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.


 

Sr. Mary Elizabeth Myers, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Elizabeth Myers, OP (82), died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH, on Saturday, May 6, 2017. She was born in 1935 in Jennings, LA, and was the oldest of nine children. Her parents, Luke and Mamie Kinney Myers, were rice farmers. She delighted in her rich Cajun French, German, Irish, and Native American heritage. In 1954 Lizzie, as she liked to be called, entered the Eucharistic Missionaries of St. Dominic, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Sr. Mary Elizabeth first trained in the culinary arts and cooked at the motherhouse for a few years. Later she trained as a licensed practical nurse and ministered in hospitals and care centers in New Orleans, Houma and Jennings, LA. However, she said her greatest joy was caring for her parents in their final years, and also caring for her Dominican Sisters and their families. After her retirement, she served as a Congregational Volunteer at the motherhouse in Oxford, MI. Continue reading →

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Sr. Martha Starrett, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Martha Starrett, OP, died at Mohun Health Care Center (Columbus, OH) on March 29, 2017. She was born in 1931 in Zanesville, OH. In 1949 she entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Sr. Martha earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the College of St. Mary of the Springs, now Ohio Dominican University, and a Master of Arts in History from the University of Notre Dame.

Her first 24 years of ministry were spent educating elementary and high school students in Ohio and New York, meeting the challenge of teaching social studies and religion to adolescents during the turbulent 60s and early 70s.

For the next nine years, Sr. Martha shared her gifts and talents by ministering to the sick and elderly, first at Mohun Health Care Center and later at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Zanesville, OH. She saw these years as a “way of preaching God’s love,” but she acknowledged that “…the most satisfying and interesting” ministry was her retreat work because she loved “…working one-on-one with people and being a witness to the wonderful miracle that God continues to work in people’s lives.” She worked as Spiritual Director and Retreat Director at the Bon Secours Spiritual Center in Marriottsville, MA, for a total of 24 years. In this ministry she had frequent opportunities to use her artistic abilities to create a prayerful atmosphere with art, music, clay, and dance. Continue reading →

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Sr. Lorraine Ryan, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Lorraine Ryan, OP (85), died on March 23, 2017, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY. She was born in 1931 in Boston, MA, to Phyllis and John Ryan.

After graduating from high school, she worked for two years at the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company. During that time she discerned God’s call by discussing her desire to enter religious life with several Sisters and a pastor who knew her well. In a letter to Mother Margaret Elizabeth expressing her gratitude for having been accepted to the postulancy, Lorraine wrote that she would pray daily “for the grace to persevere in the vocation” to which she had been called.

A Dominican for 62 years, Sr. Lorraine earned a Bachelor of Arts in History/Social Studies from Regis College (Weston, MA) and a Master of Science in Education/History from Salem State College (Salem, MA). She also earned a Certificate of Advanced Educational Specialization in Religious Education from Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA).

Sr. Lorraine ministered as a teacher at St. Patrick (Lynn, MA) and St. Joseph (Belmont, MA). In 1971 she moved into pastoral ministry and religious education while still at St. Joseph Parish in Belmont. She later ministered as Director of Religious Education and Pastoral Assistant at St. Theresa Parish (N. Reading, MA), Our Lady of the Sea (Marblehead, MA), St. Joseph (Amesbury, MA); St. Bernard (W. Newton, MA) and St. Francis of Assisi (Medford, MA). Continue reading →

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Sr. Johanna Eberly

Dominican Sister of Peace Johanna Eberly (87) died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH, on March 9, 2017. She was born in 1929 in Columbus, OH. In 1949 she entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

All of Sr. Johanna’s grade and high school years were spent at St. Mary of the Springs Academy. After her graduation her mother wanted her daughter to experience a wider world and so sent her to Ohio State for the first year of college. However, she returned to St. Mary of the Springs (now Ohio Dominican University) where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. She also earned a Master of Arts in Music from Ohio State University. Continue reading →

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Sr. Juliana D’Amato

Dominican Sister of Peace Juliana D’Amato, OP (86), died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH, on February 20, 2017. She was born in Matrice, in the province of Campobasso, Italy. When she was a young girl, her family moved to Youngstown, OH, where she met prejudice for the first time as a high school student. “Parts in plays, honors at graduation, etc. were not for students with ‘foreign names,’ and there were many of us,” she said. Many years later Juliana remembered spearheading a successful underground, anti-administration newsletter in response to the injustice she encountered. Continue reading →

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