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 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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Sister Ann Bell, OP

 

Sister Ann Bell, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Ann Bell, OP, died on July 24 at the Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY. She was 90 years old. One of six children, she was born in 1927 in Springfield, KY, to Ann Hill and Miles Bell. She entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Catharine in Kentucky, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in 1946.

Sr. Ann earned a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics/Science from Spalding College in Louisville, KY and a Masters of Education in Home Economics from St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO. She also received a certificate of Theological Studies from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, IL.

Sr. Ann was an elementary school teacher in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia before she was named the Director of Food Services for Louisville Catholic Schools. She also served as Registrar at St. Catharine College in St. Catharine, KY;  as Assistant VP for Academic Affairs at Pikeville College in Pikeville, KY;  and as Graduate Registrar at Spalding University in Louisville, KY.

Sr. Ann was also very active in her Dominican Community. She was selected as the Coordinator of the Motherhouse Community in St. Catharine KY, and was appointed a Regional Superior, working with Sisters in 6 states and 7 dioceses. She was also elected a Member of the Governing Board of the St. Catharine congregation.

In her preaching at the Funeral Mass, Sister Catherine Mahady, OP,  remembered Sr. Ann not only for her strong professional skills, but for her love for her Community, her dedication to the Dominican charism of study and learning, and her unshakable faith in God.

Sr. Ann is survived by three sisters Jane and Pat Bell, and Margaret Riney of Louisville, KY, as well as several nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance and the Mass of Christian Burial were held on Friday, July 28 at the Sansbury Care Center. Chapel. Sr. Ann was buried at the St. Catharine Motherhouse Cemetery in St. Catharine, KY.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Ann’s memory may be submitted securely online at oppeace.org, or sent to:

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

 

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Sister Charles Francis McOsker, OP

Sister Charles Francis McOsker, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Charles Francis McOsker, OP, 93 died on July 13, 2017, at the Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY. She was born in 1924 in Lowell, MA, to Rose Geoffry and Charles McOsker.  Sr. Charles Francis entered the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in 1946, and celebrated 70 years of vowed religious life this year.

Sr. Charles Francis earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies/English from St. Francis College, in Brooklyn, NY and a certificate in Theology from Providence College in Providence, RI.

Sister took the Dominican call to itinerancy to heart, ministering as a teacher in parish schools in Illinois, Tennessee, Arkansas, Indiana, New York and Massachusetts. She also coordinated CCD classes and served as Parish Minister/Associate at St. Michael’s Parish in Lowell, MA.  Later, Sr. Charles Francis provided community service at Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY, and served as Assistant Coordinator at the facility until 2005. She entered a ministry of prayer and presence at the Sansbury Care Center in 2009.

In her preaching prepared for the funeral Mass, Sister Norah Guy, OP, recalled Sr. Charles Francis’ robust laugh, calling it a reflection of her happy and joyful heart. The joy that Sr. Charles Francis felt in serving God was shared with the thousands of children that she taught, the many homebound elders to whom she ministered, and with everyone that she met.

Sr. Charles Francis is survived by one sister, Ms. Rosemary McOsker and several nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance and the Mass of Christian Burial were held on July 21 at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel in St. Catharine, KY. Sr. Charles Francis was laid to rest at the St. Catharine Motherhouse Cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Charles Francis McOsker’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 Dorothy Sarachene, OP

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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