Obituaries

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Dominican Sister of Peace Marcia Fleder

Sr. Marcia Fleder

Dominican Sister of Peace Marcia Fleder (Irene) (91) died at St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville, OH, on February 17, 2019.  A native of Steubenville, OH, Sr. Marcia was born in 1928 to Adella Grabaskas and Frank Fleder. She entered religious life in 1947.

Sr. Marcia earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from St. Mary of the Springs, now Ohio Dominican University, in Columbus, OH.

Sr. Marcia’s ministry reflects her love of young children and her delight helping them love to learn. She began teaching First Grade in 1948, and continued teaching young children for 45 years. She taught at schools in New York, Pennsylvania, and Illinois, and was chosen to open the St. Jane de Chantal Parish School in Chicago. She considered this one of her greatest works, and looked back on that time fondly. She also taught at St. Mary’s in Lancaster, St. Thomas in Zanesville, and St. Janes the Less and St. Gabriel’s in Columbus, all in the Columbus diocese, and Holy Rosary in Steubenville, OH.

Sr. Marcia also trained altar servers in the various parishes in which she ministered. She was delighted to have trained the first female altar servers at Holy Rosary Parish in her home town of Steubenville, OH.

After she retired from teaching, Sr. Marcia continued to minister to the people of the Holy Rosary Parish as a volunteer at both the church and the local convent. She was a welcome visitor to the sick, taking Communion to those who were unable to go to Mass. She also assisted with the sacristy and acted as a lector. Her volunteer work continued at the Mohun Care Center in Columbus, where she served as assistant sacristan and coordinated bingo for Mohun residents.

In her preaching, Sr. Mary Joel Campbell remembered Sr. Marcia as a woman with a beautiful simplicity of soul.  “She knew where she ought to be,’ said Sr. Mary Joel, “and she had no desire to be more than she seemed.”

Her 71 years of service to the church concluded with her ministry of prayer and presence at the Mohun Health Care Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank Fleder and Adella Grabaskas Fleder, her brothers, Frank and Charles Fleder, her half brothers, Rev. Peter Grabaskas and Stanley Grabaskas. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Marianne Fleder, nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance was held on February 21, 2019. The funeral liturgy was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on February 22, followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery by Egan Ryan Funeral Home.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Marcia’s memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr. Columbus, OH 43219 or submitted securely at oppeace.org

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Dominican Sister of Peace Margaret Marie Hofstetter

Sr. Margaret Marie Hofstetter

Dominican Sister of Peace Margaret Marie (Helen Elizabeth) Hofstetter, 97 died at the Sansbury Care Center on January 27, 2019. She was born in 1921 in Nashville, TN, one of the six children of Margaret Sanders and Oscar Hofstetter. She entered religious life in 1944, and served God and God’s people faithfully for more than 70 years.

Sr Margaret Marie earned a Bachelor of Arts in History, Social Studies and English from Siena College, which she used in her early ministry of teaching and educational administration in Kentucky, Ohio, and Nebraska. She continued her studies at St. Mary College in Notre Dame, IN, where she earned a Master of Arts in Scripture/Theology, and DePaul University in Chicago, where she earned a Master of Arts in History.

Sr. Margaret Marie served her community as President of St. Catharine College in St. Catharine, KY, from 1969 to 1975, after which she studied at the Institute of Spiritual Leadership to earn a certificate in Spirituality.

Sr. Margaret Marie’s studies in religion and spirituality were important to her work as a Pastoral Minister in Tennessee, a participant in the House of Prayer at Bethlehem University in Israel, and as a member of the Governing Board of her founding congregation.

Her experience in Israel moved her to encourage other Sisters to minister outside of the United States, preferably in a developing country.

Sr. Margaret Marie loved to study and wanted to share her love of learning with others even after she retired. She spent nearly nine years working in adult education in the diocese of Jackson, MS, before she returned to the Saint Catharine Motherhouse where she volunteered at the Earth Center, and also assumed the Ministry of Prayer.

For her funeral Mass, Sr. Rose Marie Cummins chose the Gospel reading from Mark about the feeding of the 5,000, saying that Sister Margaret Marie took Christ’s message to feed the people to heart. She recounted how Sr. Margaret’s work with the marginalized, the hungry and thirsty were her way of feeding Christ’s people, and she did it with love.

Sr. Margaret Marie was preceded in death by her parents and three of her 6 siblings. She is survived by one sister, Sr. Adrian Hofstetter, one brother, Rev. Robert Hofstetter and several nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held on January 30, 2019, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Sansbury Care Center Chapel in St. Catharine, KY. The funeral liturgy was also held at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel on January 31, 2019, followed by burial at the St. Catharine Motherhouse Cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Margaret Marie Hofstetter’s memory may be submitted securely online or 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 Clara Bauman

Sister Clara Bauman, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Clara (Irenaeus) Bauman, 88, died at the Mohun Care Center in Columbus, OH, on January 22, 2019.

Sister Clara was born in 1930 in Columbus, OH, the daughter of Victoria Trapp and John Bauman. She entered religious life in 1949 after graduating from the St. Mary of the Springs Academy in Columbus, OH, in 1949.

Sr. Clara earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the College of St. Mary of the Springs, now Ohio Dominican University, in Columbus, OH. She earned a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education from Duquesne University and a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from the Incarnate Word University in San Antonio.

Sr. Clara ministered as an elementary school teacher and administrator in Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and Ohio, including in the Columbus diocese at St. Francis, Holy Spirit, Our Lady of Peace Columbus, at Holy Trinity, Somerset and at Sacred Heart, Coshocton.

After receiving her Master of Arts in Religious Studies in 1985, Sr. Clara served as Director of Religious Education at St. John the Baptist in McHenry, IL, from 1987 to 2000, and as Pastoral Minister at St. James the Less in Columbus from 2001 to 2012.

Even after her health required her to retire, she remained a pleasant and caring presence among her Sisters at the Mohun Health Care Center.

Sr. Clara was preceded in death by her parents John C. Bauman and Victoria Trapp Bauman, her sister Dorothy and her brother Irwin. She is survived by her sister, Bernadine Bauman; and nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held on January 29, 2019, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel, Columbus, OH. The funeral liturgy was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on January 30, 2019, followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Clara’s memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219 or submitted securely at oppeace.org.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Eileen Fallon

Sr. Eileen Fallon, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Eileen Fallon, 82, died at St. John Neumann Nursing Center in Philadelphia on January 16, 2019. She was born in 1936 to Marie Eberle and James Fallon of Philadelphia, PA.

After high school, she worked for seven years at the Curtis Publishing Company, but as she was known to say, the call of the “Hound of Heaven” was strong, and in 1962 she entered the Dominican Sisters. She was a member of the Congregation for more than 57 years.

Sister Eileen attended Villanova-LaSalle in Villanova, PA, where she earned her CCD certificate. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Immaculata College, now Immaculata University, in Immaculata, PA.

Sister Eileen was assigned to the Dominican Retreat House, Prouille Community in Elkins Park, PA, and entered enthusiastically into the Retreat Ministry. Her work at the Retreat House reinvigorated her religious life, and she enjoyed working with the retreat house staff and volunteers.

Eileen served as Coordinator of Retreats for 12 years. She worked with many retreat promoters to attract more than 10,000 women annually to enjoy the serenity and programming of events at Elkins Park. One of her favorite events was the annual Retreat for the Blind, a program that paired sighted women with non-sighted women on a weekend retreat, a project on which she collaborated with her friend, Mary Keul.

Sr. Eileen brought calm and humor to any task, with the ability to juggle multiple details and projects simultaneously. When she became a Sacristan, she accepted the role with enthusiasm and continued this work until declining health forced her to retire. She retired to Philadelphia after her founding congregation merged with the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Sister Eileen was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, She is survived by her Dominican Community and dear friend Mary Keul; also survived by sister-in-law Doris Fallon and nieces and nephews.

Sister Eileen Fallon was remembered at a service on Saturday, January 19, at the Holy Redeemer Sisters’ Provincialate Chapel in Huntingdon Valley, PA. The Funeral Mass followed, and Sr. Eileen was interred at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cheltenham, PA.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Eileen’s memory may be submitted securely online at oppeace.org or sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219

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Dominican Sister of Peace Loretta Sullivan

Sr. Loretta Sullivan, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Loretta (Mary Neil) Sullivan (87) died at the Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH, on January 17, 2019. One of two children, she was born in 1931 to Loretta Korn and Cornelius Sullivan of New Haven, CT. She attended St. Mary’s High School and was attracted to religious life by the joyful spirit of the teachers that she encountered there. She entered religious life in 1954.

Sr. Loretta earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio Dominican University and was an enthusiastic elementary and secondary school teacher in Connecticut, New York, and Ohio. She returned to her studies at St. Mary’s Notre Dame in 1968, earning a Master of Arts in Scripture.

In 1968, Sr. Loretta was asked to combine her two passions – teaching and theology – to develop a religious education program for St. Mary’s parish in Marietta. She was eager to enter this relatively new area in the Church and continued her studies to be ready to serve those in her care. She earned her Master of Arts in Sacred Theology from Yale Divinity School and her certificate of Clinical Pastoral Education from Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, CT.

Sister Loretta also served in the Religious Education office of the Archdiocese of Hartford, as Associate Vicar of Religious, and as the first Director of Human Resources for her founding congregation, St. Mary of the Springs.

In 1993, true to the Dominican charism, Loretta began to offer pastoral care, counseling, and therapeutic recreational opportunities to marginalized populations in 1993. She took particular joy in her work as chaplain for the State of Connecticut Department of Corrections, sharing God’s love with those who often had no hope.

Sr. Loretta returned to Columbus in her later years, where she was known for her gentle smile and kind, giving spirit. She also enjoyed sharing stories of her family, who she loved very much, with the Sisters at the Columbus Motherhouse and, later, at the Mohun Care Center.

Sr. Loretta Sullivan was preceded in death by her parents, Cornelius and Loretta Korn Sullivan.  She is survived by her brother Neil, her niece, Mara, nephew, Neil and two grandnephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel, Columbus, Ohio on Friday, January 25. The funeral liturgy was held on Saturday, January 26. Sr. Loretta was interred at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Loretta Sullivan’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 download a printable PDF of this memorial, please click here.

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