Sister Obituaries 2021

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Sister Mary Rita Kendergan, OPSister Mary Rita Kendergan, OPSister Mary Rita Kendergan, OP, died Oct. 31, 2021. Professed in 1943, she taught in the following schools: St. Brendan, Chicago; St. Albert the Great, Minneapolis; St. Mary, Evanston, IL; Our Lady of Refuge, Bronx, NY; St. Martin de Porres, Columbia, SC; St. Thomas Aquinas, Milwaukee; St. Cajetan, Chicago; St. Mary, Elkton, SD; and St. Dennis, Madison, WI. Sr. Mary Rita served as a parish visitor at St. Mary Parish, Appleton, WI, and Our Lady of Refuge, Bronx, NY. She was the librarian or library assistant at Dominican High School, Whitefish Bay, WI; St. Leo School, Oakland, CA; Dominican Education Center at Sinsinawa, WI; Holy Trinity School, Bloomington, IL; St. Dominic Villa, Dubuque, IA; Trinity High School, River Forest, IL; Dominican University, River Forest, IL; and the Dominican Motherhouse, Sinsinawa. Sr. Mary Rita lived her Dominican life faithfully and, despite being a quiet person, was known for her great sense of humor, quick wit, and warm smile. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Lynn (Alita) Lisbeth, OPSister Lynn (Alita) Lisbeth, OPSister Lynn (Alita) Lisbeth, OP, died Oct. 31, 2021. Professed in 1965, she taught at St. John Vianney, Janesville, WI; Holy Family, Whitefish Bay, WI; and Our Lady of Refuge, Bronx, NY. Sr. Lynn ministered as liturgist at the Dominican Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, WI; Anaconda Catholic Community, Anaconda, MT; and Blessed Sacrament Parish, Madison, WI, where she also ran the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program. In Alaska, she served as pastoral associate at St. Joseph Parish in Cordova and for the Office of Worship for the Diocese of Fairbanks, helping with liturgies and preparation of the deacons. Sr. Lynn served the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation as general councilor and was pastoral minister, spiritual director, and retreat leader in Madison, WI. She lived beyond the limitation of low vision and appreciated the experiences that living in different states made available to her. Sr. Lynn remained humble while being dedicated to her ministries, and her warmth and smile welcomed all she encountered. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Virgil Kummer, OPSister Virgil Kummer, OPSister Virgil Kummer, OP, died Oct. 25, 2021. Professed in 1947, she taught music and sometimes religion in the following schools: St. Malachy, Geneseo, IL; Holy Rosary, Oklahoma City, OK; SS. Peter and Paul, Kingfisher, OK; St. Raphael, Madison, WI; Blessed Sacrament, Sioux City, IA; St. Mark, Peoria, IL; St. Clara Academy, Sinsinawa, WI; SS. Peter and Paul, Tulsa, OK; St. Joseph, Sioux Falls, SD; St. Cecilia, Omaha, NE; and Our Lady of Refuge, Bronx, NY. Sr. Virgil ministered as liturgy coordinator at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, where she later served as assistant liturgist; St. Eugene Parish, Oklahoma City, OK, where she also served as music coordinator; and St. Patrick Parish, Oklahoma City, OK, where she also served as music coordinator; and as diocesan liturgy director for the Diocese of Beaumont, TX. She led retreats, workshops, and faith groups at the Motherhouse. Sr. Virgil involved the communities where she ministered with the musical education of the students. She helped implement the liturgical changes of Vatican II with gentle yet firm guidance and enabled people’s knowledge of the liturgy and their faith. Her voice, as was her faith, was strong and clear. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Ruth Poochigian, OPSister Ruth Poochigian, OP, died Oct. 22, 2021. Professed in 1972, she taught at All Saints, Los Angeles; St. Cajetan, Chicago; and Edgewood High School, Madison, WI, before serving as director at St. Joseph Educational Center, West Des Moines, IA. Sr. Ruth ministered within the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation as promoter of spirituality and study while in Milwaukee and as coordinator of vocation ministry team while in Madison, WI. She served as consultant  to parishes for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and privately for adult faith formation in the Milwaukee area and then was a fundraising and public relations coordinator for Catholic Extension of Chicago. Sr. Ruth served as chaplain at Meriter Hospital, Madison, WI, and as pastoral minister with the Prison Ministry Project, Madison, WI, where she also volunteered. She was faithful to relationships and committed to community. Sr. Ruth sought the truth and extended mercy to others. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Jessica Slack, OPSister Jessica Slack, OPSister Jessica Slack, OP, died Sept. 30, 2021. Professed in 1955, she taught in the following high schools: Visitation, Chicago; St. Patrick, Imogene, IA; Trinity, River Forest, IL; Queen of Peace, Burbank, IL; and Edgewood, Madison, WI. Sr. Jessica spent a year at the House of Prayer in Clarendon Hills, IL, and served as an intern at Rosary College (now Dominican University), River Forest, IL, and assistant registrar at Edgewood College, Madison, WI. In Omaha, NE, she ministered as support staff at St. Cecilia Cathedral High School, the Office of the Mayor, and Missouri River Valley Presbyterian Church. Sr. Jessica also provided family care there. She sought to walk humbly with her God and relied on prayer. She was a contemplative spirit who lived life deeply. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Margaret Mary “Meg” (Mary Loyola) Majewski, OPSister Margaret Mary “Meg” (Mary Loyola) Majewski, OPSister Margaret Mary “Meg” (Mary Loyola) Majewski, OP, died Sept. 29, 2021. Professed in 1950, she taught in the following schools: St. Rose, Milwaukee; St. Patrick, Bloomington, IL; St. Mary, East Dubuque, IL; Immaculate Conception, Faribault, MN; Blessed Sacrament, Sioux City, IA; Edgewood Campus School, Madison, WI; St. Mary, Evanston, IL; Morgan Park Academy, Chicago; and Gage Park High School, Chicago. Sr. Meg taught art at Illinois State University, Normal, IL; Edgewood College, Madison, WI; Madison Area Technical College (now Madison College), Madison, WI; University of Evansville, Evansville, IN; and Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI, where she also taught in the College of Extended Learning. She served as campus minister at University of Alabama, Birmingham; University of Tennessee, Martin; University of West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad; and Central Michigan University and Isabella’s Soup Kitchen, both Mount Pleasant, MI. She also ministered in family care in Evansville, IN. Sr. Meg was deeply involved in the communities in which she ministered, always present with a smile. She was an accomplished artist who excelled at copper tooling. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Philip Mary Reilly, OPSister Philip Mary Reilly, OPSister Philip Mary Reilly, OP, died Sept. 28, 2021. Professed in 1955, she taught Spanish in the following schools: St. John Cathedral High School, Milwaukee, WI; Edgewood High School, Madison, WI; and Rosary College/Dominican University, River Forest, IL, where she dedicated 51 years to education. She generously shared her love of Spanish with her students and any Sisters in the Congregation who could study with her in the summers. Her smiling encouragement was ever present, and her love of the language was contagious. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Patricia “Pat” (Edwina) Cherry, OPSister Patricia “Pat” (Edwina) Cherry, OPSister Patricia “Pat” (Edwina) Cherry, OP, died Sept. 28, 2021. Professed in 1953, she taught in the following schools: St. Sabina, Chicago; St. Dominic, Washington, DC; St. Lawrence, Faribault, MN; St. Rose of Lima, Baltimore, MD; Our Lady of Refuge, Bronx, NY; and St. Rose, Cuba City, WI. Sr. Pat served as a nurse aide at St. Dominic Villa, Dubuque, IA, and as a registered nurse at Divine Savior Hospital, Portage, WI; Health Center at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, WI; St. Dominic Villa, Dubuque, IA; and Williamsport Hospital, Williamsport, PA. She was a technician with the sleep disorders department at Susqueharina Health Care, Williamsport, PA, and cared for the elderly in the Lock Haven, PA, area before volunteering at the elementary school. She is remembered for her kindness and gentleness and the joy that radiated from her. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Dorothea (Guillaume) Snaer, OPSister Dorothea (Guillaume) Snaer, OPSister Dorothea (Guillaume) Snaer, OP, died Sept. 27, 2021. Professed in 1958, she taught French in the following schools: Trinity High School, River Forest, IL; Freeport Aquin High  School, Freeport, IL; Queen of Peace High School, Burbank, IL; Holy Family Girls High School, Glendale, CA; and Edgewood College, Madison, WI. Sr. Dorothea served as coordinator of Eucharistic ministers to the sick at Holy Family Parish, Glendale, CA, and as chaplain in a correctional facility there. Her faith was strong, and she was dedicated to the Eucharist and her family, especially her mother. Dorothea loved language, even setting her smartphone to French. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Georgianna (Germana) Dorsey, OPSister Georgianna (Germana) Dorsey, OPSister Georgianna (Germana) Dorsey, OP, died Aug. 31, 2021. Professed in 1956, she taught in the following schools: Holy Trinity, Bloomington, IL; Nativity BVM, Menominee, IL; St. Bernard, Peoria, IL, where she was also principal; Our Lady of Refuge, Bronx, NY; and St. Rose of Lima, Cuba City, WI, where she was also principal. Sister Georgianna dedicated 27 years each to teaching and being principal. She continued to serve the St. Rose community after her retirement from the school. Sister Georgianna deeply loved the people of the communities in which she served and shared moments of joy and faith with all she met. That love was returned to her in countless ways, which created strong, lasting relationships. Her smile opened hearts. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Rosemary “Robi” (Tobia) Huddleston, OPSister Rosemary “Robi” (Tobia) Huddleston, OPSister Rosemary “Robi” (Tobia) Huddleston, OP, died July 31, 2021. Professed in 1960, she taught in the following schools: Sacred Heart, Washington, DC; St. Thomas Aquinas, Freeport, IL; and Edgewood High School, Madison, WI. Sr. Robi was a missionary in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where she ministered with people in rural and urban areas. She served the Archdiocese of Milwaukee as a parish consultant in adult faith formation and as international mission coordinator and the Western Province of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa as provincial councillor. Sr. Robi was committed to building a dynamic global ministry at the local level and volunteered with a variety of organizations committed to social justice, including being an interpreter. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Donna (Caitriona) Quinn, OPSister Donna (Caitriona) Quinn, OPSister Donna (Caitriona) Quinn, OP, died July 30, 2021. Professed in 1957, she taught in the following schools: St. Cecilia, Omaha, NE; St. Mary, Dixon, IL; St. Bernard, Wauwatosa, WI; Immaculate Conception, Faribault, MN; Central Catholic High School, Bloomington, IL; Dominican High School, Whitefish Bay, WI, where she also served in administration; Roosevelt, University, Chicago; and Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, and was a tutor in the Palos Hills, IL, area. She served as public relations/development staff member at St. Thomas the Apostle High School, Chicago; taught pastoral care to medical students at Moraine Valley College, Chicago; and was admissions director at Midwest Training Association, Chicago. Sr. Donna was a strong advocate for justice and equal rights, especially for women, and was a founding member and director of Chicago Catholic Women. In Chicago, she worked at 8th Day Center; served as coordinator of National Coalition of American Nuns and executive director of Institute of Women Today, and worked with National Advocacy for Women. Sr. Donna was an author and writer. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Theresa Byrne, OPSister Theresa Byrne, OP, died July 21, 2021. She was a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny, Province of Ireland and Great Britain, and ministered in New Zealand for 26 years, serving 12 years in Oakland and 15 years in Christchurch. She ministered as teacher, principal, directress of formation for the South Pacific region of the congregation, member of the Provincial Team, and director of adult faith formation and spiritual growth for the Christchurch Diocese. She transferred her religious vows to the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa in 1983 because she felt an inner call to contemplative life and to a focus on Scripture, which the Dominican Order provided. She served as director of religious education at St. Dennis Parish, Madison, WI; Blessed Sacrament Parish, Madison, WI; and St. James Parish, Rockford, IL, where she was also pastoral minister. Sr. Theresa ministered as director of adult faith formation and spirituality at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Midland, MI, and Annunciation Parish, Altamonte Spring, FL, before providing retreats, workshops, and spiritual guidance around the country. She ministered in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and Florida. Sr. Theresa wanted the laity to know they had a vocation in the mission of the Church. Many groups she gathered over the years in many cities are still active. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Eduarda Makal, OPSister Eduarda Makal, OPSister Eduarda Makal, OP, died June 30, 2021. Professed in 1954, she taught in the following schools: St. Mark, Peoria, IL; St. James, Ventnor, NJ; All Saints, Los Angeles; Martin Luther King, Milwaukee; St. Mary, Portage, WI; and Our Lady of Mercy, Bronx, NY. Sr. Eduarda ministered as a pastoral care partner at Trinity Convent, River Forest, IL; the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa; and St. Dominic Villa, Hazel Green, WI. She was friendly, loved to listen to others, and generous in offering her services wherever she saw a need. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Roslyn (Adeltrude) Snyder, OPSister Roslyn (Adeltrude) Snyder, OPSister Roslyn (Adeltrude) Snyder, OP, died June 25, 2021. Professed in 1949, she taught in the following schools: St. Richard, Chicago; St. Dominic High School, Washington, DC; Dominican, Whitefish Bay, WI; St. John Cathedral, Milwaukee; and Visitation High School, Chicago. Sr. Roslyn was assistant principal and taught at Toolen High School, Mobile, AL, and principal and teacher at Most Pure Heart of Mary, Mobile, AL; Our Mother of Mercy Elementary School, Plateau, AL; and St. Joseph Elementary School, Tuskegee, AL. She served with the ACT Education Program in the Mobile, AL, area; as director of social justice for American Friends Service Committee in Mobile; and as a teacher and pastoral associate at the City of St. Jude High School and Parish, Montgomery, AL. Sr. Roslyn ministered as director of religious education for Holy Family Parish, Fayette, AL, and Holy Spirit Parish, Winfield, AL, as well as four parishes in Talladega, AL; Sylacauga, AL; and Pell City, AL. She served the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa as the finance officer for the Southern Province and support staff in the Office of Development. She believed in the dignity of every person and worked for social justice with her unwavering, calm, and caring presence. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Eileen (Mary Ellen) Quinn, OPSister Eileen (Mary Ellen) Quinn, OPSister Eileen (Mary Ellen) Quinn, OP, died June 24, 2021. Professed in 1964, she taught in the following schools: Corpus Christi, New York; St. Mary, Portage, WI; Visitation, Kewanee, IL; Catholic Consolidated School, Lock Haven, PA; and St. Dennis, Madison, WI. Sr. Eileen’s classroom was a place of peace, happiness, and learning. She loved 1st graders and that incredible year of growth and gave the hundreds of students in her care a strong foundation to move through their years of education. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Germaine Scholl, OPSister Germaine Scholl, OPSister Germaine Scholl, OP, died June 15, 2021, at St. Dominic Villa, Hazel Green, WI. Professed in 1941, she served her Dominican Congregation as a culinary artist in the following convents: the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa; Immaculate Conception, Chicago; St. James, Rockford, IL; Edgewood, Madison, WI; St. Clement, Sheboygan, WI; Sacred Heart, Omaha, NE; St. Patrick, Rockford, IL; St. Peter, Oshkosh, WI; St. Robert, Shorewood, WI; St. Thomas the Apostle, Chicago; St. Vincent Ferrer, River Forest, IL; St. Dominic Villa, Dubuque, IA, where she also ministered making Mass breads; Visitation, Chicago; and St. Basil, Chicago. Sr. Germaine was a hard worker, a generous volunteer, a faithful prayer, and a kind woman. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Guadalupe Soria, OPSister Guadalupe Soria, OPSister Guadalupe Soria, OP, died June 14, 2021. Professed in 1956, she ministered as a nurse’s aide and support staff at St. Dominic Villa, Dubuque, IA, and the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, WI; in pastoral care at Little Flower Parish, Billings, MT; and as support staff at Immaculate Conception Parish, Brownsville, TX. Sr. Guadalupe was a missionary in Bolivia at Santa Cruz Parish, Santa Cruz, and in Cochabamba. As a member of the Dominican Missionary Preaching Team, she ministered in Austin and McAllen, TX. During this ministry, she formed several small faith communities, including Casa Guadalupe, which still meets today. She served as pastoral minister at St. Margaret Mary Parish, Pharr, TX. Grace, peace, and love radiated from Sr. Guadalupe. This wise and holy woman brought faith and joy to all she encountered. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Patricia (Jordan) Powers, OPSister Patricia (Jordan) Powers, OPSister Patricia (Jordan) Powers, OP, died June 5, 2021. Professed in 1944, she taught in the following schools: St. Raphael, Madison, WI; St. James, Rockford, IL; St. John Cathedral, Milwaukee; Corpus Christi, New York; SS. Faith, Hope, and Charity, Winnetka, IL; St. Barnabas, Chicago; and St. Sabina, Chicago. She was principal at St. Bernard, Wauwatosa, WI, where she also taught, and at St. Robert, Shorewood, WI. Sr. Pat served as parish minister at St. Francis Parish, Oklahoma City, OK; St. Brigid Parish, Hanford, CA; and Immaculate Conception Parish, Asherton, TX, where she also served as director of religious education. She ministered as director of migrant tutoring, working with adult education, at Lee County School System, Fort Myers, FL; religious education aide and chaplain at St. Therese Parish, Albuquerque, NM; and support staff at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa. Sr. Pat offered a lifetime of steady and competent service in education and administration. She loved well and helped wherever needed. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Loretta (Marie Simeon) McIlvenna, OPSister Loretta (Marie Simeon) McIlvenna, OPSister Loretta (Marie Simeon) McIlvenna, OP, died June 4, 2021. Professed in 1948, she taught in the following schools: Blessed Sacrament, Sioux City, IA; Immaculate Conception, Faribault, MN; St. Joseph the Worker, Dubuque, IA; St. Cajetan, Chicago; St. Cecilia, Omaha, NE; and St. Thomas More, Chicago. She was principal at St. Robert, Shorewood, WI; Visitation, Chicago, where she also taught; Most Pure Heart of Mary, Mobile, AL; and Marian Academy/St. Anthony, Okmulgee, OK. Sr. Loretta served as religious education consultant at Glenmary Home Missioners, Nashville; manager at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa; and volunteer at St. Patrick Parish, Benton, WI. She offered a lifetime of dedicated service to the people of God and was a faithful friend. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Angela Donovan, OPSister Angela Donovan, OPSister Angela Donovan, OP, died May 23, 2021. Professed in 1950, she taught in the following schools: Holy Rosary, Minneapolis; St. Rose, Cuba City, WI; St. Robert, Shorewood, WI; St. Dennis, Madison, WI, where she was the founding principal; St. James, Ventnor, NJ; St. Joseph the Worker, Dubuque, IA; Queen of Peace, Burbank, IL; Trinity, River Forest, IL. Sr. Angela taught at Edgewood College, Madison, WI, before ministering as a chaplain and in mission effectiveness at Samaritan Health System (now Mercy Medical Center), Clinton, IA, and in mission effectiveness at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, Baton Rouge, LA, and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ. Sr. Angela then served as convent prioress at Trinity Convent, River Forest, IL, and Divine Providence Convent, Des Plaines, IL. She served as a tutor at the Learning Center, Lawndale and Chicago, IL, and as the mail room director at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa. Sr. Angela gave her best to everything she did and to everyone she met. Her calm demeanor and profound presence to others were gifts she freely shared. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Marie Charlotte Schneider, OPSister Marie Charlotte Schneider, OPSister Marie Charlotte Schneider, OP, died May 10, 2021. Professed in 1963, she taught in the following schools: Visitation, Chicago; St. Thomas More, Chicago; St. Louis de Montfort, Oak Lawn, IL; St. Mary, Portage, WI; St. Joseph, Baraboo, WI; St. Mark, Peoria, IL; Visitation, Kewanee, IL; St. Clare, Bloomington, IL; Holy Trinity, Bloomington, IL; St. Martin de Porres, Waukegan, IL; and St. Edmund, Oak Park, IL. Sr. Marie Charlotte received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics from the state of Illinois in 1996. She also served as a family care partner at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa. Her gentle demeanor and connection with her students made her classroom a warm and welcoming place to learn. Sr. Marie Charlotte was regarded as a “phenomenal” 1st-grade teacher. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Geraldine “Geri” Hoye, OPSister Geraldine “Geri” Hoye, OPSister Geraldine “Geri” Hoye, OP, died May 4, 2021. Professed as a School Sister of Saint Francis of Christ the King (Lemont, IL), Sister Geri taught in the following schools: St. George, South Chicago, IL; Holy Trinity, Chicago; St. Christine, Euclid, OH; Sacred Heart, Barberton, OH; St. Stephen, Chicago; and St. Nicholas, Millvale, PA. She served as principal at St. Nicholas, Millvale, PA, and St. John the Evangelist, Greenfield, WI. In 1987, she transferred her vows to the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa and served as principal at St. Mary, Portage, WI. Sr. Geri then ministered as director of religious education (DRE) and led the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program at St. Mary of the Angels Parish, New Orleans; pastoral minister and DRE at St. James Parish, Tupelo, MS; and pastoral associate at Northern Door County Catholic Community (now Stella Maris Parish), Sister Bay, WI, area. She ministered as a faith formation consultant with Dominican Pathfinders in the Sister Bay, WI, area; Bowling Green, KY; at St. Leo Parish, Murray, KY; and in the Owensboro Diocese of Kentucky. Sr. Geri opened her heart to people as she guided them in their faith life, sharing abundant joy, kindness, and humor. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Bernadette Ries, OPSister Bernadette Ries, OPSister Bernadette Ries, OP, died April 20, 2021. She was a member of the Dominican Sisters of Speyer, Germany, at Kettle Falls, Wash., that became the Dominicans of Spokane in 1986 and merged with the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa in 1995. Sr. Bernadette ministered in health care as an x-ray technician at Mt. Carmel Hospital Colville, WA, and Holy Family Hospital, Spokane, WA, where she also served as computer coordinator and personnel director. She was president of Dominican Health Services, Spokane; chaplain at Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL; and spiritual care counselor at Hazelden, both Chicago and Center City, MN, where she also served as chaplain. Sr. Bernadette served her Dominican Sisters of Spokane as vocation director, corporate manager for hospitals, first counselor on the leadership team, and prioress of Dominican Center. She cofounded and was director of Miryam’s House in Spokane and served as grief counselor for Catholic Cemeteries of Spokane. Sr. Bernadette was a groundbreaker, recognizing the needs of the people with whom she ministered, the Congregation, and in health care and then moving ahead to meet those needs. She was dedicated to the Dominican charism. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Ellen (Moise) Shannon, OPSister Ellen (Moise) Shannon, OPSister Ellen (Moise) Shannon, OP, died April 17, 2021. Professed in 1944, she taught in the following schools: St. Basil, Chicago; St. Richard, Chicago; St. Rose, Cuba City, WI; SS. Peter and Paul, Kingfisher, OK; St. Joseph, Baraboo, WI; St. Mary, Champaign, IL; Visitation, Chicago; St. Patrick, Lemont, IL, where she was also principal; and St. Joseph, Sioux Falls, SD, where she was also principal. She was principal at St. Luke, River Forest, IL; Consolidated Catholic School, Faribault, MN; and Blessed Sacrament, Madison, WI. Sr. Ellen served as pastoral minister at St. Matthew and Risen Christ Parishes, both Kalispell, MT; prioress at Dominican Center, Spokane, WA, where she also recorded oral histories; oral history recorder for the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation while living at St. Dennis Convent, Madison, WI; and business officer at Convent of the Paraclete, Whitefish Bay, WI. She freely shared the joy and peace of God with all she met. Sr. Ellen was patient and kind. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Mary Alice (Elena) Neylon, OPSister Mary Alice (Elena) Neylon, OPSister Mary Alice (Elena) Neylon, OP, died April 14, 2021. Professed in 1949, she taught in the following schools: St. Bernard, Wauwatosa, WI; Annunciation, Minneapolis; St. Rose of Lima, Milwaukee; Trinity, River Forest, IL; St. Mary, Cheyenne, WY; and St. Thomas the Apostle, Chicago. She served as director of the Adult Education Center at Sacred Heart Parish, Washington, DC, and taught English as a second language at Rock Valley College, Rockford, IL, before ministering as pastoral associate at Epiphany Parish, Chicago. Sr. Mary Alice served in Hispanic ministry at Good Shepherd Parish, Chicago; St. Pius Parish, Chicago; St. Joseph Parish, Muskogee, OK; Casa del Migrante, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico; and St. Patrick Parish, Apalachicola, FL. Sr. Mary Alice endeared herself to young and old alike. She came to know the lives of parishioners and reached out to families in need. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Margaret Ann “Peggy” Brennan, OPSister Margaret Ann “Peggy” Brennan, OPSister Margaret Ann “Peggy” (Eunice) 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, OPSister Alfonso Glancey, OPSister 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.

Elizabeth (Valerian) Barribeau, OPSister 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, OPSister Francesca “Fran” Koller, OPSister 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, 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.

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