Obituaries

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Dominican Sister of Peace Anne Rutledge, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Anne Rutledge, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Anne (Kenneth Marie) Rutledge, OP, (86) died on January 14, 2021, at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH.

One of five siblings, Sister Anne was born August 12, 1934, to Mary Burke and John Rutledge of Pittsburgh, PA. She worked in an office for a few years, but eventually followed in the footsteps of her sister, Sister Mary Rutledge, and entered the Congregation in 1957. She was a Religious Sister for 64 years,

Sr. Anne earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Saint Mary of the Springs College, now Ohio Dominican University, and her Master of Education from Duquesne University. She took advantage of additional educational opportunities at Ohio Wesleyan University, Dayton University, Kent State University, Boston College and Point Park College. She was always eager to strengthen her educational ministry.

Sr. Anne served as a teacher and administrator in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania for twenty years.  She worked in the Education Office, Diocese of Steubenville and was Principal at St. Anthony’s in Steubenville, as well as at St. Clare de Montefalco in Grosse Pointe Park, MI and Our Lady of Peace, Columbus, Ohio.

Sr. Anne also served as the Librarian at Seton LaSalle High School in Pittsburgh and for fifteen years she worked in the Field Education and Placement Office at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. In all these roles, she felt privileged to have the opportunity to touch the lives of children through her ministry.

Sr. Anne was very committed to peace and justice issues and believed “each of us must, in our own way do what is possible for us to do.”

As is so often the case, after “retirement,” Sr. Anne entered a new ministry – she served her Congregation as Transportation Coordinator at the Mohun Health Care Center for three years before entering her final ministry of prayer and presence.

She was preceded in death by her parents John and Mary Burke Rutledge, and her sisters Sister Mary Rutledge, OP and Margaret Joan Lachut, OP. She is survived by her brother, John (Jack); her sister, Virginia (Jean) O’Shea; and nieces and nephews.

Sr. Anne was interred in a private graveside service on January 21, 2021 at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Dorothy Mattingly, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Dorothy Mattingly, OP, (92), a native of Akron, OH, died on December 30, 2020 at Rockynol Care Center, Akron, OH.

Dominican Sister of Peace Dorothy Mattingly, OP

Born on May 14, 1928, Sr. Dorothy was one of the six children of Bernice Harris and William Mattingly. She entered the Congregation in 1948 and celebrated 70 years of consecrated religious life in 2020.

Sister Dorothy stayed in northeast Ohio to earn her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Education from Saint John College in Cleveland. Her love of study moved her to continue her education with courses in Science and Theology at Siena Heights College, in Clinical Pastoral Education at the Aquinas Institute of Theology and at the Center for Continuing Formation in Ministry at the University of Notre Dame.

As much as Sr. Dorothy loved to learn, she also loved to share what she had learned.  She began her ministry as a teacher and principal in Akron, Wooster, and Youngstown, and shared her love of teaching by helping other educators as the Diocesan Supervisor for the Cleveland Diocese, Education Consultant for the Southern Region of the Diocese, and Regional Superintendent of the Youngstown Diocese for Mahoning and Columbiana counties. Sr. Dorothy also served as a Member of the Board at Our Lady of the Elms Schools in Akron and the Health Education Center. She was president of the International Reading Association.

Sr. Dorothy was active in service to her Dominican Community. She was elected as a Councilor for the Congregation and served as a member of the Community’s Education and Apostolic Commission.  Her special ministry to her Sisters was the creation of a Retirement Success Program for the elderly Sisters.

After her own retirement, Sr. Dorothy continued to teach part-time at St. Mary School in Akron, OH, with the goal of teaching the children “to respect one another, to establish healthy self-esteem, and to recognize the good in each person regardless of race, etc.”

Sr. Dorothy Mattingly entered her final ministry of prayer and presence at the Akron Motherhouse in 2012.

Sister Dorothy is survived by brother, William; sister, Eileen Hagenbaugh and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Timothy; sisters, Dorothy Wade and Jean Albright.

Sr. Dorothy was interred in a private graveside service on January 7, 2021, at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Akron, OH.  A memorial mass will be held at a date to be announced at The Dominican Sisters of Peace Akron Motherhouse Chapel.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Jeanne Brown

 

Dominican Sister of Peace                      Jeanne Brown, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace, Sister Jeanne (Sr. Mary Jarrett) Brown died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH on Saturday, December 26, 2020.

She was born in 1934 in Astoria, NY, to Ruth Cunningham and Harold Brown. She attended both Dominican Academy in New York and Ohio Dominican University. Her Dominican education must have affected her deeply, because she entered the Congregation after completing her studies at Ohio Dominican in 1956. Sr. Jeanne made first profession in 1958 and took her final vows in 1963, living a life of service to God and the Church for 62 years.

Sr. Jeanne earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Ohio Dominican University, a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Ohio University and a Certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education from the University of Virginia.

She ministered as a primary school teacher and principal in Connecticut, Michigan, and Ohio for more than 20 years. In 1986, she joined the administrative staff at Ohio Dominican focusing on faculty education and academic affairs.

After completing her study in Clinical Pastoral Education, Sr. Jeanne ministered as a counselor, as a campus and parish minister, and as a hospice volunteer in Columbus, OH.

Sister Jeanne’s talents were also put to the service of her Congregation, as she served as Vocation Director, Director of Temporary Professed Sisters, Chairperson of the Justice Committee and Director of Ministry.

Sr. Jeanne was an active volunteer at the Columbus Motherhouse from 2009 until she moved into her final ministry of prayer and presence at the Mohun Health Care Center in 2014. Even while at Mohun, she continued her close friendships with Sisters and those she met while serving the Congregation.

Sr. Jeanne Brown was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Harold Brown and Ruth Cunningham Brown, her brothers, Dr. Thomas and James, and her sisters, Ruthmary Carey, and Margaret Ann Geissler. She is survived by a niece and nephews.

Sr. Jeanne was buried in a private service at St. Joseph Cemetery, Columbus, OH, on December 30, 2020.  A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Teresa Gurule

Dominican Sister of Peace Teresa Gurule, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Teresa Gurule, OP, (81), a native of Los Lunas, NM, died on December 22, 2020, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

Sister Teresa was born in 1939 to Josefina Paubla Aragon and Manuel Jose Gurule. She entered the Congregation in 1959, made her first profession in 1961, and took her final vows in 1966. She would have celebrated her sixtieth year of religious life in 2021.

In the spirit of St. Dominic, Sr. Teresa loved to study, and she focused on learning new ways to improve her ministries. She earned numerous certificates including CCD Master Certification, Pastoral Work with the Latino Community,  Secretarial Studies and Computer Science. Observing the world around her, Teresa saw that technology would come to play an important role in retreat work and parish ministry. She took courses in Porta-Pak Video Taping and Basic Video Editing to better serve those to whom she ministered.

Sister Teresa spent much of her religious life in retreat and parish work, helping others hear and respond to the word of God in their own lives.  She ministered in Dominican retreat houses in Elkins Park, PA; Philadelphia, PA; Schenectady, NY and Albuquerque, NM. She also assisted at the Loretto Residence Center in Dayton, OH.  Later she ministered in parish ministry in San Felipe, NM; Queen of Heaven, NM; Holy Family, NM, and the Catholic Center in New Mexico, where she worked in the education department assisting with the creation and presentation of audio-visual materials.

After her retirement, Sr. Teresa lived for a time at Encino House, a housing development for senior citizens in Albuquerque, NM. She ministered as a companion to many residents who were looking for a word of encouragement during their own challenges and helped her fellow residents keep up with their appointments and medical needs.

Sr. Teresa moved to St. Catharine Motherhouse (St. Catharine, KY) in 2014, and continued to serve her community members through her work as a volunteer. She began her final ministry of prayer and presence at Sansbury Care Center (St. Catharine, KY), in 2017.

Sr. Teresa is survived by two brothers, Orlando Gurule and David Gurule, and several nieces and nephews.

Sr. Teresa was interred in a private graveside service on December 30, 2020, at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.  A memorial mass will be held at a later date at the Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

 

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Dominican Sister of Peace Rosemary Kirsten

Dominican Sister of Peace Rosemary Kirsten

Dominican Sister of Peace Rosemary (Sr. Joseph Mary) Kirsten, OP, (93), a native of Chicago, IL, died on December 18, 2020, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

Sister Rosemary was born in 1927 to Harriet Mika and Max Kirsten, one of eight children.  She entered the congregation in 1947, made first profession in 1948, and took her final vows in 1951.

A self-professed lover of the “nitty-gritty details,” Sister Rosemary earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and Education from Siena College and her Master of Arts in Library Science from Rosary College.

Sr. Rosemary taught school in Kentucky, Nebraska, New York, and Puerto Rico for more than two decades. Her love of detail made her an excellent librarian in both public and parochial school libraries in Illinois and Nebraska, where she ministered for more than 15 years.

Sr. Rosemary also served as Sacristan and Adult Education Consultant at St. John Berchman Parish in Chicago, and the Social Service Director and Community Health and Education Secretary at Sherman Hospital.

Like most religious Sisters, when Sister Rosemary “retired,” she continued to serve the people of God and her Dominican community.  She volunteered her time at a hospital and parish in Elgin, IL, and later, as a part-time receptionist at Saint Catharine Motherhouse and Sansbury. She was also devoted to many causes, including the rights of the unborn, animal care organizations, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

In her 72 years of religious life, Sr. Rosemary found many ways to serve God, the Church and her community, and she will be missed by her Dominican Sisters and by her nieces and nephews.

Sr. Rosemary was interred in a private graveside service on December 23, 2020, at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.  A memorial mass will be held later at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

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