Funeral Mass held for Sister Julissa Duggan

Sister Julissa Duggan, BVM, 95, died Nov. 28, at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa. Burial was in Mount Carmel cemetery.

In the Diocese of Knoxville, Sister Julissa taught elementary school at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Chattanooga. She also taught elementary school and was principal and superior in Davenport, Muscatine, Cedar Falls and Cascade, Iowa; Tucson, Ariz.; Clarksdale, Miss.; and Chicago.

She was born in South Garryowen, Iowa, on June 9, 1919, and entered the BVM congregation from St. Raphael Cathedral Parish in Dubuque on Sept. 8, 1937. She professed first vows on March 19, 1940, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1945.

She served with the Sisters of Charity BVM for 77 years.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52003, or online at


Funeral services held for Brother Ronald

Robert Irving Ruberg (Brother Ronald) died Jan. 11 at age 99.  He was a member of the Alexian Brothers Congregation living at Alexian Health and Rehab Center in Signal Mountain.

Brother Ronald was born Feb. 25, 1915, in Anderson, Ind.

Brother Ronald entered the Alexian Brothers in Signal Mountain on April 12, 1947, and pronounced his life commitment in the congregation on Dec. 8, 1954. He lived 68 years in the religious life as an Alexian Brother.

Brother Ronald, who served in both provincial leadership and administrative roles at Alexian Brothers Ministries in Illinois, New Jersey, Missouri and Tennessee, received a funeral Mass on Jan. 16, with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery.


Father Angelo Joseph Nobile dies at age 86

Father Angelo Joseph Nobile, passed away on Dec. 24 at age 86. He resided at Deerfield Beach, Fla.

He was a priest in Tennessee for many years and moved to Florida following his retirement, where he continued to serve as an associate priest.

Father Nobile graduated from Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga and Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Cincinnati. He recently celebrated 60 years in the ministry.

A funeral Mass was held on Dec. 30 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Chattanooga, with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

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