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Clergy obituaries

Fr. David Runde dies
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Fr. David H. Runde

MADISON --A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Fr. David H. Runde on Monday, May 16, 2016, at St. Francis de Sales Church in Hazel Green with Msgr. Gerard Healy as main celebrant and homilist. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Fr. David H. Runde, 84, Madison, died Friday, May 13, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison.

Father Runde was born on November 23, 1931, in Hazel Green, Wis., the son of Albert J. and Rose M. (Brandt) Runde. After attending Hazel Green Elementary and High School, he attended Loras College, Dubuque, where he studied philosophy. He then entered St. John University, Collegeville, Minn., where he studied Theology. He was ordained by Bishop William P. O'Connor on May 25, 1957, at St. Raphael Cathedral, Madison. His first Mass was celebrated on May 26, 1957, at St. Francis de Sales Church, Hazel Green.

Father Runde began serving the Diocese of Madison as an associate pastor of St. Henry Parish, Watertown. He continued his priestly ministry as pastor of St. Thomas Parish, Poynette; St. Barnabas Parish, Mazomanie with Mission to St. John the Baptist Parish, Mill Creek; St. John the Baptist Parish, Jefferson; and St. Patrick Parish, Cottage Grove, from which he retired in 2002. During his years of service to the Diocese of Madison, Father Runde served as area Vocation Director in Jefferson County; Advocate Procurator of the Tribunal and Defender of the Bond; President of the Priest Senate; Diocesan Conciliation and Arbitration Board; St. Raphael Society; Dean of the East Dane Deanery, and Diocesan College of Consultors.

Father Runde enjoyed golf, tennis, playing cards, and traveling. He traveled extensively outside of the country.

Survivors include two sisters, Marian Timmerman and Anna Mae Gisch, both of Dubuque, Iowa, and 25 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Delmar and Joseph Runde, and two sisters, Regina Vosberg and Kate Cole.

Donations may be made to Catholic Charities of Madison, P.O. Box 46550, Madison, WI 53744-6550 or

Religious obituaries

Mother Mary Paula Hannah dies
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Mother Mary Paula Hannah, O.Cist., first American prioress of the Valley of Our Lady Monastery died Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Valley of Our Lady Monastery.

Mother Paula was born Genevieve Mildred Hannah to Rose (Hetzel) and Maurice Hannah in Belle Fourche, S.D., on July 24, 1935. The sixth of nine children, Mother Paula was blessed with keen intelligence and a quick wit.

At the age of nineteen, she entered Sacred Heart Monastery, a Benedictine community in Yankton, S.D.; but before professing final vows, she discerned a call to the newly founded Valley of Our Lady Monastery (then known as St. Ida’s convent). Living with the six Swiss foundresses, Mother Paula learned the Cistercian monastic way of life and helped the small community transition from a Swiss-based to an American-based culture. She was elected in 1978 as the first American prioress of the monastery, a role she would fill until 2005.

As the foundresses returned one by one to Switzerland, Mother Paula continued to form the new community in faith and religious obedience, guiding it skillfully through the turbulent years that followed Vatican Council II. In the early 2000’s, Mother Paula began noticeably to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, a condition she learned to accept with grace and good humor.

After resigning from the office of prioress, she continued to teach classes based on St. Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae; she never tired of reminding her students that “All that really matters is that we get to heaven.” And to the end, she persevered in teaching all her Sisters how to abandon oneself completely to God.

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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