"Eternal rest grant unto them Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them"
The St. Benedict Parish and Preparatory School
mourn the deaths of...
Alumni and Family
Robert Heiner, member and supporter of the Alumni Association for many years, passed away on July 20th. Husband of Jeanette Gerlesberger Heiner '54, Bob was always willing to lend a helping hand in so many events over the years that the Alumni Association hosted. Bob also gave very generously of his time to assisting St. Benedict Parish with Benfest and the Ball and Auction now known as the Gala, and most recently with the St. Benedict Sanctuary committee for domestic violence awareness. Our condolences go out to his wife, family, and friends.
Phyllis Flynn Pamper '56 passed away on May 25, 2018. Our condolences go out to her brother Timothy Flynn '59, her daughters, family and friends. Mass was offered for the repose of her soul here at St. Benedict on Monday, June 11th. Click here for her obituary.
Louise Borniec Gulliford '54 passed away on May 4, 2018. Our condolences go out to her children, family, and friends. Mass was offered for the repose of her soul here at St. Benedict on May 22, 2018. Click here for her obituary.
Barbara (Lehmann) Antonopoulos, '59 passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2018. Our condolences go out to her husband Spyro, her children, family and friends. Mass was offered for the repose of her soul here at St. Benedict Church on Tuesday, May 15th, at 8:30 a.m. Click here for her obituary.
Darlene Schwendau Steinbeiss, '56 passed away on March 31, 2018. Our condolences go out to her family, friends, and especially to her granddaughter, Caitlin McDonough, who teaches Spanish in our early childhood program at St. Benedict Prep School. She was preceded in death by her husband Walter also from the Class of '56. Mass was offered for the repose of her soul at St. Benedict Church on May 8th. Click here for her obituary.
Patricia Himsel Murnik, '69 passed away on March 25, 2018. Our condolences go out to her family and friends. Mass for the repose of her soul was offered at St. Benedict Church on April 24th. Click here for her obituary.
David Bayer '56 passed away on February 4, 2018 in Dayton, Ohio. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. Mass was celebrated for the repose of his soul here at St. Benedict Church on Tuesday, March 6th. Click here for his obituary.
Joseph T. Babbo, parishioner and generous annual benefactor to both the Elementary and High School Scholarship Funds. So many families over the years have been helped by this quiet and gentle soul who always wanted no recognition for his charitable work. Always he wrote us when sending in his annual contribution that he and his siblings received an outstanding Catholic education and he just wanted to give back so others could enjoy the benefits of a Catholic education. He was very proud of his Italian heritage, service to both his country, to the community through his work for the State of Illinois, not to mention his wonderful family especially his grandchildren who attended our elementary school. A fixture at St. Benedict Church, he was a devout daily Mass communicant here in the parish. Addio buon servo di Dio! Farewell good servant of the Lord.
Peter Kattner Jr. '79
Born, baptized, and raised into the Parish and Schools of St. Benedict, Peter remained an active member of the St. Benedict community for over 56 years. After graduating from St. Benedict High School in 1979, Peter attended Columbia College Chicago, graduating with a BA degree specializing in Theater. As a student of St. Benedict High School, Peter was very active in the theater department, and continued as a stage technician/lighting and set designer in the high school until 2010. Following in his father’s footsteps, Peter also became a licensed electrician. Throughout the past 38 years since his high school graduation, Peter has worked on and off at St. Benedict, both on staff and as a volunteer. As a member of St. Benedict's Holy Name Society, Peter served as President and helped organize events such as Doughnut Sunday, Lunch With Santa, and St. Joseph’s Table. For the past 25 years, Peter had also been the Chairman of St. Benedict’s Oktoberfest and worked on many other Parish activities such as BenFest. As a part of a larger neighborhood community, over the years Peter put in much volunteer work at the local Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club and the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce. Most recently, Peter worked on staff at St. Benedict’s as a Maintenance Engineer from 2006-2014. As many of our mechanicals and systems date back to the time of the building of the high school, Peter was the talented hand behind keeping everything functioning when resources were tight and have been able to still function such as our mid twentieth century public address system. Most recently, Peter worked as the Senior Electrician at North Park University. Our prayers and condolences go out to his wife, Cathy, and his children, Kristin and Peter, as well as his devoted and dear mom, Mary Ann, his siblings, and much loved extended family and friends.
Terrence Isaac, '93 passed away on November 28th. Our deepest condolences to his family and many friends. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was offered for the repose of his soul here at St. Benedict on Thursday, December 14th.
Susan Hume, '79, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017. Our condolences go out to her husband and children, family and friends. She started in the accounting field and then went back to complete her degree and certification to teach in schools in Naperville. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was offered for the repose of her soul on Wednesday, November 8th at St. Benedict. Click here for her obituary.
Gerald Anetsberger '58 passed away on August 14th after suffering a stroke three weeks prior. Our condolences go out to his wife and family.
James Rodgers '60 passed away August 3rd. Our condolences go out to his wife and family. Click here for his obituary.
Gloria (Przysiecki) Romanowski '54 passed away on July 31, 2017. Our condolences go out to her family. Click here for her obituary.
Edward Kopp '67 passed away on July 31, 2017. Our condolences go out to his wife and family. Click here for his obituary.
Peter Markakos (Class of 1982) passed away on April 22, 2017. Our condolences to his wife Louise and his family. Click here for his obituary.
Ana E. Flores-Geschrey (Class of 1975) passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2017. CLICK HERE for Obituary Information
Herb Weidinger (Class of 1954) died on February 22, 2017.
Raymond J. Kurth Jr. (Class of 1964) was born on July 22, 1946 and passed on January 6, 2017.
Gerhard Perschke (Class of 1965) Beloved husband of Therese, 23 years and the late Susan (Kass) (Class of 1965), 17 years. Loving father of Mark, Eric (Alyson), Kristine, Karl (Hilary) and Julia. Dear grandfather of one - passed away on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. CLICK HERE for Obituary Information
Joan (Schroeder) Smith (Class of 1961) Sister of the late Richard (late Marileen) Schroder (Class of 1959), Tom (Krista) Schroeder (Class of 1965) and Jane (Randy) Johnson (Class of 1971). - passed away Monday, October 24, 2016. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 11:00am at St. Julian Eymard Catholic Parish, Elk Grove Village.
Paul M. Kaiser (Class of 55) Beloved husband of Kathleen (nee Olszewski); loving father of Paul K. (Valerie), Mary (Nizam), Joseph (Gwendolyn), Monica (Paul S.), Jennifer (Aaron) and James (Kate); dear grandfather of 15 and great-grandfather of 3; dear brother of Martin, Micki, John and Frank; fond uncle to many nieces and nephews. CLICK HERE for Obituary
Arlene (Rage) Bongiorno (Class of 1959) Beloved wife of Salvatore "Sam"; loving mother of Anthony (Noreen), Linda (Dave) Krone and Lisa (Tim) Spooner; proud and cherished grandmother of eight; dear sister of Joan (John) Marcatante, Robert (Mary Ann), David (Laura) and Donald (Diana) Rage. Passed away on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. CLICK HERE for Obituary Information
Israel Aragon (Class of 2013)
Passed away on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.
Michelle Olenoski-Beal (Class of 1986) Loving daughter of her father and stepmother, Richard and Darlene Olenoski; her mother, Carol Koga; her sister,Debi (Gabe) Temesvari ; her brother, Chris (Heidemarie) Olenoski; and stepsister, Kimberley Obrecki. Passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. CLICK HERE for Obituary Information
David Byrne (Class of 1970) Passed away on Sunday, August 14, 2016. CLICK HERE for Obituary Information
William Olson (Class of 1971) Passed away on Friday, August 5, 2016.
Gordon Kalb (Class of 1956) Passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2016.
Robert Daehler (Class of 1957) passed away back in June 2016.
Darrel Delcase (Class of 1954) Loving husband of Marti Delcase and devoted father of Mark, Michael and Collett passed away on Friday, May 13, 2016. CLICK HERE for Obituary Information
Deborah (Boyke) Reed (Class of 1972) passed away this past May 16th, 2016.
Frank Lancaster (Class of 1954) brother of Louise Tinnes passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2016. CLICK HERE for Obituary Information
Patrick Troutman (Class of 1958) Former husband of Rosemary Keane-Hickey; loving father of Tim Troutman, Kathleen (James) Lynch, and Deneen (Tim) Brennan; cherished grandfather of three; beloved brother of Connie (Edward) Gorny, the late Colleen Troutman and the late Carol (Mel) Erickson, passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2016. CLICK HERE for Obituary Information
James Cuadell (Class of 1965) beloved husband of Charlotte, step-father to Erik (Andrea) Frost and devoted gradfather to two grandsons. Passed away on Sunday - March 20, 2016. CLICK HERE for Obituary Information
John Mueller (Class of 1956) beloved husband of Janice passed away.
Donald Tinnes (Class of 1955) former husband of Louise Tinnes passed away in February 2016
Robert Klatt (Class of 1960) Beloved husband of Mary Ann passed away on Saturday, February 27, 2016.
Fred Schomer (Class of 1954) Beloved husband of Betty passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. CLICK HERE for Obituary Information
Barbara (Ognie) Borowski (Class of 1959) Beloved wife of Ronald; devoted mother of Steven (Holly) and Donald; dear grandmother of three and great grandmother of one, passed away on Thursday, Febraury 11, 2016.
Donna (Grier) Mohrlein (Class of 1958) Beloved wife of George Mohrlein (Class of 1956); dear mother of Lisa (Brad) Omori and Alison (Tarek) Dhanani; cherished grandmother of four passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2016.
Hayes Smith Jr. (Class of 1976) Loving husband to Colette Trotta-Smith and devoted father to Hannibal (Jamie) and grandfather to two grandchildren. Dear son to the late Hayes Smith Sr. and Josie Mae and brother to Sam, Harvey, Alonzo, Dale, Denver, Anthony, Derrick, Norma Jean, Shirley, Michelle. Preceded in death by his brothers Willie Davis, Michael and his sister Hattie; passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2016. CLICK HERE for Obituary Information
John Victorine (Class of 1982) Loving husband to Michelle & devoted father of Chanté (Chris) Blough. Dear brother to Arthur (Suzanne) (Class of 1961), Michael (Class of 1965), Judy (Ronald) Guzzo (Class of 1965), Gregory (JoAnne), Gerri (Scott) Sandnes (Class of 1970), Ronald (Marlene) Class of 1973), Al (Cheryl) (Class of 1976), Donald(Jan) (Class of 1979) and Tim (Una) McGuire (Class of 1973); passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2016. CLICK HERE for Obituary Information
Terrence Kloss (Class of 1955) Loving husband to Margaret and father of Terrence Jr. (Kristin), Patrick (Annika), Bridget (Ruben) Dario, Megan (Michael) Tweed. Devoted grandfather to ten grandchildren. Dear brother to Phylis, Sister Sheila Kloss, SSSF (Class of 1956), Dennis (Class of 1960), Pauline Hannigan (Class of 1963), Michael (Class of 1968), Raymond (Class of 1969) and Kevin (Class of 1970) passed away on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. CLICK HERE for Obituary Information
Lucille Giannini - Beloved mother of Diane (Class of 1972), Pamela (John) Maslana (Class of 1974) and the late Debra (Class of 1972) passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2015. CLICK HERE for Obituary Information
Lorraine Hoffmann (Class of 1963) Loving mother of Terrance (Kim) Hoffman; devoted grandmother of two. Dear sister to Douglas (Deborah) Hoffman and Donald Hoffman passed away. CLICK HERE for Obituary Information
James Vertucci (Class of 1962) Loving father of Michael (Lara) and Laura (Tony Golec); grandfather of McKenzie; fond brother of Fred (Class of 1960), Mary Lou Ginter (Class of 1966), Tom (Mary) (Class of 1968), Donna (John) McCarthy(Class of 1973) and the late Patricia Pellegrini (Class of 1971); uncle of many nieces and nephews - passed away on Monday, November 2, 2015. CLICK HERE for Obituary Information
Alene (Kinn) Tutko (Class of 1956) Loving wife of John Tutko; devoted mother of Alan, Robert, John, and Julie; and grandmother of five grandchildren, passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2015. CLICK HERE for Obituary Information
Charles Kopp (Class of 1966) - passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2015.
George Crowe (Class of 1954) - passed away on Monday, October 26, 2015. CLICK HERE for Obituary Information
Sophi D. May - beloved wife of the late George T. May, loving mother of George (Mary)(Class of 1955) and Gerald (Joann)(Class of 1963); cherished grandmother of Paul (Susan) (Class of 1986), Stephen, Margaret (Scott), Nicole (Adam) and Shannon (Tyler); great-grandmother of 9; aunt to many nieces and nephews and sister of the late Lucy Fortmann passed away on Sunday, October 4, 2015. CLICK HERE for Obituary Information
Clayton Ernest "Ernie" Chambers - Survived by beloved wife, Jeanette "Jan" (nee: Haag), proud father of Karen (Phil) Caplis, Jim (Julie), Don (Barb), Bill (Anne) and Mary (Craig) Meyer; cherished grandfather of eleven; passed away on Friday - October 2, 2015. CLICK HERE for Obituary Information
James Suski - Passed away on June 26, 2014.
Faculty and Staff
Fr. John Krebs, pastor from 1979-1991, passed away on February 28, 2018. He was 86. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. His wake and funeral Mass were held here at St. Benedict on March 9th. Click here for his obituary.
Sr. Ethel Grace (Bernardino) Wayerski S.S.S.F. passed away on January 6th. Sr. Bernardino resided at our convent from 1960-1969 and taught Math and Science in our High School and moderated Future Teachers of America from 1961-1967.
Sr. Lenora Maier SSSF passed away on October 1, 2017. Sr. Lenora arrived at St. Benedict in 1952 and taught English and French in our high school. During her lifetime, Sr. Lenora served as an educator, an administrator, and as a therapist for the last 18 years of her career. Sister Lenora was above all, a profoundly sensitive listener who was loved by many. We are grateful for her service to St. Benedict and her religious community, the School Sisters of St. Francis. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was offered for the repose of her soul on All Saints Day, November 1st at 6:30 a.m. at St. Benedict Church. Click here for her obituary.
Mr. John Chambers
Mr. John Chambers passed away in July of 2017 out of state. Mr. Chambers taught American History, World History, and Theology as well as worked in the Guidance department in the 1960's.
Mr. Raymond Schuman
Mr. Raymond Schuman died on February 4, 2017. Mr. Schuman was a proud teacher for 45 years of mathematics at St. Benedict (1963-1986) and Quigley Preparatory Seminary North High School.
Sister Maria Terese Patterson
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 HERE 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 teacher in the Elementary School), her children Mary Katherine (Brian) Pozsgay and Thomas C. Manion, her three grandchildren and sister Dorothy Foley. CLICK HERE for Obituary
Ms. 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
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.
Ms. 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 Finabarr 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
Mr. Timothy Curry
Mr. Timothy Curry passed away on October 10, 2012. He was a member of the English Department and moderator of the National Honor Society.
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 givingand 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 HERE 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.