|Father Stephen J. Wolan
Father Stephen J. Wolan, retired pastor, died
Thursday, Dec. 11 , at Wheeling Hospital. He was 71. He was
born Dec. 11, 1926, in Stara Wies, Poland, son of the late Stanley and
Katarzyna (Szuba) Wolan.
Father Wolan was ordained on May 24, 1958, at
St. Peter Catholic Church in Fairmont by the late Bishop Thomas J. McDonnell.
He served at St. John Parish in Benwood in 1958, and then as associate
pastor at St. Margaret Mary Church in Parkersburg from 1958 until 1961.
In 1961, he became associate pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in
Clarksburg. He served as pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Fairmont;
St. Ann Parish in Shinnston; St. Francis de Sales Parish in Beckley; Christ
the King Parish in Dunbar; St. Francis of Assisi Parish in St. Albans;
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Logan, and Sacred Heart of Mary Parish
Father Wolan retired on Nov. 15, 1992, and served
as chaplain of the Knights of Columbus Carroll Council No. 504, Wheeling,
and as chaplain for the Welty Home of Wheeling. He was a member of the
Knights of Columbus Golf Club and a member of St. Michael's Funeral Choir
in Wheeling. Surviving is a brother, Ignacy Wolan, S.J., of Poland; a sister,
Mrs. Frank (Stacy) Kogut of Wheeling; an uncle and an aunt in Poland, and
numerous cousins. Funeral liturgy with Mass was celebrated Monday, Dec.
15, at St. Joseph Cathedral in Wheeling, with Bishop Bernard W. Schmitt
Brother Noah A. Kacur
Brother Noah A. Kacur, of the Jesuit Community
at Wheeling Jesuit University, died Saturday, Nov. 15 , in
the St. Isaac Joges Jesuit Community in Rapid City, S.D. He was 85. He
was born May 26, 1912, in Uniontown, Pa., the son of the late Stephen and
Anna Sauers Kacur.
He survived WW II campaigns in North Africa and
Italy. He entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) on July 30, 1953.
Kacur served as missionary to the Sioux at Holy Rosary Mission in Pine
Ridge, S.D., for over 20 years. He then became the pastoral associate at
the Church of the Nativity in Wayne for five years, until he became a minister
with the Jesuit Community at Wheeling Jesuit University in 1994, a position
he held until his death. Funeral liturgy with Mass was celebrated at the
Chapel of Mary and Joseph at Wheeling Jesuit University with Father Joseph
Haden, S.J., as celebrant. Memorial contributions may be made to Red Cloud
Indian School, Pine Ridge, SD 57770.
Catherine K. McGinnis
Catherine Kapnicky McGinnis, 95, of Morgantown,
died Saturday, Nov. 8 , at Madison Rehabilitation and Nursing
Center. Mrs. McGinnis was born in Lambert, Pa., on June 16, 1902, the daughter
of the late Steven and Catherine Valent Varnak. She was a member of St.
Mary Parish in Morgantown. She served as postmaster for 22 years in Jere.
She was an active member of many Catholic organizations,
and in 1987 received an Apostolic Blessing from Pope John Paul II for her
work of 25 years as a member of the board of directors of the Diocesan
Council of Catholic Women. She also served the Catholic Daughters of the
Americas and the National Council of Catholic Women. She inaugurated a
Home Hospitality for students from abroad, was a member of the diocesan
Pastoral Council, the Administrative Board of Review and St. Theresa's
Parish Council in Morgantown.
Mrs. McGinnis is survived by three sons, one
sister, one brother, five step-daughters, 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren
and 27 step-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A Mass
of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mary's Tuesday, Nov. 11.
Mino R. D'Aurora
Mino R. D'Aurora, 88, died Sunday, Nov. 23 .
Born Aug. 12, 1909, in Pettorano Sul Gizio, Italy, Mr. D'Aurora was the
son of the late Giovino and Maria (DeStefano) D'Aurora. He was a lifelong
member of St. Anthony Parish in Follansbee, a fourth degree member of the
Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society.
Mr. D'Aurora was employed at Follansbee Steel
Corporation in Follansbee for 35 years, then worked for 12 years for the
Titanium Metals Corporation of America in Toronto, Ohio, until his retirement.
Mr. D'Aurora was a Past Worthy President of Eagles;
and a member of the following organizations: LOOM; Sons of Italy; Garibaldi
Club; Theta Chi Alpha Fraternity; Knights of St. George; Knights of St.
Anthony; Cedar Lodge; Follansbee City Council, and a former deputy assessor
of Brooke County. He was elected to the W.Va. House of Delegates from Brooke
County, 1958-73, and was appointed to the Committees on Finance; Health
and Welfare (vice chair), Industry and Labor, and Aging.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov.
26 at St. Anthony Parish in Follansbee.
Sr. Mary Dorothy Galbreath, S.A.C.
Sister Mary Dorothy Galbreath, S.A.C., a member
of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters, died on March 29  at
St. Mary's Convent Infirmary in Huntington after a long illness. She was
88. Sister Dorothy served as a missionary in Belize, Central America, for
29 years until 1961. After returning to the United States in 1961, she
worked in schools in Maryland, Michigan and West Virginia. She worked as
a pastoral care visitor at St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington from 1984-91,
when she retired.