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Clergy obituaries

Fr. Philip Conlon dies
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Fr. Philip Conlon

FORSYTH, Mo. — Fr. Philip Conlon, a pastor emeritus of the Diocese of Madison, died on Monday, Aug. 22, at the age of 88.

Current arrangements are that Father Conlon will be cremated and a funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of the Ozarks Catholic Church, 951 Swan Valley Dr., Forsyth, Mo., on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. Interment is to follow in his hometown of Cuba City, Wis.

Father Conlon served in the Air Force/Air National Guard and was inducted into the Wisconsin Air National Guard Hall of Fame in 1990 with the rank of Brigadier General.


Religious obituaries

Sr. Therese O'Donnell, OP, dies

SINSINAWA -- Sr. Therese O'Donnell, OP, died January 14, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa. Her religious name was Sister Eamon. The funeral Mass was held at the Dominican Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, January 20, 2017, followed by burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery.

Sister Therese made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican February 3, 1947, and her final profession August 5, 1950. She taught for 15 years and served as principal for 37 years and consultant for the Sisters of the Northeast Province of the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation for two years. Sister Therese served in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois.

In the Diocese of Madison, Sister Therese ministered as principal at Blessed Sacrament, Madison, 1969-1974, and as consultant for the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation's Northeast Province, 1974-1976.

Sister Therese was born June 28, 1926, in Chicago, the daughter of John and Theresa (Bamberger) O'Donnell. Her parents and a brother, John O'Donnell, preceded her in death. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and her Dominican Sisters with whom she shared life for 69 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 Sister Therese are available online at Click on the "on demand" tab.

Lay person obituaries

Harold Wendler, father of Fr. Patrick Wendler, dies

MADISON -- Harold “Harry” T. Wendler, age 82, father of Fr. Patrick Wendler, pastor of St. Bernard and St. Henry Parishes in Watertown, died on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, in Madison.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church, 221 Columbus St., Sun Prairie. Father Wendler will be the celebrant with Msgr. Duane Moellenberndt as the homilist. Bishop Robert C. Morlino will be in choir.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 2, at Tuschen-Newcomer Funeral Home, 302 Columbus St. in Sun Prairie, and from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass on Tuesday at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church.

Mr. Wendler was preceded in death by his first wife Margaret (Bauer); his parents Otto and Alice (Harrison) Wendell; and a brother Frank.

He is survived by his wife Jan (Hughey); a sister Marion; children, Michael (Lynette), Father Patrick, Laure (Kurt) Schmidt, Mary (Kevin) Krysinski, and Thomas (Lisa); stepchildren, David Hughey, Dennis (Minette) Hughey, Donna (Bill) Hammerton, Dawn (Rick) Dorman, Douglas Hughey Sr., and Jane Lawson;nine grandchildren; 16 step grandchildren; and eight step great-grandchildren.

Burial will be at Sacred Hearts Parish Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sacred Hearts Building Fund or the Sacred Hearts Cemetery Fund.

For more information, see the online obituary from the Tuschen-Newcomer Funeral Home at

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