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Clergy obituaries

Fr. Thomas F. Schmied, O.F.M., Cap., dies

APPLETON -- Fr. Thomas Schmied, O.F.M., Cap., a Capuchin friar and priest, died on September 11 at the age of 75.

He was born in Columbus, Wis., in 1943, the son of Francis and Lorraine Schmied. He was invested with the Capuchin habit in 1961, perpetually professed in 1967, and ordained a priest in 1969.

He ministered most of his Religious Life as an itinerant preacher in Michigan and Wisconsin, and a short time in Winnipeg, Canada. From 2010 to 2018, he was a pastor in Saginaw, Mich.

He is survived by his siblings: Sandra Wedel of Great Falls, Mont., and Daniel Wedel of Palatine, Ill.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Joseph Church on September 18. Burial was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

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Religious obituaries

Sr. Marie Amanda Allard, OP, dies


Sr. Marie Amanda Allard, OP, died October 7, 2018, at St. Dominic Villa. The funeral Mass was held at the Dominican motherhouse, Sinsinawa, Oct. 12, 2018, followed by burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery.

Sister Marie Amanda made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican August 5, 1947, and her final profession August 5, 1950. She taught for 10 years and served as principal for 11 years. Sister Marie Amanda was elected Prioress of the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation for two terms, serving 1967 to 1977. She led the Congregation through the changes of Vatican II. As she once said about those years of change: “We were trying to find our way, taking our Dominican way of life and translating it into what it should become in the post-Vatican II era. It was a challenge!” Sister Marie Amanda ministered in diocesan ministries, including director of education, director of the permanent diaconate program and director of lay ministry formation, totaling 19 years. She served in Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota, Texas, and Oklahoma.

In the Diocese of Madison, Sister Marie Amanda taught at St. Clara Academy and the Dominican novitiate, both Sinsinawa, 1956. She served as Prioress of the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation for two terms, 1967-1977.

Sister Marie Amanda was born February 11, 1927, in Kewanee, Ill., the daughter of John M. and Amanda (Matthys) Allard. Her parents and a brother, John W. Allard, 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 Cty Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, 53824-9701 or online at

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Lay person obituaries

Mass of Christian Burial for Dr. Marlen Junck

STOUGHTON -- A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Dr. Marlen Frederick Junck on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at 11 a.m. at St. Ann Church, 323 N. Van Buren St. in Stoughton.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino will preside at the Mass. Fr. Randy Budnar, pastor of St. Ann Parish, will be the homilist.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Cress Funeral Home, 206 W. Prospect St., Stoughton. Visitation will also be held prior to the Mass from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be at St. Ann Cemetery in Stoughton.

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