Obituaries

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Dominican Sister of Peace Joann Luttrell

Dominican Sister of Peace Joan Luttrell

Dominican Sister of Peace Joann Luttrell entered into eternal life on April 9, 2020, at the Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY. Sister Joann was born in 1936 in Louisville, KY, to Mary Cecilia Barr and Bishop Luttrell.

She decided to enter religious life while she was studying nursing at Nazareth College (now Spalding University). While visiting the St. Catharine Motherhouse with Father Raymond Smith, she heard God’s call and never looked back. She entered the Congregation on her twentieth birthday in 1956.

Sr. Joann continued her studies, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Science from St. Catharine College in 1956 and her Master of Arts in Nursing from Catherine Spaulding in 1962.

She ministered at the Congregation’s St. Catharine and Sansbury infirmaries in her early years before expanding her skills to serve as a nurse, administrator and chaplain at institutions in Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio.

Sister Joann liked to refer to herself as a “jack of all trades.” A perfect example of this was her time at Sacred Heart Village in Louisville, KY. Hired as Director of Congregate Living, Sister Joann also served as Director of Mission for three institutions, planned a monthly in-service for Department Directors and filled any free time with pastoral visiting.

Sister Joann delighted in telling stories about some of her patients, but always with a gentle humor that made her love and care for her patients plain for all to see.

Her gifts and talents did not go unnoticed by the Congregation. She was elected to the Governing Board three times, and she was happy to serve her community.

Sister Joann continued to care for her community with prayer and service after moving to our Saint Catharine Motherhouse. She began her final ministry of prayer and presence at Sansbury Care Center in 2012.

She is survived by her twin sister, Jane Klobe, three brothers, John, George and Robert Luttrell; and nieces and nephews.

A private service was held on April 14, 2020. Sr. Joann was interred at the St. Catharine Motherhouse Cemetery in St. Catharine, KY. The sharing of memories and a Memorial Mass will take place at a later date.

Memorial gifts in Sister Joann Luttrell’s memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219 or submitted securely at OPPeace.org.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Thomasine Hardesty

Dominican Sister of Peace Thomasine Hardesty

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.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Joan Kane

Dominican Sister of Peace Joan Kane

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Joan Kane died on March 26, 2020, at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH. Born in 1928 in Philadelphia, PA, she was one of Anna Harris’ and John Kane’s large family of 10 children. Sr. Joan entered the Congregation in 1949.

Sr. Joan began her service at the Dominican Retreat House in Schenectady, NY. Retreat ministry obviously agreed with her, because she went on to serve at Dominican Retreat Houses in Elkins Park, PA; Albuquerque, NM; Philadelphia, PA, and Dover, MA.

Sr. Joan was generous and sociable to her Sisters and to the many that she served at the Dominican retreats. She was also a good listener, a fine and resourceful cook, and could pull a delicious meal together on a moment’s notice – all important skills for a retreat minister.

In 1992, Sister Joan took a sabbatical and earned a Certificate in Spirituality from the Spiritual Life Center in Dover, MA, in order to better meet the needs of the retreatants she loved so well. While at the St. Catherine House at Elkins Park, she served the Sisters of her community by driving them to appointments and visiting those who were ill or in the hospital.

Sr. Joan also served at St. Alice Convent in Upper Darby, PA, and in Quakertown, PA.

In 2018, Sister Joan entered a ministry of Prayer and Presence at the Congregation’s Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH.

Joan had a great love for her many nieces and nephews and talked about them frequently. She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Anna Harris Kane, her brothers John, Jr., Joseph and Harry, her sisters Catherine Cassidy, Helen Gehringer, Elizabeth Serrierson and Anna O’Connor.  She is survived by her sister, Harriet Malin, and nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services and burial in Springfield, PA will take place at a later date.  Funeral arrangements are by Egan-Ryan Funeral Home.  Memorial gifts in Sr. Joan’s memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Betty Baltrinic

Dominican Sister of Peace Betty Baltrinic, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Betty (Mary Thaddeus) Baltrinic, died on March 5, 2020, at the Regina Care Center in Richfield, OH.

Sr. Betty was born to Mary Pozderac and Michael Baltrinic of Empire, OH, in 1929. She was one of eleven children born into the Baltrinic family, and a childhood of sharing created a woman who wanted to “make a difference” in the lives of children and those suffering from poverty, abuse, and injustice. She joined the

Dominican Sisters of Peace in 1952, and served God’s people in education, social justice, pastoral ministry, and community service for 58 years.

Sr. Betty earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from St. John College and her Master of Science in Education from the University of Akron. She ministered as a primary school educator for forty years in Ohio, twenty-five of which were at Our Lady of the Elms in Akron, OH.

In 1995, Sr. Betty became the Pastoral Minister at Our Lady of the Elms. Serving as teacher, Pastoral Minister, and Justice Coordinator, she was able to exercise her passion for social justice issues and to share her passion for justice with other teachers and students alike.

After visiting with her sister, Sr. Bernadine Baltrinic, who was missioned in El Salvador, she developed a special love for the children of Central America, She became an active member of the Central American Solidarity Association of Akron, and combined her love of education and of social justice by serving as the local coordinator of the Clean Our Desk project, which collected school supplies left at the end of the school year to aid children in Nicaragua. Closer to home, Sr. Betty volunteered with a shelter for battered women.

Sr. Betty was also a faithful servant to her Congregation. She served on the Board of Elections, the Community and Spirit Life Commission, in the Formation program and as the Candidate Directress.

She served as a Community Volunteer in Akron until 2013, when she retired to the Regina Health Center.

In 1990, she received the organization’s Woman of the Year Award sponsored by the Women’s History Project of Akron. In the same year, her colleagues voted for her to receive the Excellence in Education Award. Sister Betty was the recipient in 2001 of the Catherine of Siena Award given by the Sisters of St. Dominic to a woman who promoted and empowered others in peace and justice.

Sister Betty is survived by her brother, Robert; sisters, Sister Bernadine Baltrinic, OP and Dolores Mae Kennedy; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Sisters and friends gathered to share their memories of Sr. Betty Baltrinic on March 10. The Mass of Christian Burial was conducted on March 11. Both services were held at the Akron Motherhouse Chapel. Sr. Betty was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery, Akron, OH,

Memorial gifts in Sr. Betty Baltrinic’s memory may be sent to Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219-2098. To make a secure online donation or to view a full obituary, please visit www.oppeace.org.

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Sr. Suzanne Noffke, OP

Sr. Suzanne Noffke, OP

Sr. Suzanne Noffke, OP, a Racine Dominican author and linguist, went home to God on Tuesday, April 14 after a long illness. She was 83 years old. Born Ione Noffke, she entered the aspirancy at 15. At 18, she was received into the Congregation received the name Sister Suzanne. A few years later she began teaching and earned a bachelor’s degree from Dominican College and a doctorate in linguistics from the University of Wisconsin- Madison.

She went on to serve as president of the community, as well as a translator, writer and historian, but was best known as one of the world’s leading experts on Saint Catherine of Siena. She lectured internationally and led numerous retreats based on the life and thought of Saint Catherine. She also published annotated translations of all of Catherine’s extant works (The Dialogue, 1980; The Prayers, 1983; The Letters of Catherine of Siena, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2008), and a two-volume thematic Anthology (2011), a book of essays (Catherine of Siena: Vision Through a Distant Eye, 1996, 2006), and numerous articles.

In an interview, Sr. Suzanne said, “Every phase of my ministry has been exciting and filled with meaning for me, but especially meaningful has been my work with making accessible to others our community history and the life and thought of our patron, Catherine of Siena.” She shared her knowledge and wisdom generously throughout her lifetime.

Please hold Suzanne, her family and her many friends in your thoughts and prayers and love. May she rest in peace.

Sr. Suzanne’s body will be cremated. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

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