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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. Cecilia Carey, OP, dies

SINSINAWA -- Sr. Cecilia Carey, OP, died Aug. 12, 2016, at St. Dominic Villa. The funeral Mass was held in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa Aug. 16, 2016, followed by burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery.

Sr. Cecilia taught for 28 years and ministered as pastoral associate for 13 years. She taught English at Edgewood College, Madison, 1955 to 1957 and 1958 to 1963, served as president of Edgewood College, 1967 to 1977, and as prioress of the Sinsinawa Dominican congregation, 1977 to 1986.

Sr. Cecilia made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican Aug. 6, 1940, and her final profession Aug. 6, 1943. She served in Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and New York, as well as Bolivia.

Sr. Cecilia was born Aug. 17, 1921, in Casselton, N.D., the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Mahon) Carey. She spent part of her childhood in Wausau, Wis. Her parents; a sister, Joyce Simon; and two brothers, Robert Carey and John Carey, preceded her in death. She is survived by a sister, Sr. Mary Lois Carey, OP; a brother, Mark Carey; nieces; nephews; and her Dominican Sisters with whom she shared life for 76 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 Cecilia 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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