Pray for our Deceased 
Alvernia Alumnae Association

If you have information regarding the passing of one of our alumnae or faculty, please email Barbara Petrowski.
Michele F. Novak, 73, passed away suddenly in Marco Island, Florida with her loving sister, Kathy, at her side. Loving sister of Kathy Novak; cherished niece of Jeanne (the late Edward) Swiatowiec; close cousin to Edward (Delores) Kowalczyk, Ray (Chris) Novak, Ken (Mary Rose) Nowak, Michael (Cindy) Swiatowiec, John (Patty) Swiatowiec, Mary Lee (Jaime) Garcia, and Beth Anne Swiatowiec; cherished cousin and friend of many. Preceded in death by her parents, the late Frank and Eleanore Novak. 

Michele was a Math Teacher and Principal at Alvernia High School. She also worked in the Development Department and was on the Alumni Board at St. Patrick's High School. Michele was the Coordinator of the Department of Medicine Residency Program and later Business Manager for the Department of Medicine at Stroger Hospital before retiring. 

Michele has lived in the Chicago area all her life, spending over 70 summers in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and nearly forty winters and holidays in Marco Island, Florida. She was a much loved and dedicated educator and friend to many. 

Funeral services were held on Monday, January 6th, funeral mass at St. Hyacinth Basilica. Interment Maryhill Catholic Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Adult Down Syndrome Center, 1610 Luther Lane, Park Ridge, Illinois 60068; to Lewis University DISCOVER Initiative, 1 University Parkway, Unit 292, Romeoville, Illinois 60446, or a charity of your choice. Michele will forever be imprinted on the lives she touched and through the memories we will always cherish. We celebrate a life lived with integrity, compassion, kindness, and courage. For more information, please call (773) 774-4100 or visit

Sister Martinian (Mary Ruth) Schweisthal - faculty
At rest December 24th, 2018. Age 99

Sister Mary (Violette) Readdy - Class of 1952
At rest April 2, 2018

Herb Ramlose  (English, 1969 - 1978)
At rest February 21, 2018

Loretta Clarke (former Sister Consuelo)

Alyce M. Dowey (Foreign Language)
At rest July, 2018
NOVEMBER 4, 1946 – DECEMBER 27, 2019
Please remember in your prayers Sister Michael Mary Muse, 92, who died Monday, March 29, at Our Lady of the Angels, Greenfield, Wisconsin. 
Sister Michael Mary ministered in nursing and food service management throughout her 66 years of consecrated life. A native of New Orleans, Sister brought a spirit of joie de vivre to her ministry of care in the diocese of Rockford and the Archdioceses of Chicago and Milwaukee. 
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Sister’s memory to the sisters’ retirement fund may be sent to the School Sisters of St. Francis, 1501 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53215. 
We encourage you to view Sister’s Funeral Mass on Wednesday, April 7, beginning at 11 a.m. on our community’s Ustream channel. You may watch the broadcast live or view the archived program later. Simply click on, or type in, this website address to watch:
Class of 1950 alumna and long-time Alvernia Alumnae Association board member, Virginia Kaczynski passed away on August 4,2021. Virginia is survived by her daughters Lynn Kaczynski McPoland, class of 1970 and Geri Kaczynski Weissmann, class of 1977
Sister Sandra Smithson (Maria Crucis) passed away March 13, 2022, at the age of 96. Details about her life can be found at:​