Obituaries

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Dominican Sister of Peace Camilla Smith

Sr. Camilla Smith, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Camilla (Leonita) Smith, 98, died at Mohun Health Care Center on May 6, 2019.  Born in Akron, OH, in 1921, her mother Frances Gossman and father Daniel Smith raised her in Somerset, OH – the cradle of Dominican life in Ohio. Inspired by the Sisters who taught at her schools, she entered religious life in 1939 and took her final vows in 1944.

Sr. Camilla earned a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics from Ohio Dominican University and a Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in Home Economics from Ohio State University.

She saw a strong relationship between Catholic philosophy and the teaching of Home Economics, believing that a solid grounding in the discipline would help students to “learn how to manage well their personal and family resources… as stepping stones to sanctity.”

Sr. Camilla taught Home Economics and French at grade schools and high schools across Ohio before returning to Ohio Dominican University as the Chair of the Department of Home Economics, Dean of Residence, and Manager of the University’s Hamilton  Hall Dining Room.

As superior at Mohun Hall, the Congregation’s health care facility for consecrated religious in Columbus, OH, Sr. Camilla combined her management skills and her loving nature to help create a place of care and compassion for her Sisters.

Having earned her Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Providence College in 1981, Sr. Camilla was well prepared to move into her next ministry as the Director of Religious Education at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Grove City, OH. She was also active in the ecumenical Cum Christo retreat movement.

In 1992, as a response to the Congregation’s commitment to honor creation, Sr. Camilla joined with Sisters Loretta Forquer and Jane Belanger to found Shepherd’s Corner, an ecological ministry located on Congregation-owned land in Blacklick, OH. Sr. Camilla considered this ministry the most rewarding of her religious life, saying “offers the land as a pulpit for preaching, and reflects God’s presence everywhere.”

In her homily for Camilla, Sr. Jane Belanger referred to Sr. Camilla’s chosen reading from the book of Revelations, “Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race,” when talking about Sr. Camilla’s many ministries. “With her family, in the college dorm, with the residents of Mohun, with parishioners in Grove City, with the Associates, with all of Creation at Shepherd’s Corner,” Sr. Jane said, “Camilla made a point to provide a home for folks wherever she was.”

After she was no longer able to serve at Shepherd’s Corner, Sr. Camilla returned to Our Lady of Perpetual Help to as a volunteer before entering a ministry of prayer and presence at the Columbus Motherhouse and later, Mohun Healthcare Canter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and Frances Gossman Smith, her sisters, Marie Smith, Eleanor Schmeltzer, Rose Marie Paumier, Agnes Hupp, Mildred Hassser and her brothers, Philip and Daniel. She is survived by her sister Mary Frances Pitstick, her brother, Harry Smith, nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel, Columbus, Ohio on Thursday, May 16, 2019. The funeral liturgy was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace  Motherhouse Chapel on Friday, May 17, followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Camilla’s memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr. Columbus, OH 43219 or oppeace.org.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Helen Wilxman

Sr. Helen Wilxman, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Helen (Basil) Wilxman, 93, passed away at Mohun Health Care Center on May 3, 2019.

Born on December 13, 1926, she was one of the four children born to Marcella Vivier and William Wilxman of Columbus, OH.

Sr. Helen first heard God’s call as a young girl of 12. She waited to finish college before she answered, entering religious life in 1948 after earning her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from St. Mary of the Springs College, now Ohio Dominican University.

Sr. Helen went on to minister as a teacher and administrator in Connecticut, Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania for 27 years, and earned her Master of Arts degree in Mathematics from Notre Dame. She also received a National Foundation of Science grant in Mathematics Research at Colorado State University.

Sr. Helen’s wonderful personality and “get it done” attitude – as well as her talent for mathematics – were key in her next ministry as Director of Development at Albertus Magnus College. From there she accepted a position in Parish Ministry and fundraising for St. Rita and St. Anthony Parishes in Dade City, FL. This opened the door to what would become her favorite work – Director of Daystar Hope Center, an ecumenical non-profit that provided physical aid to the very poor.

In her homily, Sr. Thoma Swanson remembered that Sr. Helen recognized how to optimize every opportunity to meet her ministries’ goals. She convinced the Northerners who vacationed in Dade City to donate their unneeded appliances and clothing to a thrift store, then to work in the store as well. Not only did this little store provide gently-used household goods to the neighborhood’s needy families, but the proceeds from sales helped purchase medical care for the poor through the Daystar Hope Center.

In 2004, Sr. Helen returned home to Columbus, serving as a Volunteer at the Motherhouse and later in a ministry of prayer and presence at the Mohun Health Care Center.

Sr. Helen Wilxman was preceded in death by her parents, William and Marcella Vivier Wilxman, her brother, William and her sister, Sr. Louise (Sr. Mary Linus) Wilxman, OP. She is survived by her sister, Beth Schodorf.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel, Columbus, OH, on Thursday, May 9, 2019. The funeral liturgy was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on Friday, May 10. Sr. Helen is interred at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Helen’s memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr. Columbus, OH 43219 or submitted securely at oppeace.org.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Dorothy Dolores Lorio

Sr. Dorothy Lorio

Dominican Sister of Peace Dorothy (Mary Timothy) Lorio (81) died at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH, on April 15, 2019.

Sr. Dorothy, or Sr. Dottie, as she was known, was born in 1938 in New Orleans, LA, the eleventh of Marie Toups and Philip Lorio’s twelve children.

Sr. Dorothy attended a Catholic primary and high school, which must have helped inform her decision to enter religious life. When she entered the Congregation in 1957, she asked to enter for “personal sanctification and the salvation of souls”- goals to which she remained dedicated for her entire life.

Sr. Dottie earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Education from Dominican College in New Orleans and her Master of Arts in American History from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO. She put her education to work in her early years of ministry, serving as a teacher in middle schools throughout Louisiana.

But Sister Dottie felt called to help people in another way and earned her Master of Social Work from Tulane University. She combined her love of education and her desire to help others by ministering as a guidance counselor at several schools in the New Orleans area, including 18 years at her beloved St. Mary’s Dominican High School. Even when she was a part-time receptionist at Dominican, Sr. Dottie continued to lend a sympathetic ear to those who needed her help.

Sr. Dottie also served her Congregation as Vocation Director, Temporary Professed Director, Novice Director, and Assistant Motherhouse Coordinator. Even after her retirement, she continued her ministry through her prayer and presence at both the New Orleans and Columbus Motherhouses and most recently at Mohun Health Care Center.

Sr. Rose Bowen remembered Sr. Dottie as a woman whose designs were never on great deeds, but who did small things with a great heart. She was enthusiastic about ecology and conservation and eager to find ways to meet the needs of the poor. During one occasion, Sr. Rose remembered, a group of Sisters was discussing ways to improve the food at the Motherhouse. Sr.  Dottie reminded them all that they had sufficient food, even when others were going hungry. “For that fact,” Sr. Dottie said, “we should be grateful.”

Sr. Dorothy Lorio was preceded in death by her parents, Philip and Marie Toups Lorio, her brothers, Andrew, Harry, Philip, and James and her sisters, Sister Thais Lorio, SSND and Sister Mary Agnes Lorio, SSND. She is survived by her brothers, Paul, Lloyd, Thomas and John and her sister, Rosemary Millet.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel, Columbus, OH. The funeral liturgy was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Sr. Dottie will be buried at the Rosaryville Cemetery in her beloved Louisiana on May 23, 2019.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Dorothy Lorio’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.

To download a printable PDF of Sister Dorothy’s memorial, please click here.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Columba Casey

Sr. Columba Casey, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Columba (Ellen Leora) Casey (100) died at the Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY, on March 23, 2019.

Sr. Columba was born in 1918 in Greeley, NE, one of three children of Loretta Dugan and John Casey. She entered the Congregation in 1935, made first profession in 1937 and took her final vows in 1940.

Sr. Columba earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Education and Philosophy from Siena College in Memphis, TN. In her eagerness to be the best teacher possible, she also earned certification as a Reading Specialist, and as an Education Media Specialist.

Sr. Columba’s first ministry was in education, where she shaped the young hearts and minds of primary students in New York, Kentucky, Illinois and Nebraska. She also served as a principal and teacher in several schools across Nebraska. Sr. Columba loved learning and study and shared that love with her students for more than 50 years.

At a time when most people would consider retirement, Sr. Columba entered a completely new ministry at the age of 70. She acted as a Pastoral Minister at the veterans’ home in Grand Island, NE, while also serving the parish of St. Libory in Grand Island.  Her ministry expanded into visiting the sick and elderly in Grand Island hospitals and offering a loving and compassionate presence to grieving families at the Kleine and Curran funeral homes in Grand Island. Sr. Columba’s ministry to the sick and bereaved continued well into her 80’s.

Sr. Columba retired to the St. Catharine Motherhouse in 2002. She continued to serve her community by volunteering and doing needlework for sale in the Motherhouse gift shop. After her move to the Sansbury Care Center, Sr. Columba entered a ministry of prayer and service.

Throughout her life, Sr. Columba loved her friends and family, keeping up with them via calls and letters. Among the members of her community, she was known as gracious and grateful, even in the last days of her life. In her preaching at Sr. Columba’s service, Sr. Rosemary Rule remembered that the words “Thank you, dear,” were her mantra, even in her final days.

Sr. Columba is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Sr. Columba was remembered at her wake on March 27, and her funeral on March 28, both at Sansbury Care Center Chapel.  Sr. Columba was interred at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Columba Casey’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.

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

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Dominican Sister of Peace Marcia Fleder

Sr. Marcia Fleder

Dominican Sister of Peace Marcia Fleder (Irene) (91) died at St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville, OH, on February 17, 2019.  A native of Steubenville, OH, Sr. Marcia was born in 1928 to Adella Grabaskas and Frank Fleder. She entered religious life in 1947.

Sr. Marcia earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from St. Mary of the Springs, now Ohio Dominican University, in Columbus, OH.

Sr. Marcia’s ministry reflects her love of young children and her delight helping them love to learn. She began teaching First Grade in 1948, and continued teaching young children for 45 years. She taught at schools in New York, Pennsylvania, and Illinois, and was chosen to open the St. Jane de Chantal Parish School in Chicago. She considered this one of her greatest works, and looked back on that time fondly. She also taught at St. Mary’s in Lancaster, St. Thomas in Zanesville, and St. Janes the Less and St. Gabriel’s in Columbus, all in the Columbus diocese, and Holy Rosary in Steubenville, OH.

Sr. Marcia also trained altar servers in the various parishes in which she ministered. She was delighted to have trained the first female altar servers at Holy Rosary Parish in her home town of Steubenville, OH.

After she retired from teaching, Sr. Marcia continued to minister to the people of the Holy Rosary Parish as a volunteer at both the church and the local convent. She was a welcome visitor to the sick, taking Communion to those who were unable to go to Mass. She also assisted with the sacristy and acted as a lector. Her volunteer work continued at the Mohun Care Center in Columbus, where she served as assistant sacristan and coordinated bingo for Mohun residents.

In her preaching, Sr. Mary Joel Campbell remembered Sr. Marcia as a woman with a beautiful simplicity of soul.  “She knew where she ought to be,’ said Sr. Mary Joel, “and she had no desire to be more than she seemed.”

Her 71 years of service to the church concluded with her ministry of prayer and presence at the Mohun Health Care Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank Fleder and Adella Grabaskas Fleder, her brothers, Frank and Charles Fleder, her half brothers, Rev. Peter Grabaskas and Stanley Grabaskas. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Marianne Fleder, nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance was held on February 21, 2019. The funeral liturgy was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on February 22, followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery by Egan Ryan Funeral Home.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Marcia’s memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr. Columbus, OH 43219 or submitted securely at oppeace.org

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

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