Obituaries

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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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Dominican Sister of Peace Marie Joseph Porrello, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Marie Joseph Porrello

Dominican Sister of Peace Marie Joseph Porrello, OP, (Dominica) (93), a native of New Haven, Connecticut, died on June 21, 2101, at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH.

The daughter of Rose Cardonita and Liborio Porello, Sr. Marie Joseph graduated from St. Mary’s Academy, our founded school in New Haven, and entered the Congregation in 1946. She made First Profession in 1948 and took her final vows in 1951.

Sr. Marie Joseph earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio Dominican University. She taught elementary school in New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania for twenty-five years. She loved teaching little ones and preparing them for the Sacraments. She kept in contact with many of her students even into retirement.

Sister Marie Joseph left education to minister in Pastoral Care, visiting Columbus, OH- area nursing homes to share the sacraments and to, in her words, “prepare the very sick to meet our Lord Jesus.” She dedicated herself to this service for more than 30 years and was honored to award the Pastoral Service Award from Park Medical Center, now Ohio State University East. She also served at Carrington Health in Columbus, OH.

Sr. Marie Joseph put her gifts of joy and hospitality to work for the Congregation as a receptionist and as a member of the Hospitality Team at the Columbus Motherhouse. She also served as a volunteer with the Congregation’s Communication department.

Even after Sr. Marie Joseph retired from active service, she continued to minister to her Sisters, her family, and friends, and her many former students through calls, letters, and her prayer and presence.

She is preceded in death by her parents Rose Cardonita and Liborio Porello, her brothers, Peter, Sebastian, Dominick, Joseph, and Harold, and her sisters, Annette Anastasio and Ann Marie De Mars. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and many friends.

A private Memorial Service was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery by Egan Ryan Funeral Home.

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Memorial gifts in Sr. Marie Joseph’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 Virginia Mary Sammett, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Virginia Mary Sammett, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Virginia Mary (Mary Alicene) Sammett, OP, (90), a native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, died on June 13, 2021, at Norton Hospital Louisville, Kentucky.

Born in 1930 to Alice Largento and Carl Sammett, Sr. Virginia attended Mount Trinity Academy. She entered the Congregation in 1948 and took her final vows in 1952, serving the Church and her people for 71 years.

Sr. Virginia Mary earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy/ Psychology/English from Siena College (Memphis, TN) and a Master of Arts in Reading from Clarke College (Dubuque, IA). She put that excellent education to work ministering as an educator and administrator in schools in New York, Illinois, and Massachusetts for more than 40 years. Sr. Virginia also served as coordinator of a Language Arts program in the Diocese of Brooklyn and as the Reading Specialist for eight elementary schools staffed by our Congregation in Massachusetts.

In 2005, Sister Virginia began a new service to God’s people when she led a prayer ministry at Neville Place at Fresh Pond in Cambridge, MA. In reflecting on this ministry, she commented that she prayed the rosary with the residents and tried to be “radically open to ongoing conversion into the peace of Christ.” Her thoughtful ministry of care was much appreciated by the residents of the health care facility.

Sister Virginia was deeply involved in both the community life and the study life of our Congregation, as well in social justice issues ranging from racism to gun control to immigration.

In 2018, Sister moved to St. Catharine Motherhouse (St. Catharine, KY) where she continued to serve her community and the Congregation. In 2019, Sr. Virginia Mary moved to Sansbury Care Center (St. Catharine, KY) where she began a ministry of prayer and presence.

When speaking at Sr. Virginia’s funeral service, Sr. Kathleen Corrigan, OP, noted that the Scripture that Sr. Virginia chose was the fourteenth chapter of John, which begins with the words “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Have faith in me.” Sr. Kathleen said that Sr. Virginia not only lived by those words, but she modeled them for others, caring for and inspiring confidence in her many students as well as the elderly people to whom she ministered.

Sr. Virginia Mary is survived by several cousins.

Visitation and funeral services at Sansbury Care Center Chapel were held on June 22 and 23. Sr. Virginia Mary was buried in the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

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Memorial gifts in Sr. Virginia Mary’s memory may also be sent to Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219-2098.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Joan McVeigh

Dominican Sister of Peace Joan McVeigh

Dominican Sister of Peace Joan Michael McVeigh, OP, (Margaret Ann) died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH on Friday, June 4, 2021. She was 90 years old.

Sister Joan, one of four siblings, was born in 1931 in Spalding, NE, to Marie (Mae) Bernadette O’Sullivan and Antony McVeigh. As a young woman, she sat in church for six days straight, waiting for a word from God as to her future. On the feast of St. Dominic, she heard the word “Come,” and this began her Dominican vocation. She attended Saint Catharine College for one year, and then entered the Congregation in 1950, made her first profession in 1952, and took her final vows in 1955. She served as a Dominican Sister for almost 70 years.

After her entry into the Congregation, Sr. Joan continued her education at St. Catharine College, earning her Associate in Arts degree in English and History. She returned to Nebraska where she ministered as an educator in Bellevue, Hastings, Kearney, and McCook.

Sr. Joan earned her Bachelor of Arts in English, Social Studies and Education from Siena College, and her Master of Science in Secondary School Education and English from Nebraska State College before moving to Chicago, IL, where she served as the Coordinator for Teacher Corps, a program to improve elementary and secondary teaching in predominantly low-income areas.

During her time in Chicago, Sr. Joan also taught at Holy Angels School, Malcolm X College, and Harold Washington City College. She was committed to teaching the first-generation students at these institutions and did her best to give them the opportunities she believed that they deserved. Sr. Joan also ministered as a substance abuse counselor.

Sister Joan’s “other ministry” was her support of “the right of an informed conscience to decide and to act.” Her dedication led her to take part in many activities to support social justice and civil rights. To Sister Joan, this work was part of her apostolate because “it involved the transmission of truth.”

Sister Joan loved her time in Chicago. When failing health forced her to move to the Ohio Motherhouse, she brought her love for the White Sox and the Bears, for her many students, and for the God who she served for so many years.

In his preaching at her memorial service, Fr. Elias Henritzy, OP, spoke of Sr. Joan’s special relationship with the children that she taught in Chicago. “Every class she taught had a kind of healing in it. She taught the grammar of hearing and sharing and brought each of the children into a sense of community with each other.”

Sister Joan was preceded in death by her parents Anthony and Marie O’Sullivan McVeigh, her sister, Naomi Krausnick and brothers, Cyril, and Arthur. She is survived by nieces, nephews, former students, and many friends.

Sister Joan requested that her body be donated to science.  A private Memorial Service will be held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel at a later date.

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Memorial gifts in Sr. Joan’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 Michael Brigid Driscoll

Dominican Sister of Peace Michael Brigid Driscoll

Dominican Sister of Peace Michael Brigid (Joan Theresa) Driscoll, OP, (87), a native of Somerville, Massachusetts, died on June 2, 2021, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, Kentucky.

Sister Michael Brigid, one of four children, was born in 1934 to Brigid Murphy and Michael Driscoll. After studying for one year at Rosary Academy in Watertown, she chose to leave home to enter religious life in 1951. Sister Michael Brigid made her first profession in 1953 and perpetual profession in 1956, taking her parents’ names as her religious name as a sign of her love and respect. She was a Dominican Sister for 67 years.

Sr. Michael Brigid’s first ministry was caring for her Sisters in the infirmary at the St. Catharine Motherhouse. Her kindness was appreciated by those in her care.

Sr. Michael Brigid earned a BS in Education with a minor in English from Siena College in Memphis in 1972. She ministered as an educator for primary school students in Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia for more than 40 years. She was also served as principal at St. Mel Day School in Gloucester, MA. She was dedicated to instilling each of her students with a love of learning as well as love for God.

Sr. Michael Brigid served her Congregation as Plant Manager at Rosary Manor, where our Sisters founded more than 20 ministries, including schools, community outreach, and an ecology center at Crystal Spring.

In 2017, Sr. Michael Brigid moved to Sansbury Care Center (St. Catharine, KY), where she began a ministry of prayer and presence.

In her preaching at Sr. Michael’s service, Sr. Eleanor Fabrizi remembered her as a woman deeply devoted to Mary and to the Rosary, who found sacred time with God wherever she was. She also spoke of the many, many children and families who were touched by Sr. Michael’s four decades of ministry as an educator,

Sr. Michael Brigid is survived by one sister Margaret (Peggy) Riley, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Visitation and funeral services at Sansbury Care Center Chapel were held on June 14 and 15.  Sr. Michael Brigid was buried in the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Michael Brigid’s memory may be sent to Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219-2098.

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