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.


 

Sister Lois (Rita Claire) Pineau, OP

Sr. Lois Pineau, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Lois (Rita Clare) Pineau, OP, (85) died at the Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY, on November 29, 2017. She was born in 1932 to Emma B. McNally and Wilfred Joseph in Cambridge, MA. She entered Dominican life in 1952 at the convent of St. Catharine, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, and lived a consecrated life for 65 years.

Sr. Lois held a Bachelor of Arts in History and Education from Siena College in Memphis, TN. She was a teacher and school administrator for more than 20 years, serving in New York, West Virginia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Puerto Rico. She also served as the Prioress and as the plant manager for the St. Catharine Motherhouse at different periods during her life.

In the reflection at her funeral service, Sr. Lois was remembered as a generous person who wanted to help the poor from her youngest days. Her sister said that even as a child, Lois would find pennies and want to use them to help the poor. This richness of spirit was illustrated by her work with the elderly, as founder of the Ecumenical Center for the Elderly in Watertown, MA and the homeless, working with the Pine Street Inn, Boston, MA, and Habitat for Humanity in Watertown, MA, and the blind, at the Perkins School for the Blind, also in Watertown, MA.

Sr. Lois entered a ministry of prayer and presence at St. Catharine, KY in 2006.

Sr. Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Emma B. (McNally) and Wilfred Joseph Pineau. She is survived by two sisters, Rita Pineau and Lorraine Dienst, as well as several nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance was held on Wednesday, December 6 at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel. The Funeral was held Thursday, December 7, at Sansbury Care Center Chapel.   Sr.  Lois was interred at St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Lois’ 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 Patricia (Pat) Marie Sigler, OP (Sister Assumpta)

Sister Patricia (Pat) Marie Sigler, OP (Sister Assumpta)

Dominican Sister of Peace Patricia “Pat” Marie Sigler, OP, (Sister Assumpta), 83, died on October 18, 2017, at the Regina Health Center in Richfield, OH. Sr. Pat Marie, the eldest child of five born to Roy Sigler and Evelyn Chenevey, was born on August 31, 1934, in Wooster, OH. In 1951 she entered the Sisters of St. Dominic of Akron, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Sr. Pat Marie graduated from Our Lady of the Elms High School, a founded ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from St. John College, Cleveland, OH, in 1962 and Master of Science in Education from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, OH, in 1972.

Sr. Pat Marie ministered as an educator for nearly 28 years, serving in a number of Northeast Ohio schools including St. Matthew, St. Hilary, St. Paul, St. Felicitas, St. Dominic and SS Peter and Paul Schools. But teaching was just one of Sr. Pat Marie’s many talents.  Referred to as a “Jill” of all trades by the late Sr. Ann Bailie, OP, Sr. Pat Marie was active in a variety of ministries that followed the Commitments of the Congregation and the Order.

Sr. Patricia Marie served as treasurer for her alma mater Our Lady of the Elms and on the school’s Board. She also served in the Dominican Sisters of Akron Leadership team and in other capacities within the Akron Motherhouse, even sewing habits for Sisters.

She was a passionate advocate for the protection of Creation.  Sr. Pat Marie was a co-founder and staff member of the Crown Point Ecology Learning Center in Bath, OH, and an advisory board member of the Revere Land Conservancy. She also facilitated the first gathering of the Dominican Alliance for ecology issues.

Sr. Pat Marie helped establish and served on the Board of the Good Samaritan Hunger Center in Akron, and was instrumental in founding the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank as well.

Sr. Pat Marie was a recipient of the Meister Eckhart Award presented by Crown Point and was named “Woman of the Year” by the Women’s History Project of the Summit County Historical Society.

Sr. Pat Marie is survived by a brother, Loren, and sisters, Nancy Sprosty, Barbara Graver and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Elizabeth Palko.

A Vigil of Remembrance and Wake were held on October 20, 2017, at Our Lady of the Elms Motherhouse in Akron, OH. The Mass of Resurrection was celebrated at the Elms Chapel on October 21. Sr. Pat Marie was interred at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Akron, OH.

Memorial gifts in Pat Marie Sigler’s memory may be submitted securely online or sent to:
Dominican Sisters of Peace
Office of Mission Advancement
2320 Airport Dr.
Columbus, OH 43219.

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Sister JoAnn Lamantia, OP

Sr. JoAnn Lamantia, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace JoAnn (Alexia) Lamantia, OP (76) died at the Mohun Health Care Center on September 26, 2017. She was born in 1941 to Elizabeth (Berarducci) and Philip Lamantia in Toronto, OH. She entered Dominican life in 1959 at the convent of St. Mary of the Springs, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, and was devoted to her consecrated life for 55 years.

Sr. JoAnn held a Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio Dominican University, and a Master of Science in Education, specializing in Reading, from Marygrove College in Michigan. She continued her studies in Microcomputing Technology at Columbus State in Columbus OH.

Sr. JoAnn shared her love of learning and of her Lord as a teacher for more than 30 years, teaching elementary school in Connecticut, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. She took special joy in instilling in her pupils a love of reading, and in preparing them to receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation. Sister Anne Kilbride who taught with JoAnn at St. Jane de Chantal in Chicago, described her as a “Pied Piper, leading her second graders around the playground.”

As her teaching ministry drew to a close, she continued to provide child care at Holy Family in Wheeling, WV. Upon her return to Columbus, OH, she served as a receptionist at Windsong Village, and later as a tutor at the Salesian Center and the Dominican Learning Center. Of her work with these adult learners, Sr. JoAnn said, “It is truly a wonderful experience getting to know these people, and their gratitude to the Sisters is boundless. It is humbling to see how very grateful they are.”

Sr. JoAnn was also devoted to her family. As the eldest of 6 siblings, she thought and prayed for her family daily. In her reflection at Sr. JoAnn’s funeral, Sr. Joan Franks, OP, said “I would recognize her family, as well as their children, from pictures. She was always sharing her love for them.”

Sr. JoAnn Lamantia was preceded in death by her parents, Phillip and Elizabeth (Berarducci) Lamantia, and her brother, Phillip Jr. She is survived by her brothers Anthony, Paul, and James; her sister, Elizabeth Miser, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance was held on Thursday, September 28 at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel in Columbus, OH. The Mass of Christian Burial Sister was held on Friday, September 29, and Sr.  JoAnn was interred at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus.

Memorial gifts in Sr. JoAnn’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 Irene Hartman, OP

Sr. Irene Hartman, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Irene Hartman (95) died at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse in Great Bend, KS on August 17, 2017. She was born in 1921 to Eva Bull and Emil Hartman in Clonmel, KS. In 1939 she entered the Dominican Sisters of Great Bend, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Sr. Irene held a Bachelor of Science in Education from St. Mary College in Leavenworth, a Master of Science in Education from Creighton University in Omaha, and a Master of Science in Theology from St. Xavier University in Chicago.

Sr. Irene carried out her ministry as a teacher and school administrator in schools across Kansas, with a brief stint in Lawrence, NE. After she left teaching, she spent time at the House of Praise, a prayer ministry in Great Bend, before moving on to parish ministry.

As part of her parish ministry, Sr. Irene had the opportunity to enjoy one of her great talents, writing. She served as a community historian, was a weekly contributor to the Southwest Kansas Register, and even helped a friend pen her autobiography. “Writing invigorates me,” she said. “It is there that I can claim my charism to fullest extent.”

Sr. Irene left a beautiful and visible legacy at the Larned State Hospital when she and Sister Mary Ann Klein created a set of liturgical tapestries for a chapel in the high-security Dillon Building of the facility. The two Sisters helped to create sacred and welcoming space for men seeking the peace of God.

In her preaching at the funeral Sr. Renee Dreiling remembered Sr. Irene’s love of learning – not only scholarly learning but practical things like how to cook and to bake. She enjoyed combining her love of religious literacy with her skill in the kitchen by hosting gourmet dinners complete with historical quizzes. Sr. Renee joked that she used to refer to Sr. Irene as the “party girl.”

Sister Irene was preceded in death by her parents and thirteen siblings. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance and the Mass of Christian Burial were held on Tuesday, August 22 at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel in Great Bend, KS. Sister Irene was interred at the Sisters Resurrection Cemetery in Great Bend.

Memorial gifts in Sr Irene’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 Carmen Aragon, OP

Sister Carmen Aragon, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Carmen Aragon, OP, (87) died at ODU East Hospital in Columbus, OH, on Monday, August 14, 2017.  She was born in 1930 in Cienfuegos, Cuba, to Maria Caridad Aloma and Pedro Reginaldo Aragon. In 1959, inspired by the Dominican Sisters she had met in school in Cuba, she entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de’Ricci, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Sister Carmen held diplomas in Business and Home Economics from Escuela del Hogar and Escuela Professional de Comiercio in Cuba. After coming to the United States, she earned a certificate in Doctrine and Training Methods in Religious Education and studied health and rehabilitation, philosophy and theology, and accounting before earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts from Barry University in Miami, FL.

Sr. Carmen was a teacher in Cuba. After coming to the United States, Sr. Carmen entered retreat ministry, where she served for most her religious life. She was a staff member at the Dominican Retreat House in McLean, VA, for more than 30 years, and also served at the Dominican Retreat Houses in Kendall, FL, and Albuquerque, NM.

In her preaching at the funeral Sr. Agnes Gott, OP, remembered Sister Carmen’s enthusiasm for her friends, her work, her many passions, and most of all, her faith. In speaking of Sr. Carmen’s relationship with God, Sr. Agnes said, “She knew she was His beloved – the apple of his eye. She lived in the light of that love… she didn’t need to be in the lime light, she didn’t need to trouble herself trying to do great things but to simply live the little way.”

Sr. Agnes went on to say that, like the Little Flower, Sr. Carmen was gently unassuming, but also strong and determined. She was a fierce advocate for what she believed was right and just and didn’t hesitate to make it known.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her sisters, Maria Teresa Aragon and Elsa Aragon.

A Vigil of Remembrance and the Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, August 23 at Chapel in the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse in Columbus, OH. Sr. Carmen was laid to rest at St. Joseph Cemetery, also in Columbus, OH.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Carmen’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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