Fr. Philip Scherer

Educator, Parish Priest

Servite Father (Leroy) Philip Scherer, 95, died April 12 at St. Joseph’s Village.

Born in Chicago, he attended Our Lady of Grace School and St. Philip High School. He entered the Order of Friar Servants of Mary in 1948 and professed solemn vows in 1952. He was ordained in 1955.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, he was assistant principal at St. Philip High School; parochial vicar at Seven Holy Founders, Calumet Park; Assumption (Illinois Street); St. Donatus, Blue Island; and Annunciata; and chaplain for the Servite Sisters Mother of Sorrows Convent, Blue Island. He retired in 2004.

Father Scherer is survived by his brother, Robert.

Sr. Mary Georgia Maleski


Felician Sister Mary Georgia (Theresa) Maleski, 91, died April 8 at Our Lady of the Angels.

Born in Belmont, Wisconsin, she attended Good Counsel High School and entered the Felician Sisters postulancy in 1944. She professed her final vows in 1953.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she ministered at St. Bruno (1947- 1951, 1973-1975); SS. Peter & Paul (1951- 1954); St. James (1960- 1961); Holy Innocents (1961-1965); St. Joseph (1982-1983;, St. Hubert, Hoffman Estates (1983-1984); and Our Lady of Ransom, Niles (1984-1988).

Sr. Sabina Ryan


Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Sabina Ryan, 89, died April 8 in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin.

Born in Nebraska, she made her first religious profession in 1953 and her final profession in 1956. She ministered mostly in education in Alabama, Illinois, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Iowa, New York, Florida and Wisconsin.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Sabina taught at St. Patrick, Lemont (1960-1963); Visitation (1966-1967); St. Thomas More (1973-1974); and St. Brendan (1981-1982).

She is survived by four sisters, Dominican Sister Nora Ryan, Imelda McMillin, Mary Rehan and Virginia Garner; and three brothers, John Ryan, Jesuit Father James Ryan and George Ryan.

Sr. Mary Frances Lennartz


Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Mary Frances (Marie Anne) Lennartz, 93, died April 5 in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin.

Born in Chicago, she made her first religious profession in 1944 and her final profession in 1947.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Mary Frances served as audio-visual librarian at Rosary College (now Dominican University), River Forest (1971-1977); librarian and audio-visual coordinator at Elizabeth Seton, South Holland (1984-1986); and head librarian at St. Rita (1986-1994).

Sister Mary Frances is survived by a sister, Sister Constance Lennartz, and a stepsister, Bernice Santilli.

Sr. Catherine Seiker

Teacher, Business Manager

Religious of the Sacred Heart Catherine Seiker, 94, died April 2 in Atherton, California.

Born in Nebraska, Sister Seiker served in many capacities in the Society of the Sacred Heart, as teacher, province treasurer and business manager. She was responsible for a number of improvements and building projects in the Sacred Heart schools.

Sister Seiker is survived by her brother Vincent Seiker.

Fr. David Hynous


Dominican Father David Matthew Hynous, 83, died March 24 in Chicago.

Born in Chicago, he attended St. Philip Neri and St. Odilo schools and Fenwick High School, Oak Park. He went to Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, for two years to prepare to enter the Dominicans in 1952. He was ordained in 1959.

He studied canon law at the Angelicum in Rome and taught at the college level before serving as secretary for the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C., from 1979 to 1981. He was vicar provincial for the Dominicans for four years and then served the Archdiocese of Chicago’s marriage tribunal as vice chancellor from 1986 to 1995. In 1995 he was called to Rome as procurator general for the Dominican Order.

In 1997 he returned to the tribunal in the Archdiocese of Chicago before serving on the tribunal in the Diocese of Joliet.