Sister Obituaries 2020 and 2021

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Sister Zita Simon, OPSister Zita Simon, OPSister Zita Simon, OP, died Jan. 5, 2021. Professed in 1965, she served in the laundry department and the culinary arts at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, WI, and in the culinary arts at St. Cecilia Convent, Omaha, NE, and Queen of Peace Convent, Burbank, IL. She then moved into the school classroom as teacher aide at St. Brendan, Chicago, and as teacher in the following schools: St. Richard, Omaha, NE; Holy Rosary, Oklahoma City, OK; Immaculate Conception, Tulsa, OK; St. Michael, South Sioux City, NE, where she was also principal; and St. Sabina, Chicago. Sr. Zita ventured north to Alaska and ministered in both pastoral care and as director of the Office of Ministry for the Diocese of Juneau and as pastoral minister and parish administrator at St. John by the Sea Parish, Klawock. She served as director of religious education and pastoral associate at Good Shepherd Parish, Madison, WI. Her lively banter and good fun as well as her listening ear and caring ways endeared her to many people. Sr. Zita lived zestfully. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Elizabeth (Julianne) Toohey, OPSister Elizabeth (Julianne) Toohey, OPSister Elizabeth (Julianne) Toohey, OP, died Jan. 3, 2021. Professed in 1956, she taught music at the following schools: St. Rose, Milwaukee; Pius XII Institute, Florence, Italy; St. Clara Academy, Sinsinawa, WI, where she was also liturgist; Visitation, Chicago; St. Basil, Chicago; St. Richard, Chicago; and Edgewood College and Edgewood Campus School, both Madison, WI. Sr. Elizabeth served as director of initial formation for the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa; secretary for the Office of Social Justice, Duluth, MN; and spiritual director, retreat director, and workshop presenter in Minneapolis and St. Paul. She founded the Spirituality Center and cofounded the spiritual director training program in Minneapolis. Sr. Elizabeth was a spiritual leader who was sensitive to the needs of others. She was compassionate, kind, intelligent, and joyful. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Margaret “Peggy” (Mary Leon) Glynn, OPSister Margaret “Peggy” (Mary Leon) Glynn, OPSister Margaret “Peggy” (Mary Leon) Glynn, OP, died Dec. 31, 2020. Professed in 1954, she taught in the following schools: Visitation, Chicago; St. Mark, Peoria, IL; Sts. Peter and Paul, Tulsa, OK; Annunciation, Minneapolis; St. Thomas the Apostle, Milwaukee; St. Thomas, Peoria Heights, IL; Sacred Heart, Reedsburg, WI; St. Joseph Cathedral, Sioux Falls, SD; St. Mary, Cheyenne, WY; St. Albert, Minneapolis; and Immaculate Conception, Fairbanks, AK, where she was also principal. Sr. Peggy served as director of religious education at St. John Parish, Galena, AK; and for the Diocese of Baker in Oregon. She ministered as pastoral administrator at St. Joseph Parish, Cordova, AK, and St. Patrick Parish, Vale, OR. Sr. Peggy was kind and shared her adventurous spirit through her life and ministries. She carried common-sense wisdom and was not afraid to ponder. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Nora Ryan, OP,Sister Nora Ryan, OP,Sister Nora Ryan, OP, died Dec. 22, 2020. Professed in 1953, she taught in the following schools: St. Bernard, Peoria, IL; St. Raphael, Madison, WI; St. Michael, South Sioux City, NE; St. James, Rockford, IL; Most Pure Heart of Mary, Mobile, AL. She served as principal at St. Martin de Porres School, Columbia, SC; pastoral associate at St. Patrick Parish, Apalachicola, FL, and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Atlanta, GA. Also in Atlanta, Sr. Nora ministered as chaplain at Grady Memorial Hospital; pastoral minister with the HIV/AIDS ministry for the Archdiocese of Atlanta; and volunteer tutor at International Community School. She was the sixth of 14 children. Her abilities to accept people where and as they were and provide hospitality were gifts she freely shared. Sr. Nora delighted in storytelling and a bit of mischief. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Catriona MacLeod, OP,Sister Catriona MacLeod, OP,Sister Catriona (Teresa Avila) MacLeod, OP, died Dec. 19, 2020. Professed in 1959, she dedicated her ministry to teaching and college administration as professor at Rosary College (now Dominican University), River Forest, IL; associate dean at Rosary College Graduate School of Fine Arts, Florence, Italy; president of Regina Mundi Pontifical Institute, Rome; associate professor at Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome; associate professor at Pontifical University of St. Thomas, Rome; adjunct professor at Aquinas Institute, Dubuque, IA; and professor and Philosophy and Religious Studies department chair at Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore. She was appointed by His Holiness Pope Paul VI as a member of the ad hoc Commission on the Role of Women in Church and Society (1973–1975) and as a Consultor of the Sacred Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes (1973–1979). Sr. Catriona served her Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa as assistant in the novitiate at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa; assistant in the Archives preparing and organizing papers for what became the Positio for advancing the Cause of Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP; and as general councilor for the leadership team, 1977–1982. She was a biblical scholar and linguist as well as a philosopher and ecumenist who promoted Jewish-Christian dialogue. Her questing spirit led her to travel, study, teach, and live all over the world. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Christiane Althaus, OPSister Christiane Althaus, OPSister Christiane Althaus, OP, died Dec. 14, 2020. Professed in 1954, she taught in the following schools: SS. Peter and Paul, Kingfisher, OK; St. Rose, Milwaukee; Sacred Heart, Faribault, MN; St. Gall, Milwaukee; St. Thomas the Apostle, Peoria Heights, IL; St. Brendan, Chicago; Immaculate Conception, Waukegan, IL; Faith, Hope, and Charity, Winnetka, IL; Most Pure Heart of Mary, Mobile, AL; and St. Joseph, Muskogee, OK. Sr. Christiane served in the Archives at the Motherhouse as staff and with the Mazzuchelli Collection as staff, curator, and volunteer. She devoted herself to those who wished to pray with the penance chain worn by Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP (1806-1864). Her research skills and knowledge of the collection promoted awareness of the life and works of Father Mazzuchelli. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Florence (Petra) Gavin, OPSister Florence (Petra) Gavin, OPSister Florence (Petra) Gavin, OP, died Dec. 8, 2020. Professed in 1950, she taught in the following schools: St. Richard, Chicago; St. Dominic, Washington, DC; St. Cecilia, Omaha, NE; Annunciation, Green Bay, WI; Visitation, Kewanee, IL; St. James, Rockford, IL; St. Sabina, Chicago; SS. Peter and Paul, Tulsa, OK; St. Richard, Omaha, NE; All Saints, Los Angeles; St. Robert, Shorewood, WI; Visitation, Chicago; Nativity BVM, Menominee, IL; St. Joseph, Tuskegee, AL; and St. Martin de Porres, Columbia, SC, as well as Cochabamba Normal School, Cochabamba, Bolivia. Sr. Florence served as director of religious education at St. Mary and St. Michael Parishes, Galena, IL; Annunciation Parish, Green Bay, WI; and St. Patrick and St. Mary Parishes, Dixon, IL. She ministered at St. Dominic Villa, Dubuque, IA, as a nurse aide, pastoral care person, and sacristan. She guided people who wanted to grow in their spiritual lives at Springbank Christian Center, Kingstree, SC; Oratory, Rock Hill, SC; St. Jude Parish, Sapphire Valley, NC; Our Lady of the Mountains, Highlands, NC; and Spiritual Life Center, Honolulu, HI. Sr. Florence ministered in pastoral care at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa; volunteered at St. Dominic Villa, Hazel Green, WI; and served as religious education volunteer at St. Philip the Apostle Parish, Somerville, TN. She was generous to all in her gentle attention to God's path as each life unfolded in her presence. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Joan (Deirdre) O’Shea, OPSister Joan (Deirdre) O’Shea, OPSister Joan (Deirdre) O’Shea, OP, died Dec. 7, 2020. Professed in 1950, she taught at Our Lady of Refuge, Bronx, NY; Annunciation, Green Bay, WI; and St. Barnabas, Chicago, before serving as principal and teacher at St. Joseph, Baraboo, WI. Sr. Joan dedicated 16 years to Rosary College/ Dominican University, River Forest, IL, as assistant professor, dean of students, promoter of Mission Integration, and faculty. She ministered as chaplain at St. Luke Hospital, Duluth, MN; chaplain director at St. Joseph Medical Center, South Bend, IN; and director of pastoral care at Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Sr. Joan served the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa Congregation as provincial for the Eastern Province. Her grace with people and her thoughtful exploration of questions endeared her to many. Sr. Joan’s natural empathy, prayerful wisdom, and healing presence were appreciated widely. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Esther Heffernan, OPSister Esther Heffernan, OPSister Esther Heffernan, OP, died Nov. 20, 2020. She became aware of poverty and inequality in the world as a child and worked for social justice her entire life. Professed in 1953, Sr. Esther taught at St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha, NE, before dedicating nearly 50 years as a professor in the social science department at Edgewood College, Madison, WI, where she was also department chair. She served as staff at St. John College, Cleveland, OH; provincial vicaress for the Southeast Province of the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation; and postdoctoral fellow at Catholic University, Washington, DC. Sr. Esther organized conferences on incarceration through Money, Education, and Prisons (MEP), an organization she led, and through Edgewood College. An outgrowth of those conferences became Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality, and Solidarity (MOSES). Her doctoral study on the Women’s Reformatory of the District of Columbia served as the research for her book, Making it in Prison: The Square, the Cool, and the Life. She was honored by induction into the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters in 2002 and with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Wisconsin Network for Peace, Justice, and Sustainability in 2009. Sr. Esther is survived by her Dominican Sisters. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Marie Virginia Walters, OPSister Marie Virginia Walters, OPSister Marie Virginia Walters, OP, died Nov. 13, 2020. Professed in 1955, she saw her primary ministry as serving God and people. Sr. Marie Virginia did this through teaching at Incarnation School, Minneapolis; St. Martin de Porres School, Columbia, SC; and Holy Family School, Whitefish Bay, WI. While serving at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, she collaboratively began and ran the bookshop and taught adult education courses. Sister Marie Virginia studied to become a pharmacist and returned to the Motherhouse, where she dedicated herself to meticulously and lovingly serving as pharmacist for 20 years and as consultant pharmacist for 13 years. Other pharmacists in the tristate area relied upon her as a comprehensive resource. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Maria del Rey Hunt, OPSister Maria del Rey Hunt, OP, died Nov. 9, 2020. She made her first profession in 1960 with the Pious Union of the Dominican Mission Sisters. They disbanded in 1967, and she transferred her vows to the Dominican Sisters of Kenosha (WI), and in 1968 transferred her vows to the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa. She was a social worker at two Pilsen Mental Health Centers (now Pilsen Wellness Center), Chicago; St. Dominic Parish and School, Denver; and St. Leo Parish, Oakland, CA, and helped with the parish census at St. Richard Parish, Omaha, NE. Sr. Maria del Rey ministered as a chaplain at St. Joseph Medical Center, Burbank, CA, and Mercy Medical Center, Redding, CA; as pastoral associate at St. Therese Parish, Center, TX; and as bereavement counselor at Kenosha Hospice Alliance, Kenosha, WI. She served as a driver at Rosary College (now Dominican University), River Forest, IL, and volunteered at St. Joseph Parish, Port Arthur, TX, and at Bishop Lynch High School, Dallas, TX. Sr. Maria del Rey was a gentle soul who passionately carried out God’s mission through being present. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Dorothy (Marie Carl) Gabel, OPSister Dorothy (Marie Carl) Gabel, OPSister Dorothy (Marie Carl) Gabel, OP, died Oct. 30, 2020. Professed in 1959, she taught science at Edgewood High, Madison, WI, and St. Cecilia, Omaha, NE, and spent a total of 32 years teaching at Purdue University, Lafayette, IN, and Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Sr. Dorothy served as the program director for teacher preparation at the National Science Foundation and dedicated her ministry to teaching current and future science educators. When visiting schools, she demonstrated hands-on lessons and often left equipment with the class for their use. Former students described her as a humble and brilliant science teacher who made all students feel comfortable. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Flannan McGuane, OPSister Flannan McGuane, OPSister Flannan McGuane, OP, died Oct. 28, 2020. Professed in 1957, she served as culinary artist at the Dominican Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, and at Edgewood Convent, Madison, WI. She managed the Motherhouse kitchen and bakery from 1960 to 2003, guiding novices, Sisters, and employees to feed the masses who resided at and visited Sinsinawa Mound. Youth learned the value of working hard and being a member of a team. Sr. Flannan was known for her Irish lilt and creating Mound cinnamon bread, which is now a favorite of the Sisters, guests, and people around the country. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Michelle Germanson, OPSister Michelle Germanson, OPSister Michelle Germanson, OP, died Oct. 21, 2020. Professed in 1965, she taught at St. Mark, Peoria, IL, and St. Cajetan, Chicago, before becoming principal at SS. Peter and Paul, Wheat Ridge, CO, and serving as dean of students at Rosary College (now Dominican University), River Forest, IL. Sr. Michelle’s most awesome contribution to education was as president and president emerita of Trinity High School, River Forest, IL. Her tremendous energy and joy brought the love of sweet Jesus into every aspect of her life and ministries. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Estelle (Mary Cabrini) Wiltz, OPSister Estelle (Mary Cabrini) Wiltz, OPSister Estelle (Mary Cabrini) Wiltz, OP, died Oct. 21, 2020. Professed in 1947, she taught in the following schools: Epiphany, Chicago; Little Flower, Billings, MT; St. Joseph Cathedral, Sioux Falls, SD; St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha, NE; St. Thomas Aquinas, Milwaukee; and St. Thomas More, Chicago. Sr. Estelle was principal at Sacred Heart, Reedsburg, WI; St. Mark, Peoria, IL, where she also taught; and Visitation, Kewanee, IL. She served at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, as support staff in the Office of Development and the Communication Office, as institutional buyer for Mound Services, as pastoral minister, and support staff for the motherhouse community. Sr. Estelle ministered as assistant prioress at Trinity Convent, River Forest, IL. She enjoyed photography and used her art to create cards she joyfully shared with others. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Helen (Marie Clara) Martin, OPSister Helen (Marie Clara) Martin, OPSister Helen (Marie Clara) Martin, OP, died Oct. 9, 2020. Professed in 1947, she taught at the following schools: St. Thomas, Kenosha, WI; Sacred Heart, Washington, DC; St. Thomas the Apostle, Chicago; and Annunciation, Minneapolis. She was principal at Most Pure Heart of Mary, Mobile, AL; St. Joseph, Tuskegee, AL; St. John Cathedral, Milwaukee; SS. Faith, Hope, and Charity, Winnetka, IL; St. Robert, Shorewood, WI; and St. Catherine of Siena, Dundee, IL. Sr. Helen served the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa Congregation as provincial vicaress of the Southeast Province and as prioress of the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, and of Divine Providence Convent, Des Plaines, IL. She taught at Westside Education Center, Chicago, and ministered as coordinator at Dominican Center, Spokane, WA. Sr. Helen was gifted at balancing multiple roles. She said she never said no to a request from congregation leadership because the blessings were always more that she had anticipated. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Carla Sonnenberg, OPSister Carla Sonnenberg, OPSister Carla Sonnenberg, OP, died Sept. 21, 2020. Professed in 1957, she assisted in the management of the Dominican Motherhouse at Sinsinawa, including the transportation department, and provided a warm, welcoming presence in the office at Dominican High School, Whitefish Bay, WI. Sr. Carla’s life was one of cheerful, generous service. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Mary Ann (Wilberta) Heyd, OPSister Mary Ann (Wilberta) Heyd, OPSister Mary Ann (Wilberta) Heyd, OP, died Sept. 6, 2020. Professed in 1952, she taught in the following schools: St. Augustine, South St. Paul, MN; St. Patrick, Imogene, IA; St. Mary, Dixon, IL; St. Mark, Peoria, IL; Holy Cross, Urbana, IL; Catholic Consolidated, Lock Haven, PA; Our Lady of Refuge, Bronx, NY; Our Lady of Mercy, Bronx, NY; and St. Rose, Cuba City, WI. Sr. Mary Ann ministered as director of religious education at St. Mary Parish, Portage, WI, and St. Michael Parish, South Sioux City, NE; as pastoral associate at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Kenosha, WI; as  coordinator of outreach and pastoral minister at St. Mary Parish, Kenosha, WI; and as a visitor to parish members, skilled care residents, and people at St. Bede Abbey in the Ottawa, IL, area. She served as subprioress and liturgist at St. Dominic Villa, Dubuque, IA; and family care giver at St. Dominic Villa, Hazel Green, WI. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Patricia “Patt” (Charissa) Smith, OPSister Patricia “Patt” (Charissa) Smith, OPSister Patricia “Patt” (Charissa) Smith, OP, died Sept. 2, 2020. Professed in 1950, she taught in the following schools: Immaculate Conception, Waukegan, IL; St. Matthew, Milwaukee, WI; Annunciation, Green Bay, WI; Corpus Christi, New York; Regina, Minneapolis; and Visitation High, Chicago. Sr. Patt was one of the first four Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa to minister in Bolivia, beginning in 1960. She served as religious education teacher at Santa Cruz Parish, Santa Cruz, and as teacher at Catholic Normal School, Cochabamba, and Public Normal School, Santa Cruz. Sr. Patt was elected to serve as provincial councillor of the Southeast Province for the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa Congregation and later served as such for the Southwest Province. She taught at Edgewood College, Madison, WI, and served as campus minister at Rosary College (now Dominican University), River Forest, IL, and at University of Texas, Arlington; and as dean of students at Villa Schifanoia, Florence, Italy. Sr. Patt was pastoral associate at St. James Parish, Glendale, AZ, and St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, Chandler, AZ, and served as director of ministry development at Our Lady of Joy Parish, Carefree, AZ. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Baptist Stohrer, OPSister Baptist Stohrer, OPSister Baptist Stohrer, OP, died Aug. 31, 2020. Professed in 1947, she taught music in the following schools: St. Patrick Grade and High, Imogene, IA; St. Raphael, Madison, WI; St. Mary and Aquin, both Freeport, IL; St. Clement, Sheboygan, WI; St. Joseph Cathedral Grade and High, Sioux Falls, SD; Newman, Wausau, WI; Edgewood Campus, Edgewood High, and Edgewood College, all Madison, WI; and Rosary College/Dominican University, River Forest, IL. She also taught at St. Cajetan, Chicago; served in administration at Villa Schifanoia, Florence, Italy; and as university ministry liturgist at Dominican University, River Forest. A former student described her as “always pleasant and easy to learn from.” May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Barbara (Richaria) Hutfless, OPSister Barbara (Richaria) Hutfless, OPSister Barbara (Richaria) Hutfless, OP, died Aug. 6, 2020. Professed in 1961, she served as culinary artist in the following convents: St. Clara, Sinsinawa, WI; Annunciation, Minneapolis; St. Joseph, Sioux Falls, SD; and Incarnation, Minneapolis. Sr. Barbara was a teacher aide at Annunciation, Minneapolis, and taught at St. Thomas the Apostle, Chicago; Annunciation, Minneapolis; St. Thomas More, Englewood, CO; and St. Louis de Montfort, Oak Lawn, IL. She served as a substitute teacher at St. Germaine, Oak Lawn, IL. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Colleen (Mary Avia) McNicholas, OPSister Colleen (Mary Avia) McNicholas, OPSister Colleen (Mary Avia) McNicholas, OP, died Aug. 3, 2020. Professed in 1956, she taught at St. James, Ventnor, NJ; St. James, Rockford, IL; and St. Luke, River Forest, IL, before becoming principal and teacher at Sacred Heart, Eagle Grove, IA, and Central Catholic High, Bloomington, IL. Sr. Colleen served as assistant administer and taught at Regina, Minneapolis; associate superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Peoria, Peoria, IL; and adjunct faculty at Fordham University, New York. She served the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation as director of sponsored ministry and ministered at Rosary College/Dominican University, River Forest, IL, as Education chair and faulty, dean of the School of Education, and director of the Online Graduate Program. Under her devoted leadership, the School of Education was recognized for its excellence. Sr. Colleen volunteered as research assistant at the Sister Nona Mary McGreal Center for Dominican Historical Studies, River Forest, IL. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Ruth Mary Coleman, OPSister Ruth Mary Coleman, OPSister Ruth Mary Coleman, OP, died July 29, 2020. Professed in 1954, she taught in the following schools: St. Joseph Cathedral, Sioux Falls, SD; St. Mark, Peoria, IL; St. James, Ventnor, NJ; and St. Mary, Dixon, IL. Sr. Ruth Mary served in religious education as coordinator at St. Mark Parish, Peoria, IL, and St. Patrick Parish, Dixon, IL, and as teacher at St. James Parish, Kenosha, WI, where she also served as liturgist. She ministered as director of religious education at Immaculate Conception Parish, Streator, IL; St. Patrick Parish, Ottawa, IL; St. John the Baptist Parish, Lostant, IL; St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Chickasaw, AL; Mobile area parishes, Mobile, AL; Corpus Christi Parish, Mobile, AL; Holy Family Parish, North Miami, FL; and St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Fort Myers, FL. Sr. Ruth Mary served as spiritual director at Encino House East, Albuquerque, NM, and Aquinas Newman Center, Albuquerque, NM. Sr. Ruth Mary found great joy in free verse poetry and shared her works with many. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Genevieve (Mary Gertruda) Pinion, OPSister Genevieve (Mary Gertruda) Pinion, OPSister Genevieve (Mary Gertruda) Pinion, OP, died July 16, 2020. Professed in 1942, she taught music in the following schools: St. Thomas Aquinas, Milwaukee; Visitation High, Chicago; and Rosary College/Dominican University, River Forest, IL, where she was chair of the music department. Sr. Genevieve was an exceptionally skilled artist who understood how the musician and the instrument worked together to create the highest level of music. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Marion (Francisca) Hangsterfer, OPSister Marion (Francisca) Hangsterfer, OPSister Marion (Francisca) Hangsterfer, OP, died June 18, 2020. Professed in 1958, she taught in the following schools: St. Rose, Milwaukee; St. Mary, Portage, WI; St. Brendan, Chicago; SS. Peter and Paul, Kingfisher, OK, where she was also principal; St. Thomas More, Alhambra, CA; and St. Paul the Apostle, Richardson, TX. Sr. Marion served at Hope Rural School, Indiantown, FL, as assistant in the Development Office and as principal. She was a literacy volunteer in the Milwaukee area. Sr. Marion was a peaceful presence and was adept at guiding school staff. Parents and students showed great love for her, even amid language barriers. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Anna Maria Knothe, OPSister Anna Maria Knothe, OPSister Anna Maria Knothe, OP, died June 2, 2020. Professed in 1954, she taught in the following schools: St. Mary, Portage, WI; Annunciation, Green Bay; St. Robert, Shorewood, WI; St. Mary, Freeport, IL; St. Rose, Milwaukee; St Dennis, Madison, WI; St. Matthew, Milwaukee; and Consolidated Catholic School, Faribault, MN. She served as support staff in the Arrangements Office and volunteer at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa. Sr. Anna Maria was an only child and enjoyed being part of the Dominican Family. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Mary (Ora) Fox, OPSister Mary (Ora) Fox, OPSister Mary (Ora) Fox, OP, died May 26, 2020. Professed in 1950, she taught in the following schools: Holy Trinity, Bloomington, IL; St. Peter, Anaconda, MT; St. Mark, Peoria, IL; Visitation, Chicago; St. Patrick, Madison, WI; and St. Thomas More, Chicago. Sr. Mary served as a member of the administration team at St. Robert School, Shorewood, WI; as principal at St. Basil School, Chicago; and as vicaress provincial for the Southeast Province of the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation. She taught catechetics at Glenmary Home Missioners, Nashville, TN, and was director of religious formation at St. Anthony of Padua Parish and Uganda Martyrs Parish, both Okmulgee, OK. Sr. Mary ministered as pastoral associate at St. Patrick/Holy Family Parish, Apalachicola, FL, and as the administrator of Sinsinawa Mound, Sinsinawa, where she also served as director of Campus Services. She was a parish volunteer at St. Patrick, Benton, WI, welcoming people interested in the history of Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP (1806–1864). Sr. Mary always had a warm smile and open heart. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Loretta (Mercedes) Finnerty, OPSister Loretta (Mercedes) Finnerty, OPSister Loretta (Mercedes) Finnerty, OP, died April 27, 2020. Professed in 1952, she taught in the following schools: St. Peter, Oshkosh, WI; St. Dominic, Denver; St. Mary, Dixon, IL; St. Basil, Chicago; Visitation, Chicago; and Sacred Heart, Washington, DC, where she also did parish ministry. Sr. Loretta served as principal at St. Clement, Sheboygan, WI, and as director of religious education at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish and Blessed Sacrament Parish, both Madison, WI. She worked in social ministries with the Villa D’Ames Project for the Eucharistic Missionaries of St. Dominic (now Dominican Sisters of Peace), New Orleans; served as pastoral associate at St. Mary Cathedral, Gaylord, MI, and St. Teresa of Avila Parish, Washington, DC; and ministered as director of faith formation at St. James Parish, Madison, WI, where she continued to volunteer for years after her retirement. Sr. Loretta loved people and reached out to many. She truly embraced the Dominican essential of study, always reading, watching the news, reflecting on Scripture, and sharing the fruits of her contemplation. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Rita Claire (Antonine) Dorner, OPSister Rita Claire (Antonine) Dorner, OPSister Rita Claire (Antonine) Dorner, OP, died April 6, 2020. Professed in 1951, she taught music in the following schools: St. Matthew, Milwaukee, WI; Blessed Sacrament, Sioux City, IA; Edgewood Campus and High Schools, Madison, WI; and Bethlehem Academy, Faribault, MN. Sr. Rita Claire taught in the graduate program in pastoral ministry at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, where she also served as director of the program. She served as director of religious education and music director at St. Patrick Parish, San Jose, CA; director of liturgical ministry at St. Patrick Parish, Cottage Grove, WI; and as liturgist and music director at St. Dominic Villa, Hazel Green, WI. Sr. Rita Claire enriched liturgical celebrations through her gentle leadership, lively spirit, and depth of knowledge. Her classes in liturgy, sacrament, and catechesis shaped lives and made a deep impression. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Ann (Michaud) O’Hara, OPSister Ann (Michaud) O’Hara, OPSister Ann (Michaud) O’Hara, OP, died Feb. 2, 2020. Professed in 1950, she taught at the following schools: Incarnation, Minneapolis; St. Joseph, Tuskegee, AL; St. Gall, Milwaukee; St. Raphael, Madison, WI; St. Dennis, Madison, WI; St. John Vianney, Janesville, WI; St. Jerome, Columbus, WI; Visitation, Kewanee, IL; and St. Joseph, Baraboo, WI. Sr. Ann served as pastoral minister at St. John the Baptist Parish, Johnsburg, IL; the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa; and Resurrection Life Center, Chicago. She shared her gift of being present with people in the tender moments of life and celebrated the joyous moments with delight. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Jan Brynda, OPSister Jan Brynda, OPSister Jan Brynda, OP, died Jan. 23, 2020. Professed in 1955, she taught in the following schools: St. Clement, Sheboygan, WI; St. Anne, Wausau, WI; Blessed Sacrament, Madison, WI; Annunciation, Green Bay, WI; St. Rose, Cuba City, WI, where she was also principal; and St. Bernard, Wauwatosa, WI. She served as principal at St. Mark, Peoria, IL; associate superintendent of schools for the Office of Education for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Fort Wayne, IN; and pastoral associate at Holy Cross Parish, Champaign, IL, and St. Jane de Chantal Parish, Chicago. Sr. Jan ministered at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, Chicago, as education consultant for the high school; at St. Benedict Parish, Blue Island, IL, as director of adult faith formation; and at Dominican University, River Forest, IL, as academic advisor, instructor, and supervisor of student teachers. She volunteered at the Sr. Mary Nona McGreal Center for Dominican Historical Studies, River Forest, IL. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Florence (Roderic) Miller, OPSister Florence (Roderic) Miller, OPSister Florence (Roderic) Miller, OP, died Jan. 13, 2020. Professed in 1945, she taught in the following schools: St. Raphael, Madison, WI; St. Mary, Portage, WI; St. Bernard, Peoria, IL; Our Lady of Mercy, Bronx, NY; St. James, Kenosha, WI; St. Robert, Shorewood, WI; Holy Name, Kansas City, MO, where she was also principal; St. Thomas, Freeport, IL; Immaculate Conception, Waukegan, IL; and Most Pure Heart of Mary, Mobile, AL, where she was also finance officer. Sr. Florence served as director of arrangements for the Dominican Education Center, Sinsinawa, WI; buyer for the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa; tutor and finance officer at St. Joseph School, Muskogee, OK; and director of the Mass Bread Department at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, where she also volunteered. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

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