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Clergy obituaries

Mass of Christian Burial for Deacon Jack Fernan
Deacon Jack Fernan
Deacon Jack Fernan

MADISON -- A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Bernard Church, 2438 Atwood Ave., Madison, on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, at 12:30 p.m. for Deacon John ("Jack") Kenneth Fernan, who died on October 27, 2019, at the age of 82 at the inpatient hospice unit at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison after a battle with cancer.

Bishop Donald J. Hying of Madison will celebrate the Mass, with Fr. Father Michael Radowicz, pastor of St. Bernard Parish, as homilist.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Ryan Funeral Home, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., Madison, and on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 11 a.m. until the start of the Mass at St. Bernard Church.


Religious obituaries

Sr. Mary Montgomery, OP, dies
sr. mary montgomery
Sr. Mary Montgomery

SINSINAWA, Wis. -- Sr. Mary Montgomery, OP, former superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Madison, died October 29, 2019, at St. Dominic Villa, Hazel Green, Wis. Her religious name was Sr. Mary Henry.

The funeral Mass will be held at the Dominican motherhouse, Sinsinawa, November 6, followed by burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery.

Sister Mary made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican August 5, 1957, and her perpetual profession August 5, 1960. She taught for 13 years and was principal for four years. While teaching, she also served as director of religious education for two years and adult education coordinator for four years.

Sister Mary served in diocesan education offices for 15 years, as executive director of Sinsinawa Mound for three years, in a diocesan pastoral office for 13 years and spearheaded projects to share the history of Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP. She served in Minnesota, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

In the Diocese of Madison, Sister Mary served as superintendent of Catholic schools for the diocese, 1983-1990, and as executive director of Sinsinawa Mound, Sinsinawa, 1990-1993.

Sister Mary was born July 26, 1937, in Chicago, the daughter of Edward and Mary (Gibbs) Montgomery. Her parents and a sister, Elizabeth Muzik, preceded her in death. She is survived by a sister, Helen Carroll; nieces; nephews; and her Dominican Sisters with whom she shared 62 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

Mercedes M. Moellenberndt mother of Msgr. Duane Moellenberndt dies

SUN PRAIRIE — Mercedes M. Moellenberndt, age 97, mother of Msgr. Duane Moellenberndt, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, at Alden Estates of Jefferson.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, March 4, 2019, at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, in Sun Prairie. Monsignor Moellenberndt presided. Burial was at Sacred Hearts Cemetery.

She was born on August 14, 1921, in Elizabeth, Ill., the daughter of Otto and Mary (Huilman) Berlage. She married Wallace Moellenberndt on May 29, 1947, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Elizabeth.

Mercedes was a member of St. Anne’s Council of Catholic Women. She was a woman of strong faith who could often be seen with a smile on her face. She also loved cats and crocheting. Mercedes earned her bachelor degree from Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa.

Mercedes is survived by her husband, Wallace of 71 years; their children, Msgr. Duane Moellenberndt, Sun Prairie; Jim (Martha) Moellenberndt, Grand Island, Neb.; Mary Lange, Knoxville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.

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