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*** UPDATE – Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday (Aug. 13) at Palmer Funeral Home (17131 Cleveland Road South). A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 14) in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame followed by the rite of committal in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

David R. Prentkowski, director of food services at the University of Notre Dame, died Thursday (Aug. 9) at his home in a drowning accident which also claimed the life of his granddaughter, Charlotte Chelminiac.

“Dave and Charlotte’s tragic deaths are a shocking and heartbreaking loss,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “Dave’s energy, devotion and courage will continue to inspire the Notre Dame family even as his death and the Prentkowski family’s grief are in our prayers.”

The 55-year-old Prentkowski had served as director of food services at Notre Dame since 1990. A 1979 graduate of Purdue University, he majored in hotel and restaurant management while working in the cafeterias of the university’s residence halls. Following his graduation, he worked for a time as a manager in Stouffer’s Hotel in St. Louis before returning to Purdue to earn a master’s degree.

Before coming to Notre Dame, Prentkowski served as director of food services at the University of Utah and the University of Michigan. Throughout his career, he was a prominent and active member of the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS), serving as its president from 1996-1997. Earlier this year NACUFS named its highest achievement award in Prentkowski’s honor.

At Notre Dame, Prentkowski oversaw a staff of some 500 employees and an 8,000-student residential dining program; 29 food service units and 25 campus buildings; a central food warehousing and production facility; campus catering operations; resident food services for the Congregation of Holy Cross, including two residences, a seminary and a nursing home; and food services for the campus student health center and child care center.

A seemingly omnipresent and indefatigably cheerful presence wherever meals were being planned, prepared, enjoyed and shared at Notre Dame, Prentkowski twice was honored by Notre Dame’s student body with its Irish Clover Award for contributions to student life, in 1998 and earlier this year.

Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last fall, Prentkowski had been undergoing chemotherapy treatments even while remaining active at work and as honorary chairperson of Notre Dame’s 2012 Relay for Life, an annual event to raise funds for cancer research. He spoke openly and generously of his own illness and treatment with his colleagues at Notre Dame.

“I’ve always tried to be the positive person and get them to talk,” he said. “The more people learn about it, the more people hopefully will contribute to cancer research or research on any disease that’s out there.”

He also spoke of his gratitude for the support of his colleagues, and particularly of Notre Dame’s emeritus president, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., with whom he often visited. Father Hesburgh recently joined several other priests to concelebrate a Mass of healing for Prentkowski in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Reprinted from ND Newswire

Sally Goldberg / OIT

BERNICE E. GOLDBERG of Silver Spring, MD died Friday, July 6, 2012.  Beloved wife of Howard O. Goldberg. Devoted mother of Jan (Michael) Harris, Sally (Curt Freeland), Carol (Robert Gerard) and Lauren (James Stoddard) Goldberg. Interment at King David Memorial Garden, Falls Church, VA.  Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice .

Sally’s husband Curt Freeland works in the College of Engineering.

Bethel Mourns the Loss of Biblical Scholar

Professor of Old Testament and Scholar-in-Residence Eugene Carpenter, Ph.D., passed away July 2, 2012, while fishing by himself in Michigan. He was 69 years old.

Visitation will take place on Friday, July 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Everest/Rohrer Auditorium on Bethel’s campus. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 7 at 11 a.m., also in the Everest/Rohrer Auditorium. Friends may visit one hour prior to the service.

“Gene was like the many giant oak trees that dot Bethel’s campus in that we never expect them to fall. But this one has, and the entire Bethel family will greatly miss the shade of his influence in our lives,” says President Steven R. Cramer, Ph.D.

Carpenter taught at Bethel for 26 years, during which time he served as chair of religion and philosophy and director of graduate studies. Most recently, he was scholar-in-residence and director of the master of ministries/master of arts in theological studies programs. He graduated from Bethel in 1970 with a B.A. in Biblical Literature and English Literature with a minor in Greek. He earned a Master of Divinity in 1973 from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries (AMBS) and a Ph.D. in Old Testament and Semitic Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1979.

In addition to teaching at Bethel, Carpenter served on the faculties of Wheaton College and Graduate School and Asbury Theological Seminary. He also taught at AMBS, Fuller Theological Seminary and Lexington Theological Seminary.

Carpenter’s scholarly writing includes some 21 published volumes (nine translations of biblical books and 12 other works); major contributions to two study Bibles (New Living Translation; The Wesley Study Bible); and numerous dictionary, encyclopedia and journal articles. Recent titles include a commentary on the Book of Daniel (Tyndale), a commentary on Deuteronomy (New Illustrated Bible Background Commentary Series: Zondervan) and a searchable electronic translation of the prophet Ezekiel for the Lexham English Bible Project.

Carpenter was involved in church ministry nearly all of his life in various ways, including positions as youth ministry director, assistant pastor and senior pastor. He did missions work in the Dominican Republic and served as a guest teacher regularly in Sunday schools across different denominations. He repeatedly led academic study trips to Jerusalem University College in Israel for undergraduate, graduate and adult students. His hobbies included woodworking, travel, hiking, fishing, reading, writing and weight training. His wife, Joyce D. Carpenter, served as an adjunct professor of ceramics and pottery at Bethel College for six years; she continues as an artist, working primarily with clay. She too is a graduate of Bethel College (B.A.) with a major in art.

Reposted from Bethel College’s Online Magazine

Sabine MacCormack, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Professor of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, died Saturday (June 16) after suffering a heart attack while gardening at her home in South Bend. She was 71.

A native of Frankfurt, Germany, MacCormack was educated there and in England, where she earned bachelor and doctoral degrees from Oxford University in 1964 and 1974, respectively. Before joining the Notre Dame faculty in 2003, she had taught history and the classics at the University of Texas at Austin, Stanford University and the University of Michigan.

MacCormack, a historian and classicist who taught and wrote about religion and culture in ancient Rome and colonial Latin America, was unusual among her international colleagues for the prominence of her scholarship in those two very different areas. She also was among Notre Dame’s most popular and affectionately regarded teachers, not only among the graduate students whose dissertations she directed, but also among first year students whom she taught in the required University Seminar course. A particular focus of her teaching, she said, was “on the nature of knowledge; on what we think we know, and why, and what we might actually know.”

“Her commitment to the most exacting scholarship spanned centuries, cultures and continents,” said Rev. Robert E. Sullivan, professor of history and associate vice president for academic mission at Notre Dame. “Her devotion to her students, from first year to Ph.D., and her genius for friendship were also catholic.”

One of those students, Clifford Ando, now a professor of classics, history and law at the University of Chicago, said that MacCormack’s painful childhood in a Europe shattered by World War II had left her “intensely committed to the self-redemptive power of human communities and to the role of scholarship in acts of love and understanding. A lifelong commitment to the indigenous populations of Spanish Latin America was, for her, not simply political, nor to one side of historical scholarship. She urged, rather, that responsible historical scholarship should embrace the totality of populations, which were at once Latin and Spanish; Quechua, Creole and Aymaran; European and American.”

MacCormack was one of Notre Dame’s most highly decorated faculty members. Among the conspicuous recognitions of her innovative scholarship were the 2001 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Distinguished Achievement Award and her 2007 election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was the author of numerous articles and book chapters in several languages and the author of five books, including “Art and Ceremony in late Antiquity;” “Religion in the Andes: Vision and Imagination in Early Colonial Peru;” “The Shadows of Poetry: Vergil in the Mind of Augustine;” and, most recently, “On the Wings of Time: Rome, the Incas, Spain and Peru.”

Steve Reifenberg, executive director of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies, of which she was a faculty fellow, said that MacCormack had been instrumental in developing both Notre Dame’s Ph.D. track in Latin American history and the University’s Latin American Indigenous Language Learning Program, which she endowed with funds from her Mellon Foundation award. “Most recently,” he said, “she organized the 2011 Symposium on Teaching and Learning Indigenous Languages of Latin America, which brought together experts, including many indigenous participants, from across the Americas. At the time of her death she was editing a collection of essays by the symposium’s participants.”

“Sabine was one of the most distinguished humanists in Notre Dame’s history, and one of the leading humanists in the contemporary scholarly world,” said John McGreevy, I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters. “Her scholarly range, from antiquity to the colonial Andes was matched by her extraordinary scholarly passion, from the impeccable Latin she used to study Augustine to the Quechua she mastered to better understand the lives of Andean indigenous people during the period of the Spanish conquest.”

Most recently, as if to illustrate that passion and range, MacCormack had been at work both on a textual exegesis of Saint Augustine’s commentaries on Genesis and on a study of the life and ideas of the 16th century Jesuit missionary, historian and theologian José de Acosta S.J.

Contributions may be made to the Bishop Crowley Education Fund in care of the Cathedral of St. Matthew. A memorial Mass for Sabine MacCormack in Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart is being planned for early next fall at a date and time to be announced.

Reposted from ND Newswire

Phillip R. Cappert, 81, of Mishawaka, passed away Saturday, June 2, 2012, following a long illness. Phil was born March 9, 1931, in South Bend, the only son of the late Phillip and Rachel (VerVynckt) Cappert. He grew up in South Bend and was a 1949 graduate of John Adams High School. Phil graduated in 1955 from the Studebaker/Packard Corporation Pipefitter Apprenticeship Program and in 1960 from the Hydraulic Engineering Course at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Phil married Anne Yanko on March 31, 1951, in Our Lady of Hungary Church in South Bend. The couple lived in South Bend until moving to Mishawaka in 1977. Phil retired from Herrman & Goetz Services in 1996 where he was a Mechanical Estimator and a Project Manager. He was a Past President of the Northern Indiana Chapter of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers and was a retired member of Plumber & Pipefitters Local #172. Phil belonged to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mishawaka. He possessed a great sense of humor, loved crossword puzzles, and was a Notre Dame football fan. Phil will be truly missed by all those who knew and loved him. Phil’s surviving family includes his wife of 61 years, Anne; three children, Thomas P. Cappert of South Bend, Gerald P. (Sheryl) Cappert of Middlebury and Janis C. (John) Obiala of Glenview, Illinois; seven grandchildren, Jeffery Cappert, James Cappert, Jason Cappert, Stephanie Shipley, John Obiala, Matthew Obiala and Charles Obiala; and eight great-grandchildren. Phil was preceded in death by two sisters, Lorraine Fodness and Mary Buckingham. Friends may spend time with Phil’s family today (Tuesday) from 5 – 8 pm in Goethals & Wells Funeral Home, 503 W. 3rd Street, Mishawaka. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 am in St. Joseph Catholic Church, 225 S. Mill Street, Mishawaka, with Rev. Terry Fisher officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Mishawaka. Phil’s family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Humane Society of St. Joseph County or to St. Joseph Church.

Esther Cornelia Bekker was born on September 2, 1916, in Chicago, IL, and died at age 95 on May 5, 2012, in Fargo, ND. She was the first of four children born to Dutch immigrant parents, Gerard and Katy Bekker.

At age seven, Esther and her family moved to Everett, WA. She graduated from Everett High School and worked at Everett Pulp and Paper Company in the billing department. In 1939, she attended Biola Bible Institute of Los Angeles. In 1940 to 1941, Esther attended Seattle Pacific College (now University) where she was president of Associated Women’s Students during her sophomore year. It was at Seattle Pacific College that Esther met her husband, Arthur Grimstad.

In 1942, she left school to work as the assistant manager at a Christian bookstore and supply center in Seattle. Esther and Arthur were married on June 4, 1943, and moved to Dallas, TX, where she worked at Child Evangelism Publishing Company while Arthur attended Dallas Theological Seminary. During the year when Arthur studied at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, Esther returned to Seattle and Everett to work part-time at Pacific Timber Company. After Arthur’s graduation, they moved to Strum, WI, for three years. They lived again in Dallas and then in Minneapolis before they settled in McIntosh, MN, where they lived between 1949 and 1953. In the summer of 1953, Esther and Arthur moved to Moorhead, where they raised their five children.

In 1957 to 1958, Esther and Arthur and their family traveled to England and Scotland, so Arthur could pursue his studies in Edinburgh, Scotland. Esther was able to meet her Dutch relatives in the Netherlands and visit Belgium, Denmark, and Norway.

Beginning at age thirteen, Esther taught Sunday school and even became the head of the Sunday school at the church she attended during her college years. She devoted her life to teaching the gospel to children until she retired in 1992. Throughout her life, Esther supported Arthur in his various Christian ministries. While at Concordia College, Arthur and Esther opened up their home to Bible studies. Esther was an active member of the Women’s Missionary Federation and Concordia Women’s League. In all she did, it was her desire to bring honor to God.

Esther started singing solos in church as a child. She sang in a girls’ octet at her high school graduation and sang in many choirs. She and Arthur used to sing duets. Music was always an important part of her life.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents, Gerard and Katy Bekker; her sister Florence Bekker; and her brothers, Bob Bekker and George Bekker. She is survived by Arthur Grimstad, her husband of nearly 69 years; her children, Paul (Robbie), South Bend, IN, Stephen (Janet), Minneapolis, John (Laurel Holschuh), Edina, MN, Ruth (Max) Peters, Roseville, CA, and Mary Larson, Moorhead; her fifteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren with a fourth due in August. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Jane Bekker of Everett, WA; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Dr. Castellino’s mother Evelyn died.  Please keep the Castellino family in your prayers.

Evelyn Bonita Castellino, 97, died early Sunday, April 29, 2012, after a short period of failing health. She was the wife of the late Joseph S. Castellino, to whom she was married for 52 years.She was born in Pittston, the daughter of the late Sabbato and Mariannina Centrella Bonita, and lived in Pittston until moving to Marlborough, Mass., 13 years ago.

She employed as a garment worker by many different manufacturers around the Pittston area.

She was a longtime member of St. Rocco Catholic Church, Pittston, where she was a member of the Monterdoro Society Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by two sons, Dr. Francis Castellino, Granger, Ind.; and Joseph Castellino, Marlborough, Mass.; one sister, Anita Wagner, Dallas; six grandchildren, Kimberly Metzger, Michael Castellino, Lisa Tate, Anthony Castellino, Wendy Castellino and Joseph Castellino; nine great-grandchildren, Lucy, Naomi, Camille and Dahlia Metzger; Caroline, Margaret, Daniel and Samuel Castellino; Abigail Gauthier; many nieces and nephews.

The Castellino family would like to thank Parmenter Health Care of Wayland, Mass., for their compassionate care during Evelyn’s illness.

Published in Citizens’ Voice on May 1, 2012

Tony Hyder / Physics

Tony Hyder’s sister died February 21, 2012.  Tony is a professor in the Department of PhysicsCollege of Science
Reposted from the Montgomery Advertiser
Frances Ann Campbell, age 77, died on February 21, 2012 at John Knox Manor II after a long illness. “Annie” was born on December 20, 1934, to the late Anthony K. Hyder, Sr., and Mary Ann Arban Hyder of Montgomery. Ann, a lifelong resident of Montgomery, was preceded in death by her husband, Luther E. Campbell, Jr. and a brother, Charles. Survivors include her brother, Anthony K. Hyder of South Bend, Indiana, nephews Christopher K. Hyder (Laura) of Wyncote, Pennsylvania, and Joseph A. Hyder (Kathryn) of Rochester, Minnesota, and nieces Kathryn A. Lindstrom (Peter) of Malvern, Pennsylvania, and Mary E. Swartz (James) of Atlanta, Georgia. She is also survived by seven great nephews and six great nieces. She was a graduate of St. Mary of Loretto in Montgomery as well as the School of Nursing at St. Joseph’s Infirmary in Atlanta. Ann served as a Registered Nurse for 35 years in the Montgomery area, primarily at Jackson’s Hospital. She will be remembered by all who knew her for her irrepressible sense of humor and easy manner. She will also be remembered and loved by the many patients whose lives she touched as a nurse.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to:
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Memorial Mass is Tuesday 1/24/2012 8 pm

Message from Fr. Jenkins –

A night 20 years ago, January 24, 1992, stands as a very sad day in Notre Dame’s history.

Shortly after midnight in the midst of a heavy snowstorm, a bus bringing the Irish women’s swimming team back to campus from a meet at Northwestern slid off the Indiana Toll Road and rolled over. Meghan Beeler from Granger, Indiana, and Colleen Hipp from St. Louis, both freshmen, lost their lives in the accident. Many of the other swimmers, coaches and staff were injured, including Haley Scott, also a freshman, who was paralyzed for more than a week.

Some 18 hours after the accident, the Notre Dame community assembled for Mass in the Basilica to mourn and pray. Now, I invite you to gather again in the Basilica at 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, the 20th anniversary of the accident, for a Mass in memory of Meghan and Colleen, in thanksgiving for healing, and in appreciation to members of the Notre Dame and South Bend communities who responded to the accident that night and onward.

Please join us on Tuesday as we gather to remember and pray.

Sister Jean Lenz, O.S.F.

*** Update ***

A Mass of Remembrance will be held at Notre Dame in memory of Sister Lenz on Feb. 6 (Monday) at 5:15 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., University president, will preside.

Visitation will be held Jan. 25 (Wednesday) from 2 to 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Angels Retirement Home, 1201 Wyoming Ave., Joliet, Ill., followed by a funeral Mass at 7 p.m. Burial will be Jan. 26 (Thursday) at 9 a.m. in Resurrection Cemetery, 200 W. Romeo Rd., Romeoville, Ill.


Sister Jean Lenz, O.S.F., former assistant vice president for student affairs at the University of Notre Dame, died this morning (Jan. 21) at Our Lady of the Angels Retirement Home in Joliet, Ill., after a long illness. She was 81 years old.

A Chicago native and a Franciscan sister of the Congregation of the Third Order of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, Sister Lenz, who earned a master’s degree from Notre Dame in 1967, was among the first women rectors on campus following the University’s transition to coeducation in 1972 after 130 years as an all-male institution.

As an administrator, teacher, mentor and alumna of the University, Sister Jean shaped and shared the experience of its first generation of women. “When I first came to campus, I had planned to assist Notre Dame’s first women for a year or two,” she said when she retired three years ago. “I’m surprised, delighted and grateful that those years turned into 36 years of wonderful ministry.”


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