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Clergy obituaries

Mass of Christian Burial held for Msgr. Delbert Schmelzer
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Msgr. Delbert Schmelzer

VERONA -- A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Msgr. Delbert LeRoy Schmelzer, P.A., V.G., on Friday, July 8, 2016, at 11 a.m. at St. Christopher Parish at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 301 N. Main St., Verona. Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison will be the celebrant and homilist.

The Rite of Committal will took place at St. Philip Cemetery, Highland.

Monsignor Schmelzer died on Saturday, July 2, 2016, at the age of 86, at St. Mary Hospital, Madison. He was born on January 4, 1930, in Avoca, Wis., and is survived by his sisters, Patsy Pustina, LaVon Vorndran, and Suzette Yager. He is predeceased by his parents, Baptista Anna (Dolan) and Roy Schmelzer; and his brothers, Jake Schmelzer, Patrick “Laverne” Schmelzer, and Robert “Bob” Schmelzer.


Religious obituaries

Sr. Frances Therese Murray, OP, dies

SINSINAWA -- Sr. Frances Therese Murray, OP, died July 9, 2016, at St. Dominic Villa. Her religious name was Sister Mary Daniel. The funeral Mass was held in the Gathering Place chapel at Sinsinawa July 13, 2016, followed by burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery.

Sr. Frances Therese made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican March 9, 1941, and her final profession Aug. 7, 1944. She ministered in education for 45 years, as a hospital chaplain for eight years, and in various roles for the Sinsinawa Dominican congregation for 11 years.

Sr. Frances Therese served in Illinois, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming and Minnesota. In the Diocese of Madison, Sr. Frances Therese taught at Edgewood High, Madison, 1941 to 1942, and served at the Sinsinawa Dominican motherhouse, Sinsinawa, as support staff in the Development Office, 1986 to 1987; with the pastoral ministers, 2000 to 2001; and in various areas, 2002 to 2005.

Sr. Frances Therese was born June 5, 1914, in Chicago, the daughter of Daniel and Lucy (Roche) Murray. Her parents; three sisters, Honor Mungovan, Lucille Keane, and Marion O'Murray; and three brothers, Roche Murray, the Rev. Daniel Murray, and James Murray, preceded her in death. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and her Dominican Sisters with whom she shared life for 75 years.

Memorials may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 CR Z, Sinsinawa, WI, 53824-9701 or online at by clicking on "Donate Now." Repeat broadcasts of the wake and funeral for Sr. Frances Therese are available online at Click on the "on demand" tab.

Lay person obituaries

John Wilk, father of Fr. Brian Wilk, dies

SOUTH MILWAUKEE -- A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for John Wilk, father of Fr. Brian Wilk, pastor of St. Bernard Parish, Middleton, on Friday, March 11, 2016, at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 800 Marquette Ave., South Milwaukee.

Burial was at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Cudahy, Wis.

John Wilk, 90, is survived by his wife of 67 years Rita Wilk; children: Mary Ann (Robert) Mergener, Dr. Peter (Julie) Wilk, John (Kathy) Wilk, Jerry (Patty) Wilk and Fr. Brian Wilk, eight grandchildren, and six great granddaughters.

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