CHICAGO — Cardinal Francis E. George, the retired archbishop of Chicago who was the first native Chicagoan to head the archdiocese, died April 17 at his residence after nearly 10 years battling cancer. He was 78.
His successor in Chicago, Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, called Cardinal George "a man of peace, tenacity and courage" in a statement he read at a news conference held outside Holy Name Cathedral to announce the death.
A funeral Mass was celebrated April 10 in the chapel at The Sarah Community in Bridgeton for Sister Mary Dismas Emerson, a retired nurse and nursing supervisor who served several years in a mission in Peru.
Sister Dismas, 90, died April 2 at The Sarah Community.
Born Helen Katherine Emerson in St. Louis, she entered the Sisters of St. Mary in 1943. She received the name Sister Mary Dismas and professed final vows in 1948. (In 1987 the Sisters of St. Mary and the Sisters of St. Francis of Maryville, Mo., reunited as the Franciscan Sisters of Mary.)
A funeral Mass was celebrated April 9 at All Souls Parish in Overland for Deacon Arnold F. Krieger, who served at the parish and was a chaplain at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport for many years.
A funeral Mass was celebrated April 14 at Nazareth Living Center Chapel in south St. Louis County for Sister Loretta Hennekes, CSJ, a former educator and director of social justice efforts for her community.
Sister Loretta, 86, died April 6 at Nazareth of acute myocardial infarction.
Born in St. Louis, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1949 and made final profession in 1957. She received a bachelor's degree in history from Fontbonne College in 1958 and a master's degree in history from St. Louis University in 1963.
A funeral Mass was to be celebrated at the Missionary Servants of St. Anthony Convent Chapel on the campus of Padua Place Nursing Home in San Antonio April 9 for Missionary of the Holy Family Father John Lombardi, a former parish priest and St. Louis Review columnist.
A funeral Mass was celebrated March 23 at the Passionist Nuns Chapel in Ellisville for Sister Mary Joseph (Geisler) of Jesus Crucified, CP, who served in many capacities in the convent.
Sister Mary Joseph, 93, died March 14.
Born in Mount Sterling, Ill., she entered the monastery 67 years ago, about six months after the foundation began in 1948. As a contemplative nun, her main apostolate was prayer. She had been superior, vicar, novice mistress and held just about every office.