Obituaries

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Dominican Sister of Peace Kevin Clavin, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Kevin Clavin, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Kevin (Mary Therese) Clavin, OP (83), died on April 20, 2022, at the Kansas University Med Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

One of eight children born to Mary Mulligan and James Clavin of Kilbeggan County Westmeath, Sr. Kevin heard God’s call in the form of a priest from Great Bend visiting Ireland.  She followed that call across the sea, then across the country to Great Bend, where she entered the community in 1955 and took her final vows in 1964.

Sr. Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and Theology from Newman College in Kansas. She spent most of her 64 years of religious life in ministry as an educator, working in Kansas and Colorado. She also spent four years as a religious educator in Pueblo, CO.

In 1983, she moved to St. Columba School in Durango, CO, where she, along with Sr. Edith Marie, taught children for 27 years. The two taught their pupils to love and support the work of our missions, and the generations of students and families were devoted supporters of Hope for the Village Child.

From 2010 to 2021, Sr. Kevin volunteered at the Great Bend Motherhouse, including daily work in the finance office. She loved to help prepare for and work at the Annual Bazaar, decorate the dining room for special celebrations, and visit Sisters in the infirmary.

She was also devoted to her family and loved to visit Ireland to see her many grandnieces and nephews.

Sister Kevin was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Bro. James Clavin.  She is survived by four brothers, Pat (Evelyn) Clavin, John (Susan) Clavin, Lian (Fidelma) Clavin, all of Ireland, and Rev. Oliver Clavin of Springfield, MO, and two sisters, Joan Young of Overland Park, KS, and Evelyn (Richard) Hefferan of Ireland, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

A Vigil Service was held on April 28 and the Mass of Christian Burial on April 29, both at the  Sisters’ Convent.  Sr. Kevin is interred at the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery.

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Memorials in honor of Sr. Kevin may be sent to Hope for the Village Child (benefits the Sisters’ Nigerian Mission), Dominican Sisters of Peace, 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219-2098.

 

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Dominican Sister of Peace Frances Biernacki, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Frances Biernacki, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Frances (Dorothea Therese) Biernacki, OP (94), a native of Garden City, KS, died on March 28, 2022, at the Great Bend Motherhouse in Kansas.

Born to Frank J. and Rose Mary Wolf, Sister Frances entered the Congregation in 1943. She made Final Profession in 1946. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Homemaking from St. Mary College in Leavenworth, KS, and a Master of Science in Social Work from Catholic University in Washington, DC.

Sr. Frances spent the early years of her 75 years of consecrated life as an elementary school teacher in Kansas. In 1955, she heard God’s call to a new mission, and after a year of preparation, she departed for ministry in Nigeria. She served there for three years until a car accident caused severe injuries that caused her to move back to Kansas to recover.

As she regained her strength, she returned to her ministry in education, serving as a teacher and administrator in Kansas and Colorado, while earning her master’s degree in social work. She put that degree to work as a psychotherapist in Liberal, KS, and as a counselor in the Dodge City Diocesan Catholic Service Agency. She even served her Congregation as a General Councilor from 1968 to 1978.

In 1981, Sr. Frances was able to return to Africa, where she ministered in formation programs, lay leadership programs, and even as Prioress for the Sokoto Dominicans. Her ministry in Kenya and Nigeria lasted for more than 15 years, and she returned to Kansas to enter her final ministry of prayer and presence in 2000.

During her first ministry in Africa, Sr. Frances told a priest that she hoped to be a martyr. He replied, “We don’t want you dead; we need you alive.” Her long life of service reflects the value of the life that Sr. Frances devoted to God and God’s people.

Sr. Frances was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers (John Fred, Leroy, Edmond, Raymond Charlie, David); and two sisters (Rosella Billinger, Evelyn Biernacki). She is survived by a brother, Ivan Biernacki of Picayune, MS, several nieces and nephews, as well as the Dominican Sisters of Peace. A Vigil Service was held on March 30 and the Mass of Christian Burial was held on March 31, both at the Sisters’ Convent. Sr. Frances was buried in the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery.

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

 

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Dominican Sister of Peace Ancilla Schawe, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Ancilla Schawe, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Ancilla (Nora Augusta) Schawe, OP (100), died on March 25, 2022, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse in Great Bend, KS. She had recently celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and family at the Motherhouse.

Sr. Ancilla was born to Herman and Catherine Heeke Schawe on March 3, 1922, in Windthorst, KS. She entered the Congregation in 1943, making Final Profession in 1945. She earned a diploma in Nursing from the St. Rose School of Nursing in Great Bend,  a founded ministry of the Congregation.

Sr. Ancilla’s ministry was dedicated to health care. She served as a nurse, a supervisor, and an administrator at a number of Kansas hospitals, caring for the bodies and spirits of her Kansas neighbors.

She returned to study in the early 1980’s, participating in the Pastoral Care Program at Via Christi Medical Center. She cared for the souls of St. Francis Hospital patients in a pastoral ministry that spanned more than two decades.

Although she left St. Francis for the Great Bend Motherhouse in 2002, she remained busy, helping to transport Sisters, volunteering at the Central Kansas Medical Center, and serving her Congregation in any way she could. She enjoyed visits with her friends and family, and was active in study groups and other community activities. She entered her final ministry of prayer and presence in 2014.

Sister Ancilla was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Albert Schawe, and five sisters, Elizabeth Ackerman, Magdalen Ackerman, Virginia Gillogly, Gertrude Rueb, and Pauline Durler.  She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, as well as the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

A Vigil Service was held on April 1 and the Mass of Christian Burial was held on April 2, both at the Sisters’ Convent. Sr. Ancilla is interred at the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery.

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Memorials in honor of Sr. Ancilla may also be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH  43219.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Dorothy Lemon, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Dorothy Lemon

Dominican Sister of Peace Dorothy Marie (Antonius) Lemon, OP, (100), a native of Pittsburgh, PA, died on March 14, 2022, at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH.

One of three children born to Clarence and Mary Haney Lemon,  Sister Dorothy entered the Congregation in 1942 after several years working as a telephone operator. She made Final Profession in 1944 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from St. Mary of the Springs College, now Ohio Dominican University. She also earned a number of Continuing Education Certificates in subjects ranging from Intercultural Communication to Pastoral Catechesis.

Sr. Dorothy spent the early years of her long and devoted ministry to God’s people as an educator and school administrator in Ohio, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico.  She believed that all of her ministry was a form of teaching.

In 1965, Sr. Dorothy joined three other sisters as part of the Congregation’s missionary foundation in Chimbote, Peru. She would minister in Peru for twenty years and developed a deep love for the Peruvian people. She supervised teachers of religion, moderated teenage boys and girls in the Legion of Mary, taught First Communion classes, and even worked with families to teach good nutrition.

After Sister Dorothy returned to Columbus, she served in pastoral ministry at Saint Pius X parish and then became active in Congregational service as Director of Hospitality and Facilities at the Columbus Motherhouse. She was a faithful companion to many of her sisters at the  Mohun Health Care Center until she began her own ministry of prayer and presence at Mohun in 2006.

Speaking of Sr. Dorothy, Sister Barbara Lolli described her as “The picture of what a woman religious should be.”

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Mary Haney Lemon, her brother Clarence, and her sister, Anna Margaret Evangelista.  She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held on Tuesday, March 22 at the Columbus Motherhouse Chapel.  The funeral liturgy was held on March 23 at the  Columbus Motherhouse, followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery.

To donate in Sr. Dorothy Lemon’s memory, please click here.

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

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Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Roderic Schaub

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Roderic Schaub

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Roderic (Sally) Schaub, OP (85), a native of Santa Monica, CA, died on February 7, 2022, at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH.

Sr. Roderic, or Sr. Rod to her Dominican Community, was born in 1936 to Virginia Walker and Alvin Schaub. When her military family settled in Columbus, OH, she attended Saint Mary of the Springs Academy and was introduced not only to our Sisters but also to Catholicism.

At the age of twenty, she was baptized, and three years later answered the call to religious life. She entered in 1959, made first profession in 1962, and took her final vows in 1967. She served God’s people as a vowed Dominican Sister for 62 years.

Sr. Rod was a 1955 graduate of the St. Mary of the Springs Academy. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Saint Mary of the Springs College and ministered as a primary grade teacher and principal in New Mexico, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. She took great joy in teaching children from the various cultures that she encountered, especially in New York and New Mexico.

Her many personal and administrative gifts were called upon when she was asked to serve as Director of Maintenance at the Columbus Motherhouse. This challenging position was complicated since the neighboring Mohun Health Care Center was undergoing a major renovation at that time.

After her work at the Motherhouse, Sr. Rod took a sabbatical in Kentucky before returning to Columbus and serving as a tutor at the Salesian Boys and Girls Club of Columbus. A severe stroke ended her active ministry in 2002, but she continued to serve through her prayer and presence at the Mohun Health Care Center.

Sr. Roderic Schaub was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Virginia Walker Schaub, and her sister, Betty Wade. She is survived by a niece and nephew.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held at the Columbus Motherhouse on February 15, 2022. The funeral liturgy, also at the Motherhouse, was held on February 16, 2022. Sr. Roderic was buried at  St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

To donate in Sr. Mary Roderic’s memory, please click here.

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

 

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