Sister Obituaries

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Sister Rita Clare Kristoff, OP

Sister Rita Clare Kristoff, OP

Rita Clare Kristoff, OP, died May 11, 2024. Born as Patricia Anne, she first made profession with the School Sisters of St. Francis of Christ the King, Lemont, IL, in 1958. In 1966, she earned her BS in education from St. John College of Cleveland, OH. She transferred her vows to the Sinsinawa Dominicans in 1995. Sr. Rita Clare’s ministry was dedicated to elementary education. As a Franciscan Sister, she taught for 30 years working extensively with children with learning disabilities. In Pennsylvania, Sr. Rita Clare taught at St. Peter School, Steelton, and at St. Nicholas School and St. Ann School, both Millvale. In Ohio, she taught at St. Christine School, Euclid. Sr. Rita Clare taught in Wyoming at SS. Cyril and Methodius School, Rock Springs, and in Indiana at St. Joseph the Worker School, Gary. In Illinois, she taught at St. Stephen School and Sacred Heart School, both Chicago, and at St. Joseph School, Joliet. As a Dominican Sister, Sr. Rita Clare ministered in Illinois and taught at St. Thomas More School and St. Basil School and served as resource person and helped children with special needs at St. Thomas the Apostle School, all Chicago. She also served as catechist at Divine Infant Parish, Westchester. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Regine Pawelski, OP

Sister Regine Pawelski, OP

Sister Regine Pawelski, OP, died April 26, 2024. As Rose Pawelski, she worked at Hein Insurance Agency, Stevens Point, Wis., and then earned an RN degree and worked at St. Mary’s Hospital, Madison, WI. She then entered the congregation and made her profession in 1962 as Sr. Regine. Her ministry was dedicated to nursing, though she later earned a BS in religious studies. Sr. Regine served as RN at St. Dominic Villa, Dubuque, IA. In Wisconsin, she served as director of the health center for 11 years and as RN for 24 years at the Dominican Motherhouse, Sinsinawa. She also ministered at St. Luke Hospital, Milwaukee, and provided family care in Mosinee. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Elaine Ann Taylor, OP

Sister Elaine Ann Taylor, OP

Sister Elaine Ann (Bartholomew) Taylor, OP, died April 23, 2024. Professed in 1961, her ministry was dedicated to teaching the arts. In Minnesota, she was a teacher at Incarnation School in Minneapolis and at Consolidated Catholic Schools and Bethlehem Academy, both Faribault, where she also taught art. In Illinois, she taught art at St. Thomas Apostle School and St. Benedict High School, where she also taught religion, both in Chicago, and at Trinity High School, River Forest. Sr. Elaine also taught at Annunciation School, Green Bay, WI, and she taught art at St. Mary High School, Cheyenne, WY. In Florida, she ministered as a drama teacher at Rosarian Academy, West Palm Beach, and as religion and drama teacher at Sacred Heart School, Pinellas Park, and Academy of the Holy Names School, Tampa. She founded and directed the St. Petersburg Petite Little Theatre. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sr. Mary Lois Carey

Sr. Mary Lois Carey

Sister Mary Lois (Thomaselle) Carey, OP, died March 19, 2024. Professed in 1951, her ministry was dedicated to education and spiritual care. In Illinois, she was a teacher at St. Thomas the Apostle School and St. Sabina School, both Chicago. She was principal at Visitation School, Kewanee, and St. Thomas School, Peoria Heights. Sr. Mary Lois also served as principal at Our Lady of Refuge School, Bronx, NY. In Iowa, she taught at St. Joseph the Worker School, Dubuque. In Wisconsin, she taught at Queen of Peace School, Madison. In Oakland, CA, she taught at Bishop O’Dowd High School, was administrator and spiritual director at Spiritual Growth Center, and served as support staff at the School of Applied Theology. Sr. Mary Lois was also a volunteer at the Dominican Ashram, Adrian, MI, and assistant to the prioress at the Dominican Center, Spokane, WA. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Mary Ellen Gevelinger

Sister Mary Ellen Gevelinger

Sister Mary Ellen (Marie Alphonse) Gevelinger, OP, died March 13, 2024. Professed in 1963, her ministry was dedicated to education and administration. In Illinois, she taught at Queen of Peace High School, Burbank; and Trinity High School, River Forest. Sr. Mary Ellen ministered as dean of students at St. Thomas the Apostle High School and Unity Catholic High School, both Chicago. She was executive assistant to the president at Rosary College (now Dominican University), River Forest. In Minnesota, Sr. Mary Ellen taught at Bethlehem Academy, Faribault, and served as principal at Regina High School, Minneapolis. She was director of personnel and planning for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Office of Catholic Schools. In Wisconsin, Sister Mary Ellen taught at Newman High School, Wausau, and served as professor and later as president at Edgewood College, Madison. She also ministered as Vicaress (2000-2006) and then Prioress (2011-2016) of the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Mary Kent Pearson, OP

Sister Mary Kent Pearson, OP

Sister Mary Kent Pearson, OP, died Feb. 19, 2024. Professed in 1954, her ministry was dedicated to teaching, administration, religious education, and pastoral ministry. In Wisconsin, she was principal at St. John Vianney, Janesville; St. Dennis, Madison; and St. Jerome, Columbus. She taught at Sacred Heart, Reedsburg, and served at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, as director of property and as director of housekeeping. In Illinois, Sr. Mary Kent taught at St. Philip the Apostle, Northfield; St. Thomas the Apostle, Chicago; St. Sabina, Chicago; and Visitation, Kewanee. Elsewhere, she taught at St. Dominic, Denver, and at St. Albert the Great, Minneapolis. In Iowa, she served as assistant administrator at St. Dominic Villa, Dubuque; as associate pastor, pastoral minister, and coordinator of religious education at St. John the Baptist Parish, Peosta; and as pastoral minister at Holy Family Parish, Peosta. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Mary (Matthias) Toeckes, OP

Sister Mary (Matthias) Toeckes, OP

Sister Mary (Matthias) Toeckes, OP, died Feb. 14, 2024. She made profession with the Poor School Sisters of St. Dominic at Kettle Falls, WA, in 1958, who became the Dominican Sisters of Spokane in 1986 and merged with the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa in 1995. Her ministry has been dedicated to nursing and chaplaincy. Sr. Mary served as staff nurse at Holy Family Nursing Home, Spokane, WA, and nursing supervisor at Holy Family Hospital, Spokane, and Mount Carmel Hospital, Colville, WA. In Chewelah, WA, she served at St. Joseph Hospital as director of nursing; at Dominicare; and ministered at the hospital and Long Term Care as director of pastoral care and chaplain. Sr. Mary also served as director of pastoral care at Mt. Carmel Hospital, Colville, and director of nursing at Pondera County Hospital, Conrad, MT. She was a member of the elected leadership for the Dominican Sisters of Spokane, 1986-1995. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Mark O’Loughlin, OP

Sister Mark O’Loughlin, OP

Sister Mark O’Loughlin, OP, died Feb. 4, 2024. Professed in 1954, her ministry was dedicated to teaching, counseling, and social work. She taught in the following schools: St. Mary, Cheyenne, WY; St. Dominic, Washington, DC; Trinity, River Forest, IL; Newman, Wausau, WI; and Visitation Grade and High Schools, Chicago, where she was also counselor. Sr. Mark served as counselor at SS. Faith, Hope, and Charity School, Winnetka, IL; St. Viator High School, Arlington Heights, IL; and Weber High School, Chicago. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Ann (Caitlin) Willits, OP

Sister Ann (Caitlin) Willits, OP

Sister Ann (Caitlin) Willits, OP, died Jan. 26, 2024. Professed in 1958, her ministry was dedicated to teaching and preaching. Sr. Ann taught at Bethlehem Academy, Faribault, MN, and was a high school principal at O’Gorman, Sioux Falls, SD, and Regina, Minneapolis. She served on the Leadership Council of the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation from 1973 to 1982. Sr. Ann led retreats and parish missions all over the United States and abroad. She was codirector of the Parable Conference for Dominican Life and Mission for 21 years and an itinerant preacher for 20 years while she developed programs, retreats, and parish missions to address the needs of the contemporary Church and world. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Martha Mary Rohde

Sister Martha Mary Rohde

Sister Martha Mary (Alfonsa) Rohde, OP, died Jan. 23, 2024. Professed in 1966, her ministry has been dedicated to education. In Illinois, she taught at St. Thomas More School and at Immaculate Conception School, Chicago. In Wisconsin, Sister Martha Mary taught at St. Joseph, Baraboo, and served the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation as Motherhouse prioress and assisted living prioress at Sinsinawa Mound, Sinsinawa. In New Jersey, she ministered at St. James, Ventnor, as teacher and principal. In Florida, Sister Martha Mary taught at St. Andrew, Cape Coral, and then served as assistant principal. She also ministered at St. Michael Academy, Fernandina Beach, as teacher and then and as principal. She was currently serving as principal at Hope Rural School, Indiantown, since 2015. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Jeri (Mary de Paul) Cashman, OP

Sister Jeri (Mary de Paul) Cashman, OP

Sister Jeri (Mary de Paul) Cashman, OP, died Dec. 9, 2023. Professed in 1967, she taught at: St. Rose, Milwaukee, and Martin Luther King, Milwaukee. With the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Sister Jeri was part of a team who formed base Christian communities in the parish of San Rafael, Cochabamba, Bolivia, where she also served as special education teacher at Cochabamba Rehabilitation Center. Sister Jeri served as pastoral minister in the Diocese of Chilpancingo, Mexico, with a ministry team on behalf of the Archdiocese of Chicago, ministering with 23 communities in the parish of Santiago Apostol in Quechultenango. She was the justice and peace campus minister at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at the University of Minnesota Newman Center, Minneapolis. As a social worker, she worked with Latino families in Hennepin County (Minneapolis) and at the Family Enhancement Center to Prevent Abuse, Minneapolis. Sister Jeri served the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation as the advocate for life and mission. She was a staunch advocate for justice and peace. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Debra Mika, OP

Sister Debra Mika, OP

Sister Debra Mika, OP, died Nov. 6, 2023. Professed in 1973, she dedicated her ministries to healthcare and pastoral ministry. Sr. Debra served at St. Dominic Villa, Dubuque, IA, as a nurse, assistant head nurse, and member of the nurse management team. She was a pastoral minister at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, WI, where she also volunteered in the library. Her faithful ways to the Gospel were clear. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Mary Ellen (Marie Matthias) Werner, OP

Sister Mary Ellen (Marie Matthias) Werner, OP

Sister Mary Ellen (Marie Matthias) Werner, OP, died Nov. 5, 2023. Professed in 1948, she taught in the following schools: Annunciation, Minneapolis; Rosary, Oklahoma City, OK; and Resurrection, Minneapolis. She served as librarian and teacher at Central Catholic High School, Anaconda, MT; Freeport Aquin High School, Freeport, IL; and O’Gorman High School, Sioux Falls, SD. Sr. Mary Ellen ministered as parish visitor at St. Agnes Parish, Vermillion, SD, and St. Joseph Parish, Sioux Falls, SD; as pastoral associate at St. Albert the Great Parish, Minneapolis, and St. Mary Parish, Appleton, WI; and in pastoral care at St. Nicholas Hospital, Sheboygan, WI. Also in Sheboygan, she served in family care and volunteered in the library at Holy Family School. Sr. Mary Ellen was known for her gracious hospitality, her dry wit, and her faithful and tenderhearted ways. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Frances Consuelo Ibarley, OP

Sister Frances Consuelo Ibarley, OP

Sister Frances Consuelo (Maria Consuelo) Ibarley, OP, died Oct. 28, 2023. Professed in 1962, she taught for 34 years and was a teaching assistant for three years. Sr. Frances Consuelo served as pastoral minister for two years at St. Dominic Villa, Dubuque, IA, and as a family caregiver for one year in Honolulu, HI. She taught in the following schools: Incarnation, Minneapolis; St. John Vianney, Spokane, WA; St. Thomas the Apostle, Chicago; St. Matthew, Milwaukee; St. Rose, Milwaukee; St. Anthony Zuni Indian School, Zuni, NM; and Blessed Trinity, Milwaukee. Sr. Frances Consuelo served as teaching assistant at Messmer Preparatory Catholic School, Milwaukee. In true Dominican style, she learned daily about her faith and the world, sharing the fruits of her contemplation and concerns for the welfare of Earth and those who inhabit it. May she rest in peace.  Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Dorothy Victor, OP

Sister Dorothy Victor, OP

Sister Dorothy (Rita Cascia) Victor, OP, died Oct. 28, 2023. Professed in 1950, she taught for 36 years and was principal for nine years. Sr. Dorothy spent seven years as a missionary in Cochabamba, Bolivia, teaching and supporting community. She taught in the following schools: St. Philip Benizi, Chicago; St. Mary, East Dubuque, IL; St. Mary, Champaign, IL; St. Jarlath, Chicago; St. Mary, Dixon, IL; St. Gall, Milwaukee; St. Thomas Aquinas, Milwaukee; St. Basil, Chicago; and St. Robert, Shorewood, WI. Sr. Dorothy was principal at Sacred Heart, Washington, DC, and recorded the convent annals in Whitefish Bay, WI. She lived her life helping where she saw a need, sharing her jovial spirit and dry sense of humor. Gratitude was frequently expressed. May she rest in peace.  Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Emeric Bauch, OP

Sister Emeric Bauch, OP

Sister Emeric Bauch, OP, died Sept. 21, 2023. Professed in 1950, she served as culinary artist at the following convents: St. Clara, Sinsinawa, WI; St. Matthew, Milwaukee; Bethlehem, Faribault, MN; St. Mary, Cheyenne, WY; St. Vincent Ferrer, River Forest, IL; St. Cecilia, Omaha, NE; Edgewood, Madison, WI; and Visitation, Chicago. She served as a nurse aide at St. Dominic Villa, Dubuque, IA, and as a licensed practical nurse there and at Providence Hospital, Columbia, SC. Sr. Emeric volunteered in the Columbia area; Atlanta, GA; and the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Rosalinda Soria, OP

Sister Rosalinda Soria, OP

Sister Rosalinda Soria, OP, died Aug. 29, 2023. Professed in 1968, she served as a licensed practical nurse at St. Dominic Villa, Dubuque, IA; the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, WI; Valley Nursing Home, Billings, MT; and St. Francis Home, Hoboken, NJ, where she was also a counselor. Sr. Rosalinda was a counselor and administrator at Good Counsel-Paraclete, Staten Island, NY; a nurse, counselor, and administrator at Holy Family Service, Weslaco, TX; and a counselor at Casa San Jose Catholic Charities, Grants, NM. She was a kind person and especially empathetic with those who suffered from long-term pain and chronic illness. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Mary (Mary Ania) Schlehuber, OP

Sister Mary (Mary Ania) Schlehuber, OP

Sister Mary (Mary Ania) Schlehuber, OP, died June 22, 2023. Professed in 1948, she taught in the following schools: St. Mary, Dixon, IL; St. Jarlath, Chicago; St. Vincent Ferrer, River Forest, IL; St. Mary, Portage, WI; St. Sabina, Chicago; Sacred Heart, Reedsburg, WI; St. Louis de Montfort, Oak Lawn, IL; and All Saints, Los Angeles. Sr. Mary ministered as chaplain at St. John’s Health Center, Santa Monica, CA, and volunteered there and St. Monica Parish, Santa Monica. She was warm and able to be present to the needs of those in front of her. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Mary Pat Marcos, OP

Sister Mary Pat Marcos, OP

Sister Mary Pat Marcos, OP, died June 11, 2023. As Patricia Zambriski, she served in the United States Air Force from 1943 to 1946, stationed in Florida and the Pentagon, where she held a top-secret position. She worked for United Artists Corporation, Milwaukee, for 12 years before entering religious life. Professed in 1962, Sr. Mary Pat taught at the following schools: St. Mary, Cheyenne, WY; St. Anne, Wausau, WI; Queen of Peace, Madison, WI; Epiphany, Chicago; St. Vincent Ferrer, River Forest, IL; Trinity, River Forest, IL; Bishop Lynch, Dallas, TX; and St. Leo, Oakland, CA. She served as support staff at Rosary College (now Dominican University), River Forest, IL; DePaul College, Chicago; Tepping Realty Co., Berkeley, CA; and in the dining room at St. Vincent de Paul, Oakland, CA. Sr. Mary Pat volunteered in the Oakland area at a public school, Mastick Senior Center, St. Paul Episcopal Church, and St. Vincent de Paul. She was direct, detailed, and benevolent and found great joy in serving others. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Therese (Michaelita) Maher, OP

Sister Therese (Michaelita) Maher, OP

Sister Therese (Michaelita) Maher, OP, died May 27, 2023. Professed in 1953, she taught and/or was the counselor in the following schools: St. John Cathedral, Milwaukee; St. Joseph, Sioux Falls, SD; Anaconda Central, Anaconda, MT; Bishop Lynch, Dallas; St. Mary Junior and Senior High Schools, Cheyenne, WY; and Bethlehem Academy, Faribault, MN. Sr. Therese served as purchasing agent and dietary assistant at St. Joseph Gerontology Center, Alliance, NE; assistant director at Discovery House, Anaconda, MT; mail and transportation staff member at St. Dominic Villa, Dubuque, IA; and attendance officer at St. Pius X High School, Atlanta. She ministered as pastoral assistant at Sacred Heart Parish, Texarkana, TX; visitor to the sick and aging at St. Mary Parish, Cheyenne, WY; and volunteer at Caritas Center, Spokane, WA. Sr. Therese reached out in faith to those around her. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Helen Glynn, OP

Sister Helen Glynn, OP

Sister Helen Glynn, OP, died May 16, 2023. Professed in 1969, she taught at St. Mary, Evanston, IL, and Trinity High School, River Forest, IL, before embarking on the first of three opportunities to live and minister with the people of Santa Cruz and Cochabamba, Bolivia, as support staff, licensed practical nurse, and pastoral agent providing family catechesis. Sr. Helen served as support staff at St. Dennis Parish, Madison, WI; in family care and as a nurse in the Chicago area; as pastoral associate and director of religious education at St. John the Baptist Parish, Joliet, IL; as pastoral associate at St. Michael Parish, Chicago; and then returned to teaching at Marist High School, Chicago. She shared her knowledge of theology with many. Her independent spirit, cheerful and engaging personality, and her search for truth were hallmarks of a life well lived. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Rosanna Gleason, OP

Sister Rosanna Gleason, OP

Sister Rosanna Gleason, OP, died April 21, 2023. Professed in 1953, she taught at Visitation, Chicago; St. Lawrence, Faribault, MN; and Sacred Heart, Rockwell, IA, before serving as principal at Sacred Heart, Rockwell; Blessed Sacrament, Sioux City, IA; and St. Rose, Cuba City, WI, where she also taught. Sr. Rosanna served the Southwest Province of the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation as education consultant and as provincial. She was pastoral minister at Nativity Parish, Dubuque, IA; St. Joseph Parish, Elkader, IA; Sacred Heart Parish, Volga, IA; and the Dominican Center, Spokane, WA, where she was also prioress. Sr. Rosanna tutored in area schools in Dubuque, IA, and served in pastoral care at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, WI. Throughout all her ministries, she provided tenderness and brought deep joy and abundant faith to all. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Rosa Rauth, OP

Sister Rosa Rauth, OP

Sister Rosa Rauth, OP, died April 21, 2023. Professed in 1950, she taught music and/or math in the following schools: St. Joseph Cathedral High School, Sioux Falls, SD; Holy Rosary, Oklahoma City, OK; St. Cecilia Grade and High Schools, Omaha, NE; Edgewood Campus and High Schools, both Madison, WI; Holy Trinity Grade School and Trinity High School, both Bloomington, IL; Bethlehem Academy, Faribault, MN; and Newman High School, Wausau, WI, where she was also registrar. Sr. Rosa taught liturgical music at Edgewood College, Madison, WI, and served as director of music ministry at St. Patrick Parish, Rockford, IL; piano teacher at St. Patrick School Rockford, IL; and in transportation at the Rockford convents for her fellow Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. She continued to share her musical gifts as piano teacher, organist, and accompanist at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, WI. Sister Rosa loved music to her core. She conducted countless choirs; held recitals; and integrated her vast skills in liturgical music, contemporary songs, and lively parodies. She was fun, kind, helpful, and always generous with her time. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Virginia (Agneta) Ripp, OP

Sister Virginia (Agneta) Ripp, OP

Sister Virginia (Agneta) Ripp, OP, died April 18, 2023. Professed in 1958, she taught in the following schools: St. Mary, Portage, WI; Trinity, River Forest, IL; Central Catholic, Bloomington, IL; and Bishop Gorman, Tyler, TX. Sr. Virginia served as the personal secretary to the Prioress of the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation and as an administrative assistant to the academic dean/vice president for academic affairs at Edgewood College, Madison, WI. At the Dominican Center for Women, Milwaukee, Sr. Virginia was assistant director, tutor, and clerical volunteer. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Mary Catherine (Mary Cronan) Perkins, OP

Sister Mary Catherine (Mary Cronan) Perkins, OP

Sister Mary Catherine (Mary Cronan) Perkins, OP, died April 16, 2023. Professed in 1954, she taught French and sometimes Spanish in the following high schools: Sacred Heart Academy, Washington, DC; Visitation, Chicago; St. Mary, Greenwich, CT; Wahlert, Dubuque, IA; and Edgewood, Madison, WI. Sr. Mary Catherine served as administrator of the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, before moving to Bend, OR, to minister with the Diocese of Baker as director of the ReNew program, with the adult faith formation program, and as superintendent of schools. She volunteered with Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers in Bend and with Holy Spirit Church, Schaumberg, IL., May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.