coordinator of the Chicago Providence Women.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she ministered at St. Francis Xavier, Wilmette (1964-1967); St. Angela, (1971-1979); Immaculate Conception (1979-1982); and Maternity BVM (1982-2007); and in service to her family in Chicago (2007-2014).

Sister Margaret is survived by three brothers, Ed, Mike and Jim Kelly.

Sr. Kathleen O’Donnell


Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Kathleen (Marie Winifred) O’Donnell, 93, died Jan. 10 in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin.

Born in Chicago, Sister Kathleen made her first religious profession in 1946 and her final profession in 1949. She was a teacher, principal, director of the Dominican Education Center, support staff member and pastoral associate. Sister Kathleen served in Oklahoma, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Alabama.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Kathleen served as secretary at Visitation School (1975-1981); Misericordia Home North (1983-1984); for the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation’s Eastern Province while based in River Forest (1992-1998); and at St. Luke Convent, River Forest (1999-2000).

Sr. Caroline Hatch


Sister Caroline (Mary Caroline) Hatch, 90, died Jan. 9 in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

Born in Massachusetts, she entered the Sisters of Providence in 1946 and professed final vows in 1954. She ministered for 60 years in as a primary-grade teacher in schools in Illinois, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Angela (1949-1953), St. Agnes (1954) and St. Columbkille (1957-1962).

Sr. Nancy Gnau


Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Nancy (Ann Christopher) Gnau, 86, died Jan. 8 in Cincinnati.

Born and raised in Ohio, she entered the community in 1948 and made her final vows in 1956. She taught in elementary schools in Ohio and then began a long career as a teacher and administrator in high schools in Columbus, Dayton and Chicago, including Notre Dame High School for Girls.

Sister Nancy is survived by two sisters, Norma and Mary.

Sr. Agnes Martinka


Sister of the Living Word Agnes Martinka, 89, died Jan. 7.

Born in Minnesota, she entered religious life in 1946 and made her final profession as a Sister of Christian Charity in 1954. Sister Agnes was a founding member of the Sisters of the Living Word in 1975.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Agnes ministered as teacher or principal at St. Gregory; St. Martha, Morton Grove; St. Theresa, Palatine; and St. Isaac Jogues, Niles.

She is survived by her brothers, Robert and Jerome.

Sr. Michael Claire Wilson


Adrian Dominican Sister Michael Claire (Barbara Lynn) Wilson, 83, died Dec. 25 in Adrian, Michigan.

A native of Detroit, she was in the 66th year of her religious profession.

Sister Michael Claire ministered in elementary and secondary education and pastoral ministry in Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Arizona.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Michael Claire taught at St. Joseph School, Homewood (1951-1959).

She is survived by two sisters, Kathy Foster and Donna Wilson.

Sr. Noreen Joyce


Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Noreen (Catherine Michael) Joyce, 83, died Dec. 20 in Cincinnati.

Born in Chicago, she entered the community in 1951 and made final vows in 1958.

Sister Noreen taught in primary and Montessori schools in Chicago and Rockford, Illinois, as well as in Ohio and Arizona. She also was involved in parish religious education.

Sr. Anne Marie Doran

Educator, nurse

Mercy Sister Anne Marie (Mary Bertina) Doran, 89, died Oct. 25 in Chicago.

Born and raised in Chicago, she attended Mercy High School before entering the community in 1946.

She taught in Catholic grade schools in Illinois and Wisconsin before pursuing ministry in health care. Upon becoming a licensed practical nurse, she worked full-time for almost 30 years at what is now known as Presence Health in Aurora, Illinois.

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