Father Thomas A. Moran, 78, died Nov. 8. He was pastor emeritus of Our Lady of the Brook Parish in Northbrook, now known as St. Norbert-Our Lady of the Brook Parish.
Born in Chicago, Father Moran attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary, Niles College and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1971.
He served as assistant pastor of St. Joseph the Worker, Wheeling, and St. Bonaventure, then as associate pastor of St. Ita; St. Thecla; St. Tarcissus; St. John Brebeuf, Niles; and St. Marcelline, Schaumburg.
He was pastor of St. Hugh, Lyons, from 1995 to 2005, and Our Lady of the Brook from 2005 to 2014, when he became pastor emeritus.
Deacon Peery Duderstadt from St. Norbert-Our Lady of the Brook Parish had been friends with Moran for 60 years.
“Father Tom was always interested in archaeology, particularly Egyptology. Every year he would go to the Biblical Archaeology Society Convention and in 2006 he and I started going together,” Duderstadt said. Father Moran loved biblical archaeology so much that his sermons were always laced with references to it, Duderstadt said.
Deacon Daniel Troy, 91, died Oct. 27. He was ordained in 1984 and served at Holy Ghost Parish in South Holland.
Deacon Troy, formerly of South Holland, was a professor of mathematics at Purdue University Calumet, a chaplain at Owasippe Scout Reservation and a PADS volunteer.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary Anne; his children Leonard Troy, Kathleen Smyser, Joseph Troy, Stephen Troy, Patrick Troy and Jean Swenson; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Deacon Joseph G. Krakora, 97, died Nov. 3. He was ordained in 1978 and served at St. Mary Parish, Lake Forest.
Born in Chicago, he was raised in Berwyn. He attended Michigan State University, where he played basketball, and married his wife, Marie, in 1949.
He worked as an auditor for Shell Oil, working in several states, and then joined Payco American, and he and Marie and their six children settled in Lake Forest.
He discerned his vocation to the diaconate after the death of his fourth child, Eileen, in 1975.
He and Marie worked with young couples preparing for marriage and he presided over numerous marriage ceremonies and baptized hundreds of babies, including his grandchildren and some of his great-grandchildren. He also served as associate director of the Office of the Diaconate.
In addition to Eileen, Deacon Krakora was preceded in death by Marie in 2012 and his son Brian four years later. He is survived by his children Janice Krakora-Looby, Susan Krakora, Joseph Krakora and Kevin Krakora; 15 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.