Deacon John Debnar

Class of 1987

Deacon John J. Debnar, 93, formerly of Brookfield and Countryside, died Nov. 22. He served for 40 years at St. Barbara Parish, Brookfield.

Deacon Debnar was an Air Force veteran and worked as a barber.

His wife, Mary Ann, predeceased him. He is survived by his children Steven Debnar, Jack Debnar, Mary Ann Debnar, Tim Debnar and Chris Debnar; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and siblings Mike Debnar and Helen Benway.

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Sr. Mary J. Beaubien


Adrian Dominican Sister Mary J. (Clare Olivia) Beaubien, 95, died Oct. 25 in Adrian, Michigan.

Born in Adrian, she was in the 78th year of her religious life.

Sister Beaubien ministered in all levels of education years in Illinois, Michigan, Florida and Ohio, and in community development and teacher training in Mogwase and Kroonstad, South Africa.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Celestine, Elmwood Park.

She is survived by her sister, Margaret Simonis.

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Sr. Marlene Kuhnlein


Adrian Dominican Sister Marlene (Anthony Irene) Kuhnlein, 89, died Oct. 28 in Adrian, Michigan.

Born in Chicago, she was in her 72nd year of religious life.

Sister Marlene was a teacher; residential home staff member, case worker and social worker; pastoral counselor and bereavement companion; and secretary in Michigan, Illinois, Florida, New Mexico and Arizona.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Albert the Great, Oak Lawn (1962-1966); Queen of Apostles, Riverdale (1966-1967); St. Laurence (1967-1969); St. James, Maywood (1969-1972); and Regina Dominican High School, Wilmette (1972-1974).

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Sr. Dorothy Victor


Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Dorothy (Rita Cascia) Victor, 93, died Oct. 28 in Milwaukee.

Born in Rockford, she made her first religious profession in 1950, and her perpetual profession in 1953. She was a teacher and principal, and spent seven years as a missionary in Cochabamba, Bolivia. In the U.S., she ministered in Illinois, Wisconsin, the District of Columbia and Florida.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Dorothy taught at St. Philip Benizi (1950-1956), St. Jarlath (1963-1966) and St. Basil (1978-1980).

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Sr. Marillac Grabinski

Educator, outreach minister

Daughter of Charity Sister Marillac (Mildred Elizabeth) Grabinski, 94, died Oct. 30 in Evansville, Indiana.

Born in Chicago, she graduated from Good Counsel High School in 1947 and entered the Daughters of Charity in St. Louis in 1951.

After initial formation, Sister Marillac taught at elementary schools in Missouri, Alabama, Utah and Illinois. She also served as a docent at the Seton Shrine in Emmitsburg, Maryland; worked in social services and as a parish visitor and as an outreach minister.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Francis de Sales School in Lake Zurich (1980) and worked at Marillac Social Center (1980, 1986-1989) and St. Joseph Hospital (1989-1994).

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Sr. Loretta Picucci


Providence Sister Loretta Picucci, 82, died Nov. 9 in Providence Health Care in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

Sister Loretta was born in Chicago and attended Our Lady of Sorrows School and Providence High School. She entered the Sisters of Providence in 1964 and professed final vows in 1976.

In her 59 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered as a primary teacher, assistant director of a day nursery, outreach minister, family care professional and teacher of English as a second language.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Mel (1972-1977); was assistant director of St. Columbkille Day Nursery (1981-1983); and was an aide with Family Care Services (1994-1999).

Sister Loretta is survived by a sister, Josephine Mooney.