Obituaries

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Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Joan Kane

Dominican Sister of Peace Joan Kane

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Joan Kane died on March 26, 2020, at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH. Born in 1928 in Philadelphia, PA, she was one of Anna Harris’ and John Kane’s large family of 10 children. Sr. Joan entered the Congregation in 1949.

Sr. Joan began her service at the Dominican Retreat House in Schenectady, NY. Retreat ministry obviously agreed with her, because she went on to serve at Dominican Retreat Houses in Elkins Park, PA; Albuquerque, NM; Philadelphia, PA, and Dover, MA.

Sr. Joan was generous and sociable to her Sisters and to the many that she served at the Dominican retreats. She was also a good listener, a fine and resourceful cook, and could pull a delicious meal together on a moment’s notice – all important skills for a retreat minister.

In 1992, Sister Joan took a sabbatical and earned a Certificate in Spirituality from the Spiritual Life Center in Dover, MA, in order to better meet the needs of the retreatants she loved so well. While at the St. Catherine House at Elkins Park, she served the Sisters of her community by driving them to appointments and visiting those who were ill or in the hospital.

Sr. Joan also served at St. Alice Convent in Upper Darby, PA, and in Quakertown, PA.

In 2018, Sister Joan entered a ministry of Prayer and Presence at the Congregation’s Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH.

Joan had a great love for her many nieces and nephews and talked about them frequently. She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Anna Harris Kane, her brothers John, Jr., Joseph and Harry, her sisters Catherine Cassidy, Helen Gehringer, Elizabeth Serrierson and Anna O’Connor.  She is survived by her sister, Harriet Malin, and nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services and burial in Springfield, PA will take place at a later date.  Funeral arrangements are by Egan-Ryan Funeral Home.  Memorial gifts in Sr. Joan’s memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Betty Baltrinic

Dominican Sister of Peace Betty Baltrinic, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Betty (Mary Thaddeus) Baltrinic, died on March 5, 2020, at the Regina Care Center in Richfield, OH.

Sr. Betty was born to Mary Pozderac and Michael Baltrinic of Empire, OH, in 1929. She was one of eleven children born into the Baltrinic family, and a childhood of sharing created a woman who wanted to “make a difference” in the lives of children and those suffering from poverty, abuse, and injustice. She joined the Dominican Sisters of Peace in 1952, and served God’s people in education, social justice, pastoral ministry, and community service for 58 years.

Sr. Betty earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from St. John College and her Master of Science in Education from the University of Akron. She ministered as a primary school educator for forty years in Ohio, twenty-five of which were at Our Lady of the Elms in Akron, OH.

In 1995, Sr. Betty became the Pastoral Minister at Our Lady of the Elms. Serving as teacher, Pastoral Minister, and Justice Coordinator, she was able to exercise her passion for social justice issues and to share her passion for justice with other teachers and students alike.

After visiting with her sister, Sr. Bernadine Baltrinic, who was missioned in El Salvador, she developed a special love for the children of Central America, She became an active member of the Central American Solidarity Association of Akron, and combined her love of education and of social justice by serving as the local coordinator of the Clean Our Desk project, which collected school supplies left at the end of the school year to aid children in Nicaragua. Closer to home, Sr. Betty volunteered with a shelter for battered women.

Sr. Betty was also a faithful servant to her Congregation. She served on the Board of Elections, the Community and Spirit Life Commission, in the Formation program and as the Candidate Directress.

She served as a Community Volunteer in Akron until 2013, when she retired to the Regina Health Center.

In 1990, she received the organization’s Woman of the Year Award sponsored by the Women’s History Project of Akron. In the same year, her colleagues voted for her to receive the Excellence in Education Award. Sister Betty was the recipient in 2001 of the Catherine of Siena Award given by the Sisters of St. Dominic to a woman who promoted and empowered others in peace and justice.

Sister Betty is survived by her brother, Robert; sisters, Sister Bernadine Baltrinic, OP and Dolores Mae Kennedy; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Sisters and friends gathered to share their memories of Sr. Betty Baltrinic on March 10. The Mass of Christian Burial was conducted on March 11. Both services were held at the Akron Motherhouse Chapel. Sr. Betty was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery, Akron, OH,

Memorial gifts in Sr. Betty Baltrinic’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 or to view a full obituary, please visit www.oppeace.org.

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Sr. Suzanne Noffke, OP

Sr. Suzanne Noffke, OP

Sr. Suzanne Noffke, OP, a Racine Dominican author and linguist, went home to God on Tuesday, April 14 after a long illness. She was 83 years old. Born Ione Noffke, she entered the aspirancy at 15. At 18, she was received into the Congregation received the name Sister Suzanne. A few years later she began teaching and earned a bachelor’s degree from Dominican College and a doctorate in linguistics from the University of Wisconsin- Madison.

She went on to serve as president of the community, as well as a translator, writer and historian, but was best known as one of the world’s leading experts on Saint Catherine of Siena. She lectured internationally and led numerous retreats based on the life and thought of Saint Catherine. She also published annotated translations of all of Catherine’s extant works (The Dialogue, 1980; The Prayers, 1983; The Letters of Catherine of Siena, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2008), and a two-volume thematic Anthology (2011), a book of essays (Catherine of Siena: Vision Through a Distant Eye, 1996, 2006), and numerous articles.

In an interview, Sr. Suzanne said, “Every phase of my ministry has been exciting and filled with meaning for me, but especially meaningful has been my work with making accessible to others our community history and the life and thought of our patron, Catherine of Siena.” She shared her knowledge and wisdom generously throughout her lifetime.

Please hold Suzanne, her family and her many friends in your thoughts and prayers and love. May she rest in peace.

Sr. Suzanne’s body will be cremated. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Rosalyn Seda

Dominican Sister of Peace Rosalyn Seda

Dominican Sister of Peace Rosalyn (Mildred) Seda (96), died on March 1, 2020, at the Lourdes Senior Community in Waterford Township, MI.

Sister Rosalyn was born to Marie Ovesny and Frank Seda in Carnegie, PA, in 1923. After her father’s death and her mother’s remarriage, the family moved to Michigan, where young Mildred first came to know our Sisters.  Sr. Rosalyn entered the Congregation in 1939, and served her community and the people of God for nearly 80 years.

Sister Rosalyn began her ministry by preparing meals and performing domestic tasks in convents in Illinois, Michigan and Pennsylvania. She enjoyed baking and preparing special desserts because her “aim was to make people happy and see them enjoy their meals.”

In 1961, Sister Rosalyn was sent to cook at Menscola Convalescent Home in Pontiac, MI. When our Oxford, MI, Sisters opened the Lourdes Nursing Home in 1965, Sister Rosalyn accompanied those residents to their new home and was given the task of managing the Dietary Department as the Food Service Director.

In her zeal to serve the residents of Lourdes, Sister Rosalyn took courses in Food Service Supervision and earned certification as a member of the Hospital Institution and Education of Managers Association. She ministered in the Food Service Department at Lourdes for twenty-three years before becoming a care-giver at Saint Jude Foster Home in Detroit, MI. She continued to volunteer at Saint Jude’s until she entered a ministry of prayer and service at the Oxford, MI, Motherhouse.

Sr. Rosalyn entered her final ministry of prayer and presence at the Lourdes Senior Community in 2019.

According to her personal annals, one of Sr. Rosalyn’s great joys was attending weekly Scripture Study sessions so that she could explore God’s word with others. She never lost her desire to get to know Jesus better.

Visitation and the Mass of Christian Burial were held on March 6 at the Lourdes Chapel of the Lourdes Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, in Waterford, MI. Sr. Rosalyn will be interred at Our Lady of Sorrows Cemetery in Oxford, MI, at a later date.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Rosalyn’s memory may be sent to Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219-2098.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Brigid Gregory

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Brigid Gregory

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Brigid (Florence Elizabeth) Gregory (92), died on February 8, 2020, at the Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY.

Sister Mary Brigid was born to Mary Rose Sheehy and Whitney Irwin of Louisville, KY, in 1927. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish from Spaulding College before entering the Congregation in 1948.

She earned her Master’s degree in English from DePaul University in Chicago, IL, and taught in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Tennessee for almost 25 years.

In 1974, Sr. Mary Brigid answered a new call from God to serve the poor and marginalized. She worked with the Peace and Justice Centers in Louisville, KY, and in Memphis, TN, before beginning her work with the elderly and handicapped of Memphis.

Sr. Mary Brigid returned to Kentucky and to teaching in 1980, ministering as an English instructor at St. Catharine College, then serving her Congregation as the St. Catharine Motherhouse Coordinator and Coordinator of Residents.

Sr. Mary Brigid was an active and enthusiastic volunteer both in and out of her Congregation’s ministries, volunteering at St. Agnes Academy, St. Catharine College, and at the St. Catharine Motherhouse.

Speaking at the funeral, her dear friend Sr. Elaine DesRosiers made reference to the readings that Sr. Mary Brigid had chosen “From Isaiah: Fear not. I have called you by name, and you are mine. You are precious in my eyes and glorious, and I love you. She truly loved her calling to religious life.” Sr. Mary Brigid will celebrate her 70th Jubilee on March 7 with the God that she served so faithfully.

Sr. Mary Brigid is survived by several nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance was held on February 12 at St. Catharine Hall, St. Catharine, KY.  The funeral Mass was held on February 13 at St. Catharine Hall, and Sr. Mary Brigid was buried in the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Mary Brigid’s memory may be sent to Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219-2098.

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