Father John J. Nicola, 92, died Jan. 3. He was the former assistant pastor of St. Cecilia Parish (Wells Street) and St. James Parish, Arlington Heights.
Born in Evanston, Father Nicola attended St. Thomas of Canterbury School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1955.
He also earned a doctorate in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy.
Father Nicola was assistant pastor of St. James Parish and St. Cecilia and taught at Quigley Preparatory Seminary for 10 years before moving to the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., to serve as the assistant director of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. After that assignment, he taught at Georgetown Prep in Maryland and other Catholic high schools.
Deacon Timothy Donovan, 82, died Dec. 16, 2021, in Arizona. He was ordained in 1993 and served at Old St. Mary and Holy Rosary parishes.
Born in Chicago, he worked as an auditor for the federal government, according to his wife of 52 years, Noreen Donovan. Deacon Donovan loved to read and take walks near the couple’s retirement home in Arizona.
He entered diaconate formation when their children were in high school, and as a deacon, he especially liked doing marriage preparation for couples in which one of the partners was not Catholic.
“A couple of years later they’d be back for baptism preparation, and they would ask for him,” Noreen Donovan said.
Deacon Donovan is survived by his wife, his children Tim and Sharyn, and four grandchildren.
Deacon José Mendoza, 81, died Jan. 5 in Kentucky. He was ordained in 1995 and ministered at St. Agnes of Bohemia Parish for five years.
He moved first to the Diocese of Joliet before living in McAllen, Texas, and then Elizabeth, Kentucky.
He is survived by his wife, Grace Jasso Mendoza; his children Mark A. Mendoza, Jaime A. Mendoza and Georgiana T. Mendoza Bulanda; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; his sisters Carmen Mendoza, Martina Morales and Teresa Mendoza; and his brothers Amado Mendoza, Antonio Mendoza and Martin Mendoza.
Adrian Dominican Sister Lucy Ann (Florence Maurice) Quinn, 89, died Dec. 17, 2021.
Born in Detroit, she was in her 70th year of religious profession.
Sister Lucy Ann ministered in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.
In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Clare of Montefalco.
Felician Sister Mary Claude (Helen) Szyperski, 89, died Dec. 22, 2021, in Mother of Good Counsel Convent.
Born in Chicago, she attended Good Shepherd Grade School and Good Counsel High School. After high school, she worked for a number years at the Prudential Insurance Company. She entered the Felician Sisters’ postulancy in 1960 and professed her final vows in 1967.
She was primarily engaged in ministry to the aged, serving at St. Mary Home for the Aged in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, mainly as an administrator, for nearly 40 years.
Later, she served in senior ministry in the Mother of Good Counsel Convent.
Adrian Dominican Sister Ann Patrice (Lucille Judith) Remkus, 93, died Dec. 24, 2021, in Adrian, Michigan.
Born in Rockford, she was in the 74th year of her religious profession.
Sister Ann Patrice ministered in education, pastoral and office ministry in Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, California and Arizona.
In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Laurence (1953-1955); Aquinas High School (1963-1967); and Regina Dominican High School, Wilmette (1968-1971). She worked at St. Mary, Star of the Sea (1979-1981); was a development assistant at Regina Dominican (1981-1986); was a pastoral associate at Our Lady of Charity, Cicero (1987-1993); and was secretary to the director of religious education at St. Victor, Calumet City (1995-1998).
Adrian Dominican Sister Anne (Joseph Anthony) Beauvais, 88, died Dec. 25, 2021, in Adrian, Michigan.
Born in Libertyville, she was in the 69th year of her religious profession.
Sister Anne ministered in Michigan, Illinois and Nevada.
In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Joseph, Homewood (1953-1956), and St. Nicholas of Tolentine (1960-1962). She was principal of Ascension, Harvey (1966-1975); taught junior high at St. Clare of Montefalco (1975-1976); and was administrative secretary at St. Cyprian School, River Grove (1988-1991). She was a receptionist in pastoral care (1992-2002) and a chaplain at Mercy Hospital (2002-2013) before retiring.
She is survived by her sister, Cecile Harris, and her brother, Father David E. Beauvais.
Adrian Dominican Sister Loretta (Ann Elizabeth) May, 88, died Jan. 3 in Adrian, Michigan.
Born in Michigan, she was in the 71st year of her religious profession.
Sister Loretta ministered in Michigan, Illinois and Ohio.
In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Rita (1954-1955) and St. Philip Neri (1955-1957).