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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. Catherine Harrington, OP, dies

SINSINAWA — Sr. Catherine Harrington, OP, died October 9, 2016, at St. Dominic Villa. Her religious name was Sr. Martinelle. The funeral Mass was held in the Gathering Place chapel at Sinsinawa October 12, followed by burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery.

Sr. Catherine made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican August 5, 1935, and her final profession August 5, 1938. She taught for 25 years and served as principal for 19 years and librarian for nine years.

Sr. Catherine served the Sinsinawa Dominican congregation in leadership and supportive roles for 13 years. She served in Illinois, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.

In the Diocese of Madison, Sr. Catherine served the Sinsinawa Dominican congregation as the vicaress for the Northeast Province sisters at the motherhouse, Sinsinawa, 1979-1982.

Sr. Catherine was born May 12, 1915, in Reedsburg, Wis., the daughter of Martin and Helen “Nellie” (Keegan) Harrington. Her parents; three sisters, Helen Harrington, Alice Harrington, and Lucille Harrington; and two brothers, Patrick Harrington and John Harrington, preceded her in death. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and her Dominican Sisters with whom she shared life for 81 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 Sr. Catherine are available online at Click on the “on demand” tab.

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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