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Clergy obituaries

Services to be 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 will be 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.

A luncheon will take place in the basement of the school building of St. William Church immediately following the Mass.

Visitation at St. William Church will be held on Monday, July 27, from 3 to 7 p.m. and on Tuesday, July 28, from 9:30 a.m. until the start of Mass. The Rite of Committal at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, Madison, will be at a future date.

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.


Religious obituaries

Sr. Florus Castle, OP, dies

SINSINAWA -- Sr. Florus Castle, OP, died July 25, 2015, at St. Dominic Villa. The funeral Mass was held in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa July 28, 2015, followed by burial in the motherhouse cemetery.

Sister Florus made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican August 5, 1950, and her final profession August 5, 1953. She taught for 24 years, ministered in Bolivia for two years, and served as a secretary for 22 years. Sister Florus served in the District of Columbia, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Bolivia.

In the Diocese of Madison, Sister Florus taught at St. Clara Academy, Sinsinawa, 1958-1967, and served as secretary in the Secretary General Office, Sinsinawa, 1978-1982.

Sister Florus was born August 29, 1922, in Oshkosh, the daughter of William and Florence (Reilly) Castle. Her parents; two sisters, Mary Minehan and Peggy Buckstaff; and two brothers, William Castle and Edward Castle, 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 County Road 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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