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Deacon Earl Dahl

Class of 1983

Deacon Earl Dahl, 88, died March 1. He was ordained in 1983 and served at St. John the Evangelist Parish, Streamwood.

Deacon Dahl was born on the Northwest Side of Chicago and joined the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, serving as a medic in Germany from 1951 to 1955. He met his wife, Doris, at Riverview Park and the couple married in 1957.

He was a member of the Carpenters Union and a custom cabinet maker. In 1962, he and his wife bought the Streamwood home where he lived until his death.

Deacon Dahl was baptized and raised Lutheran. He entered the Catholic Church at St. John the Evangelist at the urging of his wife and especially his daughters. He served the parish as an active deacon for 31 years.

Deacon Dahl and Doris Dahl loved to travel the world and the family loved to camp.

He is survived by his wife and his daughters, Pam and Darlene.

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Deacon Vito DiCanio

Class of 1984

Deacon Vito DiCanio, 91, died March 4. He was ordained in 1984.

He served at St. Mary, Evanston, and St. Emily, Mount Prospect, and was a chaplain at Resurrection Hospital. He was a retired superintendent of parks and recreation for the city of Evanston and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

He is survived by his wife, Frances, his children Teddy DiCanio, Joseph Semkiu and Michael Semkiu; and three grandchildren.

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Sr. Patricia McCarty

Educator, provincial

Adrian Dominican Sister Patricia (William Francine) McCarty, 85, died Feb. 12 in Adrian, Michigan.

Born in Detroit, Sister Patricia was in her 66th year of religious life.

She ministered in elementary education, congregational leadership, campus ministry and higher education in Iowa, Illinois and Michigan.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she was principal of Queen of Apostles, Riverdale (1967-1970); and co-provincial (1970-1972) and administrator (1972-1975) of the St. Dominic Province, Hometown.

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Sr. Milda Blinstrubas


Sister of St. Casimir Milda Blinstrubas, 88, died Feb. 15 in Lemont.

Born in Lithuania, she emigrated to the United States in 1948 after fleeing Lithuania and living in a refugee camp in Germany. She settled in the Southwest Side neighborhood of Marquette Park. 

She made her first vows of religious profession in 1951 and professed final vows in 1957.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Marywood College in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and served as a first-grade teacher for 49 years in New Mexico, California, Maryland, Florida and Illinois.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Our Lady of Vilna, Pilsen (1952-1954); Nativity BVM, Marquette Park (1954-1956, 1960-1965, 1986-1987, 1996-2005) and St. Norbert, Northbrook (1971-1974). After she retired from full-time teaching, she tutored students for an archdiocesan program.

Most recently, Sister Milda participated in the ministry of prayer and presence at Franciscan Village’s Mother Theresa Home in Lemont.

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Sr. Virgena Clark


Mercy Sister Virgena Clark, 89, died Feb. 17 in Chicago.

Born in Wisconsin, she professed first vows in 1954, and final vows in 1959.

She served in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for more than 37 years, including six as an elementary school teacher and more than 30 as a director of religious education.

She also served for more than 20 years at St. Luke Parish, Brookfield, Wisconsin.

She is survived by her brother, Ray Clark.

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Sr. Noreen Burke


Adrian Dominican Sister Noreen (Peter Margaret) Burke, 88, died Feb. 18 in Adrian, Michigan.

Born in Detroit, she was in the 70th year of her religious life.

Sister Noreen ministered in Illinois and Michigan.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she ministered at St. Mary, Star of the Sea (1952-1954); Our Lady of Loretto (teacher, 1954-1960 and 1974-1975; principal, 1975-1985); St. Laurence (1960-1961); St. Philip Neri (1961-1965); St. Rita Elementary School (1972-1974); as assistant retirement director for the Adrian Dominican Sisters in Hometown (1986-1987); and as a guidance counselor at Maria High School (1987-2005).