Sr. M. Diane Marie Collins

Educator, community leader

Franciscan Sister of Chicago M. Diane Marie Collins, 73, died Aug. 4.

Sister Diane Marie entered the congregation in 1968, made her first vows in 1971 and professed perpetual vows in 1977.

She served at Madonna High School from 1973 to 1991, teaching from 1973 to 1986, then serving as the school social worker after earning a master’s degree in social work from Loyola University Chicago. She also served as local superior (1990-1991).

After moving to the Lemont motherhouse, she served as formation director (1991-1994) and formation team member (1995-1999); general vicar (1993-1998); chair of Franciscan Village/Mother Theresa Home Board of Directors (1993-1998); St. Anthony Medical Center board of directors (1993-1999); chairman of Madonna High School board of directors (1994-2001).

She was general councilor and general secretary (1998-2003) while serving as principal of Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond, Indiana. She served in a variety of positions in community leadership, including general minister (2003-2013), chair of Region 3 of the Franciscan Federation (2004-2006); second vice president (2006-2007) vice president (2007-2008) and president (2008-2009).

She also was a campus minister in Chicago (2013-2019) and evangelization director at St. John Berchmans Parish (2019-2023).

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Sr. Joan Marconi


Sister Joan (Joseph Elaine) Marconi, 89, died Sept. 14 in Adrian, Michigan.

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

Sister Joan ministered in elementary and secondary education, occupational therapy and administration  in Michigan, Illinois and Florida.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Aquinas High School (1961-1967).

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Sr. Emeric Bauch

Culinary artist, nurse

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Emeric Bauch, 96, died Sept. 21 in Footville, Wisconsin.

Born in Minnesota, Sister Emeric made her first religious profession in 1950 and her perpetual profession in 1953. She served as a culinary artist and as a nurse’s aide and licensed practical nurse in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Wyoming, Illinois, Nebraska, Iowa, South Carolina and Georgia.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Emeric served as culinary artist at St. Vincent Ferrer Convent, River Forest (1957-1959), and Visitation Convent (1967-1968).