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Deacon J. Michael Nugent

Class of 1983

Deacon Joseph Michael “Mike” Nugent, 90, died May 19. He served at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Streamwood.

Born in Chicago and raised on the South Side, he moved to the North Side, where he met his wife, Elsie. He graduated from Lane Tech High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He was a resident of Streamwood for 40 years, and he served in the volunteer fire department for 10 years. He was a dedicated employee of AT&T for 33 years. Upon retirement he worked part time at the Countryside Funeral Home for five years as a hearse and limousine driver.

He and Elsie moved to Port Orange, Florida, to get away from the cold, and they lived in Florida year round for 13 years before returning to Schaumburg to be near children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife and his children Deborah Campbell, Steven, Catherine Crowell, Victoria Rundquist, Joseph, Patricia Vacura and Julie Mayer; 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; and his brother, George Chiaro.

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Sr. Marie Charlotte Schneider


Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Marie Charlotte Schneider, 78, died May 10 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin.

Born in Peoria, Sister Marie Charlotte made her first religious profession in 1963 and her perpetual profession in 1968. She taught for 46 years and served as a family care partner for three years. Sister Marie Charlotte was regarded as a “phenomenal” first-grade teacher and received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics from the state of Illinois in 1996.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Marie Charlotte taught at Visitation (1964-1969); St. Thomas More (1969-1973); St. Louis de Montfort, Oak Lawn (1973-1974); St. Martin de Porres, Waukegan (2004-2005); and St. Edmund, Oak Park (2005-2011).

She is survived by a sister, Cleo Toohill, and a brother, Marvin Schneider.

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Sr. Alma Marie Messing


Adrian Dominican Sister Alma Marie Messing, 94, died May 20 in Adrian, Michigan.

Born in Michigan, she was in the 76th year of her religious life.

Sister Alma Marie ministered in education in Florida, Michigan, Illinois and the Bahamas. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Regina Dominican High School, Wilmette (1967-1968); Our Lady Gate of Heaven (1978-1979); and St. Ailbe (1979-1983).

She was a computer teacher and manager (1983-1991) and program assistant (1991-2001) at the Museum of Science and Industry.

She became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2018.

She is survived by her brother, Donald J. Messing.

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Sr. Arlene Seckel


Adrian Dominican Sister Arlene (Robert Anthony) Seckel, 83, died May 23 in Adrian, Michigan.

Born in Detroit, she was in the 65th year of her religious life.

She served in education and pastoral ministry in Michigan, Illinois, North Dakota and Arizona, and was a leader of her congregation.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Mary Mount Carmel.

She moved to the Dominican Life Center in 2017.

Sister Arlene is survived by her sister, Kathleen Hayward, and brother, Donald Seckel.

Sr. Angela Donovan

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Sr. Angela Donovan


Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Angela Donovan, 91, died May 23 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin.

A Chicago native, she made her first religious profession in 1950 and her perpetual profession in 1953.

She was an educator, chaplain and convent prioress who served in Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana and Arizona.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Angela taught at Queen of Peace, Burbank (1968-1972), and Trinity High School, River Forest (1973-1976). She served as prioress of Trinity Convent, River Forest (1998-2002), and of Divine Providence Convent, Des Plaines (2002-2004), before serving as a tutor at the Learning Center in Lawndale (2005-2006).