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Fr. Jan F. Kaplan

Pastor emeritus

Father Jan F. Kaplan, 80, died May 22. He was pastor emeritus of St. Ladislaus Parish.

Born in Janów Podlaski, Poland, he attended high school there before entering the diocesan seminary in Siedlce, Poland.

Father Kaplan was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Siedlce in 1967.

From 1967 to 1977, Kaplan served as an associate pastor at several different parishes in the Diocese of Siedlce. He then served as a missionary in the Diocese of Anatuya, Argentina, from 1977 to 1985. He moved to Canada to serve in the Diocese of Prince Albert from 1985 to 1998.

Following his time in Canada, Father Kaplan moved to Illinois and served as associate pastor of Sts. Cyril & Methodius, Lemont; Transfiguration, Wauconda; St. Joseph, Round Lake and St. Blase, Argo (now Blessed Martyrs of Chimbote). He was incardinated into the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2005 and served as pastor of St. Ladislaus.

Following his retirement in 2014, Father Kaplan resided at his family home in Poland.

Father Wojciech Kwiecień first met Father Kaplan when they were both at St. Ladislaus and remembered his friend as an incredible person who was dedicated to connecting with people. “He was very happy to be a priest and had a great passion for traveling and spreading his ministry.”

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Fr. Edward J. Cronin

Former pastor

Father Edward J. Cronin, 69, died June 2. He was a former pastor and associate pastor.

Born in Chicago, Father Cronin attended St. Francis de Sales High School and Quigley Preparatory Seminary, Niles College Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1980. He completed post-graduate studies at the University of San Francisco.

He served as associate pastor of St. Lawrence O’Toole, Matteson; St. Cletus, La Grange; and St. Thomas the Apostle. In 1987, Cronin also became a part-time on-call chaplain at La Grange Memorial Hospital.

Father Cronin joined the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein as an adjunct faculty member from 1990 until 1997 and was an instructor of “Rural Ministry, the Catholic Church in Rural America.”

Following his time at USML, Father Cronin served as pastor of St. Alexander, Palos Heights; St. Jane de Chantal; and St. Helen. He served as associate pastor at Our Lady of Unity Parish and director of St. Stephen of Hungary Mission in Chicago until his retirement in 2022.

Father Cronin was profiled in a 2019 Chicago Catholic article that reported  on his care for animals, especially his dogs Bella and Kazu. “Man is fulfilled when he is more in sync with the rest of God’s creation, and that includes the animal kingdom,” he said.

Deacon William Malloy

Class of 1999

Deacon William P. Malloy, 87, died May 22. He served at Queen of All Saints Basilica.

Born in Chicago, he grew up in the city and in Jackson, Tennessee, and he earned a football scholarship to the University of Tennessee. When his football career was ended by injury, he returned to Chicago and to Loyola University, where he studied history.

He was a teacher and an arbitrator.

As a deacon, he assisted at Mass, gave homilies and made weekly Communion visits to local senior citizens.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; his brother Bernard Mathis Malloy; his daughters Jennifer Quinlan and Catherine Malloy; and four grandchildren.

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Sr. Cora Marie Campbell


Adrian Dominican Sister Cora Marie (Genevieve Anne) Campbell, 88, died May 9 in Adrian, Michigan.

Born in Michigan, she was in the 71st year of her religious profession.

Sister Cora Marie served over 50 years ministering in religious, elementary and secondary education in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Queen of Angels (1953-1954), St. Clare of Montefalco (1954-1955), Our Lady of the Westside (1988-1989) and Regina Dominican High School, Wilmette (theology teacher, 2006-2015; senior study monitor, 2015-2016).

She is survived by six brothers: Alex, Mark, Charles, Thomas, William and John; and two sisters: Mary Walton and Cara Meyer.

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Sr. Mary Margaret Smith

Director of Religious Education

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Mary Margaret “Penny” (Marie Albert) Smith, 86, died May 22, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin.

Born in Chicago, Sister Penny made her first profession in 1961 and her perpetual profession in 1966. She graduated from Rosary College (now Dominican University) in River Forest with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and received her master’s in religious studies from Providence College in Rhode Island.

She taught high school in Milwaukee and in Freeport, Illinois, and was director of religious education at St. Thomas of Villanova Parish, Palatine. She also ministered in Alabama.

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Fr. Jerome J. Maksvytis

Priest of Madison, Wisconsin

Father Jerome Joseph Maksvytis, 76, died May 27 at his home in Portage, Wisconsin, succumbing to cancer.

Born in Chicago, Father Maksvytis attended Annunciation and St. Michael schools, Quigley Preparatory Seminary North and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary; Holy Name Seminary, Madison; and St. Francis de Sales Seminary, Milwaukee, before being ordained for the Diocese of Madison in 1974.

Father Maksvytis served as associate pastor and pastor of several parishes in Wisconsin. He was named pastor emeritus of All Saints Parish in Berlin, Wisconsin, on his retirement in 2014.

He is survived by his sister, Lucille Tylutki.