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Donald Houde | Death notice |


BOURBONNAIS – Bro. Donald Houde, 91 years old, CSV, Viatorian brother for 69 years, and from Bourbonnais and the Kankakee region, died on Wednesday September 29, 2021.

He was born on October 5, 1929, in Bourbonnais, son of Albert and Claire (Mercer) Houde. He grew up attending St. Patrick’s Church in Kankakee.

His parents preceded him in death; and her sisters, Emily Malooly and Marilyn Houde.

Survivor are his brother, Adrien (Bud) Houde; her sister, Marlene Thompson; his niece, Cathy Bazzoni; and his nephews, Robert and Philip Grant.

He made his first vows on February 2, 1952, in Arlington Heights, and his final vows on February 2, 1955.

Donald graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in 1947 in Kankakee. He took undergraduate courses at the Ray Vogue School of Interior Design and the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa, before earning a BA and MA in English from DePaul University.

He began his ministry serving as provincial secretary from 1953 to 1958 before embarking on a 40-year career in education. His first teaching post was the longest, serving at the former Spalding Institute from 1957 to 1967. He would return in 1970 to serve two years as director. Subsequent assignments included teaching at Ampleforth College in York, England, and Bishop Griffin High School in Springfield.

He was principal of Alleman High School in Rock Island and Spalding, before leading Saint Viator High School from 1972 to 1979. He then brought his creative vision of education to the Catholic Schools office in the Archdiocese of Chicago, as director of the study program. and administrative cases from 1979 to 1998.

Retired, Br. Houde volunteered at St. Josephat Parish in Chicago, before moving to the Viatorian Province Center in 2012.

Visitations will be from Tuesday, October 5 at 10 a.m. until Christian Burial Mass at 11 a.m. at the Viatorian Province Center, 1212 E. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. Interment will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.

Those planning to attend should be vaccinated and wear a mask to protect senior Viatorian residents.

Memories can be made to the Clercs de Saint-Viateur.

Funeral arrangements are provided by Lauterburg – Oehler Funeral Home in Arlington Heights, phone 847-253-5423.

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