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Fr. John J. Kastigar

Military chaplain

Father John J. Kastigar, 94, died Nov. 27. He was a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and former United States Air Force chaplain.

Born in Cicero, Father Kastigar attended St. Odilo Catholic School in Berwyn, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1952.

He served as assistant pastor of St. Frances of Rome, Cicero, and Our Lady of the Snows. He then served as an Air Force chaplain from 1961 to 1982. After a sabbatical and assisting at St. Alexander Parish, Palos Heights, for several months, Father Kastigar returned to the military chaplaincy at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, where he served for 30 years.

“He loved the church and was so happy to be a priest,” said Father Jim Kastigar, associate pastor of St. Agnes of Bohemia and Father John Kastigar’s nephew. According to Father Jim Kastigar, his uncle served as a military chaplain in difficult places, such as in Alaska and Germany during the Cold War, in Panama during the transfer of the canal to the Panamanians. However, he used to say that wherever he went God’s people were always good to him.

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Fr. Martin Winters


Father Martin N. Winters, 94, died Nov. 28. He was a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Mundelein Seminary professor and former NBC Chicago television host.

Born in Chicago, he attended St. Columbanus School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1952.

After ordination, he served as assistant pastor of St. Barbara, Brookfield, and St. Sylvester. He joined the faculty of Quigley Preparatory Seminary in 1955 and the faculty of Mundelein Seminary, where he taught church history, in 1961. He served as academic dean of Niles College of Loyola University for 18 years.

During Fathers Winters’ teaching years at Quigley Preparatory Seminary in the late 1950s, among the many seminarians was Monsignor Wayne Prist, now pastor emeritus of Queen of All Saints Basilica, who appreciated his professor’s engaging, challenging and playful approach. “I respected his knowledge of history,” Prist said. In the late 1960s, Prist served as a television producer for WMAQ-TV. When he needed a host for the Gamut program, his articulate and confident professor came to mind. As it turned out, Father Winters thrived in that role for 10 years as he interviewed guests on a variety of topics.

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Sr. Mary Placidia Kuligot


Felician Sister Mary Placidia (Hedwig) Kuligot, 98, died Nov. 11 in Our Lady of the Angels Convent.

Born in Chicago, she attended Good Counsel High School and joined the Felician Sisters aspirancy. She entered the Felician Sisters postulancy in 1941 and professed her final vows in 1949. She ministered for 48 years as a teacher and tutor in elementary schools in Illinois and Minnesota. She later served in support services at St. Mary Hospital in Centralia for more than 20 years.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she ministered at Holy Innocents (1941-1942, 1968-1971); Good Shepherd (1943-1944); Sacred Heart (1944-1948, 1959-1965); St. Stanislaus, Posen (1965-1966); and St. Isidore, Blue Island (1971-1994).

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Sr. Josephine Paolinelli

Educator, business officer

Providence Sister Josephine (Louise Joseph) Paolinelli, 84, of Northlake, died on Nov. 17 at Amita Alexian Brothers Hospice in Elk Grove Village.

Born in Chicago, she attended Our Lady of Sorrows School and Providence High School. She entered the Sisters of Providence in 1956 and professed final vows in 1963. She ministered in education and as a business officer and treasurer in Indiana and Illinois. After retiring in 2007, she remained in the Chicago area, where she first cared for her mother and then ministered as a hospital volunteer. 

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Our Lady of Sorrows (1965-1968) and St. Genevieve (1969-1970) and was business manager at Providence-St. Mel High School; business office administrator at Sacred Heart of Mary, Rolling Meadows (1975-1980); treasurer for her community’s St. Joseph Province, Park Ridge (1980-1989); business manager (1990-1993) and director of finances (1993-2007) at Notre Dame High School for Girls; and volunteered at Guerin College Prep (2007-2008) and Gottlieb Hospital, Melrose Park (2010-2020). 

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Sr. Mary Lee Mettler


Providence Sister Mary Lee (Irma) Mettler, 88, died Nov. 24 in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, she entered the Sisters of Providence in 1951 and professed final vows in 1959.

She ministered in education, parish work and as a retreat director in Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Texas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Athanasius, Evanston (1954); and St. Mel (1959-1962).

Sister Mary Lee had many gifts which she shared generously. A woman of considerable artistic talent, she was known for her skill in photography and her beautiful and meticulous craft work. 

She is survived by a sister, Connie Rurka.

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Br. Richard Paquette

Missionary, pastoral associate

Claretian Brother Richard L. Paquette, 81, died Nov. 28 in Brookfield.

Growing up in Massachusetts, he learned about the Claretians from his mother, who had a devotion to St. Jude.

He joined the Claretians in 1959, attending St. Jude Seminary in Momence, Illinois, and completing his university studies at Indiana State University in 1964.

He served at the Claretian mission of Nuestra Señora del Rosario in Livingston, Guatemala, from 1964 to 1969 and 1984 to 1987. After returning to the United States, he served as a religion teacher and sports director of St. Ann’s Catholic Grade School, a Native American mission in North Dakota, until 1975.

He served at Holy Cross-Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish from 2003 to 2005. He also ministered in parishes in New Jersey and Tennessee.

In 2010, he retired and became a resident of the Claretian community in Oak Park. He moved to a nursing home in Chicago in 2016 because of chronic health issues, and from there to the British Home, his final place of residence.

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Sr. Betty Donoghue

Educator, health care worker

Providence Sister Betty (Clare Patrice) Donoghue, 83, died on Dec. 1 in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Born in Massachusetts, Sister Betty entered the Sisters of Providence in 1954 and professed final vows in 1962.

She ministered as a primary teacher and in health care in Indiana, Illinois, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and she was a spiritual companion to death row prisoners in the United States Penitentiary in Terre Haute.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Our Lady of Sorrows (1967-1958) and was a nurse’s aide at Norwood Park Home (1980-1981).

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Sr. Anita Montavon

Educator, librarian

BVM Sister Anita (Felicity) Montavon, 82, died Dec. 2 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Born in DeKalb, Illinois, she entered the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary congregation in 1956 and professed final vows in 1964.

In Chicago, she taught at Holy Name Elementary School; worked as a librarian at Our Lady of Lourdes, Sulzer Public Library and River Forest Public Library; served in pastoral ministry at Ravenswood Hospital; and was an office manager.

Sister Anita also ministered in East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois and in Colorado, Montana, Washington and Wyoming.

She is survived by her twin sister Miriam Montavon and sisters Jane Bleivik, Ruth Graves and Terese Byrne.