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Clergy obituaries

Fr. Ronald Rank dies
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Fr. Ronald Rank

WATERLOO — A Mass of Christian Burial for Fr. Ronald Rank, who died June 24, will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church of Holy Family Parish, 205 Milwaukee Ave., Waterloo, on Wednesday, May 31, at 11 a.m.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino, will be the main celebrant with Fr. Thomas Marr as homilist.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass at St. Joseph Church. Interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Father Rank was born in Chicago, Ill., to Joseph John and Clara (Quaiver) Rank. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 10, 1958, by Archbishop Amleto G. Cicognani, Apostolic Delegate to the United States, at St. Turibius Chapel, Pontifical College Josephinum, Worthington, Ohio.

Father Rank served the Diocese of Madison as parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish, Madison; St. Bernard Parish, Middleton; and St. Ann Parish, Stoughton.

He was pastor of St. Clement Parish, Lancaster, and St. Joseph Parish, Waterloo, from which he retired in 2002.

During his years of service to the Diocese of Madison, Father Rank served as assistant to the chancellor. He also served as instructor at Queen of Apostles Seminary and Edgewood High School, Madison; faculty and dean of studies at Holy Name Seminary, Madison; and as an advisor to charismatic prayer groups throughout the diocese.

Memorials may be made to the libraries or emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in Marshall or Waterloo.

For a full obituary, visit Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Home at

Religious obituaries

Sr. Alessandra Kubasta, OP, dies

SINSINAWA — Sr. Alessandra Kubasta, OP, died May 18, 2017, at St. Dominic Villa. The funeral Mass was held at the Sinsinawa Dominican motherhouse, Sinsinawa, May 24, 2017, followed by burial of the cremains in the Motherhouse Cemetery.

Sister Alessandra made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican Aug. 7, 1941, and her final profession Aug. 7, 1944. She earned a BS in education from Edgewood College, Madison, in 1948 and an MS in education from Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Ill., in 1974. She was an elementary teacher for 26 years, principal for 12 years, and postmaster at the U.S. post office at Sinsinawa for 11 years.

Sister Alessandra served the Sinsinawa Dominican congregation in various ministries for 14 years and was an avid gardener. She served in Illinois, Wisconsin, California and New York. In the Diocese of Madison, Sister Alessandra served as postmaster at the U.S. post office at Sinsinawa, 1981-1992, and promoted interest in stamp collecting. She ministered at the motherhouse, Sinsinawa, as a gardener, 1981-2009; driver, 1992-1993 and 1998-2000; director of study, 1993-1996; and director of transportation, 1995-1998.

Sister Alessandra was born July 10, 1921, in Oshkosh, the daughter of John and Mary (Matschi) Kubasta. Her parents and three sisters, an infant, Margaret Randall, and Natalie Mattioli, preceded her in death. She is survived by two sisters, Jacqueline Knutowski and Elaine Statz; a brother, Gene Kubasta; nieces; nephews; and her Dominican Sisters with whom she shared life for 75 years.

Memorials may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 CR Z, Sinsinawa, WI, 53824-9701 or online at by clicking on "Donate Now." Repeat broadcasts of the wake and funeral for Sister Alessandra are available online at Click on the “on demand” tab.

Lay person obituaries

Rita Jane Macewicz dies

BELOIT — Rita Jane (Middlecamp) Macewicz died at home January 17, surrounded by her children.

She was a former president of the Madison Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (CCW) and a former province director of the National CCW, among many other areas of involvement in the Church and community.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at St. Jude Catholic Church, 747 Hackett St., Beloit. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at Daley Murphy Wisch & Associates Funeral Home and Crematorium, 2355 Cranston Rd., Beloit, with a Scripture service at 6 p.m. Visitation will also be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at St. Jude Church.

The eighth child of David W. Middlecamp and Barbara E. (Hein) Middlecamp, she was born on December, 9, 1929, in Wisconsin Rapids.

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