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Deacon Phillip DuBrownik

Class of 1998

Deacon Phillip A. DuBrownik, 76, died Aug. 23. He was ordained in 1998 and served at St. Emeric Parish, Country Club Hills.

Born in Chicago, he attended Bowen High School and Southern Illinois University.

Family members said he found his true calling as a deacon, and he considered the parish his extended family. Parishioners recalled him working with the SPRED group, making sausage and cooking at pig roasts and teaching others how to braid palms.

He had two sisters, Judith Baker and Ruth Koteles.

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Sr. Julie Hyer

Health care administrator

Adrian Dominican Sister Julie (Ann Warren) Hyer, 74, died July 27 in Capitola, California.

Born in New York, she was in the 54th year of her religious life.

Sister Julie spent one year ministering in education before ministering in health care administration in Michigan and California. She also was general councilor/administrator on the General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she was on the board investment committee (2019-2021) and a Cistercian Monastery volunteer (2021-2022) at Common Spirit Health.

She is survived by two brothers, Warren Hyer Jr. and Gregory Hyer, and a sister, Marianne Hyer.

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Sr. Wanda Marie Kamza


Sister of St. Casimir Wanda Marie Kamza, 86, died Aug. 1.

Born in Gary, Indiana, Sister Wanda Marie entered the Sisters of St. Casimir in 1952, professed first vows in 1955 and professed final vows in 1960. She spent most of her 66 years in education.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. George (32nd Place, 1955-1960), Immaculate Conception (44th Street, 1963-1964), St. Joseph (South Chicago, 1965-1967), St. Norbert, Northbrook (1964-1965, 1985-2000), and St. Bartholomew (Waukegan, 1970-1971). Additionally, she served in schools in Rockford and in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan.  She also served in the ministry of prayer and presence at Franciscan Village, Lemont (2015-2022).

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Sr. Jane Quirk


Adrian Dominican Sister Jane (Jean Ellen) Quirk, 95, died Aug. 8 in Adrian, Michigan.

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

Sister Jane ministered for more than 53 years in elementary and special education in Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Tennessee and Illinois. She became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2006.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught elementary school students with learning disabilities at the Bartlett Learning Center (1977-2000).

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Sr. Vivian Gorman


Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Vivian (Priscilla) Gorman, 98, died Aug. 15 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin.

Born in Minnesota, Sister Vivian made her first religious profession in 1947 and her perpetual profession in 1950.

She was a teacher, principal, assistant principal, adult education director, teacher’s aide and religious education coordinator, as well as a pastoral and development staff member. She served in Wyoming, Illinois, Wisconsin, the District of Columbia, Alabama and California.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Vivian taught at St. Richard (1947-1949) and served as principal of St. Patrick, Lemont (1956-1962), and St. Philip the Apostle, Northfield (1965-1969). She also ministered as religious education coordinator at Sts. Faith, Hope and Charity, Winnetka (1980-1986).

She is survived by a sister, Cecilia Becker.