Tuesday, June 3, 2003, page 62
Joan Termini, 68; managed firm
that published Catholic texts
by Lucio Guerrero
For a full generation, Joan Termini was a major resource person for millions of the country's Roman Catholics.
worked for many years as the general manager of the South-Holland-
based American Catholic Press, which publishes the hymnbooks and missals
found in many Catholic Churches throughout the United States.
hard work made sure that the books went to parishioners at
churches. She made sure missals reached Catholics who couldn't get
to church because of health reasons. In this ministry, she kept
up regular contact with communication personnel in Catholic dioceses
across the country.
"She was a great person, with much energy and genuine dedication to the
Catholic Church," said Rev. Michael Gilligan, who knew Joan Termini
since the late l970s.
Termini died Thursday of congestive heart failure
and severe infection, called sepsis, at South Suburban Hospital in
Hazel Crest. She was 68.
Mrs. Termini was raised at Chicago's Angel Guardian Orphanage, after
her mother died when she was 4 years old. With her
grandmother, her father raised her and her siblings for a time; but
the little girl was placed in the orphanage when her father left to
join the Army.
She attended Immaculata High School and graduated from Angel
Guardian Orphanage. She then spent two years with the
Missionary Sisters of Africa (the "White Sisters"). She cut
her studies short, however, and did not take her final vows to
become a religious sister.
After attending Mundelein College, Joan began work as a secretary at
St. Joseph Cemetery. It was during her commute to work that
he met her husband-to-be, Frank Termini. They met outside a
grocery store that his family owned, just east
of Elmwood Park, in Chicago. In 1955, the two married
and then moved to Chicago Heights.
As time went on, she and Frank raised nine children, all in the same
house on Normandy Drive. The children's upbringing and
education were the parents' first concern, for many
In the 1960s, she operated her own business, a
lettershop, AT Services; she also worked for Shepherd Printers
in Chicago Heights. During this time, she also worked for the
local vicariate, a grouping of parishes in the southern suburbs of the
Archdiocese of Chicago, under the direction of the late Father Raymond
Nugent. She also worked in the religious education program in her
local Catholic parish.
In the 1970s, she began work for American Catholic
Press. She was happy to take on many responsibilities, such as
typesetting, copy preparation, and management. In all
this work, she found personal fulfillment, as well as success in
"As a young adult, she said that she wanted to make Christ known;
in her work, she fulfilled that mission," Father Gilligan
said. "She was a valued friend and colleague to many and will be
missed by all of us."
Termini is survived by her husband, Frank; four daughters, Wendy
Loggins, Francine Poliandri, Marian Collins and Tara; five sons,
Raymond, Frank, Philip, Joseph and John; two sisters, Marilyn Johnson
and Marion Ferro; and a brother, Joseph McMahon.
Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. today at San Rocco Oratory, 315 E. 22nd
St., Chicago Heights. Burial will be in Abraham Lincoln National
Cemetery in Elwood.