Sister Obituaries 2019

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Sister Vanna Rauth, OPSister Vanna Rauth, OPSister Vanna Rauth, OP, died July 5, 2019. Professed in 1943, she taught music in the following schools: St. Raphael, Madison, WI; Holy Angels, Omaha, NE; St. James, Rockford, IL; St. Gall, Milwaukee, WI; St. Joseph, Baraboo, WI; Annunciation, Green Bay, WI; St. James, Ventnor, NJ; Blessed Sacrament, Sioux City, IA; St. Patrick, Ottawa, IL; and All Saint, Los Angeles. Sr. Vanna ministered as a hospital chaplain at St. Mary Hospital, Pierre, SD; Connecticut Valley Hospital, Middletown, CT; St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago, IN; and Providence Hospital, Sandusky, OH. She served as liturgy coordinator and pastoral minister at Our Lady of Refuge Parish, Bronx, NY, and seamstress at the motherhouse, Sinsinawa, WI, and St. Dominic Villa, both Dubuque, IA, and Hazel Green, WI. At one time, she taught piano to elementary students at Holy Family Center and ministered as chaplain at the Health Center, both Apalachicola, FL. Sr. Vanna wrote in her autobiography that “musical ability was her talent, but that serving the sick was her gift.” May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Jeanette (Guinevere) Landuyt, OPSister Jeanette (Guinevere) Landuyt, OPSister Jeanette (Guinevere) Landuyt, OP, died July 3, 2019. Professed in 1950, she taught in the following schools: St. Albert the Great, Minneapolis; Visitation, Chicago; Holy Rosary, Minneapolis; and St. Mary, Freeport, IL. Sr. Jeanette served as principal at St. Thomas, Chickasaw, AL; Incarnation, Minneapolis, where she also served as assistant principal; and St. John Vianney, Spokane, WA. She shared her knowledge of education working with diocesan Offices of Education as assistant superintendent for the Diocese of Madison (WI), education consultant for the Diocese of Green Bay (WI), associate superintendent for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph ((MO), and director of personnel and curriculum for the Diocese of Rockford (IL). Sr. Jeanette served as director of personnel for the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation while living in River Forest, IL; as a family caregiver in Peoria, IL; and as supervisor of student teachers at Dominican University, River Forest, IL. She devoted time to study and research as well as volunteering with seniors learning computer skills in Peoria, IL, and in the Archives at the motherhouse, Sinsinawa, WI. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Joan (Victoriana) Pardell, OPSister Joan (Victoriana) Pardell, OPSister Joan (Victoriana) Pardell, OP, died June 4, 2019. Professed in 1953, she taught in the following schools: St. Rose, Cuba City, WI; St. Mary, Dixon, IL; St. Thomas Aquinas, Milwaukee; and Our Lady of Mercy, Bronx, NY. Sr. Joan ministered as principal at St. Mary, Portage, WI; St. Joseph, Baraboo, WI; and St. Patrick, Ottawa, IL. In Ottawa, she also served as pastoral minister at St. Patrick Parish and St. Mary Parish. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Jeremiah Farrell, OPSister Jeremiah Farrell, OPSister Jeremiah Farrell, OP, died May 8, 2019. Professed in 1954, she taught in the following schools: St. Basil, Chicago; Blessed Sacrament, Madison, WI; Annunciation, Green Bay, WI; Blessed Sacrament, Sioux City, IA; St. Joseph, Dubuque, IA; Dominican, Whitefish Bay, WI; Bethlehem Academy, Faribault, MN; Regina, Minneapolis; and Queen of Peace, Burbank, IL. Sr. Jeremiah served at St. Dominic Villa, Dubuque, IA, in the culinary arts and as activity director and at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, in the transportation department. She ministered as kitchen manager at Christ House, Washington, DC, and adult education director and teacher at Marillac Social Center, Chicago. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Kathleen (Janetta) Loughrin, OPSister Kathleen (Janetta) Loughrin, OPSister Kathleen (Janetta) Loughrin, OP, died April 29, 2019. Professed in 1963, she dedicated herself to the education of students in the Madison (WI) Diocese, serving as teacher and principal. She taught at Blessed Sacrament, Madison, and served as principal at Sacred Heart, Reedsburg, and St. John Vianney, Janesville. Sister Kathleen devoted 27 years to St. James School, Madison, as teacher for three years and then as principal until her last two years when she served as administrator and all-around assistant. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Patricia Ann “Pam” (Marie Job) Miller, OPSister Patricia Ann “Pam” (Marie Job) Miller, OP, died April 25, 2019. Professed in 1967, she taught in the following schools: Regina, Minneapolis; Trinity, River Forest, IL; and Bethlehem Academy, Faribault, MN. Sr. Pam served as pastoral minister and led the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program at St. Matthew Parish, Kalispell, MT. She lived in the Alaska interior, ministering as pastoral administrator in bush villages along the Yukon River with Athabascan Native people and serving railbelt towns along the Nenana River at St. Theresa Parish, Nenana; Holy Mary of Guadalupe Parish, Healy; and the Air Force Early Warning Radar Base, Clear, as well as serving as an itinerant preacher along the coast near Cordova. Sr. Pam served the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation as a member of the Western Province leadership team, during which time she helped welcome the Spokane Dominicans as they merged with the Sinsinawa Dominicans. She taught at Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR, developing the first online courses and programs that served the needs of adult working students. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Elaine (Genevieve) Robbins, OPSister Elaine (Genevieve) Robbins, OPSister Elaine (Genevieve) Robbins, OP, died April 5, 2019. Professed in 1956, she taught in the following schools: Visitation, Chicago; Annunciation, Minneapolis; St. John, Milwaukee; St. Thomas of Villanova, Palatine, IL; Most Pure Heart of Mary, Mobile, AL; Father Benedict Justice, Kansas City, MO, where she also served as principal; and St. Rose of Lima, Baltimore, MD. Sr. Elaine ministered as secretary at Edgewood College, Madison, WI, and as director of religious education at Holy Family Parish and St. Patrick Parish, both Apalachicola, FL, and at Our Lady of Miraculous Medal, Matlacha, FL, where she also served in evangelization. She cofounded the African Caribbean American Catholic Center (AFCAAM) and later began St. Peter Claver Mission, both Fort Myers, FL. Sr. Elaine served as a tutor and mentor at Martin House, Apalachicola, FL. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Mary Kay (Marie Bernarde) Connell, OPSister Mary Kay (Marie Bernarde) Connell, OPSister Mary Kay (Marie Bernarde) Connell, OP, died March 29, 2019. Professed in 1959, she taught in the following schools: St. John Cathedral, Milwaukee; Bethlehem Academy, Faribault, MN; and Visitation, Chicago. She served as pastoral minister at Dolores Parish, Austin, TX; St. Joseph Parish, Elgin, IL, where she also coordinated the religious education program; and St. Mary Parish, Woodstock, IL. Sr. Mary Katherine ministered as religious education coordinator at Holy Rosary Parish, San Antonio, TX; guidance counselor at San Antonio Children’s Center, San Antonio, TX; in general service at St. Mary Parish, St. Louis, MO; and as receptionist at Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis. She ministered as a caregiver in the Schaumburg, IL, area and at Maryville Academy sites in Bartlett, IL, and Des Plaines, IL, as a youth care worker, receptionist, and switchboard operator as well as in the Archives. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Mary Kennan Kudlacz, OPSister Mary Kennan Kudlacz, OPSister Mary Kennan Kudlacz, OP, died Feb. 25, 2019. Professed in 1953, she taught in the following schools: St. Brendan, Chicago, where she also served as principal; Nativity BVM, Menominee, IL; Visitation, Chicago; Rosary, Oklahoma City, OK; St. Gall, Milwaukee; and St. Sabina, Chicago. She served as assistant principal at All Saints, Los Angeles; pastoral minister at St. Paul Parish, Winnemucca, NV, and Annunciation Parish, Albuquerque, NM; and chaplain at St. Joseph Medical Center, Stockton, CA, and St. Joseph Northeast Heights Hospital, Albuquerque, NM. Sr. Mary Kennan also ministered in Albuquerque as vice president for mission and ethics at St. Joseph Hospital/Lovelace Sandia Health System and as volunteer at Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, St. Joseph Foundation, and Holy Ghost Catholic School as pastoral counselor. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Jean (Meredith) Murray, OP,Sister Jean (Meredith) Murray, OP,Sister Jean (Meredith) Murray, OP, died Feb. 14, 2019. Professed in 1952, she taught at Edgewood High School, Madison, WI, and St. Clara Academy, Sinsinawa, WI, before dedicating 52 years to Rosary College/Dominican University, River Forest, IL. There, Sr. Jean taught French and other foreign languages; worked with students at and later directed the Rosary-in-Fribourg Program, Switzerland; and ministered as the president. She served the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation as provincial councillor for the Southeast Province. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Marise Barry, OPSister Marise Barry, OPSister Marise Barry, OP, died Feb. 6, 2019. Professed in 1951, she taught in the following schools: St. Bernard, Peoria, IL; St. Rose, Milwaukee; St. Mary, Muncie, IN; Edgewood Campus, Madison, WI; Immaculate Conception, Chicago; and Most Pure Heart of Mary, Mobile, AL. Sr. Marise ministered as principal at Corpus Christi, New York, and provided social services at Sacred Heart Parish, Washington, DC, and DePorres Health Center, Marks, MS. She was a clinical therapist at Sinnissippi Mental Health Clinic, Dixon, IL; the provincial for the Eastern Province of the Sinsinawa Dominicans Congregation while living in River Forest, IL; and a school counselor at Catholic Social Services, Fall River, MA. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Patricia (Jarett) Henschel, OPSister Patricia (Jarett) Henschel, OPSister Patricia (Jarett) Henschel, OP, died Jan. 24, 2019. Professed in 1951, she taught in the following schools: Little Flower School at St. Mary Parish (now Mary Queen of Peace Parish), Billings, MT; Holy Rosary, Minneapolis; Annunciation, Green Bay; St. Sabina, Chicago; and St. Mary, Dixon, IL, where she also served as principal. Sr. Pat ministered as principal at St. Edmund School, Oak Park, IL, and assistant professor of education at Rosary College (now Dominican University), River Forest, IL. She served in educational administration as director of curriculum, staff development coordinator, and associate superintendent of Catholic schools, all for the Sacramento Diocesan Office of Education, Sacramento, CA; as secretary of education and director of faculties at Sacramento Waldorf School, Fair Oaks, CA; and as director of curriculum at Holy Family School, Citrus Heights, CA. Sr. Pat ministered as assistant prioress of St. Dominic Villa, Hazel Green, WI. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Alyce (Stellan) Kelly, OPSister Alyce (Stellan) Kelly, OPSister Alyce (Stellan) Kelly, OP, died Jan. 24, 2019. Professed in 1953, she taught in the following schools: St. Rose, Milwaukee; St. Anne, Wausau, WI; and Immaculate Conception, Chicago, where she also coordinated the religious curriculum. Sr. Alyce served as the director of religious education at Queen of Peace Parish, Madison, WI, and as a family caregiver in Honolulu. She ministered as a pastoral associate and the parish administrator at St. Patrick Parish, Rockford, IL, and volunteered teaching English as a second language and reading to people with sight impairments. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Marielle Schmitt, OPSister Marielle Schmitt, OPSister Marielle Schmitt, OP, died Jan. 15, 2019. Professed in 1938, she taught in the following schools: St. Dominic, Washington, DC; Annunciation, Minneapolis; St. Luke, River Forest, IL; Our Lady of Mercy, Bronx, NY; St. Joseph the Worker, Dubuque, IA; Blessed Sacrament, Sioux City, IA; Holy Name, Kansas City, MO; and St. Mary, Dixon, IL. She served as librarian at St. Giles, Oak Park, IL, and Edgewood Campus School, Madison, WI, and in pastoral care at Holy Rosary Parish, Minneapolis, and St. Dominic Villa, Dubuque, IA. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Tanya Williams, OPSister Tanya Williams, OP, died Jan. 9, 2019. Professed in 2007, she ministered as emergency support staff at St. Francis Center, Redwood City, CA; a volunteer at Holy Rosary Parish, Minneapolis; volunteer coordinator at St. Peter Claver Parish, Minneapolis; as a counselor at Hennepin County Adult Corrections Facility, Minneapolis; and as an employment services manager at Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners, Plymouth, MN. Sr. Tanya enjoyed sharing her musical talents on the clarinet. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Mary (Muritta) Hemeyer, OPSister Mary (Muritta) Hemeyer, OPSister Mary (Muritta) Hemeyer, OP, died Jan. 7, 2019. Professed in 1950, she taught in the following schools: Visitation, Chicago; St. Lawrence, Faribault, MN; St. Thomas, Kenosha, WI; St. Patrick, Madison, WI; St. Joseph, Sioux Falls, SD; and St. Mary, Cheyenne, WY. Sr. Mary served as curriculum librarian and receptionist at the Archdiocesan Office of Education for the St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese and as secretary at Holy Rosary School, Minneapolis; Trinity High School, River Forest, IL; and the Office of Development for the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation, Sinsinawa, WI. She also shared her sewing and driving skills with the Congregation. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

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