Sr. Jane McDonnell


BVM Sister Jane (Bonaventure) Mc- Donnell, 95, died Aug. 30 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Born in Iowa, she entered the BVM congregation in 1943 and professed final vows in 1951.

Sister Jane taught at The Immaculata and served as coordinator for an ecumenical peace and justice organization.

She also ministered in Iowa, California and North Dakota.

Sr. Audrey Hull

Educator, Dietician

Adrian Dominican Sister Audrey (Raymond Clare) Hull, 93, died Aug. 28 in Adrian, Michigan.

Born in Miami, she was in the 68th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

She spent 27 years ministering in education in Oak Park as well as in Michigan, Florida and Guayama, Puerto Rico.

Sr. Maureen Scott


Mercy Sister Maureen Scott, 74, died Aug. 24.

She attended St. Clotilde School and Mercy High School before entering the Sisters of Mercy in 1959. She professed final vows in 1967.

She taught at St. Joseph, Libertyville; St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Ethelreda and Siena High School.

After earning a doctorate in social psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, she taught and was an administrator at Barat College, Lake Forest (1975-1984) at Saint Xavier College (1984-1994) and DePaul University (1996-2012), where she was visiting professor and assistant director of the graduate School of Public Services.

Sr. Ann Kevin O’Connor


Sister Ann Kevin (Theresa Ann) O’Connor, 91, died Aug. 24 in St. Mary-of-the- Woods, Indiana.

Born in Summit, she entered the Sisters of Providence in 1943 and professed final vows in 1951. She ministered in education and as clerk and in record-keeping.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Genevieve (1955- 1960); Maternity BVM, (1964-1966); and Trinity High School, River Forest (1991-1994).

She is survived by a brother, Maurice.

Deacon Norbert Lesnieski

Class of 1972

Deacon Norbert Lesnieski, 88, of Lemont, died Sept. 23. He was ordained in 1972 as a member of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s fist class of permanent deacons, and he served at SS. Cyril & Methodius Parish for 44 years.

Deacon Lesnieski was founder and bandleader of “The Mello- Tones,” and he was the band’s lead vocalist and saxophone player. He was a co-founder of the Lemont Park District and served as president of the Lemont Park District Board for over 35 years, and he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was also an active member of the Jaycees.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jerri; his children James Lesnieski and Suzette Sniegowski; grandchildren Anne Becker, Christina Strehlau, Michael Lesnieski, Josh Sniegowski and Aubrey Sands; and three great-grandchildren.

Fr. August Langenkamp


Divine Word Father August “Gus” Langenkamp, 87, died Aug. 23 in Techny.

Born in Ohio, he professed vows in 1949 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1957.

He was one of the first Divine Word missionaries to work in Ecuador, starting in the Diocese of Guaranda, where he was one of 14 priests ministering to 130,000 Catholics in a 1,200- square-mile area.

He is survived by his brother, Father Arnold Lang.

Deacon Michael Romano

Oldest Deacon

Deacon Michael Romano, 100, died Sept. 16 at Resurrection Hospital. He was ordained a deacon in 1974.

He served at St. Genevieve Parish for about 15 years. From the late 1980s until his retirement in 2013, he served as a minister in several hospitals. His most recent assignment was to St. Joseph Hospital.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Lois, and his sister, Phyllis Romano.

Deacon Roberto Rivas

Class of 1994

Deacon Roberto Rivas, 57, died Sept. 11.

Deacon Rivas was ordained in 1994 and served at Blessed Sacrament Parish. In 2000, he and his wife, Ana, started Camino y Esperanza, a pastoral ministry for marriages and families.

He is survived by his wife and children, Roberto Jr., Jessica Eileen and Ricardo Rivas.