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 Dorothy Sarachene

Sister Dorothy Sarachene, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Dorothy Sarachene, OP, formerly Sister Josette, died at the Regina Health Center in Richfield, OH, on June 29, 2017.  She was 82 years old.

She was born in 1934 in Massillon, OH, the eldest and the only daughter of Inez Rugini and John Sarachene. She entered the Sisters of St. Dominic of Akron, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in 1954.

Sr. Dorothy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics from Ohio Dominican in Columbus, OH, a Masters in American History from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, and a Master of Theological Studies in Pastoral Mission from St. Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology in St. Meinrad, IN. She also earned several professional development certificates from the Diocese of Cleveland, where she spent most of her ministry.

Sr. Dorothy served as a high school teacher in Akron and Mentor, OH for more than 20 years. She spent another 17 years in parish work, serving the people of God in the St. Michael and St. Dominic parishes in the Cleveland diocese. She was also called to serve her Congregation, both as Directress of Novices and as a member of Leadership.

Even after her retirement, Sr. Dorothy was moved to help others. She assisted single mothers and their children at the Beatitude House, directed study groups for Congregation associates and was an active volunteer at the Crown Point Ecology Center in Bath, OH.

In her preaching at the funeral, Sr. Diana Culbertson, OP, remembered with fondness Sr. Dorothy’s self-effacing manner with this anecdote: “A few days before her death, Sr. Dorothy asked me if I would be preaching at her wake. I told her yes, I would, and she responded – ‘Well, keep it short.’ ”  Despite her modesty, Sr. Dorothy’s strong will and determination, combined with her desire to work for the greater glory of God and the good of souls, made her a quiet but mighty force among her Sisters in the Congregation.

Sr. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Joseph. She is survived by a brother, John, nieces, and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance and the Mass of Christian Burial were held on July 15 at the Motherhouse in Akron, OH.  She was interred at the Holy Cross Cemetery, also in Akron.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Dorothy Sarachene’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 Petrona Stockemer

Sister Petrona Stockemer, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Petrona Stockemer, OP, (98), died at the Great Bend Motherhouse on June 25, 2017.  She was born in 1918 in Cunningham, KS, to Katherine Fischer and Peter Stockemer.  She made her first profession in 1936 and celebrated 80 years of service to her Church and her Community in 2016.

Sr. Petrona earned a Bachelor of Arts in German Education from Marymount College in Salina, KS, and Masters of Education from Creighton University in Omaha, NE.

Sr. Petrona shared her knowledge and love of learning throughout her life. Her ministry took her all over the state of Kansas as a teacher, principal, and a librarian, working with elementary and high school students. She was named an Outstanding Secondary Educator of America in 1975.

On the occasion of her 73 anniversary of profession, Sister Betty Werner, OP, said of Sr. Petrona, “So many of your students remember you with joy and love.” Sr. Petrona truly did love learning and teaching, so much that she took a “Sarah Sabbatical” at the age of 78 to learn to manage the challenges of aging and continue her ministry. She served as a tutor and in prayer and presence at the Great Bend Motherhouse until her death.

Sr. Petrona was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Sister Malachy (Elizabeth) Stockemer, OP.  She is survived by the Community of her Dominican Sisters.

A Vigil of Remembrance was held on June 27, 2017. The Mass of Christian Burial was held on June 28 at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse in Great Bend, KS. She is interred at the Sisters Resurrection Cemetery, also in Great Bend.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Petrona’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 Rose Miller

Sister Rose Miller, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Rose Miller, OP, (Sister Rosaire), 91, died on June 11 at the Regina Health Center, Richfield, OH. She was born in 1925 in Akron, OH, the youngest daughter of Fred and Margaret (Lang) Miller.

She entered the Sisters of St. Dominic of Akron, Ohio, now Dominican Sisters of Peace, in 1945, and made her first profession in 1947. Her classmates at the Sisters of St. Dominic referred to her as “Mother” because she worked for two years before entering the order – a rarity in those days.

Sr. Rose earned her Bachelors of Science in Education from Saint John College in Cleveland, OH. She served as both a teacher and a principal in the Cleveland and Youngtown diocesan schools, working with young people from pre-school to college in her 25 years of teaching. She was also involved with a summer camp for children with special needs in the area.

In 1972, Sr. Rose began a new ministry at Saint Thomas Hospital, serving as a receptionist and clerk. Her gentle manner helped put patients and visitors at ease in the sometimes stressful hospital environment. She also served as the secretary at St. Vincent Elementary School, Our Lady of the Elms Preschool and Special Education School. She was a well-known bargain hunter when she served as portress and shopper for the Infirmary at the Elms.

In her memorial, Sister Diana Culbertson joked that Sr. Rose moved so often that she probably never had to unpack. But, she noted, “She was moved so often – not because she couldn’t get along with others, but because she got along with everybody.”

When seeking permission to renew her vows, Sr. Rose wrote:  “It is my firm intention to give the rest of my life to the service of God in our community.”  That is exactly what she did, as she served her Community through presence and prayer until the end of her life.

Sr. Rose was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, John, Joseph and Paul; and sisters, Sister Agatha, Elizabeth Vorhies, Catherine Wahl and Anna Sorg. She is survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance and the Mass of Christian Burial were held on June 15 at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse in Akron, OH. She was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Akron.

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

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Sister Ruth Schirtzinger, OP

Sister Ruth Schirtzinger, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Ruth Schirtzinger, OP, (Sister Margaret Marie), (73), died peacefully at her home in Columbus, OH on June 6, 2017.  Born on April 16, 1944, to David and Alice (Maloney) Schirtzinger of Columbus, OH, Sr. Ruth entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in 1963.

Sr. Ruth earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Education from Ohio Dominican (Columbus, OH) and Marygrove College (Detroit, MI) respectively. She taught kindergarten and primary school in several central Ohio cities and served as a school administrator as well. Both her fellow teachers and her students spoke of her classroom being a place of laughter because she believed that learning should be fun.

Perhaps because she was part of a large family of eight siblings, Sr. Ruth was a born caretaker. Because of this, she returned to school and received her Bachelor of Science in from Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, OH). In her new ministry at Riverside Hospital in Columbus, OH, she served on the Vascular Thoracic Unit. In speaking at the occasion of her golden jubilee, Sr. Ruth said, “My patients are often scared and apprehensive. The simple prayer I can offer patient and family before surgery seems to mean so much.”

Sr. Ruth was also a volunteer at Kobacher Hospice (Columbus, OH), where she was honored in 2007 with the Compassionate Care Award. Both patients and staff recognized her for her “continued expertise, motivation, and her caring manner.”

Sr. Ruth was a person of great joy – and she shared that joy with her Sisters, her family, and her friends. She loved spending time with her family at their retreat in Michigan – both for the fellowship and for the opportunity to be close to nature. She enjoyed watching the birds and animals and took great pleasure in tending to her garden.

Sr. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Philip Schirtzinger, and nephew Stephen Marshall. She is survived by her brothers and sisters, Robert, Rosemary, Patricia, Margaret, Marie, and Edward; numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews; many cousins, aunts and uncle.

A Vigil of Remembrance and the Mass of Christian Burial were held on June 13, 2017, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse in Columbus, OH. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

Memorial gifts in Sister Ruth Schirtzinger’s memory may be submitted securely online or sent to:
The Dominican Sisters of Peace
Office of Mission Advancement
2320 Airport Drive
Columbus, OH, 43219

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Sr. Marie Martha Turowski

Sister Marie Martha Turowski, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Marie Martha Turowski, OP, (94), died on June 4, 2017, at the Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY. A native of Philadelphia, Sr. Marie Martha was the eldest child of Martha and Raymond Turowski and had two brothers and two sisters.

She was born in 1923 and entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de’ Ricci, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in 1946. She graduated from the St. Bartholomew Commercial School (Philadelphia, PA) in 1940 and earned her certificate to teach CCD in 1962.

Sr. Marie Martha, best known as simply “Marie,” spent the majority of her religious life in the place where her own vocation began – the Dominican Retreat House in Elkins Park, PA. She became a Dominican Sister after attending a retreat at the House in 1945 and truly enjoyed welcoming others to both the retreat house and to a deeper relationship with God.  She also served in New York, Florida, and New Mexico.

In her memorial at the Funeral Mass, Sr. Patricia Moran remembered Sister Marie’s love of and gift for food. She lovingly prepared meals for more than 100 retreatants every weekend at Elkins Park, making cooking and baking both her art and her ministry. She once joked of her beloved friend and study companion, Sister Ruth Elsner, that “Ruth feeds the mind and I feed the stomach.” No one ever left Sister Marie’s table unsatisfied.

She moved to the Dominican Sisters of Peace Care Center in St. Catharine, KY, in 2013, where she enjoyed a life of prayer and companionship with her sisters.

Sr. Marie Martha was preceded in death by her parents, two of her brothers and one sister. She is survived by her sister, Eleanor Foley, and several nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance and Funeral Mass were held on Thursday, June 15 at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel. Burial was at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

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

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