Sister Obituaries 2021

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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, (OP)Sister Loretta (Marie Simeon) McIlvenna, (OP)Sister 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” 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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