Obituaries

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Dominican Sister of Peace Ann Davette Moran

Dominican Sister of Peace Sr. Ann Davette Moran

Dominican Sister of Peace Ann Davette Moran (Marilyn Rose) (88) died on December 11, 2019, at Sansbury Care Center.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Sr. Ann Davette was one of the five children of Betty Condron and Edward Moran. She considered a religious vocation during high school, but decided to “enjoy a normal life in the world,” and took a job working for an insurance company. But God’s call was insistent, and she entered the Congregation in 1950.

Sr. Ann Davette earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, Education and History from Siena College in Memphis, TN, and her Master of Arts in Education, Guidance, and Counseling from Loras College in Dubuque, IA

Sr. Ann Davette’s educational ministry spanned more than four decades, as she served a teacher in Illinois, New York, and Nebraska; as a teacher/superior in Illinois, and as a teacher and part-time guidance counselor in New York. She also worked in the Diocesan drug prevention program at St. Vincent Ferrer.

Sr. Ann Davette’s ministry took up a “second act” when, in 1983, she became the head residence counselor at Boys Hope, a residential home for boys from troubled homes in Staten Island, NY. She found this to be a fulfilling and life-giving ministry.

She also served as a grief counselor at Resurrection Parish in Brooklyn before entering a ministry of visitation to the Holy Family Nursing Home. She began her final ministry of prayer and presence at the Sansbury Care Center in 2010.

In her remembrance at Sr. Ann Davette’s funeral, Sr. Terry Wasinger remembered Sister as a woman who always had a smile on her face, and who loved to tell stories of her life as a young woman in New York City.

On the last day of her life, she mentioned to Sisters and aides that she had seen angels dancing around her all day. Her Community is happy to know that she was dancing in heaven on her birthday, December 16.

Sr. Ann Davette is survived by one sister, Eileen Casserly, sister-in-law Margaret Moran and several nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance was held on December 18 at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel.  The funeral liturgy was held on December 19 at Sansbury Care Center Chapel, and Sr. Ann Davette was interred at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Ann Davette’s memory may be sent to:

Dominican Sisters of Peace
Office of Mission Advancement
2320 Airport Dr.
Columbus, OH 43219-2098

Or made securely on the Congregation’s website. 

To download a printable copy of Sr. Ann Davette’s memorial, please click here.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Marialein Anzenberger

Dominican Sister of Peace Marialein Anzenberger

Dominican Sister of Peace Marialein (Mary) Anzenberger, (95), died on December 7, 2019, at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH. Sr. Marialein was born in Altoona, PA, to Josephine Lord and Frank Anzenberger. Although she heard the call to religious life at a young age, her parents asked her to work for three years after her high school graduation before entering the convent. She was obedient to their wishes, and then went on to serve God and the Church for 74 years as a Dominican Sister of Peace.

Sr. Marialein earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, OH, and her Master of Science in Business Education from Hunter College in New York City. She ministered as an educator and administrator for 27 years, teaching from grade 1 to high school in Connecticut, Illinois, New York and Ohio.

Sr. Marialein earned her Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling at Iona College in New York City in 1971, and shortly thereafter was drawn to a new ministry as a member of the Marriage Tribunal at the Center of Renewal in Providence, RI. She joined the Campus Ministry team at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT, then returned home to Pennsylvania where she served as a Pastoral Minister in her home parish in McKees Rocks and studied at Duquesne University.

After returning to Columbus, Sr. Marialein served as a Counselor and member of the Marriage Tribunal at the Shrine Center and the Columbus Diocese.

Sr. Marialein served her congregation in the Office of Human Resources in the Columbus Motherhouse before “retiring” to become a nursing home volunteer in Columbus. She entered her final ministry of prayer and presence at the Mohun Health Care Center in 2017.

In her preaching at Sr. Marialein’s funeral, Sr. Carol Ann Spencer recalled Sr. Marialein’s service at Mohun Health Care Center. “She was like the ‘Unofficial Chaplain,’” Sr. Carol Ann said. “She welcomed each new member and would offer to pray with them.”

“While Sr. Marialein considered Sr. Edwina Devlin, at the age of 105, her role model of how to grow old gracefully,” Sr. Carol Ann continued, “Sr. Marialein was my role model. For her,

it was about wisdom, freedom, and learning to let go and be grateful for each moment.”

She was preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Josephine Lord Anzenberger; her sister, Katherine Holmes; and her brothers, Anthony, Frank and Joseph Anzenberger. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held on December 12, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel, Columbus, OH. The funeral liturgy was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on December 13. Sr. Marialein was interred at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

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

To download a printable copy of Sr. Marialein Anzenberger’s memorial, please click here.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Pauletta Kelly

Dominican Sister of Peace Sr. Pauletta Kelly

Dominican Sister of Peace Pauletta (Lucille) Kelly, (96), died on All Saints Day, November 1, 2019, at the Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY. Born in 1922 in Greeley, Nebraska to Lucille Welsh and Thomas Francis Kelly, Sr. Pauletta grew up in the community of her eight siblings, and entered the Community at St. Catharine, KY, in 1943. She took her final vows in 1948, and served God’s people as a Dominican Sister of Peace for nearly 75 years.

Sister Pauletta earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education and English from Siena College (Memphis, TN) in 1959 and her Masters’ in Education and English from Spalding College (Louisville, KY) in 1990. She also participated in the Clinical Pastoral Education Program at Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, NE. Her belief that her “first need is to study what is happening in renewal of religious life and then to look into new possibilities for the apostolate” also led to her participate in the Better World Movement program in Rome.

Sister Pauletta ministered as a teacher, principal and librarian for thirty years in Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska and West Virginia. In true Dominican fashion, she responded to the needs of the times by changing the focus of her ministry, working in the Medical Records Department at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln, NE, as Director of Staff Development at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Lebanon, KY, and, later, at Sansbury. After returning to the field of education in Nebraska for several years, Sister Pauletta moved to Saint Catharine Motherhouse and offered her many gifts and talents to the Sisters in community service. She moved to Sansbury in 2012, where she began a ministry of prayer and presence.

“Just as Jesus was a nurturer and community builder, I found Sr. Pauletta the same way both times I lived with her,” said Sr. Charlene Vogel, in her reflection at Sr. Pauletta’s funeral. “She loved working with the earth, and her green thumb with flowers always showed results.

Sr. Pauletta is survived by one sister, Patricia Kittridge, and several nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance was held at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel on November 6. The Mass of Christian Burial was held on November 7 at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel. Sr. Pauletta was buried in the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

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

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

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Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Lois Schmeltzer

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Lois Schmeltzer

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Lois Schmeltzer, (92), died on October 7, 2019, at the Mohun Hall Health Care Center in Columbus, OH.  One of twelve children born to Mary Alice Gordon and Alphonsus Ligouri Schmeltzer in Somerset, OH, young Mary Schmeltzer was educated by Dominican Sisters and Friars from a young age and entered the Congregation herself in 1944.

Sister Mary Lois earned her BS in Elementary Education in 1957 from Saint Mary of the Springs College and her MEd from Duquesne University in 1962. She also earned certification in Administration and Supervision from Ohio State University. She served as an educator and principal for more than 30 years, teaching children in grades 1-8 in Connecticut, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, instructing children in choir and music, and also served as School Principal.

One of Sr. Mary Lois’ Sisters has commented that “She was a woman of great enthusiasm, and did everything that she did with 100% effort.” That was never truer than when she was asked to take on a new assignment for the good of the Church or her Community. After three decades as an educator, she left her ministry to serve the Congregation as Vocation Director and, later, as Director of Public Relations and Development.

She served as Director of Religious Education at St. Mary Parish in Marietta, OH, for nearly 10 years, then became the Administrator of Nazareth Towers, a HUD-subsidized senior citizen housing complex in Columbus, OH, where she served for eight years. She entered her final ministry of prayer and presence at Mohun Health Care Center in 2013.

When asked, “What ministry has been your favorite?” Sr. Lois always had the same answer: “I am doing my favorite ministry now, just where I am.” As she grew older and serving others became more difficult, she spoke often of how grateful she was for the care that she received from the staff at Mohun, saying how she appreciated being “a member of two wonderful families: a loving biological family and an outstanding religious congregation.”

Sr. Mary Lois’ was preceded in death by her parents, Alphonsus and Mary Alice Gordon Schmeltzer, her sisters, Madeline Takacs, Juanita Cline, Rita Keller, Betty Heyman, Audrey Hicks, and Nancy Palmer, and her brothers, William, Michael, and Edmund. She is survived by her sisters, Eloise Krumlauf, and Frances Orr.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service and Wake was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel, Columbus, Ohio on October 15, 2019. The funeral liturgy was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel, October 16. Sr. Mary Lois was interred at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Mary Lois’ memory may be sent to Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219-2098, or made online at oppeace.org.

To view or print a copy of this memorial, please click here. 

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Dominican Sister of Peace Joan Dropski

Dominican Sister of Peace Joan Dropski

Dominican Sister of Peace Joan Marie (David Marie) Dropski, (86), died on October 4, 2019, at the Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY.  Born in 1933 in Lynn, MA, Sr. Joan and her two brothers were raised by two loving parents, Madeline Casey and Joseph Thomas. Sr. Joan worked for two years before entering religious life in 1953, and served God’s people for 64 years.

Sister Joan graduated from Rosary Academy and earned her AA in Education from Saint Catharine Junior College in 1957, her BA in Education, Social Studies and English from Siena College in Memphis in 1965, and her MA in Religious Studies from Mundelein College in 1971. She delighted in learning, and in sharing knowledge with others, so she continued her education throughout her years of ministry by attending many workshops and institutes.

Sister Joan’s early ministry was in education, serving as an elementary and junior high teacher and principal in Nebraska. Her study at Mundelein deepened her knowledge, and she moved on to serve as Director of Religious Education and Parish Minister in both Nebraska and Massachusetts.

Sister Joan shared her gifts and talents with our Order as both a Regional Coordinator and as an Administrative Assistant to the Regional in Watertown. For fourteen years she conscientiously fulfilled her responsibility as bursar for the Eastern Region, recognized for her faithfulness and dedicated service.

It’s hard to say that Sister Joan “retired” in 2005 because she continued to offer her caring service wherever she was needed and even after entering Sansbury Care Center, witnessed to others through her presence and prayer. In a reflection, Sister Joan wrote that she “would hope to enable others to be ALIVE with the love of the Lord.” Throughout her 64 years of ministry, she herself was alive to God’s love and shared it with others.

In her preaching at Sr. Joan’s funeral, Sr. Rose Cummins noted that Sr. Joan was a woman of great faith and optimism. Even though she suffered twice from breast cancer and eventually became legally blind, she had a great love for her community and offered her heart and hands in service to the Congregation and to God’s people. She also refused to let these things discourage her, and continued to enjoy her friends, traveling and reading.

A vigil of remembrance was held for Sr. Joan on October 13 at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel.  The Mass of Christian Burial was held on October 10 at Sansbury Care Center Chapel. Sr. Joan was interred in the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Joan’s memory may be sent to Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219-2098. To make a secure online donation, please click here.

To view or print a copy of this memorial, please click here.

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