Dominican Sister of Peace Thomasine (Ann) Hardesty entered into Heaven on April 5, 2020, at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH. A native of Columbus, OH, Sister Thomasine was born in 1925 to Agnes Daoust and Frank Hardesty. She entered the Congregation in 1951.
Sister Thomasine earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saint Mary of the Spring College, now Ohio Dominican University, and Mount Carmel School of Nursing in 1948 and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati in 1986. She ministered to the sick at the Columbus Motherhouse infirmary and Wellness Center, Saint Francis/Saint George Hospital in Cincinnati, and the Huntington Surgery Center in New York. While at St. Francis/St. George Hospital, she developed and implemented the hospital’s case cart system.
She also was the Director of Health Care for the School Sisters of Notre Dame and the Nursing Care Coordinator for the Dominican Sisters in Newburg, now the Dominican Sisters of Hope.
After moving to our Oxford Motherhouse in 2013, Sister Thomasine became involved in a wide variety of activities to benefit the community and the Congregation, from planning parties to liturgical responsibilities. She also assisted in transportation and volunteered in many other areas.
When she returned to the Columbus Motherhouse in 2017, Sr. Thomasine delighted in attending lectures at Ohio Dominican University and the Martin de Porres Center, volunteering at the Bishop Griffin Center, joining in numerous activities and social justice events, being of service wherever needed and spending time with her friends.
Even during her final ministry at the Mohun Health Care Center, Sister Thomasine continued to aid her friends and the Community through her prayers.
In her preaching at the funeral, Sr. Louis Mary Passeri noted that the readings that Sister Thomasine chose for her funeral liturgy were all centered around the Eucharist as their theme, because of her own deep devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist. “Thomasine was in my crowd and a great community woman.,” Sister Louis Mary said. “She took every occasion to celebrate together and she was ready to help anyone in need.”
She was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Agnes. She is survived by her first cousins, Catherine, Jeanne and William, her Dominican Family and friends.
A private service was held. Sr. Thomasine was interred at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH. Memorial gifts in Sr. Thomasine’s memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr.
To view a printable PDF copy of Sr. Thomasine’s memorial, please click here.