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PAGE 1 2 THE GUARDIAN, JULY 18, 1969 Obituaries Requiems Offered for Three Recently Deceased Arkansans EDWARD J. PRUSS Marche CNLR) -- Ed- ward J. Pruss, aged 44, of The Immaculate Heart of Mary parish, Marche, an employee of the Missouri Pacific Shops, North Little Rock, died July 2, and was buried in the parish cemetery July 5 The largest attendance known here for funeral obsequies filled the church to overflowing for the Requim High Mass with Msgr. Thomas J. Prendergast, pastor, as celebrant. His Excellency Bishop Albert L Fletcher gave the Final Absolution and read the prayers at the grave. Several Benedictine Sisters from Jonesboro, headed by Moth- er Benedicta Boeckmann, O.S.B., and Sisters from St. Joseph's Or- phanage, North Little Rock, were present for the rites. Mr. Pruss was a native of Marche, a parish Warden, Living Rosary Sodality group leader, a member of Little Rock Council, Knights of Columbus, and a vet- eran of World War II Survivors are his mother, Mrs Angeline Niedzwiedz Pruss of Marche; three brothers, Max C and Joseph A. Pruss of Marche and August Pruss of North Little Rock, and a sister, Sister M. Julia, O.S.B. of Jonesboro. A rosary service was held at his home, Route 2, North Little Rock, the evening before the funeral. Pallbearers were Fred Pruss, Filipinos Like New Nuns in Old Habits" Philadelphia (NC) -- A mission- cry bishop from Philadelphia who has worked in the Philippines more than 30 years reported people of his mission area like "renewed nuns in traditional habits." Bishop Francis Mcsorley, O.M.L, of the Join vicariate apostolic, a predominantly Mos- lem area in the southern Phil- ippines, related on a visit here that five Medical Mission Sisters in his area reported their congre- gation had approved making the religious habit optional. "They asked my permission to wear forms of dress other than the traditional habit," Bishop Mc- Sorley said, "and I told them, 'You don't need my permission, but why don't you ask the people what they want. After all, your renewal is designed to permit you to relate better to them.' " Within a few days, the bishop said, the Sisters reported thepeo- pie had voted unanimously for re- taining the traditional habit. "Now," Bishop Mcsorley said, "the Medical Mission Sisters wear their habit in their normal work and change to a uniform skirt- and-blouse combination for special visits to neighboring islands where they must wade ashore over coral reefs. In that way, the traditional habit does not get in their way on difficult assignments and it actually helps them to relate better to the people they serve in their normal work." "Sometimes," Bishop McSorley said, "we say we're doing what the people want when we haven't even asked them." Floyd Pruss, Frank Pruss, Max Pruss, Jr., John Pruss, and An- thony Pruss, all nephews. Healy and Roth funeral directors were in charge. PFC JACKIE GILKER Fort Smith -- A Requiem Mass was held July 9 in Immaculate Conception Church here for PFC John Victor "Jackie" Gilker, who died June 24 in Quang Tri Pro- vince, South Vietnam. The Rev. James R. Savary, as- sistant pastor of St. Mary's Church, Hot Springs, officiated at the Mass Msgr. William E. Gal- via, V.F., pastor of Immaculate Conception, preached the homily. Present in the sanctuary were The Ray. Maurus Gerke, O.S.B., pas- tor of St. Boniface; The Ray. Stephen Eckart, O.S.B, of New Subiaco Abbey; The Rev. James E. Mancini, assistant pastor of Immaculate Conception; The Ray. Justin Howard, assistant pastor of Christ the King; and The Rev Lawrence P. Courtwright Graveside services in Holy Cross Cemetery, with full mili- tary honors, were in charge of The Rev. Edward J. McCormack, pastor of Christ the King Church. A Rosary service was held the evening preceding the funeral in Edwards Chapel with Monsignor Galvin officiating. Organist for the services was Gregory Picher. Altar boys were William McCann, Rickert Hog,, David Smith and Rick Burford. Young Gilker was a member of the U. S. Marine Corps. He grad- unfed from Christ the King and Southside schools. He was born in Fayetteville September 16, 1950, a son of Mr. and Mrs. James A Gilker. He made his home at No. 1 Free Ferry Heights Survivors besides his parents are five brothers, James A. III, Craig, Paul, Brian and Joey Gilker, and two sisters, Miss Mary Lou Gilker and Miss Phyllis Gilker, all of the home; and a maternal grandmother, Mrs. Alice Prevost of Fort Smith. Pallbearers were Lowery Al- ley, Clark Milligan, Tommy Van- ghn, Harry Mock, Waiter"Butch" Stouffer, Chuck Szendre, Doug Silmon and Jeff Brunnemeyer. Memorial funds have been es- tablished at Wheeler Avenue Boys' Club and the Immaculate Concep- t.ion School playground in PFC Gilker's name. II Seek Church-State Separation in Norway Oslo, Norway (NC) --Proposals for radical revision of current church-state relations would dis- soclate the government from the church in several major respects. The proposals are contained in a report just released by the Reform Commission of the Luth- eran State Church, avoluntary body headed by Bishop Fridtjov. The move toward removing many church administrative functions from the government is in line with a project in neighboring Sweden, where the League for Christian Unity is working for the separa- tion of the Lutheran Church from the government. The Lutheran Church there is also the state church. The reform commission here is composed of seven members, of whom four are laymen. Its pro- posals would require a revision of the 1814 constitution. kpostolic Delega0000 Pays Cou Visit to Presidel,i Nixon Washington (NC) -- Archbishop Luigi Raimondi, apostolic delegate in the United States, paid what he called "a courtesy visit" to the White House where he met for about half an hour with President Nixon. The prelate declined to comment on his visit. He merely shrugged his shoulders when he was asked if he and Mr. Nixon discussed the President's recent decision not to send a diplomatic envoy to Vatican City. Peter Flanlgan, a specialpresi- dential assistant, recently deliver- ed a message from President Nixon to Pope Paul VI in Vatican City, but contents of that message have not been disclosed. The Vatican press officer, Msgr. Fausto Vail- lainc, said "there is no indica- tion that Mr. Flanigan...mention- FOREST ed (the President's the Holy Father at the audience." When Nixon made his last week not to establish diplomatic relations with can, Ron L Ziegler, White press secretary, said the dent, however, does wish tain "close the Vatican and believes be done effectively "by high-level officials" to City from time to time. Ever Wo . .why so many ted moral arbiters claim for personal opinions regarding traception an infallibility to  even the Pope did not course? HEIGHTS 5606 'R' Street, Little Rock MO 66437 original paintings " prints * custom picture frames art materials H. T. CODDINGTON SHOPPING CENTER . . in the Heart of Holy Souls Parish. FREE PARKINGBFRIENDLY SERVICE . . . 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