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Fr. Michael D. Michelini

Former pastor

Father Michael S. Michelini, 78, died July 5. He was a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and former pastor of St. Adalbert Parish.

Father Michelini was born in Chicago and attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1971.

He served as assistant pastor of St. Aloysius and St. Agnes of Bohemia parishes. From 1981 to 2012, he served as pastor of St. Aloysius, St. Fidelis and then St. Adalbert. He retired in 2015.

Father Michael Furlan, a good friend of Father Michelini, said Father Michelini was a very charismatic and special person. Furlan recalled his charming presence and how “he really lived life and he would walk into a room and the place would just light up.”

“He was willing to go just about any place to help people, or minister to people,” said Father Mark Canavan, one of Father Michelini’s classmates.

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Sr. Jeanette Jabour


Adrian Dominican Sister Jeanette (Anesa Mari) Jabour, 91, died May 24 in Adrian, Michigan.

Born in Detroit, she was in her 73rd year of religious life.

Sister Jeanette ministered in education and as an administrator of a home for the elderly, social worker and director of community relations in Illinois, Arizona, Ohio and Michigan.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Rita School (1951-1955).

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Sr. Mary Kathleen La Plume

Educator, pastoral minister

Felician Sister Mary Kathleen (Claudette) La Plume, 84, died June 12 in Mother of Good Counsel Convent.

Born in Chicago, she attended St. Margaret Mary School and Mother of Good Counsel High School. She entered the Felician Sisters in 1956 and professed her final vows in 1964. She ministered in elementary schools as a teacher and librarian in Illinois. She also served as a pastoral minister and liturgist at St. John the Evangelist Parish, Streamwood, and in parishes in the Diocese of Joliet.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she ministered at St. Turibius (1959-1960); Our Lady of Ransom, Niles (1964-1968); St. Stanislaus, Posen (1968-1973); St. Linus, Oak Lawn (1974-1976); and St. Hubert, Hoffman Estates (1976-1985).

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Sr. Mary Schlehuber


Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Mary (Mary Ania) Schlehuber, 95, died June 22 in Footville, Wisconsin.

Born in Peoria, Sister Mary made her first religious profession in 1948 and her perpetual profession in 1951. She was a teacher and chaplain who served in Illinois, Wisconsin and California.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Mary taught at St. Jarlath (1952-1953); St. Vincent Ferrer, River Forest (1953-1957); St. Sabina, Chicago (1960-1967); and St. Louis de Montfort, Oak Lawn (1969-1973).

She is survived by a sister, Claire Reilly.

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Fr. Joseph William Bayne Jr.

Formation minister

Conventual Franciscan Father Joseph William Bayne, Jr., 66, died June 23 in Chicago.

Father Joe, as he was known, was born in Baltimore and attended Archbishop Curley High School there before joining the Franciscan community in 1975. He professed simple vows in 1976 and solemn vows in 1981 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1985.

He served in parishes in Pennsylvania before beginning a 29-year ministry in Buffalo, New York, at the Franciscan Center, a transitional housing program for runaway and homeless young men from western New York. While there, he served for 13 years as Chaplain of Erie County Emergency Services and the Buffalo Fire Department.

In 2018, Father Joseph was assigned briefly to a parish in Massachusetts before becoming the associate director of formation at the Conventual Franciscans’ postulancy house in Chicago.

He is survived by his mother, Jean Bayne, and his brother, George Bayne.

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Sr. Mary Roger Madden


Providence Sister Mary Roger (Mary Francis) Madden, 102, died June 24 in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

Born in Decatur, she entered the Sisters of Providence in 1940 and professed final vows in 1949. In her 83 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered as a teacher for 40 years in schools in Indiana, Illinois, California and Washington, D.C. Beginning in 1986, she served as congregation historian, and then as pilgrimage coordinator at Providence Center and coordinator of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Beginning in 2017, she committed herself totally to the ministry of prayer.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Our Lady of Mercy (1943-1945); St. Agnes (1950-1952); St. Leo (1958-1961); and Marywood, Evanston (1965-1968).

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Fr. William Halvey


Divine Word Father William (Gordian) Halvey, 95, died July 4 in Techny. He had served in Papua New Guinea as a brother and as a priest, and took on duties there and in the United States from being a postmaster and office worker to teacher, pastor and retreat center director.

Born in Chicago, he attended St. Mel High School before entering the U.S. Army, serving for a year in Japan with U.S. occupation troops. He then attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, for two years begore entering the Divine Word Brothers Candidate School. He professed first vows in 1954 and perpetual vows in 1960.

After an assignment as postmaster in Techny, he was sent to Papua New Guinea. He went to seminary in Australia and was ordained to the priesthood in Techny in 1976, before returning to Papua New Guinea.

In 1985, he returned to the United States and taught high school in Spokane, Washington, before serving as director of the St. Augustine Retreat Center in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, for 11 years. In 2003, he became chaplain to the cloistered Benedictine Sisters at San Beneto Monastery in Dayton, Wyoming, assisting at the local parish on weekends, before moving to the Divine Word community in Bordentown, N.J., In 2007, he moved to Techny to retire full time.

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Sr. Carolyn Kessler


Providence Sister Carolyn (Ann Carolyn) Kessler, 91, died July 7 in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Born in Indiana, she entered the Sisters of Providence in 1954 and professed final vows in 1962. After teaching in high schools in Illinois and Indiana for 10 years and earning a master’s degree from Georgetown University, she was awarded a Fulbright lectureship at the University of Rome, after which she earned a doctorate in linguistics at Georgetown.

She taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio for 25 years and remained in Texas for another 15 years, consulting in the area of bilingual education.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Marywood High School, Evanston (1957-1964).