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Fran Decker passed into eternal life on September 29, 2016 in Milwaukee.  She was born March 17, 1923 in Treton, NJ to the late Uriah and eleanor Seely.  She attended Ephpheta School for the Deaf in Chicago, and then the Art Institute of Chicago.  Fran was an accomplished artist, working for Rustcraft Greeting Cards in Joliet, IL.  Fran was the first non-Deaf school commencement speaker at a non-deaf school, Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL.  After graduation, she became a teacher at Waubonsee but continued her art.  Her portrait of Jesus signing "I love you" has been reproduced and distributed to Deaf people around the world.  The original pastel drawing was presented toPope Paul VI on one of his visits to the US.  Fran was very active in local, state and national deaf organizations and served as secretary and President of the International Catholic Deaf Association.  Fran was also on the first Board of Directors for NCOD and helped draft our by-laws and other documents.

Fran died just a few days before she would have celebrated her 69th anniversary with her husband, Mikeof Greenfield.  At Fran's request, no services were held  Private interment will take place at a laterdate.  Contributions in Fran's memory can be made to either St. Rita School for the Deaf, Cincinnati, OH, or Camp Mark Seven, Old Forge, NY. 



Thank you for all of the prayers you have said for Fr. Mark Fracaro.  God called him home today, September 6, 2016 (09/06) at 9:06 a.m..  His best friend Fr. Lee Bacchi, who he attended movies and theater with weekly was at his side singing him showtunes, Deacon Rob Weierman, his cousin, Kim Cast and Gina Gliwa.

The last time I saw Fr. Mark he asked me to thank all of you.  I thank you on his behalf.  As his family, friends and parish, we are deeply saddened.  But our great comfort is that he is with the Lord and he will continue to comfort all of us from heaven by his ongoing prayers.  If you close your eyes for a moment, praise God for a wonderful man and priest.  I am certain you can see him wearing one of his funny hats and that will bring a smile of love to your heart.  Visitation was held on Sunday, September 11 with a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, September 12.  He is buried at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Joliet, IL.   


Fr. Mark was involved in Deaf Ministry in the Diocese of Joliet for many years.  He will be missed. 





Telderer, Sister Mary Claude, OSF.

Born to Eternal Life Fri., July 8, 2016, age 93. Survivors include the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi with whom she shared life for 76 years; nieces and nephews. Welcoming of the Body, Visitation, a Time of Remembering and a Mass of Christian Burial were held on Monday, July 18, 2016 at the Convent.  Burial was at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery Chapel. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi Memorial Fund. Sister Mary Claude taught at St. John School for the Deaf for 40 years.





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