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Mass of Christian Burial for Fr. Anthony “Tony” Schumacher
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Fr. Tony Schumacher

OREGON -- A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Mother of Consolation Catholic Church, 651 N. Main St., Oregon, on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. for Fr. Anthony "Tony" John Schumacher, 92, who died on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, at Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Madison.

Bishop Donald J. Hying of Madison will be the main celebrant with Fr. Patrick Norris, OP, as homilist. Visitation at Holy Mother of Consolation Catholic Church will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the start of the Mass. Interment will be at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery at a later date. A funeral luncheon will take place after Mass in the Holy Mother of Consolation Church Hall.

Father Schumacher was born on June 15, 1927, in Alton, Iowa. He was predeceased by his parents, Mary (Meyers) and Nicholas Schumacher; his sister, Madeline; his brothers, Leo, George, Oscar, and Peter, and his niece Barbara Leffel.

After attending St. Mary Academy Grade School and High School in Alton, Iowa, Father Schumacher enlisted in the U.S. military and served as a T/4 Medic in the Army. After leaving the Army, he worked for many years as a journalist with The Stoughton Courier Hub, The Janesville Gazette, and the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance.

Father Schumacher attended Marquette University, Milwaukee, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy. He continued his studies in philosophy and theology at St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee, and attended a year at Loyola University in Chicago, Ill.


Religious obituaries

Sr. Dolores Grasse, OP, dies


SINSINAWA, Wis.—Sr. Dolores Grasse, OP, died August 2, 2019, at St. Dominic Villa, Hazel Green, Wis. Her religious name was Sister Theodosius. The funeral Mass was held at the Dominican Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, August 10, followed by burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery.

Sister Dolores made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican August 5, 1957, and her perpetual profession August 5, 1960. She served as school librarian and taught for 13 years before serving in several capacities at Edgewood College, Madison, Wis., for 28 years, including assistant registrar, registrar, director of data processing, and manager of administrative computing. Sister Dolores used her administrative assistant skills for the next 15 years. She served in Nebraska, Wisconsin, Alabama, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Iowa.

In the Diocese of Madison, Sister Dolores taught at St. Clara Academy, Sinsinawa, 1968-1969, and ministered at Edgewood College, Madison, as assistant registrar, 1970-1974; registrar, 1974-1985; director of data processing, 1985-1990; and manager of administrative computing, 1990-1998. She served at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, as secretary of the congregation, 1998-2001, and as secretary, 2001-2013, assisting the congregation, Archives, and the Liturgy Office.

Sister Dolores was born June 24, 1933, in Sheboygan, Wis., the daughter of Theodore and Lucile (Pangier) Grasse. Her parents preceded her in death. She is survived by a sister, Jean Dickman; two brothers, Dennis Grasse and Theodore Grasse; nieces; nephews; and her Dominican Sisters with whom she shared 61 years of Religious life.

Memorials may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 Cty Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, 53824-9701 or online at

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Lay person obituaries

Mercedes M. Moellenberndt mother of Msgr. Duane Moellenberndt dies

SUN PRAIRIE — Mercedes M. Moellenberndt, age 97, mother of Msgr. Duane Moellenberndt, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, at Alden Estates of Jefferson.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, March 4, 2019, at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, in Sun Prairie. Monsignor Moellenberndt presided. Burial was at Sacred Hearts Cemetery.

She was born on August 14, 1921, in Elizabeth, Ill., the daughter of Otto and Mary (Huilman) Berlage. She married Wallace Moellenberndt on May 29, 1947, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Elizabeth.

Mercedes was a member of St. Anne’s Council of Catholic Women. She was a woman of strong faith who could often be seen with a smile on her face. She also loved cats and crocheting. Mercedes earned her bachelor degree from Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa.

Mercedes is survived by her husband, Wallace of 71 years; their children, Msgr. Duane Moellenberndt, Sun Prairie; Jim (Martha) Moellenberndt, Grand Island, Neb.; Mary Lange, Knoxville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.

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