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.
Mary Louise Zahm, died at her home in Claremont, CA on Sept. 29 following a year-long illness. In 1952 Mary began her distinguished career in Catholic education at Alvernia High School first as teacher, then as counselor, and later as the first lay principal of a Catholic High School in the Chicago area. Mary is survived by her dear friends, Mary Joyce Knox, Patricia Taepke and Mary Catherine Kearney with whom she lived in Claremont; her brother-in-law, Philips Copeland and his wife, Joanne; her niece, Nancy Briner; five great-nieces; and numerous dear friends. A Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Claremont on Sept. 30th and at Mary Seat of Wisdom Catholic Church in Park Ridge on October 4th.
Memorial contributions may be given to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, 1012 North University Blvd., Middletown, OH 45042. Information www.GlueckertFH.com 847-253-0168. 
Sister Dorothy Ann (Wilbert) died Monday, May 19th, 2008 at St. Joseph Convent, Campbellsport, WI.
Marlene J. Tucker, Class of 1950
Marlene Tucker, nee Krezmer, beloved wife of the late Richard E. Tucker; loving mother of Eileen (George) Slawson, Jim, Patricia Tucker, Carol (Pete) Aylward, Susan (Tony) Lucatorto, Matthew, Kevin (Colleen), Brian (Caryn) and the late Michael Tucker; dearest grandmother of 16; great grandmother of one; devoted daughter of the late John and the late Marie Krezmer; dearest sister of the late Delores Holcer.

Cecile Lamberty Carsello - Class Rep for Class of 1940
Cecile C. Carsello, age 86, at rest Friday, June 13, 2008, beloved wife of the late Elmer; loving mother of Madonna, Jack (Chris), Karen (Lou Vasselli), Susan (Frank Patzke), and Rosemarie; fond grandmother of Ed, Steven and Kevin; dear sister of Jack (Rosemary) Lamberty and Audrey Gruber; fond aunt and friend of many.

William Walsh, teacher at Alvernia High School from 1969 to 1980. Died with his family at his side on Oct. 15, 2008 of complications from a long-term illness.. Survived by his loving wife, Dulcenee; children, Michael (Heather), Kelly, James; brother John
(Marilyn) and sister , Mary Lou Sybert; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation 9:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at Mary Seat of Wisdom, 920 Granville Ave., Park Ridge, IL. Mass of Christian Burial to immediately follow. Interment at All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines, IL. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Doc Walsh Scholarship Fund through Visitation School, 2455 Visitation Dr., Mendota Heights, MN. 55120.
Fatima Bektasevic Cavicclass of 1987
Fatima Bektasevic Cavic, at rest October 29, 2007
Margaret McBride Paluch - Class of 1940
Margaret A. "Mickey" Paluch, nee McBride, age 87, beloved wife of the late Chester J.; loving mother of Thomas (Julianne), James (Laura), Peg, Michelle (Michael) Precin, Mary Lou (Bill) Rafferty, Patty Jo Schmidt, Rose Ann (the late Richard) Biernat, John and Michael (Erin); adoring grandmother of Maggie, Becky, Dan, Kate, Melissa, Matt, Sara, Philip, Colleen, Patrick, John, Jaime, Rose, Joe, Mike, Alexandra and Audrey; dearest sister Regina Schattnik, Patricia J. Lavery, the late Genevieve Loeb, Rose, Catherine, Thomas, Mary and James McBride; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. Funeral Monday, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. Mass at St. Paul of the Cross Church. Funeral Procession will leave Funeral Home at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, for Interment at All Saints Cemetery. Visitation Sunday, 3 to 9 p.m., and Monday, 3 to 7 p.m., at Ryan-Parke Funeral Home, 120 S. Northwest Hwy. (two blocks S. of Touhy), Park Ridge. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Paluch Foundation, 3708 River Rd., Suite 400, Franklin Park, IL 60131-2158. 
Antonio Lobello - Maintenance Engineer at Alvernia for many years
Antonio Lobello, age 85, born in Pentone Catanzaro, Italy. Beloved husband of Angela (nee Genchi), loving father of Barbara (Nicola) Ruccia, (Class of 1966), Domenic Lobello and Victor (Cindy) Lobello, devoted Grandfather of Robert A. Ruccia, Nicla (Steven) Stall, Judith and Jennifer Lobello and great-grandfather of Alexia Kai Stall, preceded in death by his parents, his sister and three brothers, Antonio is also survived by countless nieces, nephews and cousins in the United States and Italy. Funeral Tuesday March 9 beginning at 8:30 a.m. from Cumberland Chapels 8300 W. Lawrence Ave. Norridge and proceeding to Our Lady Mother of the Church for 9:30 a.m. Mass. Visitation Monday 3 to 9 p.m. Info: 708-456-8300 
Elizabeth "Peggy" O'Leary - Class of 1950
Elizabeth "Peggy" O'Leary - Born March 6, 1932, in Chicago, she died Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, at her residence. Peggy was an art teacher in the Chicago Public School system for 38 years, and was affiliated with the Art Institute of Chicago. She received her B.A. degree from Alverno College, Milwaukee, and her master's degree from IIT. She was the cherished daughter of Bartholomew and Joan O'Leary; beloved sister of Jerry (Pat) O'Leary and the late Kathleen O'Leary; fond aunt to Erin (David) King and Jamie (Michael) Thomas; fond great-aunt of Austin, Madison, Dylan and Delaney; lifelong friend of Marie Comiskey; favorite cousin to Margaret Cunningham and Jimmy O'Connor; and godmother to many. She will be missed greatly by friends all over the world. Memorial contributions may be made to Alverno College, 3400 S. 43rd St., Milwaukee, WI 53219 or School Sisters of St. Francis, 1501 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI For information, 847-824-5155.
She was in the Sisters Choir for many years.  She was the generous donor of vacation weeks in Puerto Vallarta as a Luncheon Prize and also assisted as a volunteers at the luncheons since they began in 1991.

Our beloved Sister Vitalis died on Saturday, June 19th at 7:30 AM.

Sister Vitalis Koester was born in Earling, Iowa on February 15, 1905.  When she left home in August of 1921 to enter the convent, her father was certain she would be back at home in two weeks.  In 2011 Sister would have celebrated 90 years in the community!

Sister V, as she was affectionately called by many, was first assigned to Our Lady of Victory for three years, St. Petronilla, Glen Ellyn, for six years and St. James, Arlington Heights, until 1934.  Sister V remained at Alvernia High School from 1934 until 1989 when the school closed.  She became the moderater of the Alvernia Alumnae Association in 1969 when Sister Annella retired to Milwaukee. 

Those of us who worked with Sister in the Alumnae Association were always inspired by her enthusiasm for life, her incredible memory, her wonderful stories.   She was the “life of the party”.  

It would be impossible to write about all the wonderful memories of our beloved Sister Vitalis.  Although she never complained we know that the last few years especially have been difficult.  She is now at peace with the God she served so well.  


Deborah Ceglarek - Class of 1977
Debbie Ceglarek passed away November 26th, 2010. She was the victim of a fatal collision when the car she was driving was struck by a driver that failed to stop at a stoplight.  Debbie is survived by her children, Tammy and Tim.  

Vincentine Cirone Leva - Class of 1953
At rest August 25, 2011

Mother of Janice Leva Linsner - Class of 1977
& Catherine Leva Contorno - Class of 1979

Sister of Sister Donna Maria Cirone SSSF - Class of 1960
& Anne Cirone Mordini - Class of 1951
Loretta Jordan Fullman - Class of 1977
Loretta "Lorie" Fullman of Park Ridge passed away Sept. 29, 2011. Beloved wife of Scott for 26 years; dear mother of Stacey and Mark; cherished daughter of Frances and the late Randall Jordan; fond sister of Barbara (Chris) Kapolnek; fond aunt of many. 
Gail Dobbertin Runtz - Class of 1967
Gail Marie Runtz, 62, of Chicago, at rest with the Lord October 6th, 2011;  loving mother to Karrie and Keith (Alev); grandmother to Griffin; sister to Patricia Schuffert and Kathy Rathunde; and dear friend to many. 
Class of 1957:
Dear Classmates,
     It is with great sadness that I tell you of the death of Joan Stroner on July 29th.  She was one of our higher-profile classmates, in that she was active in drama and Choral Readers, and taught at Alvernia after college, so that many people knew her.  She was my roommate at Alverno our last 2 years, and she did come to our luncheons fairly regularly.  She was feeling poorly for only a month and died of a heart problem.  Please remember her in your prayers.
     We had a full table at this year’s luncheon – the picture will be in the next newsletter, as I just got
back from Alaska and this deadline took me by surprise.  Please try to attend our luncheons when you
are able – it’s fun seeing everyone.  Life is short – stop and  smell the flowers.
                                                                                                                                        Jeanie Friedrichs Roller, Class of 1957
Melpomene "Melba" Bairaktaris nee KontoyannisClass of 1977, passed away September 1st, 2013.  Beloved wife of Leonidas K. "Lenny" Bairaktaris. Loving mother of Kyriakki (George) Kalabogias and Steven Constantine Bairaktaris. Devoted daughter of Steve C. and Cleo Kontoyannis. Dear sister of Hellas (John) Voules. Daughter-in-law of Demetra and the late Kostandinos Bairaktaris. Sister-in-law of Paraskeve Bairaktaris. Fond aunt of Niko and Stavroula Voules. Loving cousin and friend of many. Melba graduated from Depaul University and received Double Masters Degrees from University of Illinois at Chicago. Melba was the owner/broker for Olympic Realty in Chicago, earning Top Realtor Award in Illinois for the past two years. Melba was very active and devoted with Daughters of Penelope, Order of AHEPA. She was the current Lt. Governor of District 13, past President of Hellas Chapter 9 and past District Governor of District 13. Memorial donations to Greek American Rehab & Care Centre 220 N 1st St, Wheeling, IL 60090 would be appreciated.
Tina LacourClass of 1980, passed away October, 2013.  Memorial service arrangements pending.  Please keep her family and loved ones in your prayers
Please remember in your prayers Sister Maristella Wagner, SSSF Age 97, who died  Monday, December 30, 2013 at St. Joseph Convent in Campbellsport, Wisconsin.. She was born Sept. 1, 1916 in Creighton, Nebraska, the daughter of the late Matthias and Clara (nee Storz) Wagner. Sister joined the School Sisters of St. Francis on June 13, 1934 and professed her vows on Aug. 19, 1936. Sister served her community as a teacher and administrator at various community missions. Sister Maristella is survived by her nieces and nephews, and the School Sisters of St. Francis Community with whom she shared her life for 79 years. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Mon. Jan. 6, 2014 at 10:30 AM at St. Joseph Convent, 526 Mill St., Campbellsport. Burial will follow in Sisters Cemetery, Campbellsport. Visitation and wake service will begin at 9:00 AM, Mon. Jan. 6 at St. Joseph Convent. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the School Sisters of St. Francis are appreciated at www.sssf.orgwww.twohigfunerals.com - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/jsonline/obituary.aspx?n=Maristella-Wagner&pid=168848376#sthash.lhAhYrXh.dpuf
Today we honor and celebrate the life and work of Sr. Leona Truchan ’53, who passed away on May 25.

Services for Sister Leona will be held on Wednesday, May 31 at St. Joseph Chapel. [Sister Leona Truchan Photo]

Wake: 9:30 a.m.
Vigil Service: 10:00 a.m.
Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m.
Rite of Committal: 1:30 p.m. – Mt. Olivet Cemetery

Sister Leona taught at Alvernia High School in the 50's and was also and Alvernia alum.

Sister Leona came to Alverno to teach biology in 1961. With the exception of two years away to complete her doctorate degree from Northwestern University, she taught Alverno women until her retirement in 2011.

Sister Leona was instrumental in the development of our ability-based curriculum and served in a variety of roles, including chair of Biology and Natural Science and Technology divisions. She also headed science education and served in prominent national roles, including one on the board of the state of Connecticut’s Department of Public Instruction.

“She was a strong role model for her students and other faculty, by being a strong woman in science when it was not such an easy thing to do. She paid attention to people, got to know her students, their needs, strengths, goals and aspirations,” says Lauralee Guilbault, PhD, professor of Physical Sciences.

Most importantly she was a mentor to both faculty and students.

“Sister Leona was a favorite science teacher when I started at Alverno in 1983,” says Kim Muench ’89, alumna and director of alumnae engagement. “She encouraged me and pushed me to do my best! I was inspired to enjoy science. When I taught elementary school I hope I gave my students the same love for science that she inspired in me.”

Rita Cummings O'Brien class of 1939 passed away on Thursday 5-18-2017
she was the aunt of Carol Cummings Milhous class of 1964 
  Kathy Cummings Pagani class of 1965
  Mary Cummings Breski class of 1968