Sister Obituaries 2022

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Sister Mary Louis “Louie” Russley, OPSister Mary Louis “Louie” Russley, OPSister Mary Louis “Louie” Russley, OP, died Sept. 16, 2022. Professed in 1962, she taught at Trinity High School, River Forest, IL, and Edgewood College, Madison, WI. Sr. Mary Louis was the director of Dominican Education Center at Sinsinawa, WI, and pastoral associate at Holy Family Ministry Center, Apalachicola, FL, before earning her doctorate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She was an attorney at Anne M. Burke, Chicago, and then served as a public defender for the Cook County Juvenile Court for 20 years. There, she helped people make positive changes in their lives. She also taught classes at Dominican University, River Forest, IL, during this time. Sr. Mary Louis possessed a wonderful combination of dedication to the youth she represented; a belief in the legal process she creatively maneuvered; a commitment to community; and, amidst it all, a sense of humor. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Mary Ann (Raoul) Schintz, OPSister Mary Ann (Raoul) Schintz, OPSister Mary Ann (Raoul) Schintz, OP, died Aug. 24, 2022. Professed in 1958, she served as assistant registrar and Marshall Hall head resident counselor at Edgewood College, Madison, WI, and taught at Dominican High School, Whitefish Bay, WI. She earned her doctorate in east Asian studies—which included a year of living in Taipei, Taiwan—learned Chinese, and returned to Edgewood College to teach history for 22 years. Sr. Mary Ann has been described as determined, persistent, honest, and indomitable. She instilled students with a sense of adventure in seeking a big world. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Vivian (Priscilla) Gorman, OPSister Vivian (Priscilla) Gorman, OPSister Vivian (Priscilla) Gorman, OP, died Aug. 15, 2022. Professed in 1947, she taught in the following schools: St. Mary, Cheyenne, WY; St. Richard, Chicago; St. Rose, Cuba City, WI; and St. Raphael, Madison, WI. Sr. Vivian was principal at St. Patrick, Lemont, IL; St. Philip, Northfield, IL; Sacred Heart Academy, Washington, DC; Most Pure Heart of Mary, Mobile, AL; and St. James, Rockford, IL. She served as assistant principal at St. Patrick, Rockford, IL; director of adult education at Sacred Heart Adult Education Center, Washington, DC; and teacher aide at St. Lucy, Long Beach, CA. Other ministries included being a religious education coordinator in the city of Freeport, IL, and at SS. Faith, Hope, and Charity Parish, Winnetka, IL; doing development work with the Friends of Sinsinawa while living in Long Beach, CA; and serving as pastoral staff at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa. Sr. Vivian was a happy person who loved history and shared many talents and gifts with others. She brought good news to others for a long lifetime. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Eldena (Marie Evan) Scholl, OPSister Eldena (Marie Evan) Scholl, OP, died Aug. 5, 2022. She entered the Congregation in 1942, left the congregation in 1968, and returned in 1982. She taught in the following schools: Visitation, Chicago; St. Thomas Aquinas, Kenosha, WI; Holy Angels, Omaha, NE; St. Augustine, South St. Paul, MN; Epiphany, Chicago; Blessed Sacrament, Sioux City, IA; and St. Giles, Oak Park, IL. Sr. Eldena served as support staff at St. Dominic Villa, Dubuque, IA, and the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, where she later served as sacristan. She volunteered at the Motherhouse and St. Dominic Villa, Hazel Green, WI. Sr. Eldena was a practical person, a straightforward woman. Many admired her lifetime dedication to her family, particularly her older sister Germaine, who was also a Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Susan Hahn, OPSister Susan Hahn, OPSister Susan Hahn, OP, died Aug. 4, 2022. Professed in 1944, she taught in the following schools: Our Lady of Refuge, Bronx, NY; Immaculate Conception, Waukegan, IL; St. Mary, Elkton, SD; SS. Faith, Hope, and Charity, Winnetka, IL; St. Anne, Wausau, WI; St. Thomas Aquinas, Kenosha, WI; St. Michael, Galena, IL; and St Vincent Ferrer, River Forest, IL, where she continued as volunteer reading tutor after her retirement. Sr. Susan taught first grade her entire teaching career. She was a creative, masterful teacher. Families at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish would boast that Sr. Susan had taught three straight generations of their family. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Jean (John Venard) McSweeney, OPSister Jean (John Venard) McSweeney, OPSister Jean (John Venard) McSweeney, OP, died June 28, 2022. Professed in 1953, she taught at Trinity High School, River Forest, IL, and Newman High School, Wausau, WI, before earning her doctorate in chemistry. Sr. Jean taught at Edgewood College, Madison, WI; Rosary College (now Dominican University), River Forest, IL; and Alverno College, Milwaukee. She served at Edgewood College as academic dean, academic vice president, and provost and for the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation as Prioress. Sr. Jean loved science and was a superb teacher. She is remembered as a scholar, visionary, and lifetime learner who shared her generous spirit in prosperous and challenging times. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Catherine (Anne Mary) Cox, OPSister Catherine (Anne Mary) Cox, OPSister Catherine (Anne Mary) Cox, OP, died May 15, 2022. Professed in 1961, she taught in the following schools: St. Thomas More, Chicago, where she was also a counselor and supervisor of the Resource Learning Center; St. Cecilia, Omaha, NE; St. Clement, Sheboygan, WI; St. Luke, River Forest, IL; St. Barnabas, Chicago; and St. Isaac Jogues, Hinsdale, IL, where she also volunteered after retirement. Sr. Catherine was principal at St. Zachary, Des Plaines, IL, and St. Hugh, Lyons, IL, and taught at Dominican University, River Forest, IL. She served the Diocese of Joliet’s Office of Catholic Schools as teacher personnel and assistant superintendent. She loved children of the primary grades most of all. Sr. Catherine loved to laugh and play and delight in the lives of the young. She was most at peace in their presence. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Marie (Dominice) Condon, OPSister Marie (Dominice) Condon, OPSister Marie (Dominice) Condon, OP, died May 1, 2022. Professed in 1949, she taught in the following schools and organizations: Blessed Sacrament, Sioux City, IA; St. Mary, Champaign, IL; St. Raphael, Madison, WI; St. Lawrence, Faribault, MN; Holy Family, Whitefish Bay, WI; Visitation, Chicago; St. Cajetan, Chicago; St. Gerard House, St. Augustine, FL; and Catholic Charities, St. Augustine, FL. Sr. Marie served as principal at St. Joseph, Baraboo, WI, and St. Malachy, Geneseo, IL, and as tutor at Marillac House, Chicago, and The Learning Center, Chicago. She was director of religious education at Holy Trinity Parish, Bloomington, IL, and pastoral minister at South Side Catholic Church, Peoria, IL; Visitation Parish, Chicago; and St. Basil Visitation Parish, Chicago. Sr. Marie ministered as assistant prioress at the Dominican Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, WI, and served as elderly service coordinator and in emergency assistance at Catholic Charities, St. Augustine, FL. She brought her gentle and affable ways to her teaching and administration positions while demonstrating a high level of competence. Sr. Marie purposefully lived simply and supported those whose means were limited. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Arturo Cranston, OPSister Arturo Cranston, OPSister Arturo Cranston, OP, died April 10, 2022. Professed in 1956, she taught music in the following schools: St. Cajetan, Chicago; St. Peter, Anaconda, MT; Bethlehem Academy, Faribault, MN; St. Robert, Shorewood, WI; Regina, Minneapolis; Dominican, Whitefish Bay, WI; Sacred Heart Academy, Washington, DC; St. Mary, Piscataway, MD; and SS. Faith, Hope, and Charity, Winnetka, IL. She studied recreation and natural resources and combined all her passions as director of Camp WeHaKee (now WeHaKee Camp for Girls) in Winter, WI. Sr. Arturo dedicated herself to building up the physical camp and developing young women who were confident and compassionate. She believed a strong person was one who showed respect for others and could have honest, forthright conversations that led to a peaceful outcome. “Peace is the resolution of conflict, not the absence of conflict,” Sr. Arturo said. Her last fulltime ministry was serving as prioress of St. Dominic Villa, Hazel Green, WI. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Mary Jane (Querin) Herlik, OPSister Mary Jane (Querin) Herlik, OPSister Mary Jane (Querin) Herlik, OP, died April 4, 2022. Professed in 1950, she taught in the following schools: Visitation, Chicago; St. Patrick, Ottawa, IL; St. Patrick, Madison, WI; Trinity, River Forest, IL; Bishop Lynch, Dallas, TX, where she also served as coprincipal; and Notre Dame, Chattanooga, TN. Sr. Mary Jane served as pastoral minister at St. Jude Parish, Chattanooga, TN, and St. Joseph Parish, Marietta, GA. During these two ministry opportunities, she began working with people affected by HIV/AIDS and their loved ones, offering spiritual care and support. Noticing in the early 1980s that medical personnel and clergy were afraid to enter hospital rooms of those dying of AIDS, she said, “I felt I was being called to minister to those dying with AIDS” (Tampa Bay Times). She was a founding member of the Atlanta Archdiocesan AIDS Task Force and served as coordinator at Sacred Heart Southern Missions, Walls, MS, and in St. Petersburg, FL, with Catholic Charities and as a volunteer in the area. Sr. Mary Jane advised people to “squeeze some joy out of every day, live with a grateful heart, and always trust in a loving God” (“The Link”). May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Suzanne Schuman, OPSister Suzanne Schuman, OPSister Suzanne Schuman, OP, died March 23, 2022. Professed in 1950, she taught in the following schools: St. James, Kenosha, WI; SS. Peter and Paul, Tulsa, OK; St. Thomas, Chickasaw, AL; St. Thomas, Milwaukee; and St. Barnabas, Chicago. Sr. Suzanne served as principal and teacher at SS. Peter and Paul, Kingfisher, OK; All Saints, Los Angeles; and Blessed Sacrament, Sioux City, IA. She volunteered at St. Barnabas Parish, Chicago, with the religious education program and at Visitation School, Chicago, as a tutor. She was a warm, friendly, and kind woman. Many would say about her, “She was ‘Sister Hospitality.’” May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Kathleen (Mary Bernarde) Conlin, OPSister Kathleen (Mary Bernarde) Conlin, OPSister Kathleen (Mary Bernarde) Conlin, OP, died March 19, 2022. Professed in 1953, she taught in the following schools: St. Rose, Milwaukee; St. Barnabas, Chicago; Blessed Sacrament, Madison, WI; St. Patrick, Rockford, IL; Holy Rosary, Minneapolis; Annunciation, Minneapolis; St. Robert, Shorewood, WI; Nativity BVM, Menominee, IL; and St. Jerome, Columbus, WI. Sr. Kathleen served in the transportation department at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, WI; as chaplain at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, and St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay, WI; and as pastoral minister at St. Clement Parish, Sheboygan, WI, and St. Jerome Parish, Columbus, WI. She devoted 31 years of ministry to the people of St. Joseph by offering her kind, unassuming presence. Sr. Kathleen gave wholeheartedly to the children and adults with whom she ministered. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Monice Kavanaugh, OPSister Monice Kavanaugh, OPSister Monice Kavanaugh, OP, died March 16, 2022. Professed in 1958, she taught at Our Lady of Refuge, Bronx, NY; St. Clara Novitiate, Sinsinawa, WI, where she was also assistant novice mistress; and Queen of Peace, Burbank, IL. Sr. Monice served as pastoral minister at St. Fabian Parish, Bridgeview, IL, and Immaculate Conception Parish, Chicago; as director of the permanent diaconate formation program for the Archdiocese of Chicago; and as a member of the Resources for Mission Team for the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation while living in Chicago. She ministered with the House of Connections and The Learning Center in Chicago, providing adult education and literacy programs and serving the center as executive director, employment counselor, and program director. Sr. Monice lived with integrity, fidelity, honesty, and a certain calmness. She recognized and supported the potential of others and had a deep belief and commitment to lay leadership. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Rosemary (Aemilia) Empen, OPSister Rosemary (Aemilia) Empen, OPSister Rosemary (Aemilia) Empen, OP, died March 2, 2022. Professed in 1957, she taught at St. Basil, Chicago, and Corpus Christi, New York, before going to Santa Cruz, Bolivia, as a missionary. There, Sr. Rosemary served at Santa Cruz Parish and School as teacher and principal before serving as pastoral minister. After returning to the United States, she continued Hispanic pastoral ministry work at St. Michael Parish, South Sioux City, NE; Holy Ghost Parish, Wood Dale, IL; and as director at Centro Guadalupano, Madison, WI. She was parish codirector at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Houston, MS, and volunteered teaching Spanish at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, WI, and as an interpreter for Jo Daviess County, IL. Sr. Rosemary was a gentle person who responded to the needs of others by asking, “What will we do about this?” May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Maria (Maria Goretti) Oppriecht, OPSister Maria (Maria Goretti) Oppriecht, OPSister Maria (Maria Goretti) Oppriecht, OP, died Feb. 26, 2022. Professed in 1951, she taught in the following schools: St. Joseph, Sioux Falls, SD; Blessed Martin, Oklahoma City, OK; SS. Faith, Hope, and Charity, Winnetka, IL; St. Albert the Great, Minneapolis; St. Mary, East Dubuque, IL; St. Thomas of Villanova, Palatine, IL; and St. Rose, Cuba City, WI. Sr. Maria served as guidance counselor at Campion High School, Prairie du Chien, WI; St. John Cathedral High School, Milwaukee; and Bethlehem Academy, Faribault, MN. She was a pastoral minister at Sacred Heart Parish, El Reno, OK; St. Joseph Parish, Union City, OK; St. John Parish, Yukon, OK; and Blessed Sacrament Parish, Madison, WI, before becoming a Reiki practitioner in the Madison, WI, area. Sr. Maria was a free spirit, independent, and saw beauty in the world around her. She supported parishes by developing programs that helped people grow in their faith. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Marie (Dennita) Sullivan, OPSister Marie (Dennita) Sullivan, OPSister Marie (Dennita) Sullivan, OP, died Feb. 9, 2022. Professed in 1951, she taught in the following schools: Our Lady of Refuge, Bronx, NY; St. Michael, Galena, IL; Holy Name, Kansas City, MO; and St. Barnabas, Chicago. She dedicated her life to serving those who lived on the margins, serving as a social worker at Seton Center, Kansas City, MO, before moving to Atlanta, GA. There, she was the social ministry director and administrator at Christian Emergency Help Centers, which was later renamed the Sullivan Center in her honor. Sr. Marie helped develop a place where people in need of housing, food, and clothing could meet those needs and move beyond their present circumstances in life through education and counseling. Through this organization and Sr. Marie’s tenacity, multiple services were connected and streamlined. She was a prayerful person who treated those she met with respect and dignity. She celebrated her Irish heritage. Sr. Marie would ask, “What are you doing to make a difference with the poor?” May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister LaDonna (Albertino) Jeno, OPSister LaDonna (Albertino) Jeno, OPSister LaDonna (Albertino) Jeno, OP, died Jan. 28, 2022. Professed in 1952, she taught at Epiphany, Chicago; Immaculate Conception, Waukegan, IL; and St. Augustine, South St. Paul, MN, and was an aide at Consolidated Catholic Schools, Faribault, MN. Sr. LaDonna served as a cook at the following convents: the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, WI; St. Gall, Milwaukee; Sacred Heart, Washington, DC; Trinity, River Forest, IL; and Annunciation, Minneapolis. She returned to the Motherhouse to work with children in the preschool program and then used her computer skills as support staff at the Motherhouse in the Office of Development with the Honors and Memorials program; at Regina High School, Minneapolis, in the business office; and at St. Jude Convent, Montgomery, AL, as bookkeeper. Sr. LaDonna was outgoing, kind, and generous. She welcomed many babies with hand-knitted outfits and blankets and was a helper wherever she lived. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Loretta (Mary Nathan) Zemaitis, OPSister Loretta (Mary Nathan) Zemaitis, OPSister Loretta (Mary Nathan) Zemaitis, OP, died Jan. 26, 2022. Professed in 1945, she taught in the following schools: St. Matthew, Milwaukee; St. Mary, Champaign, IL; St. Dominic, Washington, DC; Holy Trinity, Bloomington, IL; Visitation, Chicago; Central Catholic, Anaconda, MT; Aquin, Freeport, IL; Bishop Lynch, Dallas, TX; St. Mary, Cheyenne, WY; and Sacred Heart, Washington, DC. Sr. Loretta ministered in adult faith formation and with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) at Sacred Heart Parish, Washington, DC; St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Milwaukee; St. Martin de Porres Parish, Columbia, SC; and Parish Co-op of South Chicago, Chicago. She served in the food pantry at St. Basil Parish, Chicago; as director of religious education at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Kenosha, WI, and St. Sebastian Parish, St. Augustine, FL; as director of migrant tutoring at Lee County School System, Fort Myers, FL; as GED and literacy teacher at Westside Employment, Chicago; and pastoral minister at AFCAAM Center, Fort Myers, FL, and the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa. Sr. Loretta was curious, often seeking to understand the mystery of God and listening to others as they searched for meaning. She was a peace-filled spirit of joy. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Barbara (Walthier) Bell, OPSister Barbara (Walthier) Bell, OPSister Barbara (Walthier) Bell, OP, died Jan 17, 2022. Professed in 1951, she taught in the following schools: Annunciation, Minneapolis; St. Mary, Muncie, IN; Resurrection, Minneapolis; St. Mary, Elkton, SD; St. Gall, Milwaukee; St. Anne, Wausau, WI; St. Mary, Piscataway, MD; St. Rose of Lima, Baltimore, MD; and Visitation, Chicago. Sr. Barbara ministered as a director of religious education at these parishes: St. Thomas of Villanova, Palatine, IL; Visitation, Chicago; St. Patrick, Green Bay, WI; Holy Rosary, Kewaunee, WI; St. Margaret Mary, Neenah, WI; and Holy Innocents, Manitowoc, WI. She served at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, WI, as an accountant and in central banking in the General Finance Office before ministering as the pastoral administrator at Sacred Heart Parish, Ronan, MT, and St. Joseph Mission, Charlo, MT. She volunteered as prayer leader at St. Anne Parish, Wausau, WI. Sr. Barbara was a steady, gentle, faith-filled presence who lived her life with grace, hospitality, and integrity. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

Sister Anne Marie (Innocentia) Friedrich, OPSister Anne Marie (Innocentia) Friedrich, OPSister Anne Marie (Innocentia) Friedrich, OP, died Jan. 6, 2022. Professed in 1952, she taught in the following schools: St. Albert, Minneapolis; Nativity BVM, Menominee, IL; St. Matthew, Milwaukee; St. Raphael, Madison, WI, where she was also principal; and Visitation, Chicago. Sr. Anne Marie was principal at St. Basil, Chicago, and SS. Faith, Hope, and Charity, Winnetka, IL. In 1981, she and Dr./Sister Marilyn Aiello, OP, moved to Marks, MS, to establish DePorres Health Center. Sr. Anne Marie—the clinic’s business manager—was key to running the operational side of the clinic. She promoted and welcomed full-time volunteers, Catholic Sisters, medical personnel, and many others who sought a faith-filled community. Sr. Anne Marie then served as fiscal assistant at the Department of Family Medicine at University of Mississippi West Jackson Family Medical Center, Jackson. She was an organized, warm, kind, and funny human being. May she rest in peace. Click here to send a memorial online.

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