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Services to be held for Fr. Roger Taylor
Fr. Roger Taylor

WAUNAKEE — Fr. Roger Taylor died Saturday, April 25, 2015, at the age of 78 at Waunakee Manor.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John the Baptist Parish Church, 209 South St., Waunakee, on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 11 a.m.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, will be the celebrant. Fr. Robert J. Gloudeman, a classmate and friend of Father Taylor and a senior priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, will be the homilist.

A luncheon will be served immediately following the Mass at Rex’s Innkeeper, 301 N. Century Ave., Waunakee.

Visitation at St. John the Baptist Parish Church will be held on Wednesday, April 29, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., and on Thursday, April 30, from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Interment at St. John the Baptist Parish Cemetery, Waunakee, will take place following the Mass on Thursday, April 30, with the Rite of Committal presided by Msgr. James Gunn, pastor, St. John the Baptist Parish, Waunakee.

Father Taylor was born on March 16, 1937, in Madison, the son of Henry and Marcella [Kessenich] Taylor.

After attending St. John Catholic Grade School, Waunakee, and Waunakee High School, Father Taylor attended St. Francis Minor Seminary, Milwaukee. He completed his undergraduate, philosophy, and theology collegiate studies at St. Francis de Sales Seminary, Milwaukee, and went on to complete his M.A. in Special Religious Education from Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee. He was ordained by Bishop William P. O'Connor on May 30, 1964, at St. Raphael Cathedral, Madison.

Father Taylor served the Diocese of Madison as associate pastor at St. Dennis Parish, Madison; St. Mary Parish, Janesville; and St. Joseph Parish, Dodgeville. He served as pastor at St. Lawrence Parish, Jefferson, while serving as chaplain at St. Coletta School for the Developmentally Disabled, Jefferson, and as pastor at St. John the Baptist Parish, Muscoda, with missions of St. Joseph Parish, Avoca, and St. Malachy Parish, Clyde, where he retired from in 2006.

During his years of service to the Diocese of Madison, Father Taylor served as the area director of religious education; a member of the Presbyteral Council, the Conciliation and Arbitration Board, and the Priest Personnel Board; and as the chaplain of the Janesville Serra Club.

He is survived by his sisters Phyllis (David) Frederick and Judy (Ray) Marks and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the St. Raphael Society Clergy Retirement Fund, c/o Office of Finance, Diocese of Madison, 702 S. High Point Rd., Madison, WI 53719.

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Religious obituaries

Sr. Carolus Scaife, OP, dies

SINSINAWA -- Sister Carolus Scaife, OP, died May 15, 2015, at St. Dominic Villa. Following a brief service in Queen of the Rosary Chapel, natural burial took place May 18, 2015, in the Motherhouse Cemetery. The memorial Mass was held in the Gathering Place at Sinsinawa May 21, 2015.

Sister Carolus made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican Aug. 5, 1950, and her final profession Aug. 5, 1953. She taught for 25 years, ministered at the congregation’s House of Prayer for one year, and served as pastoral minister for 16 years. Sister Carolus served in Illinois, Wisconsin, Washington, and Montana.

In the Diocese of Madison, Sister Carolus served in the mail room at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, 1992-2005.

Sister Carolus was born March 22, 1917, in Milwaukee, the daughter of Joseph and Lydia (Manweiler) Lemberger. Her parents; stepfather, James Scaife; two sisters, Beatrice Rades and Margie Wdowczyk; and two brothers, Joseph Lemberger and George Scaife, preceded her in death. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and her Dominican Sisters with whom she shared life for 64 years.

Memorials may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 Cty. Rd. Z, Sinsinawa, WI, 53824-9701 or online at by clicking on "Donate Now," then "Honor and Memorial Gift."

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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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