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Clergy obituaries

Msgr. George Hastrich dies
Msgr. George Hastrich

MADISON -- A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Msgr. George M. Hastrich on Monday, Nov. 3, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Church of the Cathedral Parish of St. Raphael in Madison. Bishop Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, will be the main celebrant with Msgr. Kevin Holmes, rector of Cathedral Parish, as homilist.

Visitation will be held Monday, Nov. 3, from 8:30 a.m. until the start of Mass at St. Patrick Church. Immediately following Mass, a luncheon will be served in the St. Patrick Parish Hall.

Interment will take place at Holy Trinity Cemetery, Milwaukee, on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 12 noon.

Monsignor Hastrich, 88, died on Monday, Oct. 2, at All Saints Assisted Living Center in Madison.

He was born on November 25, 1925 in Milwaukee. After attending Holy Ghost Grade School in Milwaukee, Father Hastrich attended Marquette University High School in Milwaukee. His collegiate studies included St. Francis Minor Seminary and Major Seminary in Milwaukee, where he completed his collegiate studies in philosophy and graduate studies in theology.

Further graduate studies were taken at Gannon University in Erie, Penn. He was ordained by Archbishop Moses E. Kiley on May 27, 1950, at St. John Cathedral, Milwaukee. He received his Investiture of Prelate of Honor on August 16, 2000.


Religious obituaries

Sister Mariel Blanche Bronson, OP, dies

SINSINAWA -- Sr. Mariel Blanche Bronson, OP, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at St. Dominic Villa. Her religious name was Sister Ethelwin. The funeral Mass will be held in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa on Friday, Oct. 30, 2014, followed by burial of the cremains in the Motherhouse Cemetery.

Sister Mariel Blanche made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican August 5, 1947, and her final profession August 5, 1950. She taught for 36 years, served as support staff for one year, ministered in social work for seven years, and served as volunteer music teacher for nine years. Sister Mariel Blanche was a talented cello player who played with the War Production Board Orchestra, Washington, D.C.; Sedalia Symphony and Sedalia Trio, both Sedalia, MO.; D.C. Community Orchestra, Washington, D.C., where she was soloist for the Saint-Saen's "Cello Concerto"; Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Dubuque, Iowa; and Sinsinawa Strings Orchestra, Sinsinawa, Wis. She served in Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Missouri, and the District of Columbia.

In the Diocese of Madison, Sister Mariel Blanche taught at St. Patrick, Madison, 1965-1966, and served at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, as support staff, 1991-1992, and volunteer music teacher, 1992-2001.

Sister Mariel Blanche was born April 30, 1919, in Sedalia, MO., the daughter of Ira and Ethel (Armstrong) Bronson. Her parents and a brother, John Bronson, preceded her in death. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and her Dominican Sisters with whom she shared life for 67 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."

Repeat broadcasts of the wake and funeral for Sister Mariel Blanche are available online at Click on the "on demand" tab.

Lay person obituaries

Mary Anita Moon dies

LANCASTER -- Mary Anita Moon, mother of Fr. Mick Moon, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Belleville, died on Sunday, March 9, 2014.

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., in the St. Clement Catholic Church, 135 S. Washington St., Lancaster. The celebrant and homilist will be Fr. Michael Moon.

Visitation will be held at Schwartz Funeral Home, 142 W. Oak St., Lancaster, on Wednesday, March 12, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., with a parish lead Rosary at 4 p.m., and on Thursday, March 13  from 9:30 a.m. until the start of Holy Mass at St. Clement Church. Interment will be in St. Clement Parish Cemetery immediately after Mass, followed by a luncheon in the St. Clement Parish Hall.

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