Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Virginia Berak, OP, died at the age of 92 on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at the Lourdes Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Waterford, MI. She was born Margaret Berak on August 8, 1922, in Czechoslovakia and was the youngest of four children. Her parents were Joseph and Susan Novak Berak. At the age of five, she and her mother and three siblings, Joseph, Steve and Ann emigrated to Detroit, MI, where her father found employment. Margaret lived with her family until she entered the Dominican Sisters, Congregation of St. Zedislava, in Warren, MI (now Dominican Sisters of Peace) in 1937. Continue reading →
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Sr. M. Suzanne, OP, 80, the former Margaret Ann Repasky, died on March 31, 2015, at Regina Health Center, Richfield, OH. Sr. Suzanne, the daughter of Stephen and Margaret Hartman Repasky, from St. Dominic Parish in Youngstown, entered the Sisters of St. Dominic of Akron, now Dominican Sisters of Peace, on August 15, 1954. She made profession of vows on August 4, 1956. Sr. Suzanne earned her BSE from St. John College, Cleveland and MA from the University of Dayton. She began her teaching career at St. Felicitas, Cleveland. She also taught at St. Hilary and St. Vincent, both in Akron, and SS. Peter & Paul, Doylestown. From 1970 to 1974, she served as principal at St. Joseph & Regina Coeli, Alliance and from 1974 to 1978 was principal at St. Paul, Akron. Sr. Suzanne also taught religion at St. Vincent-St. Mary and mathematics at Archbishop Hoban High Schools both in Akron. She was known as an excellent teacher and related especially well to her male students. Continue reading →
Sr. Connie Haug, OP (Sr. Omer), was 80 years old when she was silently, gently, beautifully, called back home to God, just a few months before her celebration of 60 years of Dominican professed life. Sr. Connie had had a full and successful ministerial life. After dementia claimed her active ministry she began long years of quiet prayer, simply being and always smiling. Continue reading →
Dominican Sister of Peace Kathryn McQuillan, OP, died on February 23, 2015, at the age of 95 at Sansbury Care Center (St. Catharine, KY). Born in Philadelphia in 1919 to Philip and Theresa Hartman, Kathryn was one of 11 children. Three of those children would become religious Sisters. One would become a priest. Continue reading →
Dominican Sister Juliana Savoy’s earthly life ended January 22, 2015, at the age of 88. The Motherhouse at St. Catharine, KY, became her home when Hurricane Katrina forced her relocation; she died after several years in Sansbury Care Center at the end of an itinerant life. Continue reading →