Father Phillip C. Kiley, 75, died Feb. 2. He was the former associate pastor of St. George Parish (Ewing Avenue).
Born in Berwyn, he attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary, Niles College and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1978.
After ordination, Father Kiley served as associate pastor of All Saints (South State Street), Holy Angels, St. Charles Lwanga, Resurrection (Nelson Street), St. Francis de Sales (Ewing Avenue) and St. George (Ewing Avenue) parishes. He retired in 2015.
Father John Clemens, retired pastor of Our Lady of Hope Parish, Rosemont, had known Father Kiley since their years at Quigley Preparatory Seminary.
“Phil was a very dedicated priest, a person who thought of others before himself,” Clemens said. “He was very dedicated to working with the poor, had a good sense of humor and was loved by a lot of good friends, lay and clergy.”
Deacon Juan Ponce de Leon, 69, died Jan. 31. He was ordained in 2011 and served at St. William Parish.
Deacon Ponce de Leon and his family had been parishioners at St. William for 30 years, and were instrumental in starting the Guadalupana Society and other ministries to Latino families there. He also was involved in Boy Scouts with his two sons. After ordination, Deacon Ponce de Leon did Spanish-language baptismal preparation and preparation for other sacraments. Parish staff members said he was a “gentle and kind spirit.”
He is survived by his wife, Helen; sons John and Joe; one grandson; his brother, Edmund Ponce de Leon, and his sister, Rosita Hale.
Dominican Sister Mary Willard (Elizabeth) Reagan, 95, died Dec. 1, 2020, in Adrian, Michigan.
Born in Detroit, she was in the 76th year of her religious life.
Sister Mary Willard ministered in education in Illinois and Michigan.
In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Edmund, Oak Park (1944-1950).
She is survived by a sister, Eugenie Reagan Beall.
Resurrection Sister Maria Schultz, 90, died Dec. 23 at Resurrection Life Center. She was a member of the Sisters of the Resurrection for 70 years.
Sister Maria was born in Minnesota, the youngest of eleven children. After completing high school, she traveled to Chicago where she joined her sister, Sister Mary Paul Schultz, as a Sister of the Resurrection. Sister Maria made her first vows in 1952 and her final vows in 1957.
Sister Maria taught just about every grade in various schools that included St. Casimir; Queen of the Rosary, Elk Grove Village; and St. Thecla, where she spent 17 years.
Sister Maria served as provincial treasurer and in administrative roles at the provincial home for many years.
In 2018, Sister Maria moved to Resurrection Life Center.
Dominican Sister Mary Elizabeth (Therese Johanna) Scheibel, 95, died Jan. 9 in Adrian, Michigan.
Born in Chicago, she went to Aquinas High School. She was in the 77th year of her religious life.
Sister Mary Elizabeth ministered in elementary education and secretarial services in Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico and Illinois. She became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2003.
In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Infant Jesus of Prague, Flossmoor (1964-1967); Our Lady of Loretto, Hometown (1967-1968); and St. Nicholas of Tolentine (1968-1972).
Dominican Sister Esther (Consolata Marie) Ortega, 86, died Jan. 14 in Toledo, Ohio.
Born in Arizona, she was in her 65th year of religious life.
Sister Esther served in education and pastoral ministry and adult education in Illinois, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. She became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan, in 2012.
In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Albert the Great, Oak Lawn (1957-1962), and St. Edmund, Oak Park (1962-1964).
She is survived by a brother, Raul Ortega, and a sister, Connie Gomez.
Dominican Sister Dorothea (Raymund Ann) Gramlich, 81, died Jan. 21 in Adrian, Michigan.
Born in Michigan, she was in the 63rd year of her religious life.
Sister Dorothea served in education and other ministries in Illinois, Michigan and Iowa.
In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Celestine, Elmwood Park (1959-1962), and St. Mary, Star of the Sea (1969-1970).
She is survived by three brothers: John, Mark and Greg Burgeson; and one sister, Ann Cane.
Dominican Sister Ann Rena (Marilyn) Shinkey, 87, died Jan. 22 in Adrian, Michigan.
Born in Streator, she was in her 60th year of religious life. She ministered in education in Michigan and Illinois. She became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2011.
In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Edmund, Oak Park (1962); Regina Dominican High School, Wilmette (1962-1964); Aquinas High School (1964-1967); and Mother McAuley High School (1984-1992).
Dominican Sister Kathleen (Stella Joseph) Sutherland, 88, died Jan. 22 in Adrian, Michigan.
Born in Detroit, she was in the 70th year of her religious life.
Sister Kathleen ministered as an educator, catechist and receptionist in Illinois, Ohio and Michigan.
In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Rita Elementary School (1951-1954), St. Laurence Elementary School (teacher, 1955-1960; teacher and religious education coordinator 1960-1961); and Regina Dominican High School, Wilmette (1961-1964).
She is survived by three brothers: Father Thomas Sutherland, Daniel Sutherland and Patrick Sutherland; and four sisters: Mary Hosfeld, Marion Faris, Judy Sutherland and Margaret Missig.
Dominican Sister Margaret Ann (Louis Arthur) Swallow, 97, died Jan. 23 in Adrian, Michigan.
Born in Michigan, she was in the 73rd year of her religious life.
Sister Margaret Ann ministered in education, parish work and nursing care in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and New York. She became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2009.
In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Our Lady of Good Counsel Elementary School (1949-1954).