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Msgr. Michael J. Adams

Pastor emeritus

Msgr. Michael J. Adams, 90, died April 23. He was the pastor emeritus of St. Mary, Star of the Sea Parish.

Born in Chicago, Msgr. Adams attended St. Catherine of Genoa School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1959.

He served as assistant pastor of St. Mary, Evanston; St. Margaret of Scotland; St. Matthias; and St. Francis de Paula.

He was pastor of St. Gall Parish for 12 years and St. Mary, Star of the Sea Parish for 11 years. He retired in 2003.

In addition, Msgr. Adams was chaplain at Amundsen High School and executive secretary to the clergy personnel board.

Father Ron Kalas, vicar for senior priests, remembered his classmate as “a very thoughtful man, always ready to do what he was asked to do, and he did that with charm and grace.”

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Sr. Rosalie Bulanda

Educator, nurse

Adrian Dominican Sister Rosalie (David Miriam) Bulanda, 83, died March 27 in Adrian, Michigan.

Born in Aurora, she was in the 66th year of her religious life.

Sister Rosalie ministered in elementary education and nursing and as a volunteer in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, New York and Mississippi.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Queen of Angels.

She is survived by a brother, Warren Hickman.

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Sr. Marita Zeller


School Sister of St. Francis Marita (M. Justinia) Zeller, 90, died in Milwaukee on March 31. 

Born in Chicago, Sister Marita was received into the School Sisters of St. Francis in 1950; made her first profession of vows in 1952; and made her final vows in 1958.

Beginning in 1953, Sister Marita ministered in Illinois and Wisconsin for seven decades. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Anne, Barrington (1953-1958); Holy Angels (1966-1970, 1989-2005) and Alvernia High School (1970-1989). She also led Bible study at St. Viator Parish (2007-2018). 

She is survived by a brother, Gerard.

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Sr. Barbara Carroll


Adrian Dominican Sister Barbara J. (James Denise) Carroll, 91, died April 7 in Adrian, Michigan.

Sister Barbara was born in Detroit, she was in the 74th year of her religious life.

Sister Barbara ministered in education, as a religious education director and pastoral minister and as an artist. She served in Indiana, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Kilian (1951-1959) and Santa Maria Del Popolo, Mundelein (1965-1967).

She is survived by a brother, John Carroll.

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Sr. Mary Catherine Perkins


Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Mary Catherine (Mary Cronan) Perkins, 93, died April 16 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin.

Born in Oak Park, Sister Mary Catherine made her first religious profession in 1954 and her perpetual profession in 1957. She taught French and sometimes Spanish, served as in administration, ministered in adult faith formation for 14 years and volunteered in faith groups in the District of Columbia, Illinois, Connecticut, Iowa, Wisconsin and Oregon.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Mary Catherine taught at Visitation High School (1955-1957) and volunteered at the Church of the Holy Spirit Parish, Schaumburg (2007-2013).

She is survived by a sister, Patricia Perkins-Lundeen.

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Sr. Patricia Geis


Providence Sister Patricia (Anna Marie) Geis, 88, died in Terre Haute, Indiana, on April 17. 

Born in Chicago, Sister Patty entered the Sisters of Providence in 1952 and professed final vows in 1960. She taught in Indiana, Illinois, California and North Dakota. After retiring from teaching in 2005, she served as an adult literacy tutor for the School on Wheels in the Chicago suburbs for another 13 years.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Francis Xavier, Wilmette (1972-1973); St. Agnes (1973-1976); Our Lady of Hope, Rosemont (1979-1980); St. Cornelius (1980-1981); Santa Maria Del Popolo, Mundelein (2000-2001) and Divine Savior, Norridge (2004-2005).

She also served as director of St. Columbkille Day Nursery (1981-1983) and ministered at Mount St. Joseph, Lake Zurich (1999-2000).

Sister Patty is survived by two sisters, Mary A. Rachupka and Rosemary Schiefer.

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Sr. Laurina Kahne


Sister of St. Joseph Laurina Kahne, 89, died April 19.

Born in Chicago, Sister Laurina was in her 70th year of religious life.

She taught elementary school and high school for 26 years at Our Lady of Bethlehem, La Grange Park; St. Anthony; St. Cletus, La Grange; St. Francis Xavier, La Grange; St. Margaret Mary; St. Mary, Riverside; St. Victor, Calumet City; and St. Paul High School.

She also worked in Hispanic Ministry at St. Cletus, La Grange, and in the Diocese of Joliet. She is survived by her sisters Joyce Rodriguez and Rita Mischler.

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Sr. Mary Peter McGinty

Theologian, educator

Sister of St. Joseph Mary Peter McGinty, 98, died April 20.

Born in Chicago, she was in her 75th year of religious life.

She earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in theology from Marquette University in Milwaukee. According to information published on her congregation’s website, she was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in theology from an American university.

She taught at Nazareth Academy, La Grange Park; Rosary College (now Dominican University), River Forest; Marquette University, Milwaukee; the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary; Loyola University Chicago; St. Francis Xavier School, La Grange; St. Cletus School, La Grange; St. John Fisher School; and St. Leonard School, Berwyn.