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Catholics who entered into eternal life in 2015

Priests, nuns, inspiring lay people were among those who died last year

Published: January 10, 2016   
Malea Hargett
Deacon Kirke Herman reads the Gospel during the Martin Luther King Jr. Mass at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock in January 2015. Herman, one of the first two black permanent deacons ordained in the Diocese of Little Rock, died Oct. 18, 2015, at age 87.

In his eternal light

  • Father Venantius ‘Vincent’ Preske, 91, retired pastor at St. Mary of the Mount Church in Horseshoe Bend with a mission in Cherokee Village, St. Anthony Church in Weiner and St. Norbert Church in Marked Tree; Nov. 9
  • Sister Marie Rose DeSalvo, OSB, 91, taught 26 years in Catholic schools; Aug. 8
  • Deacon Kirke Herman, 87, ordained as one of the first two black permanent deacons in the Diocese of Little Rock; Oct. 18
  • Father Victor A. Bieberle, 89, spent retirement in Hot Springs Village helping at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church; Feb. 2
  • Deacon John Marschewski, 73, the diocese’s minister to deacons and deacon at Christ the King Church in Little Rock; Feb. 5
  • Sister Mary Mel Gordy, RSM, 89, served as a Sister of Mercy for 68 years; March 2
  • Miroslaw “Mirek” Zukowski, 73, a 28-year maintenance and grounds specialist at the Diocese of Little Rock; March 1
  • Sister Brendan Siebenmorgen, OSB, 92, a Benedictine and surgical nurse; March 6
  • Sister Katharine Wewer, OSB, 87, served 59 years as a sister at St. Scholastica Monastery; Jan. 12
  • Sister Alice Ruth Carr, 89, became a hermit after 14 years as a Carmelite sister; March 8
  • Father James R. Savary, 80, served in Fort Smith, Hot Springs, North Little Rock and Little Rock; March 15
  • Sister Mary Reginald Mooney, RSM, 102, served at Mercy Hospital Fort Smith for more than 40 years; June 1
  • Mariana Verano Martinez, 52, a preschool teacher at Immaculate Conception School in Fort Smith; June 4. Her husband, Juan G. Martinez, died Jan. 24. Both had cancer.
  • Sister Cabrini Schmitz, OSB, 83, served as prioress of St. Scholastica Monastery for eight years, co-founded St. Edward Hospice, now at Mercy Hospital Fort Smith; Dec. 28



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