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Sr. Loretto Wolff


Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Loretto Wolff, 94, died Oct. 3 in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin.

Born in Nebraska, Sister Loretto made her first religious profession in 1945 and her final profession in 1948. 

She was a teacher, principal, pastoral minister, parish administrator, librarian and volunteer. 

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Loretto taught at St. Barnabas (1947-1953) and St. Luke, River Forest (1963-1967). 

She is survived by a sister, Dominican Sister Mary Wolff; and three brothers, John Wolff, Benedictine Abbot Theodore Wolff and F. Patrick Wolff.

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Br. George Gregory Lindeman


Brother George Gregory Lindeman, a member of the Congregation of Christian Brothers, died Sept. 30. He was 89.

Brother George Gregory was a longtime educator and administrator at Leo, St. Laurence and Brother Rice High Schools and many others throughout the U.S. and Canada.

He is survived by 14 nieces and nephews.

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Sr. Agnes Clare Buckley

Educator, heart transplant recipient

Providence Sister Agnes Clare (Phyllis Marie) Buckley, 80, died on Sept. 23 in Boston. 

Born in Massachusetts, she entered the Sisters of Providence in 1956 and professed final vows in 1963. 

She ministered in education for 42 years in schools in Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts.  

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Our Lady of Sorrows (1960-1961) and St. Agnes (1961-1963).

Sister Agnes Clare was an early recipient of a transplanted heart and the first woman undergoing this procedure in 1989. After her recovery, she continued to give herself energetically to ministry, teaching fifth grade for another 12 years and serving as a parish and school volunteer for seven years. She was the longest living heart transplant recipient at 28 years. 

Sister Agnes Clare is survived by her brother, James, and her sister, Catherine.

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Sr. Sharon Hamm


Mercy Sister Sharon (Margaret) Hamm, 87, died Sept. 19.

Born in Milwaukee, she entered Sisters of Mercy in Des Plaines in 1948.

For over 50 years, Sister Sharon, whom some may remember as Sister Mary Misael, served in elementary schools in the dioceses of Davenport, Iowa; Rockford, Illinois; and Madison, Wisconsin; as well as the Archdiocese of Chicago. In the archdiocese, she taught in Des Plaines, Chicago, Libertyville, McHenry and Park Ridge, including 10 years at St. Stephen in Des Plaines and 21 years at St. Paul of the Cross, Park Ridge.

After retiring from teaching, Sister Sharon went back to St. Stephen, where she served as a librarian and then as a tutor. 

Sr. M. Alacoque Czartoryski

Educator, home economist

Franciscan Sister of Chicago M. Alacoque (Sophie) Czartoryski, 94, died Sept. 18.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she was drawn to religious life by the sisters at St. Casimir School there. She entered the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago convent in 1931 at 15.

Two years later, after graduating high school, she entered the novitiate. She made her final vows in 1946.

She ministered for five years in the motherhouse and at St. Joseph Home for the Aged, which was attached to the convent, working as director of the residents; dining room and in the kitchen, garden, laundry and chapel. 

She taught at Five Holy Martyrs (1946-1949) and St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr (1949-1952). 

After getting a degree in home economics, she taught sewing and home nursing for 17 years at Madonna High School. Then, after completing a program for dietitians, she ministered as a hospital dietitian in South Dakota and Ohio. She returned to Madonna High School in 1984 and served as maintenance supervisor for a year.

After assignments in Ohio and Poland, she returned to Our Lady of Victory Convent in Lemont for a sabbatical year and ended up staying and working in several ministries. She held the position of minister of hospitality until 2014.

In 2011, she was the first recipient of the Franciscan Weaver Award, which honors a Franciscan Sister of Chicago who embodies the Franciscan charism and shows Franciscan joy in her daily life. 

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Sr. Bonaventure Hill


Sister of St. Joseph Bonaventure Hill, 103, died Sept. 17.

Sister Bonaventure entered religious life in 1935 and was a teacher or principal for 41 years, serving at St. Barbara, Brookfield; St. Attracta, Cicero; St. Anthony; St. Margaret Mary; St. Hugh, Lyons; St. Leonard, Berwyn; and St. Cletus and St. Francis Xavier, LaGrange. 

She was also hostess at the Christian Life Center and archivist for her congregation.

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Deacon Peter Morrissey

Class of 2001

Deacon Peter Morrissey, 81, died Sept. 23. He was ordained in 2001 and served at St. Leonard Parish, Berwyn.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his daughter, Bernie; and his brother, Eugene.