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Clergy obituaries

Mass of Christian Burial for Msgr. Douglas Dushack
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Msgr. Douglas Dushack

SUN PRAIRIE — A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, 2420 St. Albert Dr. in Sun Prairie, for Msgr. Douglas L. Dushack, 73, who died on Friday, March 15, 2019, at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg.

Msgr. James Bartylla, diocesan administrator, presided at the Mass with Msgr. Donn Heiar as homilist. Burial was in Sacred Hearts Cemetery, Sun Prairie.

Monsignor Dushack was born in Madison on December 21, 1945, to Edith (Smyth) and Glen Dushack. After attending Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Grade School in Sun Prairie, he continued his high school education at Sun Prairie Public High School.

He started his collegiate studies at Queen of Apostles Seminary, Madison, and continued at Holy Name Seminary, Madison, finishing with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy at St. Francis Major Seminary, St. Francis. He studies theology there and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Cletus F. O’Donnell on May 12, 1972, at St. Raphael Cathedral, Madison.

He served the diocese as a parochial vicar at the following parishes: Sacred Heart Parish, Reedsburg; St. Raphael Cathedral, Madison; St. Henry, Watertown; and St. Stanislaus, Berlin. He was parochial administrator of St. Joseph, Berlin, and St. Thomas Aquinas, Madison.

He was pastor of St. Michael, Berlin; St. James, Madison; and St. Bernard, Middleton, from which he retired in 2015.

He served as a chaplain to the Madison Serra Club; liaison with diocesan charismatic groups; member of the Conciliation and Arbitration Board, Presbyteral Council, and Priest Personnel Board; and vicar for priests.

He is survived by his brothers Richard (Dorothy), James, and Dennis; sisters Ruth (Orville) Frank, Judy Volkmann, Linda Gladem, and Donna (Dan) Wells; brother-in-law Ernest Johnson and sisters-in-law, Janet and JoAnn Dushack.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother Donald; sister Shirley Johnson; brothers Gary and David; sisters-in-law Linda, Agnes, and Brenda Dushack; and brothers in-law, David Gladem and Russ Volkmann.

Memorials may be made to the Diocese of Madison St. Raphael Clergy Retirement Fund.

Religious obituaries

Sr. Elaine Robbins, OP, dies


Sr. Elaine Robbins, OP, died April 5, 2019, at St. Dominic Villa, Hazel Green, Wis. Her religious name was Sister Genevieve. Natural burial took place April 8, 2019, in the Motherhouse Cemetery. The funeral Mass was held at the motherhouse, Sinsinawa April 13, 2019.

Sister Elaine made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican August 5, 1956, and her perpetual profession August 5, 1959. She taught for 20 years and served as principal for three years and tutor for 12 years. Sister Elaine ministered as secretary for two years and director of religious education for 10 years. She served in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Illinois, Alabama, Missouri, Maryland, and Florida.

In the Diocese of Madison, Sister Elaine served as secretary at Edgewood College, Madison, 1956-1958. She volunteered at the motherhouse, Sinsinawa, 2007-2014.

Sister Elaine was born July 23, 1932, in West Allis, Wis., the daughter of Joseph and Viola (Miller) Robbins. She grew up in Stevens Point, Wis. Her parents; a sister, Dorothy Levandowski; and a brother, Gerald Robbins, preceded her in death. She is survived by cousins and her Dominican Sisters with whom she shared life for 62 years.

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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