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Clergy obituaries

Fr. Ronald Rank dies
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Fr. Ronald Rank

WATERLOO — A Mass of Christian Burial for Fr. Ronald Rank, who died May 24, 2017, will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church of Holy Family Parish, 205 Milwaukee Ave., Waterloo, on Wednesday, May 31, at 11 a.m.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino, will be the main celebrant with Fr. Thomas Marr as homilist.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass at St. Joseph Church. Interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Father Rank was born in Chicago, Ill., to Joseph John and Clara (Quaiver) Rank. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 10, 1958, by Archbishop Amleto G. Cicognani, Apostolic Delegate to the United States, at St. Turibius Chapel, Pontifical College Josephinum, Worthington, Ohio.

Father Rank served the Diocese of Madison as parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish, Madison; St. Bernard Parish, Middleton; and St. Ann Parish, Stoughton.

He was pastor of St. Clement Parish, Lancaster, and St. Joseph Parish, Waterloo, from which he retired in 2002.

During his years of service to the Diocese of Madison, Father Rank served as assistant to the chancellor. He also served as instructor at Queen of Apostles Seminary and Edgewood High School, Madison; faculty and dean of studies at Holy Name Seminary, Madison; and as an advisor to charismatic prayer groups throughout the diocese.

Memorials may be made to the libraries or emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in Marshall or Waterloo.

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Religious obituaries

Sr. Margaret Muellenmeister, OP dies

SINSINAWA, Wis. -- Sr. Margaret Muellenmeister, OP, died November 14, 2017, at St. Dominic Villa. Her religious name was Sister Terza. The funeral Mass was held at the Dominican motherhouse, Sinsinawa, November 17, 2017, followed by burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery.

Sister Margaret made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican September 12, 1946, and her final profession September 12, 1949. She taught for 20 years and tutored for five years, served as culinary artist for eight years, and ministered as a parish visitor for 21 years, and support staff for six years. Sister Margaret served in Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Wyoming, Wisconsin, New York, South Dakota, Oregon, and Montana.

In the Diocese of Madison, Sister Margaret served as a culinary artist at the motherhouse, Sinsinawa, 1959-1960, and taught at Sacred Heart, Reedsburg, 1962-1967, and St. Dennis, Madison, 1968-1970. She served as support staff at the motherhouse, Sinsinawa, 1996-2002.

Sister Margaret was born May 24, 1924, in Faribault, Minn., the daughter of Michael and Barbara (Gores) Muellenmeister. Her parents; three sisters, Helen Osypowski, Florence Kressin, and Mary Giefer; and two brothers, Paul Muellenmeister and Donald Muellenmeister, preceded her in death. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and her Dominican Sisters with whom she shared 71 years of religious life.

Memorials may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, 53824-9701 or online at

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Lay person obituaries

Margaret Leffler, mother of Fr. Richard Leffler, dies

DODGEVILLE -- Margaret A. Leffler, 94, of Dodgeville, died on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Upland Hills Nursing & Rehab Center in Dodgeville following a long illness.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m., at St. Joseph Church, 310 Ellwood St., Dodgeville, with her son, Fr. Richard Leffler, presiding. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery in Dodgeville.

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