Obituaries

Celebrate with us the lives of our Sisters, who have gone before us and have answered God’s call in her own unique way. If you are having trouble finding the obituary of one of our Sisters, please email info@oppeace.org for assistance.


 

Dominican Sister of Peace Lucille (Lucilla) Winstel, OP

Sr. Lucille Winstel, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Lucille (Lucilla) Winstel, OP, (96)  died at Mohun Health Care Center on May 6, 2018. She was born in 1922 in Steubenville, OH, to Florence Gilmore and George Winstel. In 1941 she entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace. She entered the Kingdom of Heaven on the day she was to have celebrated her 75th Jubilee.

Sister Lucille earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Saint Mary of the Springs College, now Ohio Dominican University, in 1953. She earned her Master of Arts in Religious Education from Manhattanville College, New York, NY, in 1969. Sr. Lucille loved to teach and to study, and so continued her education to earn a certification in Clinical Pastoral Education from Mount Carmel Hospital. She even studied Spanish to better serve the people of New Mexico and Texas, where she ministered for eight years.

Sister Lucille was a teacher and administrator in New York, Ohio, Texas, and New Mexico for thirty years. Education was her favorite ministry because, as she said, “Teaching enabled me to freely talk about God to others.”

For six years, she was the Administrator of Mohun Hall and worked for a year as Assistant Development Director of Ohio Dominican College.  She also served as a nurse’s aide at both the Saint George Hospital in Cincinnati and Mohun Health Care Center.

The organizational skills and attention to detail that made her a great educator also helped her to serve the communication needs of the Columbus Diocese as an editorial assistant at the Catholic Times and to effectively manage the Springs Press, the Congregation’s printing office, for eight years. She continued her ministry as a typist for Sr. Camilla Mullay, the author of A Place of Springs, a congregational history of St. Mary of the Springs.

In later years she served the Congregation and God’s people through her ministry of prayer and presence at the Columbus Motherhouse and at the Mohun Health Care Center.

“She was a person of deep faith, and she lived her life without fear,” said Sister Barbara Kolesar in her preaching at Sr. Lucille’s funeral. “She also loved to laugh, and get the rest to giggle too.”

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Florence Gilmore Winstel, and her sister, Helen Winstel.

A Vigil of Remembrance and the Mass of Christian Burial were held on May 10 and May 11, respectively, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel in Columbus, OH. Sr. Lucille is interred at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus.

To download a printable version of this memorial, please click here.  

Memorial gifts in Sr. Lucille’s memory may be submitted securely online or sent to:

Dominican Sisters of Peace
Office of Mission Advancement
2320 Airport Drive
Columbus, OH 43219.

 

 

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Dominican Sister of Peace Thomas Joseph Nacy, OP

Sr. Thomas Joseph Nacy, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Thomas Joseph (Mary Patricia) Nacy, OP, (91) died at Sansbury Care Center on May 1, 2018. Sister Thomas Joseph was born in Mattoon, IL, to Mary Scott Mead and Patrick J. Nacy in 1923. She entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Catharine, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in 1953, and celebrated 65 years of religious life this year.

Sr. Thomas Joseph, or Sr. TJ, earned a Bachelor of Science in History/Education and Social Science from Siena College in Memphis and a certificate in Retreat and Pastoral Ministry from the University of Notre Dame in Great Bend, IN.

She spent nearly 40 years as a teacher in Kentucky, Illinois, New Jersey, and Nebraska. As much as she loved to teach, she also loved to learn, and even as she worked as an educator, she continued to educate herself in courses focusing on reading, science, and teaching those with learning disabilities.

After retiring from teaching, Sr. TJ returned to St. Catharine, KY, where she served her sisters as a receptionist and volunteer at Sansbury Care Center and the St. Catharine Motherhouse. She spent her final years in prayer and presence at the Sansbury Care Center

In her preaching at the funeral, Sister Helen McCarthy reminded us that Sr. Thomas Joseph was chosen by God. She was a woman of great faith and has arrived at last to the place God has prepared for her.

Sr. Thomas Joseph was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Nora. She is survived by several cousins.

The visitation was held on May 9 at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel.  The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on May 10 at Sansbury Care Center Chapel. Sr. Thomas Joseph is interred in the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

To download a PDF copy of this memorial, please click here.

Memorial gifts in Sr Thomas Joseph’s memory may be submitted securely online or sent to:
Dominican Sisters of Peace
Office of Mission Advancement
2320 Airport Drive
Columbus, OH 43219.

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Sister Mary O’Hara

Sr. Mary O’Hara, OP

Sister Mary (Sr. Eulalia) O’Hara

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary (Sr. Eulalia) O’Hara, OP, (77), died at the Mohun Health Care Center on May 1, 2018. She was born in 1940 to Margaret Davis and Michael O’Hara in Pittsburgh, PA. She entered Dominican life in 1960 at the convent of St. Mary of the Springs, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, and served faithfully for 55 years.

Sr. Mary earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio Dominican University in 1963 and served as an elementary school teacher and principal in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. As much as she loved teaching young children here in the United States, God had other work for her and in 1980 she began work as a missionary in Chimbote, Peru. Sr. Mary served the people of Chimbote by helping to train catechetical leaders and prepare candidates to receive sacraments, and by ministering to the sick.

Her love of and mercy for the sick led to her to seek certification as a hospital chaplain and she served as a hospital chaplain at Mount Carmel Hospital in Columbus, Bethesda Hospital in Cincinnati, and for 25 years at Saint Mary Medical Center in Indiana, where she was honored as Employee of the Year in 2012.

On her return to Columbus, Sr. Mary served as the receptionist for the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse until 2018.

Sr. Mary is remembered by all for her broad smile. She believed in the healing power of laughter, and tried to find many opportunities for laughter in her life. She shared that joy with all around her.

Sr. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Margaret Davis O’Hara, her brothers, Michael and Martin. She is survived by her sister, Margaret Abulencia.

A Vigil of Remembrance was held on Monday, May 7 at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel in Columbus, OH. The funeral liturgy was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on Tuesday, May 8. Sister Mary O’Hara is buried at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH

To download a PDF of this memorial, please click here.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Mary’s memory may be submitted securely online or sent to:

Dominican Sisters of Peace
Office of Mission Advancement
2320 Airport Drive
Columbus, OH 43219

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Sister Martin Damien Miquelon, OP

Sr. Martin Damien Miquelon, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Martin Damien Miquelon died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH, on Monday, April 16, 2018.

Sister Martin Damien was born Joan Marie Miquelon on April 25, 1933, to Marion Twomey and Oliver Cyr Miquelon in Boston, MA. She entered the Dominican Congregation of St. Catharine of Siena, St. Catharine, Kentucky, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in 1955. In her letter requesting entrance to the postulancy she wrote:  “I have enjoyed a wonderful life in knowing God and would like to let others share it with me.” She celebrated 60 years of religious life in 2017.

Sister Martin Damien earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Education from Regis College in 1967 and her Masters of Education in Religious Studies from Boston College in 1976.

Sister Martin Damien was a teacher at a number of schools in Illinois and Massachusetts, and the Prefect of Boys at the St. Dominic Academy in Belmont, MA.  After earning her Master’s Degree, she became a CCD Coordinator and later served as a Director of Religious Education, Administrator at Dominican Center in Plainville, and sacristan at Youville Hospital in Watertown.

In her final ministry, she offered prayer for the intentions of the Congregation and its friends while in care at Rosary Manor and Mohun Health Care Center.

Sr. Martin Damien was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Joseph. She is survived by her brother Paul and her sister, Marie Clark.

A vigil of Remembrance Service was held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel, Columbus, OH. The funeral liturgy was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on Thursday, April 19. Sr. Martin Damien was buried at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

To view a printable copy of this memorial, please click here.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Martin Damien’s memory may be sent to:

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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Sister Mary Irene Lolli, OP

Sr. Mary Irene Lolli, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Mary Irene Lolli died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH, on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018.

Sister Irene (Mary Julia) was born on April 27, 1925, to Irene Pachioli and Sante Lolli of Strafford, PA. She entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine Di Ricci, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in 1952.

Sr. Irene had a great love of learning and study. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies/Sociology from the College of St. Rose and her Master of Theological Studies from the Franciscan School of Theology. She expanded her knowledge by studying other disciples at numerous institutes and workshops, including the Dominican School of Spirituality and the Catholic University of America.

Much of Sr. Irene’s active ministry was spent serving the spiritual needs of others as a DRE, Pastoral Minister, and as a staff member at retreats in Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, Michigan and New Mexico. She also served on the Leadership team of her founding congregation for 10 years. She was a lover of history, and a great admirer of Lucy Eaton Smith, the founder of the de Ricci congregation.

In her preaching for Sr. Irene’s service, Sr. Anne Lythgoe remembered her ability to be present, to engage with a single person. Perhaps this was part of her gift to her spiritual ministry. Even after she became ill, she took great pleasure in the company of her friends and her community.

Sr. Irene is preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Louis and her sisters, Angela Vidinsky, and Rosemary DeSanto.  She is survived by her brother, Lawrence, her sister Lucy Rankin and nieces and nephews.

A vigil of Remembrance Service was held on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel, Columbus, OH. The funeral liturgy was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on Thursday, April 5. Sr. Irene was buried in Strafford, PA.

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

or submitted securely at www.oppeace.org.

To view and download a PDF of Sr. Irene’s memorial, click here.

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