Sister Obituaries 2020

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Sister 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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