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February 2009

Archdiocese looking for ways to reduce budget

Lee Karrer, finance director for the Archdiocese of Omaha, says only time will tell what kind of an impact the economy will have on the archdiocese.

"It's probably a little too early," he said. "The archbishop, however, has directed that we bring our expenses of operating the Central Administrative Offices into line with anticipated slowdown of incoming revenue."

Archdiocesan schools preparing for impact of economic downturn

The impact of the economy on schools in general is definitely a concern on people's minds, especially those connected to Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Omaha, said Msgr. James Gilg, superintendent of Catholic schools.

How much of an impact it will have won't be felt until a bit later, he said, but there no doubt will be an influence.

He's confident, though, that those who currently support Catholic education will remain solid in their decision to continue to send their children to Catholic schools.

Canceled event means food for homeless at Omaha shelter

The fund-raising event will be rescheduled and children providing the entertainment will have more time to rehearse. But what about the food that was to be served at the "East Side Story" annual fundraiser for the city's eight inner city schools? What happened to it when the event was canceled last Friday?

Omaha's Siena/Francis House found out Monday when the Archdiocese of Omaha donated the $10,000 worth of food to the homeless shelter.

LEE-I Chen

LEE-I Chen, 84. Funeral Mass Feb. 19 at St. Adalbert Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Survived by daughters, Hsiu Lan Teng-Chang and husband, Cha Yu, Hsiu Mei Teng-Wang and husband, Jackson, Hsiu Hau Teng-Wong and husband, Sienfu; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brothers; sisters. Memorials to the family.

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DWORAK-CUTLER

SEDLMAYER-Sister Elizabeth, RSM

SEDLMAYER-Sister Elizabeth, RSM, 85. Funeral Mass Feb. 19 at Mercy Villa. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Preceded in death by brothers, Edward and George Sedlmayer. Survived by sisters, Eileen Burke, Elizabethtown, Ky., Dolores Ledesma, Bellingham, Wash., Dorothy Scott, Normandy Park, Wash., Gertrude A. Ricks, Shasta Lake, Calif., Rose Mary Sedlmayer, Denver, Colo., Margaret Dohse, Fort Collins, Colo., Helen Redfield, Phoenix, Ariz., Loretta Sedlmayer SM, Crow Agency, Mont., and Frances Ivarsen, Denver, Colo.; nieces; nephews. Memorials to Sisters of Mercy Health and Retirement Fund.

SMOLLA-Edwin F.

SMOLLA-Edwin F., 95. Funeral Mass Feb. 19 at Holy Cross Church. Interment St. Mary Cemetery. Preceded in death by wife, Agnes; daughter, Rita; granddaughter, Anne; great-granddaughter, Melissa; sisters, Agnes and Marie; brothers, Joe, Alex, Edward and Richard. Survived by great-grandsons, Joe Luther and Bob Luther; sisters, Fran, Margie and Ernestine; friend, Blanche Luscher. Memorials to Holy Cross Education Fund.

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TOELLE-Dorothy

TOELLE-Dorothy, 93. Visitation 5 p.m., prayer service 7 p.m., both Feb. 20 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 10 a.m., Feb. 21 at St. James Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Christian A. Toelle; brother; sisters. Survived by children and spouses, Gary and Diana Toelle, Clive, Iowa, John and Patricia Toelle, Aurora, Colo., Beverly and John Prentis, and Richard Toelle; five grandchildren. Memorials to the family.

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THIELE-Edward A.

THIELE-Edward A., 59. Visitation 5 p.m., vigil service 7 p.m., both Feb. 19 at the funeral home. Visitation 5:30 p.m., vigil service 7:30 p.m. both Feb. 20 at St. Theresa Church, Clearwater. Funeral Mass 10:30 a.m. Feb. 21 at the church. Interment St. Theresa Cemetery, Clearwater. Preceded in death by parents, Andrew and Helen Thiele; sister, Renee Middleton; nephew, Jonathan Middleton.

DAHIR-Robert J.

DAHIR-Robert J., 70. Visitation 5 p.m., vigil service 7 p.m., both Feb. 19 at Mary Our Queen Church. Funeral Mass 11 a.m., Feb. 20 at the church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Catherine Dahir. Survived by wife, Joanne M. Dahir; children and spouses, Christine and Robert Whitesel, Jolene and Thomas Schmaderer, Deborah Dahir, Robert M. Dahir, and Cheryl and Daniel German; 12 grandchildren; sister, Carole Dahir; brothers and sister-in-law, Gerald L. Dahir, and James P. and Nancy Dahir. Memorials to Josie Harper Hospice House or Brain Cancer Research.

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