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Fr. William G. Keneally

Pastor emeritus

Father William G. Kenneally, 85, died Oct. 28. He was pastor emeritus of St. Gertrude Parish.

Born in Chicago, he attended Maternity B.V.M. School and Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1961.

He was assistant pastor of St. Paul of the Cross, Park Ridge; St. Therese of the Infant Jesus; and Immaculate Conception (North Park Avenue). He later served as associate pastor of St. Edmund, Oak Park, and St. Nicholas, Evanston. He served as pastor at St. Gertrude from 1984 until he retired and received the title pastor emeritus in 2006
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Deacon Dismas Fernandez

Class of 1992

Deacon Dismas G. Fernandez, 80, died Oct. 18. He was ordained in 1992 and served at Notre Dame de Chicago Parish, now part of Our Lady of the Holy Family Parish.

Deacon Fernandez, a graduate of DePaul University, worked as an accountant. As a deacon, he ministered in baptismal preparation, marriages, wakes, funerals, preaching, ministry of care, immigration advocacy and immigrant detainee visitation.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Ann D. Jurgus.

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Deacon Daniel Dutkiewicz

Class of 1997

Deacon Daniel Dutkiewicz, 86, died Oct. 24. He was ordained in 1997 and ministered at St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Parish, Posen.

Deacon Dutkiewicz worked at South Suburban Hospital and served his community in the Village of Posen through civil defense, as a scout leader and paramedic, and through various fire department activities.

In his parish, he was a lector, minister of care and leader of Polish Gorzkie Zale services and Lenten Stations of the Cross. After his ordination, his service extended to marriage preparation, baptismal parent preparation, wake services and serving RCIA candidate needs.

His wife, Barbara, and his daughter Cheryl preceded him in death. He is survived by his children Cindy Brezich, Timothy Dutkiewicz 
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Br. Donald Houde


Viatorian Brother Donald Houde, 91, died Sept. 29. He was the former principal of St. Viator High School, Arlington Heights.

Born in Bourbonnais, he graduated from St. Patrick High School in Chicago and made his first vows in 1952 in Arlington Heights and final vows in 1955.

He served as secretary to the provincial (1953-1958) before embarking on a 40-year career in education, teaching at schools and serving as principal at schools in Illinois and in England. He was principal at St. Viator High School from 1972 to 1979, and oversaw the development of the “schools with a school” model in which four programs were created based on individual learning styles.

Brother Houde then ministered at the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic Schools, serving as director of curriculum and administrative affairs (1979-1998).

In retirement, Brother Houde volunteered at St. Josephat Parish before moving to the Viatorian Province Center in 2012.

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Sr. Margaret Mary Majewski


Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Margaret Mary “Meg” (Mary Loyola) Majewski, 91, died Sept. 29 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin.

Born in Chicago, Sister Meg made her first religious profession in 1950 and her perpetual profession in 1953. She taught elementary, secondary and post-secondary education for 42 years, eventually specializing in art, and served in campus ministry in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Alabama, Tennessee and Michigan, as well as Trinidad.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Meg taught at St. Mary, Evanston (1985); Morgan Park Academy, (1986-1987); and Gage Park High School (1989-1990).

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Sr. Jessica Slack


Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Jessica Slack, 90, died Sept. 30 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin

Born in Nebraska, Sister Jessica made her first religious profession in 1955, and her perpetual profession in 1958. She taught English and social science, served as an assistant registrar and was a support staff member in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Jessica taught at Visitation High School (1955-1960); Trinity High School, River Forest (1961-1967); and Queen of Peace High School, Burbank (1967-1974). She served as a political science intern at Rosary College (now Dominican University), River Forest (1975-1976).

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Sr. Joan McGovern


School Sister of Notre Dame Joan (Marie Patrice) McGovern, 90, died Oct. 3 at Marian Village in Homer Glen.

Born in Chicago, she attended St. Columbanus and St. Dorothy schools and the Academy of Our Lady before entering the candidature for the congregation in 1949.

She served in Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin as a teacher, librarian and administrator. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she earned a master’s degree in library science from Rosary College (now Dominican University) and served as a librarian at Academy of Our Lady; Mother McAuley High School; St. Benedict, Blue Island; Trinity High School, River Forest; St. Paul; Schwab Rehab Center; in Chicago; the Jesuit-Krauss-McCormick Library; and Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center. She also served for one year as administrator at St. Benedict, a retirement community of School Sisters of Notre Dame in Chicago.

Sister Joan then served as receptionist at the Chicago provincial house in Berwyn before retiring at St. Pius X Convent in Stickney and in 2006 was assigned to prayer and presence at Marian Village.

She is survived by her siblings, Margaret Ann Papie and James McGovern.

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Sr. Agnes Eugene Cordak


Providence Sister Agnes Eugene (Gloria) Cordak, 96, died Oct. 18 in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

Born in Chicago, she attended Maternity BVM School and Providence High School before entering the Sisters of Providence in 1941. She professed final vows in 1950.

She ministered in education and held various administrative positions in her community and its schools in Indiana, Illinois and Washington, D.C.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she ministered at St. Angela (1956-1958); St. Leo (1958-1962); St. Andrew (1962-1966); St. Francis Xavier, Wilmette (1966-1968); Mother Theodore Guerin High School, River Grove (1977-1980, 1991-1996); and Cathedral High School (1987-1991).