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Fr. John Farry

Pastor emeritus

Father John A. Farry, 82, died Aug. 12. He was pastor emeritus of St. Andrew (Addison Street).

Born in New York, Father Farry was educated in the Archdiocese of Chicago. He attended St. Sabina, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1965.

He was assistant pastor of Our Lady of Solace and associate pastor of St. Bernard (now known as St. Benedict the African) and Holy Name Cathedral. He was pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle and St. Andrew, where the title of pastor emeritus was bestowed on him in 2009.

Father Farry was also member of the Presbyteral Senate, College of Consultors and served as coordinator of the Englewood Catholic Community.

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Sr. Donna Quinn

Educator, administrator

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Donna (Caitriona) Quinn, 81, died July 30 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin.

Born in Chicago, Sister Donna made her first religious profession in 1957 and her perpetual profession in 1960.

She ministered in education as a teacher, administrator, public relations and development staff member, admissions director and tutor, and she was a strong advocate for justice and equal rights, especially for women. Her ministries took her to Nebraska, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Donna served as public relations and development staff member at St. Thomas the Apostle High School (1974-1975) and was admissions director at Midwest Training Association at MISTA Business College (1982-1985). She taught at Roosevelt University (1975-1976), Moraine Valley College (1976-1978) and Chicago Public Schools (2000-2001) and tutored in the Palos Hills area (2002-2004).

Sister Donna was a founding member of Chicago Catholic Women, serving as the director from 1985 to 2001. She worked at 8th Day Center for Peace and Justice (1978-1982); served as coordinator of National Coalition of American Nuns (2004-2007, 2008-2010) and executive director of Institute of Women Today (2007-2008), and she worked with National Advocacy for Women, Palos Hills (2010-2017).

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Sr. Rosemary Huddleston

Educator, missionary

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Rosemary “Robi” (Tobia) Huddleston, 80, died July 31 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin.

Born in Chicago, she made her first religious profession in 1960 and her perpetual profession in 1965.

She taught for nine years before going to Santa Cruz, Bolivia, as a missionary for 13 years. She then served as a parish consultant, provincial councilor, international mission coordinator and interpreter.

Sister Robi served in the District of Columbia, Illinois and Wisconsin, as well as Bolivia.

She is survived by three sisters: Eleanor Zoeller, Dolores “Dee” O’Malley and Arlene Sushinski.

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Sr. Kathleen Kelly


Sister Kathleen “Kay” (Edward Marie) Kelly, 89, died Aug. 17 in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

Born in Chicago, she attended Resurrection School and Providence High School.

Sister Kay entered the Sisters of Providence in 1951 and professed final vows in 1958. In her 70 years as a Sister of Providence, she taught for 30 years in schools in Indiana, Illinois and California. In 1981, Sister Kay moved into parish work, serving in parishes in Indiana and the Chicago area for the next 24 years.

Formally retiring in 2006, she remained in the Chicago area where she volunteered as a parish visitor, as well as offering spiritual direction and participating in a prison retreat ministry. In 2012, she returned to the motherhouse.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. David (1957-1958), St. Andrew (1965-1969) and Mother Theodore Guerin High School, River Grove (1969-1982). She was a pastoral associate at Queen of Apostles Parish, Riverdale (1982-1992); and a minister of care (2002-2006) and volunteer (2008-2011) at St. Thomas of Villanova, Palatine.

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Sr. Helen Therese Mayer


Adrian Dominican Sister Helen Therese Mayer, 86, died Aug. 18 in Adrian, Michigan.

Born in Detroit, she was in the 66th year of her religious profession.

She ministered in elementary and secondary education in Ohio, Illinois and Michigan and served as the administrative assistant for the Dominican Midwest Mission Chapter.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Regina Dominican High School, Wilmette (1963-1966); Aquinas High School (1966-1967, 1970-1973); Mother McAuley High School (1987-1995); and Queen of Peace High School, Burbank (1995-1997). She served as an administrative or office assistant at Queen of Peace High School (1997-2006) and the Dominican Midwest Chapter Office, Burbank (2006-2009).

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Sr. Ann Elizabeth Monahan


Adrian Dominican Sister Anne Elizabeth (Margaret George) Monahan, 86, died Aug. 20 in Adrian, Michigan.

Born in Massachusetts, she was in the 71st year of her religious life.

Sister Anne Elizabeth ministered in education in Illinois, Michigan and Florida. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Philip Neri.

She is survived by two sisters: Mary Wiggs and Faye Monahan.

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Sr. Mary Nugent


Adrian Dominican Sister Mary (Clare Patrick) Nugent, 92, died Aug. 2 in Adrian, Michigan.

She was in the 69th year of her religious life. Born in Chicago, she went to high school in England before entering the congregation.

Sister Mary served in education and in secretarial work in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Florida.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she was a teacher (1966-1969), academic adviser (1982-1986) and facility director (1986-1988) at Regina Dominican High School, Wilmette; an office worker at Education & Intervention (1988-1991); an emergency claims worker at GAB Business Services Inc., Westchester (1991-1992); administrative assistant at the British Home, Brookfield (1992-1993); secretary to the president at Fenwick High School, Oak Park (1993-1998); and parish secretary at St. Mary, Riverside (2000-2004).

She is survived by a sister, Clare Halpin.