Sister Obituaries 2021
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Sister Margaret Ann “Peggy” Brennan, OP, died April 5, 2021. Professed in 1958, she taught in the following schools: Holy Angels, Omaha, NE; St. Patrick, Bloomington, IL; St. Mary, Greenwich, CT; Edgewood High School, Madison, WI; O’Gorman High School, Sioux Falls, SD; and Dominican High School, Whitefish Bay, WI, where she also volunteered as substitute teacher and library staff. She served as secretary to the Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa. Sister Peggy delighted in each of her educational ministries and strove to instill the Dominican values of truth, compassion, justice, community, and partnership in her students. In a 2001 Sinsinawa Dominican Vision article, she wrote of her students, “I am confident that their deep spirituality will enrich the lives of many in the future.” May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.
Sister Alfonso Glancey, OP, died March 16, 2021. Professed in 1945, she taught in the following schools: St. Albert, Minneapolis; St. Sabina, Chicago; Blessed Sacrament, Sioux City, IA; St. Joseph, Baraboo, WI; St. Brendan, Chicago; Sts. Peter and Paul, Tulsa, OK, where she also served as principal; Sts. Peter and Paul, Kingfisher, OK, where she also served as principal; and St. Bernard, Wauwatosa, WI. She served as support staff at St. Jerome School, Columbus, WI, and St. Dennis School, Madison, WI, and as a volunteer at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception School, Portage, WI. Sister Alfonso liked to see the children’s happy faces. In 2008, she said, “I hope they see happiness in my face, too.” May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.
Sister Elizabeth (Valerian) Barribeau, OP, died Feb. 3, 2021. Professed in 1944, she taught in the following schools: St. Sabina, Chicago; St. Mary, Evanston, IL; Annunciation, Minneapolis; Most Pure Heart of Mary, Mobile, AL; St. Joseph the Worker, Dubuque, IA; St. Mary, Portage, WI; and Edgewood Campus School, Madison, WI. Students were individually and collectively made to feel special in her classroom. In 1962, Sr. Liz transferred her religious vows to the Mt. St. Mary’s Abbey of Trappist nuns in Wrentham, MA, who in 1964 established a new foundation near Dubuque, IA. Sr. Liz became a foundress of that congregation, and returned to the Sinsinawa congregation in 1985. She served as assistant principal at Our Lady of Refuge, Bronx, NY; director of a tutoring program for migrant children at Lee County School System, Fort Myers and Bonita Springs, FL; and pastoral minister at Poinsettia Park, Fort Myers, FL. Sr. Liz volunteered in the library at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, and made rosaries for baptism and First Communion gifts. She found great joy in greeting everyone she met and saying something humorous to lighten their day. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.
Sister Francesca “Fran” Koller, OP, died Jan. 19, 2021. Professed in 1952, she taught in the following schools: Visitation, Chicago; Annunciation, Minneapolis; St. Martin de Porres, Columbia, SC; St. Mary, Muncie, IN; and Annunciation, Green Bay, WI. Sr. Fran served as pastoral minister at St. Anthony Parish, Neopit, WI; St. Jude Parish, Chattanooga, TN; St. Dominic Villa, Hazel Green, WI, where she also served as liturgist; and Living Water Community, Port of Spain, Trinidad, where she also served in administration. She ministered as assistant prioress at St. Dominic Villa, Dubuque, IA, and as liturgist at Holy Family Cathedral Parish, Anchorage, AK, and at Mary Conrad Center, Anchorage, AK, where she also served as chaplain. The people of Anchorage said, “In every situation, Sr. Fran radiates warmth and honesty.” She was a talented singer and created watercolor paintings and made pressed-flower cards. She loved adventures. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.
Sister 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, 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.