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Sr. Mary Florence Schultz

Nurse, administrator

Resurrection Sister Mary Florence Schultz, 92, died Nov. 17, 2023.

Born in Minnesota, she entered the Sisters of the Resurrection in 1950.

She began her ministry as a second grade teacher at St. Mary of the Angels. Four years later, she began training as a nurse, and went on to receive bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing. She had additional training in caring for alcoholic patients and patients with infectious diseases, which led to her ministries in the alcoholic rehabilitation and infectious disease programs at Resurrection Hospital.

Sister M. Florence also served as director of nursing at Resurrection Nursing Pavilion, became a licensed nursing home administrator and served as the administrator of Resurrection Life Center at its opening. She went on to serve as regional performance improvement director for 11 nursing homes that were part of Resurrection Health Care.

Sister M. Florence’s final ministry was to care for the senior members of the congregation.

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Sr. Mary Alodia Stozek

Educator, community leader, archivist

Felician Sister Mary Alodia (Mary Barbara) Stozek, 100, died Nov. 26, 2023, at Mother of Good Counsel Convent.

Born in Chicago, she attended St. John of God and St. Joseph schools, then joined the Felician Sisters aspirancy, where she attended Good Counsel High School. She entered the Felician Sisters postulancy in 1942 and professed her final vows in 1949. 

She ministered in Illinois elementary schools as a teacher and served as a psychologist at Good Counsel High School. Later, she worked as a college instructor and director of the Psychoeducational Center at Felician College. She held a leadership position with the Felician community and was the provincial archivist from 1998 to 2015.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she ministered at Holy Innocents (1941-1942, 1960); St. Mary Magdalen (1943-1945); St. Hedwig, Niles (1945-1953); St. Stanislaus, Posen (1953-1954); Sts. Peter and Paul (1954-1957); St. James (1957-1960); Felician College (1965-1982); and Good Counsel High School (1988-1992).

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Sr. Jeri Cashman

Social worker

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Jeri (Mary de Paul) Cashman, 76, died Dec. 9, 2023, in Muskego, Wisconsin.

Born in Minneapolis, Sister Jeri professed vows in 1967.

Sister Jeri served as a justice and peace campus minister, a social worker, a teacher and a pastoral minister in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. Sister Jeri served as a justice and peace campus minister at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She served as pastoral minister in the Diocese of Chilpancingo, Mexico, with a ministry team on behalf of the Archdiocese of Chicago, ministering with 23 communities in the parish of Santiago Apostol in Quechultenango. She also ministered in Bolivia.

She is survived by her brother, Thomas Cashman, and her sister, Carol Rosendahl.

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Sr. M. June Hoffman

Educator, community leader

Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary Sister M. June (Alphonse Marie) Hoffman, 98, died Dec. 13, 2023, in Rockford.

A former member of St. Gall Parish, Chicago, Sister June entered the congregation in 1942 and made final vows in 1945.

She taught at St. Gall School, as well as in schools in the Joliet diocese.  She served her religious congregation as formation director and provincial superior, and was the founding administrator of St. Anne Center in Rockford, where she lived and ministered in various capacities from 1993 to her death.

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Sr. Therese Fields

Educator, community leader

Sister of Christian Charity Therese (Nelwyn) Fields, 98, died Dec. 14, 2023, at Sacred Heart Convent, Wilmette.

Born in Louisiana, she entered the congregation in 1938, made first vows in 1943 and made perpetual vows in 1949.

She taught at St. Aloysius School and at St. Martha, Morton Grove, in the 1940s and 1950s, before being sent to New Orleans.

She returned in 1967 to St. Theresa School, Palatine.

In the 1970s, she ministered at the House of Prayer in Steger, then in Calumet City, and as retreat director at St. Margaret Mary Convent.

In the 1990s, Sister Therese served as the local superior of the motherhouse in Wilmette, directress of junior sisters and novice directress. Then she moved to the St. Joseph Convent and served at the St. Joseph Parish Prayer Center. She also did prayer ministry at St. Mary of Celle Convent in Berwyn before moving to Sacred Heart Convent in Wilmette as a patient in 2015.

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Sr. Maria Hill

Educator, community leader

Sister of St. Joseph Maria Hill, 85, died Dec. 16, 2023.

Sister Maria earned master’s degrees in educational administration and religious education, as well as a certificate in spiritual direction.

Sister Maria taught and was principal of schools in Minnesota before going into religious education.  As a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille, she served on various congregational leadership teams for 20 years. 

She also worked as a facilitator and consultant to other religious communities.  At the Congregation of St. Joseph in La Grange, Sister Maria continued to work as a facilitator and spiritual director, as well as a member of the leadership team.

She is survived by her sister, Helen Hill.