Sister Mary Irene Lolli, OP

Sr. Mary Irene Lolli, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Mary Irene Lolli died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH, on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018.

Sister Irene (Mary Julia) was born on April 27, 1925, to Irene Pachioli and Sante Lolli of Strafford, PA. She entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine Di Ricci, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in 1952.

Sr. Irene had a great love of learning and study. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies/Sociology from the College of St. Rose and her Master of Theological Studies from the Franciscan School of Theology. She expanded her knowledge by studying other disciples at numerous institutes and workshops, including the Dominican School of Spirituality and the Catholic University of America.

Much of Sr. Irene’s active ministry was spent serving the spiritual needs of others as a DRE, Pastoral Minister, and as a staff member at retreats in Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, Michigan and New Mexico. She also served on the Leadership team of her founding congregation for 10 years. She was a lover of history, and a great admirer of Lucy Eaton Smith, the founder of the de Ricci congregation.

In her preaching for Sr. Irene’s service, Sr. Anne Lythgoe remembered her ability to be present, to engage with a single person. Perhaps this was part of her gift to her spiritual ministry. Even after she became ill, she took great pleasure in the company of her friends and her community.

Sr. Irene is preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Louis and her sisters, Angela Vidinsky, and Rosemary DeSanto.  She is survived by her brother, Lawrence, her sister Lucy Rankin and nieces and nephews.

A vigil of Remembrance Service was held on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel, Columbus, OH. The funeral liturgy was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on Thursday, April 5. Sr. Irene was buried in Strafford, PA.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Irene’s memory may be sent to:
Dominican Sisters of Peace
Office of Mission Advancement
2320 Airport Dr.
Columbus, OH, 43219

or submitted securely at www.oppeace.org.

To view and download a PDF of Sr. Irene’s memorial, click here.

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Sr. Elizabeth Anne Heery, OP

Sr. Elizabeth Anne Heery, OP

Sr. Dominican Sister of Peace Elizabeth Anne Heery, 84, died at the Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH on March 8, 2018. She was born Eileen Heery in 1934 in Astoria, LI, NY, to Elizabeth Kiernan and James Heery.  One of nine children, she was already accustomed to community life when, in 1956, she moved to Columbus and entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Sr. Elizabeth started her career with the New York Telephone Company. After joining the Congregation, she was moved to minister to the elderly and ill at the infirmary of the original Columbus Motherhouse, the Saint George Hospital in Cincinnati, OH, and at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH.

She wanted to do even more to serve the Community and took Pharmacology courses as part of working towards her LPN, which she earned in 1969.

Even after physical problems made it difficult for her to work as a nurse, she continued to care for her Sisters and her community. She often drove Sisters to medical appointments, and also served as a receptionist at the Motherhouse and in the library and the Springs Press.

Sr. Elizabeth’s love for her special ministry with the elderly and ill was summed up in this statement that she made when speaking about her ministry at Mohun Health Care Center, “I have great love and respect for the old and sick in Mohun Hall and St. Mary’s. I cannot think of a greater place to spend one’s self than in this service.”

Sr. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers James, Anthony, and John, her sisters Mary Emslie and Kathleen Pitarra. She is survived by her brothers, Joseph, and Philip; her sister, Rita Churpita; and many nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance and the Mass of Christian Burial was held on March 14 at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel in Columbus, OH. The funeral was held on March 15, 2018. Sr. Elizabeth Ann is interred at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

To download a printable PDF of this memorial, please click here.   

Memorial gifts in Sr. Elizabeth Anne’s memory may be submitted securely online or sent to:
Dominican Sisters of Peace
Office of Mission Advancement
2320 Airport Drive
Columbus, OH 43219.

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Sister Imelda Murrin, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Imelda Murrin, 92, died at the Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY, on February 8, 2018.  She was born on August 29, 1925, in Waltham, MA, to Catherine Connors and John Francis Murrin.  In 1944 she entered the St. Catharine Kentucky Dominicans, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Sr. Imelda earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Siena College, Memphis, TN, in 1956. True to her Dominican charism, she continued her studies in a wide range of topics, from Language Arts to the Sacraments to Bio-Ethics.

Sister Imelda also shared her love of learning with children in New York and Massachusetts as both a teacher and later as a principal, serving in that important ministry for more than 60 years.

Sister Imelda loved children and continued to spend time with them even after she retired from teaching. She would take the bus daily to volunteer at St. Jude’s School in Waltham, MA, supervising lunch and recess and surrounding herself with the smiles of students. She also volunteered at St. Patrick in Watertown, MA.

Health issues brought Sr. Imelda to Sansbury Care Center in 2007, where she entered a ministry of prayer and presence. Although she spent the last years of her life in a state of dementia, her friends at Sansbury remember her beautiful blue eyes and soft smile.

Sr. Imelda was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her Dominican Sisters of Peace religious community, one sister, Ruthann Bentley, and several nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance was held Thursday, February 15 and the funeral was held Friday, February 16, both at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel.  Sr. Imelda was interred at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Imelda Murrin’s memory may be submitted securely online or sent to:

The Dominican Sisters of Peace
Office of Mission Advancement
2320 Airport Drive
Columbus, OH 43219

To view a printable version of Sr. Imelda’s memorial, please click here.

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Sister James Grace Richmond, OP

Sr. James Grace Richmond, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace James Grace Richmond, OP, 92, died at Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY, on Friday, January 19, 2018.  She was born in Memphis, TN, in 1925 to Grace Maloney and Basil W. Richmond. She entered the former congregation of the Kentucky Dominicans, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in 1953. She served God’s people for more than 63 years.

Sr. James Grace earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Science from Memphis State College in 1948 and earned her Master of Arts in Business Education from the same institution 20 years later.

Sr. James Grace began her ministry as a teacher, working in Illinois, Nebraska, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. She also served her Kentucky community as the Coordinator of St. Catharine Motherhouse and as a Regional Coordinator.

In the early 1970’s, Sr. James Grace was moved to serve her community as a pastoral minister in the parishes and hospitals of her hometown of Memphis, TN. This service to God’s people had the added benefit of enabling Sister to spend more time with her beloved family.

Sr. James Grace entered Sansbury Care Center in 2009, where she served God, her Sisters and the Church with her ministry of prayer and presence.

Sr. James Grace was survived by several nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance was held on Thursday, January 25 at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel in St. Catharine, KY. Mass of Christian Burial was held at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel on Friday, January 26, followed by burial at the St. Catharine Cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. James Grace Richmond’s memory may be submitted securely online or sent to:

Dominican Sisters of Peace
Office of Mission Advancement
2320 Airport Drive
Columbus, OH 43219

For a printable copy of this memorial, please click here. 

 

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Sister Francine Ashoff, OP

 

Sr. Francine Ashoff, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Francine Ashoff, OP, 95, died at Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH, on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.  She was born in Homestead, PA, in 1922 to Victoria Paskert and Adam Ashoff. She was professed in 1943 to the former congregation of St. Mary of the Springs, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, and served God’s people for more than 70 years.

Sr. Francine earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the College of St. Mary of the Springs (now Ohio Dominican University), and a Master of Education specializing in Social Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

She put her education to work by ministering as a teacher in Connecticut, Michigan, Pennsylvania, in Steubenville Ohio and in the Columbus diocese at St. Thomas in Zanesville, St. Mary Lancaster, OH, at Holy Name, and St. James the Less in Columbus. She taught children at every grade level from primary to high school and was devoted to sharing her love of learning with her students.

Sr. Francine suffered a stroke that left her unable to speak and move freely for more than ten years, and spent the remainder of her life at Mohun Health Care Center. In her preaching at Sr. Francine’s funeral, Sr. Louis Mary Passeri, OP, spoke of Sr. Francine’s gentle ministry of presence in those latter years, saying “Even though Francine served many of God’s people actively, who knows? Maybe the last ten years of her life were more productive than the first 85?”

Sr. Francine was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Vincent and Donald. She is survived by her sister, Bernice, her brothers, Edwin and Alfred, and nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance was held on Tuesday, January 16 at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse in Columbus, OH. The funeral liturgy was held at the Columbus Motherhouse on Wednesday, January 17, followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Francine’s memory may be submitted securely online or sent to:

Dominican Sisters of Peace
Office of Mission Advancement
2320 Airport Drive
Columbus, OH 43219

For a printable copy of this memorial, click here.

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