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 Faculty and Staff Memorial Notice



"Eternal rest grant unto them Lord,

and let perpetual light shine upon them"






Sister Maria Terese Patterson, SSSF

Died September 29 at Sacred Heart, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sister Maria Terese served as a member of our community for 65 years, and ministered at Alverno College for 25 years and at St. Benedict High School Click for obituary







Mrs. Mary Becker Manion

 Mrs. Manion  was born in 1939 in Evanston

and was a resident of Mt. Prospect for the past forty-three years. She taught US History and Modern European History during her time at St. Benedict High School.  Mrs. Manion passed away on September 2, 2016.She is survived by her husband Tom Manion (also a former teach in the Elementary School), her children Mary Katherine (Brian) Pozsgay and Thomas C. Manion, her three grandchildren and sister Dorothy Foley.  Click for obituary





 Anne Markowitch

 (formerly Sister Victrice)Anne graduated from Alverno College in Milwaukee with a B.A. in English Literature and

 earned an M.A. from Loyola University in Chicago.

She had a long career in education teaching literature in several schools in the Midwest. She did political organizing and worked for major nonprofit organizations. She founded a women's leadership development organization, the Jane Addam's Conference, which focused on international affairs.

 After retiring, she moved to North Carolina and became involved with the League of Women Voters, the ACLU, the YWCA, the United Nations Association, and Women NC. In 2008, Ann and her partner, Ann Seng, took up residence in the Carol Woods Retirement Community, where she continued to follow her many interests. Anne loved the arts and music events, joined study groups, and made many new friends. She received excellent care from the dedicated Carol Woods staff, who supported her in leading an independent life until her last day


Sister Fran Wohn, BVM

Sister Fran Wohn retired from fulltime teaching in 2012, but continued to volunteer and substitute teach at St. Benedict, completing 19 years of service at that school and a total of 52 years in education. Several organizations recognized her dedication to her ministry. She received the Sisters of St. Francis Excellence of Teaching Award given by the St. Benedict school board to “[an] individual who exhibits a commitment to teaching, models Christ like values . . . [and] cares for each student as an individual.”

As a teacher, Fran’s mission, in her own words, was “to teach students . . . enough life science to be intrigued with the smallest living thing to the greatest, to love life enough to appreciate and respect it and to be thankful to God for the beauty of it.” Despite being considered a demanding teacher, Fran was greatly respected and loved by her students. Letters from her former students overflow with compliments. “You’re an amazing and inspiring teacher.” “I look up to you in so many ways.” “You have a zest for life and really know how to teach children.” “You’re driven by passion, and it’s contagious!”






Sister Francis Martinus Kullowitsch

A Chicago native, she was received into the School Sisters of St. Francis in 1945 and made her final vows in 1953.

Beginning in 1949, Sister Martinus ministered in Illinois, Wisconsin and Florida. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Benedict High School (1957-1963, 1966-1975); at St. Joseph, Summit (1965-1966); and served in vocations (1975-1981) and as a secretary (1981-1988) for the Maryknoll Fathers in Chicago.





 Ms. Mary Van Wazer

We are saddened to hear of the death of former St. Benedict Elementary School principal, Mrs. Mary Van Wazer. Ms. Van Wazer passed away on the morning of Sunday, February 22, 2015 after suffering a stroke earlier this month.

We remember her for her loving service to St. Benedict and to Catholic education. We thank God for Mary. May she rest in peace.




Fr. Peter Heidenrich

Fr. Heidenrich passed away unexpected on Tuesday February  11, 2015.  

Fr. Peter was the Principal at St. Benedict High School from 1990-1996 and the President of the school from 1996-1997.
During his tenure at St. Benedict High School, Fr. Peter was a member of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). It was during his time at St. Benedict High School and his interaction with the parish families of St. Benedict that Fr. Peter began to consider his desire to transfer from the Dominicans to a Diocesan Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Chicago
Fr. Peter served as both an Associate Pastor and as a Pastor in several parishes. His last assignment was at St. John Church in Glenwood, IL.  Click here for obituary.



Dr. Mary Sue Wielgus

Please remember Dr. Mary Sue Wielgus in your prayers.  Dr. Wielgus was the Director of Religious Education at St. Benedict Parish and Preparatory School for the past fourteen years.  Dr. Wielgus was the wife of the late Stephen and loving mother of Kelly (Jason) Cory and Nicholas (Natalie) Wielgus and the late Lawrence, John and Joseph.  Loving grandmother to four grandchildren and dear sister of Michael (Barbara) Kelly, William (Kim) Kelly, Maryanne Kelly, Jim (Patricia) Kelly, Norinne (Michael) Broski and Patricia (Stuart) Murray.  Dr. Wielgus passed away on Sunday - June 14, 2014 after a brief battle with colon cancer.  Click here for obituary







Ms. Mary Ann Smith

Please remember Ms. Mary Ann Smith in your prayers.  Ms. Smith was former faculty member at St. Benedict Elementary School who taught her students computer curriculum.

 Click here for obituary








Ms. Evelyn (Byrne) Deering

Please remember Ms. Evelyn Deering in your prayers.  Ms. Deering was former parish receptionist and staff member at St. Benedict.  Click here for obituary


Sister Marion James Finbarr O.S.F.

Please remember in your prayers Sister Marion James (Finbarr) who died on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at St. Joseph Convent, Campbellsport, Wisconsin. Services will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at St. Joseph Convent, Campbellsport, Wis., with a wake at 9:00 a.m. and the funeral liturgy at 10:30 a.m. 

Both the wake and funeral liturgy will be broadcast on JUSTIN.TV. You may watch these broadcasts live or view the archived programs at a later time. Simply click on, or type in, this website address to watch:http://www.justin.tv/sssf1








Ms. Carol Molenda

Please remember in your prayers Ms. Carol Ann Molenda who passed away on Wednesday-August 11, 2011.  

Beloved art teacher, yearbook moderator and so much more here at St. Benedict High School for over 30 years.

"Paint a masterpiece daily.  Always autograph your work with excellence."

Click here for obituary










Mr. Alan Hollis

On Friday, May 28, 2010, St. Benedict High School lost a very important member of our family.  Mr. Alan Hollis was our guidance councilor since 2004.  He advised students in their high school course choices and college careers.  He was also a faculty moderator to our Kairos retreat.  We truly lost a king and generous man.  Click here for obituary.









Mr.. Christopher Ford

The St. Benedict Prep community lost a longtime friend and basketball coach.  Former Girls' Basketball Coach, Chris Ford passed away on Sunday, September 30, 2012.  Words cannot express how much Coach Ford did for our Girls' Basketball program.  He was a truly giving  and dedicated man to both his players and the school.  He will be greatly missed. 

Please keep his parents, Bernard '54 and Edna, the family and many friends in your prayers.  Click for obituary information


The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorials to the HS Scholarship fund be made.  Click here for further details.