Obituaries

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Dominican Sister of Peace Anita Schugart

Dominican Sister of Peace Anita Schugart, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Anita Schugart, OP (87), died on September 14, 2021, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse in Great Bend, KS.

A native of Great Bend, KS, Sr. Anita was born in 1933 to Velma Hlavaty and Fred Schugart. She entered the Congregation at Great Bend in 1954 and lived a faithful religious life for nearly 65 years.

Sr. Anita began her ministry as a teacher, working with children in Wichita and Great Bend. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Math from St. Mary of the Plains College and began a 20-year career at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, beginning as an office worker, then moving into a position as Assistant Administrator, and finally to President of the Hospital in 1978, a position she held for eight years. During this time, she also earned her Master’s Degree in Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

After leaving St. Catherine Hospital, Sr. Anita studied a new area of medicine, this time at the Academy of Natural Healing in Santa Fe, NM. She returned to Kansas to establish the Heartland Wholistic Health Center, serving as a massage therapist, using her heart and hands to bring comfort to those in need.

She was both responsible for, and appreciative of, the peaceful, healing environment that the Center offered to those who came for treatment as well as those who worked in the Center. She ensured that this sacred atmosphere continued when she served as Director of the Center until 2015.

Sr. Anita’s many gifts were also recognized by her Congregation, and she served as General Councilor from 1970-1978 and again from 1990-1994.

In true Dominican fashion, Sr. Anita loved to learn and to study, and attended many events at our Heartland Center for Spirituality. She was committed to environmental causes as well. She enjoyed her time gardening and volunteering for and with her Sisters at the Great Bend Motherhouse.

Sister Anita was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Alvin. She is survived by three sisters, Joyce Irwin, Centennial, CO, Marilyn Grover, Olathe, KS, and Marge Widen, Concordia, KS; several nieces and nephews; and her Sisters at the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

A Vigil Service was be held Monday, September 20, and the Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, September 21, 2021, both at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Great Bend Motherhouse.  Sr. Anita was buried in the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Louella Petry

Dominican Sister of Peace Louella Petry

Dominican Sister of Peace, Sister Louella Petry (91) died at Mount Carmel East Hospital, Columbus, OH on August 30, 2021.

She was born in 1930 in Gueydan, LA, to Sylvania Vincent and Reno Petry.  At just 14, she began thinking about sharing her life “more fully and deeply with others.” She made that plan real when she entered the Congregation in 1947, made First Profession in 1950, and took her final vows in 1953.

Sr. Louella earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Marygrove College and her MA in Early Childhood Education from Xavier University in Louisiana She also earned Montessori Certification from Xavier University, Catechist Certification from the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Certification in Clinical Pastoral Education from St. Mary’s Hospital, and Theology Certification from St. Mary’s Dominican College.

Her desire to share her life with others was fulfilled through her varied ministries. She served as a Montessori teacher at a Child Development Center, a grief counselor, a home visitor, a hospital chaplain and in the Office of Religious Education for both the Diocese of Lafayette and the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Sister Louella also served the congregation as Archivist.

Sister Louella ministered at St. Maria Goretti Parish for more than 20 years. After the destruction of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, she and several Adrian Dominicans visited every home and connected the residents with local agencies that could meet their needs.

Sister Louella retired from active ministry in 2008, ministering as a volunteer with the elderly in Metairie, LA.  She entered a ministry of prayer and presence in the Columbus Motherhouse in 2010, where one of her most cherished traditions was ministering in song to those making their final passage home to God.  She moved to the Mohun Care Center in Columbus, OH, in 2019, offering prayer and companionship to her Sisters until her own death.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Reno and Sylvania Vincent Petry, her brothers, Melvin, Milton, Erwin, and Paul, and her sisters, Velma Lemaire and Evelyn Goller.  She is survived by nieces and nephews.

A private Funeral Service was held on September 17, 2021, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel.  Burial will take place later at Gueydan Cemetery, Gueydan, LA by Egan-Ryan and Vincent Funeral Homes.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Ann Fedor

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Ann Fedor, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Ann Fedor (92), (Margaret Ann) died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH, on August 28, 2021.

Sister Mary Ann was born into her family of six siblings in 1929. Mary Boruch and Michael Fedor raised their family in Windber, PA.

Sr. Mary Ann worked as a clerk and window trimmer before entering the community in 1951. She made First Profession in 1954 and took her final vows in 1957.

Sister Mary Ann earned her Bachelor of Arts from Siena Heights University, majoring in History and Social Science with minors in Business Education, Latin, and English. She also earned her Master of Art in Business Education from the Catholic University of America.

She put her education to work serving as an educator, administrator, and bursar in schools in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Sister Mary Ann had a reputation as an excellent teacher among her many students from primary school to college level.

Sr. Mary Ann served as Vice-President and President of our founding Congregation in Oxford, MI.  She also served as the Oxford Motherhouse treasurer after our new congregation was formed, and she coordinated retreats at Dominican Center, a meeting place for youth.

Sr. Mary Ann began her final ministry of prayer and presence at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH in 2013.

Sister Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents Michael and Mary Boruch Fedor, her sisters Irene Hordubay and Mary Miller, and her brother, Michael Fedor. She is survived by her sisters, Anne Clark and Kathy Wise.

A private Memorial Service was held on September 3 at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel.

Burial will take place later at Our Lady of Sorrows Cemetery, Oxford, MI, by Egan-Ryan and Modetz Funeral Homes.

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Memorial gifts in Sr. Mary Ann’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 www.oppeace.org.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Raymunda Brooks

Dominican Sister of Peace Raymunda Brooks, OP.

Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Raymunda Brooks (Mary Frances), (93), died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, Ohio on Thursday, August 12, 2021.

Sr. Raymunda was born in 1928 to Emma Margaret Aber and Clark Raymond Brooks of Zanesville, OH.  She entered the Congregation in 1947 and made Final Profession in 1949.

She attended Ohio Dominican University, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education in 1956. She returned to academia and earned her Master of Arts in English from Duquesne University in 1964.

Sister Raymunda ministered as an elementary and high school teacher and administrator in New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. She also enjoyed coaching her students in cheerleading, tennis, and debate.

A woman of many gifts and talents, Sister Raymunda served as president of the Mid-State Athletic Board Executive Committee, vice-president of the Sisters’ Council Executive Board of the Archdiocese of New York, vice-president of the Sister’s Council of the Diocese of Columbus, and as ecclesiastical notary at the Marriage Tribunal for the Diocese of Columbus. She was a co-founder, along with Sister Marie Granger, of the Dominican Learning Center in Columbus.

One of Sr. Raymunda’s favorite ministries was serving as RCIA director at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Newark, OH. She enjoyed sharing faith in the Church that she had served throughout her life.

Sr. Raymunda entered her final ministry of prayer and presence at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH, in 2020.

She was preceded in death by her parents Clark Raymond and Emma Margaret Aber Brooks, and her brothers, Joseph, William, and Thomas Brooks.

A private Memorial Service was held on August 21, 2021, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH, by Egan-Ryan Funeral Home.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Marie Antoinette Klein

Dominican Sister of Peace Marie Antoinette Klein

Dominican Sister of Peace Marie Antoinette Klein, OP, (93) died July 17, 2021, in the Dominican Sisters’ convent infirmary in Great Bend, KS.  She was born August 20, 1927, in Dodge City, Kan., the daughter of Anthony and Mary Hoffman Klein.

She entered the Dominican Sisters Community in 1944 and pronounced her vows in 1946.

Sister Marie Antoinette, known lovingly as “Toni” by family, friends, and her Sisters at the Motherhouse ministered as a music educator, serving as a piano teacher and organist from 1946-2017.  She played the piano, the violin, and the organ, and shared her love of music and her wonderful talent as a personal preaching with those that she taught as well as those who listened to her play.

Sr. Toni faithfully assisted her blood sisters, Sisters Ruth and Marie, and took exceptional care of them as well the others she served by cooking, cleaning, and serving meals in the Motherhouse. She also worked in the microfilming department of Central Kansas Medical Center.

She retired at the motherhouse in Great Bend, but even then, she continued to serve as organist for many years, even as she had to be assisted to the instrument to play.

In her remembrance at St. Toni’s wake, Sr. Celeste Albers remembered Sr. Marie Antoinette as a woman of few words, but much joy. Sr. Pat Twohill remembered her as a woman of simple tastes, who delighted in good food, the company of friends, and the celebrations of her Community.

Sister Marie Antoinette was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Ruth and Marie, both of whom were Dominican Sisters of Peace.  She is survived by several cousins as well as the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on July 20, 2021, at the Sisters’ Convent. Sr. Marie Antoinette is buried in the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery, Great Bend, KS.

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Memorial gifts in Sr. Marie Antoinette Klein’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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