Fr. Edwin J. Kadzielawski

Chicago Native

Holy Cross Father Edwin J. Kadzielawski, 94, died April 27 in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Father Kadzielawski was in Chicago and graduated Holy Trinity High School before being received into the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1941. He made his final profession of vows in 1945 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1949.

He served in parishes and schools in Louisiana, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota and Texas.

In the archdiocese, he assisted at Holy Trinity Church from 1954 to 1956.

He is survived by his brother, Leonard.

Sr. Diona McNichols


Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Diona McNichols, 86, died Aug. 17 in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin.

A Chicago native, Sister Diona made her first religious profession in 1956 and her final profession in 1959. She taught for 29 years and served as associate academic dean for 11 years and administrative assistant for eight years. Sister Diona served in Montana, Wisconsin and Illinois.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Diona served at Rosary College, now Dominican University, River Forest, as home economics teacher, 1965-1968, 1980-1991 and 1994-2000; associate academic dean, 1968-1979, when she also served as director of the summer school; and administrative assistant to the chancellor, 1991- 1994. She also ministered as receptionist at St. Luke Parish, River Forest, 2000-2005.

She is survived by a brother, William “Bill” McNichols.

Fr. Edward Anderson

Former Provincial

Viatorian Father Edward Anderson, 94, died Aug. 14 in Las Vegas.

Father Anderson joined the Viatorians in 1944 after graduating from high school in Peeksville, New York. He professed perpetual vows in 1948 and was ordained in 1950.

He served in schools and parishes in New York, Illinois and Nevada. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, he was provincial of the Viatorians’ Chicago province from 1969 to 1974.

Sr. Adrienne Schmidt

Teacher, Manager

Sister of St. Joseph Adrienne Schmidt, 88, died Aug. 16. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph for 70 years.

Sister Adrienne was a teacher at Nazareth Academy, LaGrange Park; St. Leonard, Berwyn; and St. Francis Xavier, LaGrange, where she also served as principal. She was food service manager at the Cenacle in Warrenville, Illinois, and administrator and food service manager at the LaGrange Park Center.

Sr. Gertrude Labarbera

Educator, Superior

Daughter of St. Mary of Providence Sister Gertrude Labarbera, 84, died Aug. 7.

Born in Fredonia, New York, she entered the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence in 1953.

She ministered in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rome and Michigan, as well as in Illinois. In the archdiocese, she was principal of the school program at the St. Rose Center (1970-1971); was director of residential services and formator for junior sisters (1971-1975) and delegation superior (1982-1992) at St. Mary of Providence; and superior at Mount St. Joseph, Lake Zurich (2004- 2012). In 2016, she retired to Queen of Peace Retirement Center in Lake Zurich.