Obituaries

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Fr. Robert McGinnity

Pastor emeritus

Father Robert F. McGinnity, 92, died March 16. He was pastor emeritus of Sacred Heart, Palos Hills.

Born in Chicago, he attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1955.

He was assistant pastor of Most Holy Redeemer, Evergreen Park; St. Agnes, Chicago Heights; Incarnation, Palos Heights; and St. Cletus, La Grange. He was also associate pastor and then pastor of Sacred Heart, Palos Hills, where he served for more than 20 years. He retired in 2000.

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Fr. Harold Bonin

Pastor emeritus

Father Harold A. Bonin, 82, died March 22. He was named pastor emeritus of St. Jerome Parish after retiring in 2009.

Born in Chicago, he attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1965.

He served as assistant pastor of St. Benedict (Irving Park Road) and Queen of Angels; taught at Quigley Preparatory Seminary North for about 10 years; served as associate pastor at Our Lady of the Brook, Northbrook; Our Lady of Lourdes; St. Mary, Buffalo Grove; and St. Joseph, Summit. He was pastor of Immaculate Conception (88th Street) and St. Jerome.

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Fr. Raymond Jasinski

Retired pastor

Father Raymond J. Jasinski, 94, died March 27. He retired in 1992.

Born in Chicago, he attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1954.

He served as assistant pastor of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, Calumet City; St. George (Wentworth Avenue); St. Salomea; St. Barbara (Throop Street); and Our Lady of Lourdes. He served as associate pastor of St. Camillus and St. Bede, Ingleside, and as pastor of St. Helena of the Cross and St. John of God. He also served as chaplain at Rosary Hill Convalescent Home in Justice, where he resided throughout his retirement years.

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Msgr. Richard Saudis

Associate vicar for canonical services

Msgr. Richard B. Saudis, 91, died March 27. He was the former associate vicar for canonical services.

Born in Chicago, he attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained to the priesthood in 1955.

Msgr. Saudis served as assistant pastor of All Saints; pastor at St. Philip the Apostle, Northfield; and associate pastor of Nativity BVM and St. Odilo, Berwyn. He also taught at Quigley Preparatory Seminary and Niles College. Additionally, he served as military secretary, vice chancellor and associate vicar for canonical services, a service he continued to perform even after retirement.

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Sr. Gwen Koza

Educator

Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Gwen (Rose Julie) Koza, 92, died Dec. 29, 2020.

A native of Chicago, Sister Gwen made her first vows in 1948 and her final vows in 1953. She taught third through eighth grades in numerous parish schools in Ohio and Illinois for 18 years, including St. Victor, Calumet City (1949-1950); St. Robert Bellarmine (1950-1952, 1954); and St. Peter Canisius (1961-1962). She then taught algebra and geometry at Notre Dame High School in Chicago (1966-1970). While in Chicago, Sister Gwen volunteered as a tutor for adults living in poverty at Marillac House.

She then spent 23 years teaching in community colleges in Florida while caring for aging family members, neighbors and friends.

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Sr. Genevieve Moran

Educator

Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Genevieve (Martin Marie) Moran, 94, died Jan. 8.

A native of Chicago, Sister Genie attended St. Bartholomew School and Notre Dame High School. She made first vows in 1952 and final vows in 1957.

Sister Genie spent 19 years teaching at several parish schools, including St. Victor, Calumet City (1952-1957), and St. Robert Bellarmine (1965-1971). In 1971, she started teaching business classes and serving as half-time bookkeeper at Notre Dame High School for Girls. For six years, Sister Genie also taught typing classes in the Adult Education Program at nearby Wright College. Eventually, she served full-time in the finance office as treasurer and served in that capacity until her retirement in 1998.

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Sr. Damienne Grismer

Educator

Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Damienne (Damien S.H.) Grismer, 91, died Jan. 15.

Born in Ohio, she made her first vows in 1950 and her final vows in 1955. She spent 16 years teaching at Ohio elementary schools before teaching in a drug recovery program in Tinley Park (1970-1975). She served as bursar, prepared probation reports, rationed cigarettes, supervised the property and participated in the clinical operation of the house.

In 1975, she returned to Ohio, where she taught high school.

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Mary Claire Gart Restivo

Former managing editor

Mary Claire Gart Restivo, 83, died Feb. 17 in Chicago.

She worked at the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Chicago for 42 years, from 1960 to 2002, starting as a staff writer and retiring as managing editor. She also had served as acting editor.

During her time at the paper, which was known as the New World, Chicago Catholic and the Catholic New World while she worked there, she served under four cardinal archbishops and several editors, and she mentored generations of young writers.

She was known for her professionalism as well as her kindness.

She is survived by her husband, Angelo Restivo, to whom she was married for 37 years, and her three daughters.

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Sr. Mary Francis Basile

Educator

Sister of St. Joseph Marie Frances Basile, 91, dies March 8.

Sister Marie graduated from St. Willibrod High School and was a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph for 67 years.

She taught first through seventh grades during her first 16 years in community in the various parishes in LaGrange, LaGrange Park, Lyons, Hillside, Riverside and Chicago. 

She continued to serve in surrounding parishes as religious education coordinator and catechist. 

Sister Marie then moved into the ministry as a companion to the elderly in a local nursing home, and finally as congregation chapel sacristan.

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Sr. Elizabeth McWilliams

Hospice care leader

Loretto Sister Elizabeth “Betty” (Marian Francis) McWilliams, 85, died March 9.

Born in Rockford, she entered the Sisters of Loretto in 1953 and made her final vows in 1961.

Throughout her 64 years of service, Sister Betty served in many positions, including 18 years as a teacher, 20 years as an innovative hospice care leader and provider in Highland Park, and 12 years for the Loretto Community in health care and administrative roles in Denver. She particularly was known for her hospice work at Highland Park Hospital, whose hospice program was one of the first in the country. Sister Betty created some of the earliest standards of care for home hospice and helped form one of the first medical ethics committees in the country.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Betty taught at Holy Cross (1964-1967) and Immaculate Conception, Highland Park (teacher 1969-1972, principal 1972-1978), She was a parish worker in Deerfield (1978-1982). She worked in a hospice office in Highland Park for a year (1982-1983) and then served as hospice coordinator at Highland Park Hospital in Glenview from 1983 to 1993.

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