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.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Maria del Ray Mangan, OP,

Dominican Sister of Peace Maria del Ray Mangan

Dominican Sister of Peace Maria del Ray Mangan, OP, (93) died on June 2, 2021, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

Sr. Maria was born Catherine Elizabeth in 1927, one of the four children born to Mary Moncrieff and Henry Mangan of Greeley, NE. Her early years were formed by teachers from St. Catharine, KY, whose teaching framed her maturing as a child and teenager of the Greatest Generation. She entered the Congregation in 1946 and took her final vows in 1950, serving God and God’s people as a consecrated religious Sister for nearly 75 years.

Sister Maria earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education and English from Siena College in 1961 and ministered as a teacher and administrator in Grand Island, Greeley, Kearney, Lincoln, McCook and Omaha, Nebraska. She went on to earn her Master of Science in Library Science from Spalding College and combined her love of teaching with this new learning to serve as a teacher and librarian in Grand Island, NE.  She ministered in education for 28 years.

After leaving education, Sister Maria directed her talents to Parish Ministry in St. Paul for thirty-two years. She even returned to study, earning her Master of Arts in Spirituality from the University of San Francisco so that she could better minister to those she served.

Sr. Maria was known for her wisdom and her compassion for others, and generously put those gifts to the service of her Congregation as Regional Coordinator from 1987-1991.

In 2007, Sr. Maria moved to the St. Catharine Motherhouse. She lived in this community until 2021, offering her prayer and service to her Sisters and the St. Catharine community. She moved to the Sansbury Care Center in 2021, where she began her final ministry of prayer and presence.

Sr. Jeanne Moore, OP, wrote the preaching for Sr. Maria’s funeral, which was delivered by Sr. Luisa Derouen. Sr. Jeanne remembered her friend as humble and grateful for the hand of God in her life. Recalling a celebration of Sr. Maria’s ninetieth year of life, her seventieth as a Dominican Sister, and her tenth at St. Catharine, Sr. Jeanne said that the Sisters affirmed her as….

“Always pleasant, kind, and gentle; a ray of sunshine, wise, joyful, and welcoming of Nebraska guests. She was a delight to be with, wholesome, loyal, calming, humble, charming, and blessed with Irish wit.”

Sr. Maria del Rey is survived by three nieces and one nephew.

Visitation and funeral services at Sansbury Care Center Chapel were held on June 9 and 10. Sr. Maria was buried in the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

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Memorial gifts in Sr. Maria del Rey’s memory may also be sent to Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219-2098.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Elizabeth Thompson

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Elizabeth Thompson

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Elizabeth Thompson, OP, (77), a native of Medford, Massachusetts, died on March 18, 2021, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

Born to F. Ruth Condon and Edward H. Thompson in 1943, Sr. Mary Elizabeth grew up in a household of five siblings. She worked for a year after graduating from Mount Trinity Academy, and entered the community in 1962, making her final vows in 1970.

Sr. Mary Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Arts in English/Education from Siena College (Memphis, TN) and a Master of Arts in Administration from Boston State College (Boston, MA). She continued her studies by taking courses at St. Stephen’s Priory, an extension of Providence College, to stay current with Church teaching.

Sr. Mary Elizabeth ministered as a teacher and administrator for almost forty years in Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Tennessee. She also earned a Certificate in Special Education; she was passionate about helping students who, she believed, were “a neglected segment as far as the educational apostolate.” In her reflection at Sr. Mary Elizabeth’s funeral Mass, Sr. Teresa Tuite said that she was not a person that sought the spotlight. “As a principal,” Sr. Teresa said, “It was more important for the teachers and the students to shine, and Liz was happy to be the one shining the light on them; she was their cheerleader, their booster-club.”

As Coordinator at Rosary Manor, a ministry she entered in 2002, she wrote: “We are known as a welcoming community in the East. We enjoy having company, and we have lots of it.”

In 2012, Sr. Mary Elizabeth moved to Sansbury Care Center (St. Catharine, KY), where she began a ministry of prayer and presence. Even as she suffered from Parkinson’s for the final years of her life, she ministered through prayer and consolation to her Sisters, family, and friends.

Sr. Mary Elizabeth is survived by three brothers Dennis (Ivette) of Bradenton, FL, Mark (Jean) of Arlington, MA, and Paul Thompson (Patty) of Nashua, NH, as well as several nieces and nephews.

A private funeral for Sr. Mary Elizabeth Thompson was held on Saturday, March 20, at Sansbury Care Center Chapel.  She was interred at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Sister M. Paulette Paille

Dominican Sister of Peace Paulette Paille, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace, Sister M. Paulette (Lelia Odette) Paille died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH on February 25, 2021.

Sister Paulette was born in 1943 in New Orleans, LA to Lucille Arceneaux and Andre Paille. She entered the Congregation in 1962 and served God and the people of the Church for 59 years.

Sister Paulette earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Saint Mary’s Dominican College in Louisiana, and her Master of Science as a Reading Specialist from the University of Southern Mississippi. She also earned her certification as a Catechist in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Sister Paulette began her ministry as a teacher of first and second graders in Louisiana and Mississippi, where she loved teaching children to read. She returned to her alma mater, Saint Mary’s Dominican College, to serve as a secretary in the Education Department.

In 1981, Sister Paulette joined the Rosaryville Spirit Life Center staff, eventually becoming the Director and serving at that ministry for 13 years. After a brief sabbatical,  Sister Paulette joined the staff at Saint Philomena Parish as an Administrative Assistant and teacher in the parish religious program.

Sr. Paulette served her Congregation as an Assistant Coordinator at the New Orleans Motherhouse. While serving at the Motherhouse, she was also involved with Magnificat Ministry to Catholic Women.

Sr. Paulette’s gentle presence and willingness to listen made her a beloved hospice volunteer during her final year in New Orleans. In 2015, she entered a ministry of prayer and presence at the Mohun Care Center in Columbus, OH.

Sr. Therese Leckert, who met Sr. Paulette as a novice in New Orleans, said in her funeral homily: “Paulette always impressed me as a prayerful faith-filled sister who wanted to serve others in community. She enjoyed her ministries and being well liked by her co-workers and supervisors.”

She was preceded in death by her parents Andre and Lucille Doris Arceneaux Paille, her brother, Andre Jr., and her sister Mary Margaret Wallace. She is survived by her brother, Robert Paul, and her sisters, Suzanne Arnold, and Arlene Carlton.

A private funeral mass for Sr. Paulette was held at the Columbus Motherhouse Chapel on March 11, 2021. Sr. Paulette will be interred in a private graveside service in Ponchatoula, LA.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Faith Reaney, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Faith Reaney, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Faith (Therese May) Reaney, OP, (86), died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

Sister Mary Faith was born in 1935 in Pittsburgh, PA to Margaret Kelly and Thomas Reaney. When she was seventeen, she accompanied a good friend to a weekend activity at a Motherhouse in the Pittsburgh area. She left convinced that she was being called to religious life and entered the Congregation in 1953. We were blessed with her presence among us for 65 years.

Sister Mary Faith earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Saint Mary of the Springs College, now Ohio Dominican University, and her Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Duquesne University. She was a teacher and administrator on the elementary and secondary levels in Connecticut, Illinois, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania and a Guidance Counselor at our founded school in New York City, Dominican Academy. She also served as Registrar and Director of Admissions at Albertus Magnus College. With her cheerful demeanor and caring nature, Sr. Mary Faith had the ability to relate to students from first grade through their college years.

In 1991, Sr. Mary Faith was asked to put her organizational talents to work as an Administrative Assistant to the Leadership Team. Her expert clerical skills were of great value, but so was her  discretion and sense of humor. Later she was invited to work on Special Congregational Projects. She entered her final ministry of Prayer and Presence at the Mohun Care Center in 2021.

In her homily at Sr. Mary Faith’s funeral, Sr. Margaret Ormond remembered her as as good as her name – a woman of true faith.

“In my last conversation with Faith before she died,” Sr. Margaret said, “she expressed her confidence in God’s constant care for her and how she was ready to meet her Jesus. She said to me: ‘Margaret, don’t be sad, I have been eagerly awaiting this reunion with my God for  a long time.’ This is the deep faith that secured the everyday Sr. Mary Faith we know and love.”

She was preceded in death by her parents Thomas and Margaret Kelly Reaney, and her brother Thomas. She is survived by her sisters, Mary M. Beirne, Kathleen Mastrorocco, and nephews and nieces.

A private funeral Mass was held at the Columbus Motherhouse on March 4, 2021. Sr. Mary Faith was interred in a private graveside service at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Maria DeMonte, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Maria (Stella Levia) DeMonte, OP (91), died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH on February 8, 2021.

Sister Maria grew up in a family of seven children born to Giovina Coccia and Antonio DeMonte in Martins Creek, PA.. She entered the Congregation in 1951 and served God and the Church as a consecrated religious Sister for nearly 70 years.

Dominican Sister of Peace                        Maria DeMonte, OP

Sister Maria earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the College of St. Rose, a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry and Counseling from Saint Joseph College, a Master of Arts in CCD Leadership from Catholic University /Siena College, and her Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry and Spirituality from Immaculate Conception Seminary. She also earned certificates in Religious Education and Spiritual Direction all with the goal of helping people better see, understand, and follow the voice of God in their own lives.

With her own deep commitment to spirituality, Sister Maria was a well-loved Candidate Director for Sisters entering religious life. She loved handing on our preaching mission to the newest members of the Congregation. Her extensive study of religion and spirituality were invaluable in her ministries in New York and Pennsylvania as a DRE and Pastoral Associate, as a high school director of Religious Education, and as a member of several Dominican retreat staffs.

Sister Maria took great joy in helping individuals develop a closer relationship with God. After moving to the Oxford Motherhouse in 2013, she gave a series of morning retreats at St. Mary’s Retreat House that became so popular that she published them in a booklet entitled “Pray -Reflect – Contemplate.”

Sr. Maria’s work ministered to the body as well as the soul. Over the years, she volunteered at the Latham, NY, Food Distribution Center, drove the elderly to Sunday Mass for several years, volunteered with North Colonie Ambulance service, served as a counselor for the Billy Graham Crusade, and assisted young women living at the Congregation’s residence house in Philadelphia.

The later years of her life required Sr. Maria to become more itinerant, moving from Danville, PA, to Oxford, MI, and finally to her ministry of prayer and presence at the Mohun Care Center. In true Dominican fashion, she made most of these experiences by immersing herself in ministry, community life and prayer.

She was preceded in death by her parents Antonio and Giovina Coccia DiMonte, her sisters Ilda DiFelice, Wilamina DeMonte, Lena DeMonte, Mary DeMonte, and Dora Lushis; her brother, Natale DeMonti. She is survived by nieces and nephews.

Sr. Maria was interred in a private graveside service on February 20, 2021, at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

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