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Obituaries

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Fr. Joseph Korabik

EDUCATOR

Resurrectionist Father Joseph John Korabik, 97, died Nov. 19 at Nazarethville in Des Plaines. He served at Archbishop Weber High School, his alma mater, for 45 years.

Father Korabik attended Holy Innocents School and Archbishop Weber High School before entering the Congregation of the Resurrection in 1930. He was ordained in Rome in 1938.

He served at St. Hycinth (1940); the St. Joseph Novitiate in Chicago (1940-1941); St. Stanislaus Kostka (1941-1943); and for 45 years as a teacher and assistant principal at Archbishop Weber High School.

He is survived by his brother, Thaddeus.

Sr. Claudia Urbanik

TEACHER

Sister of the Resurrection Claudia Urbanik, 99, died Nov. 23 at Queen of the Resurrection Convent.

A Chicago native, Sister Claudia made her first religious profession of vows as a Sister of the Resurrection in 1938 and final profession in 1943. She taught primary grades for 46 years, with seven years at St. Casimir Grade School, 16 years at St. Thecla, and 21 years at Queen of the Rosary, Elk Grove Village; she also taught two years in South Bend, Ind. She worked three years at Resurrection Retirement Community.

Sr. Virginia Hafey-Wells

INTERIOR DESIGNER, TEACHER

Adrian Dominican Sister Virginia (Marie Peter) Hafey-Wells, 91, died Dec. 2 in Adrian, Mich.

A Detroit native, she spent 34 years ministering in education, especially teaching music, and then worked as an interior designer. She worked in Michigan, Florida, Ohio and Alabama and in the Bahamas in addition to Illinois.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Matthew (1944- 1948) and lived at the Adrian Dominican convent in Northbrook while she worked at Cotey Interior Design doing projects for nonprofit organizations (1984-1998).

Sister Virginia is survived by her sisters Patricia Kelly and Jacqueline Crow and her brother John Wells.

Sr. Rosaire Perkovitch

EDUCATOR

School Sister of St. Francis Rosaire Perkovitch, 98, died Dec. 6 in Campbellsport, Wis.

An Iowa native, she was received into the School Sisters of St. Francis in 1932 and made final vows in 1942.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister served the schools at St. Joseph, Wilmette (1937- 1942); St. William (1943-1944); and St. James, Arlington Heights (1946-1947).

After her retirement in 1992, she spent four years in Milwaukee, then served in the ministry of prayer and presence at St. Joseph Convent, Campbellsport, from 1996 until the time of her death.

Sister Rosaire is survived by her brothers, John and Roy Perkovitch.

Fr. Richard I. Caplice

LANGUAGE SCHOLAR

Jesuit Father Richard Ignatius Caplice, 80, died Dec. 12 in the Bronx, New York.

He entered the Society of Jesus in 1949 and embarked a long course of study as he prepared for the priesthood. He earned several degrees along the way, completing a doctorate in ancient languages at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute (1958-1961). He was ordained in 1964 and made final vows in 1967.

He spent most of the next 20 in Rome, although he returned to the University of Chicago to teach (1971-1973).

In 1985 he returned to Chicago to continue his research and contribution to the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary, a 21-volume work. Father Caplice contributed to Vol. 12, P and Vol. 18, T. He began parish ministry in New Jersey in 1989.

He is survived by a sister, Notre Dame Sister Mary Caplice, and a brother, Christian Brother Stephen Caplice.

Sr. Joseph Clare McCarthy

EDUCATOR

Providence Sister Joseph Clare (Josphine Mary) McCarthy, 90, died Dec. 12 in St. Mary-of-the- Woods, Ind.

A Chicago native, she entered the Sisters of Providence from St. Andrew Parish in 1939 and made final vows in 1947.

She ministered in education for 53 years in schools in Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and California. After retiring from teaching, she remained at Immaculate Conception Parish in Chicago for five years where she gave service in the parish, school and convent.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she served at Our Lady of Mercy (teacher, 1947- 1948; teacher and assistant principal 1969-1981); as teacher and principal at St. Alexander, Palos Heights (1960-1966); and at Immaculate Conception (teacher and assistant principal, 1966-1968; teacher, 1981-93).

She is survived by two brothers, William and Joseph McCarthy.

Fr. Joseph Benedict Hagen

PARISH PRIEST, PREACHER

Franciscan Father Joseph Benedict (Victor) Hagen, 91, died Dec. 13 in St. Louis.

Father Joe Ben, a Missouri native, entered the Order of Friars Minors in 1940 and made solemn vows in 1944. He was ordained a priest on Dec. 20, 1946.

Father Joe Ben served the church and the Franciscan order in three main ministries: parish work, preaching and retreat ministry, and hospital chaplaincy.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, he served at Corpus Christi Parish (1947-1952), He also ministered in Iowa, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Missouri and Indiana. He also served as chaplain to sisters and to the incarcerated.

Sr. Mary Eunice McGreevy

TEACHER, PASTORAL MINISTER

Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Mary Eunice McGreevy, 87, died Dec. 16 in Ohio.

A Chicago native, she entered the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati in 1941.

Sister Mary Eunice taught at schools and served as pastoral assistant in schools and parishes in Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Colorado and New Mexico. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she served at St. Sebastian (1952-1957 and 1978-1981) and at Elizabeth Seton High School (1982-1987). She volunteered with RCIA and choir at St. Bonaventure in Chicago in 2000.

Sister Mary Eunice is survived by her brother, Marty.