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Fr. John J. Foley


Jesuit Father John J. Foley, 96, died Aug. 2 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

Father Foley was born in New Jersey and grew up in Oak Park, where he attended Fenwick High School. He graduated in 1944 and joined the U.S. Marine Corps, seeing action at Okinawa in the last battle of World War II.

He taught at Loyola Academy, Wilmette (1953-1956); the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary (1963-1967) and St. Ignatius College Prep (1969-1970). He returned to Loyola Academy as director of development (1970-1973, 1975-1976), religion teacher (1970-1975) and director of parent activities (1975-1981).

After a sabbatical, he ministered as assistant director (1982-1983) and director (1983-1987) of Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, Illinois, where he was the assistant director (1982-1983), while serving as superior of the Bellarmine Jesuit community. He then was a chaplain to dental students at Loyola University Medical Center and also served as the superior of the Loyola University Medical Center Jesuit Community (1987-1993).

He became minister of the Gonzaga House Jesuit Community (1993-1996) as well as serving as acting president (1994-1995) and special assistant to the president of Loyola Academy (1996-1998, 2000-2013). He also served as chaplain of the Loyola Academy football team.

He became pastor of St. Ignatius Church in Chicago (1998-2000), and focused on pastoral ministry after leaving Loyola Academy (2013-2019). He celebrated weekend Masses at St. Joseph, Wilmette, for many years.

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Sr. Laureen Haben

Educator, writer

School Sister of St. Francis Laureen Haben, 95, died Aug. 28 at Our Lady of the Angels Convent in Greenfield, Wisconsin.

Born in Evanston, Sister Laureen was received into the School Sisters of St. Francis in 1944 and made her final vows in 1952.

Beginning in 1947, Sister Laureen ministered in Illinois, New York and Wisconsin for more than seven decades. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Mary, Buffalo Grove (1964-1966), and at Immaculate Conception (1966-1973).

Sister Laureen is survived by a sister, Joyce Burke.

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Sr. Margaret Wright

Hospital administrator

Religious Hospitaller of St. Joseph Sister Margaret Wright, 85, died Sept. 4.

Born in Chicago, she made religious vows in 1959 and dedicated her life to the care of the sick.

She retired in 2013 from her position as president of St. George Corporation and chief executive officer of Palos Community Hospital, where she had served since 1978.