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September 2007

Familiar face absent at OACCW annual meeting

COLUMBUS - There were many familiar faces at the 83rd annual Omaha Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (OACCW) convention Sept. 17 in Columbus, but one very familiar face was noticeably absent.

Msgr. Edgar Wortmann, who was preparing to attend his 39th annual meeting as OACCW moderator, passed away Aug. 31.

"It is hard to put into words what he meant to the OACCW," said Helen Kunz, current OACCW president. "Over the past 39 years, he probably attended more events and conventions than anyone else in the archdiocese."

Cathedral's grade school marks 100 years

While St. Cecilia School in Omaha has seen many changes in the past 100 years, Bonnie Pryor, principal, points to one thing that hasn't change - the support of parents, parishioners and pastors.

And because St. Cecilia School has received that support throughout the last 100 years, it continues to be a successful and respectable school, she said.

Cathedral's grade school marks 100 years

While St. Cecilia School in Omaha has seen many changes in the past 100 years, Bonnie Pryor, principal, points to one thing that hasn't change - the support of parents, parishioners and pastors.

And because St. Cecilia School has received that support throughout the last 100 years, it continues to be a successful and respectable school, she said.

Sister Markey's criminal trial delayed

The criminal trial of the former director of the Archdiocese of Omaha's Family Life Office has been delayed until April 14, 2008, according to a spokesman for the Douglas County Attorney's Office.

Her trial was scheduled to begin Sept. 24.

Sister Barbara Markey, ND, was fired from her job as director of the Family Life Office in January 2006. In September 2006 she was charged with theft by deception. She is accused of spending archdiocesan money for personal expenses, including travel, gifts and gambling.

More than 400 participate in pro-life procession, rosary

Cold morning air didn't stop more than 400 people from participating in this year's Vigil for Life pro-life Mass and rosary procession on the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows Sept. 15 at St. Mary Church in Bellevue.

The crowd of all ages filled the church and spilled out the church's front doors to celebrate 8 a.m. Mass with Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss and eight priests of the Archdiocese of Omaha.

Ireland celebrates Boys Town

DUBLIN, Ireland - A U.S. delegation, including several from Omaha, joined veteran Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney Sept. 11 at the Irish celebration of the 90th anniversary of the founding of America's most famous home for boys - Boys Town, now known as Girls and Boys Town.

Irish-born Father Edward Flanagan established Boys Town in 1917, and the Irish celebrations were held Sept. 11 in Ballymoe, the nearest village to Father Flanagan's birthplace of Leabeg.

Ireland celebrates Boys Town

DUBLIN, Ireland - A U.S. delegation, including several from Omaha, joined veteran Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney Sept. 11 at the Irish celebration of the 90th anniversary of the founding of America's most famous home for boys - Boys Town, now known as Girls and Boys Town.

Irish-born Father Edward Flanagan established Boys Town in 1917, and the Irish celebrations were held Sept. 11 in Ballymoe, the nearest village to Father Flanagan's birthplace of Leabeg.

JAKSICH-Mary C. (Kramolisch)

JAKSICH-Mary C. (Kramolisch), 83. Visitation 4 p.m., wake service 7 p.m., both Sept. 20 at the funeral home. Funeral Sept. 21, 10 a.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Paul; brothers, John, Joseph, Robert and Charles Kramolisch; sisters, Bertha Winter, Emily Galloway, Helen Cunningham and Sister Mary Eleanor, ND.

ANDREWS-Marie L.

ANDREWS-Marie L., 73. Visitation 6 p.m., Sept. 20 at the funeral home. Funeral Sept. 21, 10:30 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Preceded in death by husbands, Robert Andrews and Edward J. Mertz; daughter, Rosemarie Kimball; and step-son, Craig. Survived by sons and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Suzanne Mertz, and Phillip Mertz; sister, Lucille Moore; step-children, Jennifer, Cheryl, Joanie, Jeff, John and Jill; friends; grandchildren; great-grandchildren.

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KENNEDY-Dennis J. Sr.

KENNEDY-Dennis J. Sr., 52. Funeral Sept. 20 at Holy Cross Church. Interment Hillcrest Cemetery. Preceded in death by father, Eugene Kennedy; sister, Jeanie Powell. Survived by wife, Patti I. Kennedy; children, Dennis J. Kennedy Jr. and Dillon P. Kennedy; mother, Ruby Kennedy; brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Betty Kennedy; sister and brother-in-law, Catherine and John Choi; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the family.

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