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Services held for Fr. John Auby

Fr. John Auby
Fr. John Auby

JANESVILLE -- Fr. John Richard Auby died Thursday, July 23, 2015, at the age of 58, at Agrace Hospice Care in Janesville.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. William Church, 456 N. Arch St., Janesville, on Tuesday, July 28, at 11 a.m. Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison will be the celebrant with Msgr. Douglas Dushack as homilist.

The Rite of Committal was at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, Madison.

Father Auby was born May 7, 1957, in Madison, and is predeceased by his parents, John and Audrey (Richards) Auby. He is survived by his sister, Mary Kathryn.

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Religious obituaries

Sr. Miguel Hearty, OP, dies

SINSINAWA -- Sr. Miguel Hearty, OP, died August 7, 2015, at St. Dominic Villa. The funeral Mass was held in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa August 11, 2015, followed by burial in the motherhouse cemetery.

Sister Miguel made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican August 5, 1933, and her final profession August 5, 1936. She taught for 53 years, including at a preschool she founded for underserved minority children in Apalachicola, Fla.; served as principal for 12 years; and ministered as educational consultant for five years. Sister Miguel’s educational expertise was shared nationally while she served as editor of the Catholic youth publications Mine One Magazine, Mine Four Magazine, and Hi Mine Magazine at different times between 1948 and 1963. She served as consultant to 29 schools in 10 states in the congregation's Southeast Province. At that time, it was becoming apparent that Sisters would no longer be capable of staffing the numbers of schools they had previously. The province team developed a system to evaluate a school's current and future prospects in regards to Sister staff and school operations. The process helped parishes and lay people continue to operate their schools after the Sisters were no longer assigned there. Sister Miguel's ministries were based in Illinois, the District of Columbia, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Florida.

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Lay person obituaries

Funeral services on January 26 for Audrey Mettel Fixmer
Audrey Mettel Fixmer

FORT ATKINSON -- A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church, 1660 Endl Blvd., on Monday, Jan. 26, at 12 noon for Audrey Mettel Fixmer, a long-time writer for the Catholic Herald.

Fixmer, 86, died peacefully at her home in Fort Atkinson on January 22, surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be held at the Nitardy Funeral Home, 1008 Madison Ave., Fort Atkinson, on Sunday, Jan. 25, from 2 to 6 p.m. and at St. Joseph Church on Monday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Born in Aurora, Ill., on January 25, 1928, she was the daughter of Gertrude (Pattermann) and Alois Mettel.

She married Robert Fixmer (now deceased) on August 23, 1947, in Aurora, Ill. They had 11 children, 19 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

She graduated from Madonna High School in Aurora and received both Bachelor and Master's degrees in education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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