Obituaries

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Sr. Lois Laronde, OP

Sr. Lois Laronde, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Lois (Therese Albert) Laronde, OP, 83, died on December 19, 2018, at the Mohun Health Care Center of the Dominican Sisters of Peace in Columbus, OH.

Born on August 4, 1935, Sister Lois was one of the two children of Lillian McAdoo and Albert Laronde of Arlington, MA. She entered religious life in 1953 after graduating from high school, saying that she wanted to serve God “as best as I know how in return for all of the graces and blessings which He has so graciously given to me.”

Sr. Lois earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Siena College in Memphis, TN, in 1969. Her first ministry was in education; she taught elementary school children in Illinois, Massachusetts, New York and West Virginia. She took her responsibility to her students very seriously, attending summer classes and continuing education to keep herself current with changing educational practices.

In the early 1980s, Sr. Lois served as Chaplain at Cushing and Bon Secour Hospitals in Cambridge, MA. Typical of her desire to offer the best to those she served, Sr. Lois returned to study at Emmanuel College in Boston and earned a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling. She continued teaching in Cambridge before becoming Activities Director at the Windsor House in Cambridge, then worked as an Instructional Aide at the Cunniff School.

Even after her retirement, Sr. Lois continued to use her talents to aid her Congregation, volunteering at Rosary Manor.

In her remembrance of Sr. Lois at the Memorial Mass in St. Catharine, Sr. Ann Bernardine Shaw recalled Sr. Lois ‘sweet and gentle smile, saying it was an outward sign of her inner self, a woman grateful for the graces and blessings of God.

Sr Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Lillian McAdoo Laronde, and her brother, Albert Jr. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Jeanne Laronde.

Sr. Lois was celebrated by her Sisters in Columbus, OH, at a December 28 Memorial Mass at the Mohun Health Care Center Chapel. A Memorial Mass was held on January 11, 2019, at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel in St. Catharine, KY, and Sr. was interred at the St Catharine Motherhouse Cemetery

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

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Sister Jean Kinney

      Sr. Jean Kinney

Dominican Sister of Peace Jean (Mary Mark) Kinney, OP, 89, died on December 19, 2018, at the Mohun Health Care Center of the Dominican Sisters of Peace in Columbus, OH.

Sister Jean was born in Ironton, OH, in 1929, to Norma Elberfeld and Francis Kinney.  She entered religious life in 1957, serving on the staff of Elkins Park in Philadelphia, PA.

Sr. Jean received her CCD certification from Siena College in Albany, New York, in 1962. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Education from St. Rose College in Albany, a Master’s Certificate in Religious Education and a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from LaSalle College in Philadelphia, PA, and continuing professional education credits from Central Islip Psychiatric Center.

Sr. Jean shared her love of God and the Church through her pastoral ministries in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. She served as the Coordinator of Religious Education, as a Pastoral Associate, a Pastoral Counselor, Spiritual Director at the Dominican Pastoral Counseling Center in Scotia, New York and on the Retreat Staff at the Dominican Sisters Retreat Center in Niskayuna, New York.

In her remembrance at Sr. Jean’s funeral, Sr. Carol Gaeke reminded us that Sr. Jean was a trailblazer – she was one of the first in the Congregation to make a Cursillo, to adopt new catechetical methods, to go into pastoral care, getting her certificate in CPE. But more important, she was also able to be intimate – to work one on one with those in pain to effect healing of the soul. Through hospital chaplaincy, hospice work, counseling, and spiritual direction, she helped people to see God’s love for them and to live life with peace and joy, or in her hospice work, help them to go home to God in peace.

Sr. Jean was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Fr. Francis Kinney, CPPS and her sisters Henrietta Hanifin and Marsha Morgan. She is survived by nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance and Wake for Sister Jean Kinney was held on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel, Columbus, OH. The funeral liturgy was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on Thursday, January 3, 2019.

Sr. Jean Kinney will be interred at the St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, NY.

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

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Sister Joanne Baltz, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Joanne Baltz

Dominican Sister of Peace Joanne Baltz (89) died at Regina Care Center in Akron, OH on December 18, 2018. Born August 25, 1929, Sr. Joanne was the daughter of Margaret Thimmes and Albert Baltz of Lancaster, OH.  She felt called by God from a very early age but worked as a bookkeeper for a short while before entering religious life 1948.

Sr. Joanne began her ministry as a primary school teacher in Illinois, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Ohio Dominican University in 1958, taking classes at the same time that she was teaching primary school in Ohio. She earned her Master of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Notre Dame in 1966, as well as additional courses in administration, supervision and child psychology at Xavier and the University of Dayton. She truly loved working with little children and did her best to be as prepared as possible to give her students a quality academic and moral grounding.

Sr. Joanne served as a principal for 23 years at St. Francis, Newark, OH, and St. Mary in Lancaster, OH.

After leaving teaching, Sr. Joanne served as the Administrator of the Columbus, OH, Motherhouse and the Fleet Manager for the Community. Her organizational and administrative skills were a true asset in these important roles!

She spent several years caring for her own family members before she moved to the Mohun Health Care Center, where she served as a volunteer as well as in prayer and presence. She was particularly helpful to our Activities Director, helping to set up and offer assistance to other Sisters.

Sr. Joanne was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret Thimmes and Thomas Baltz, her brothers Albert and John, and her sisters Mary and Dorothy. She is survived by her nieces and nephews.

Sr. Joanne was remembered at a December 19 wake and December 20 Funeral Mass at the Chapel in the Columbus Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. She was interred at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Joanne Baltz’s memory may be submitted securely online at oppeace.org  or sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Rosemarie Robinson

Dominican Sister of Peace Rosemarie Robinson

Dominican Sister of Peace Rosemarie (Margery Ann) Robinson, 89, died on December 1, 2018, at the Regina Health Care Center of the Dominican Sisters of Peace in Akron, OH. Described as “gracious, kindly, diligent, wise, competent, capable, good-humored, generous, ingenious, and outstanding,” Sr. Rosemarie celebrated 70 years of religious life this year.

Born in Youngstown, OH, in 1929, Sr. Rosemarie was one of nine children born to Anne Helbig and George Robinson. She entered religious life in 1946, following the example of her sister, Sr. Bernadine, who is also a Dominican Sister of Peace.

Sister Rosemarie earned her Bachelor of Science in Education in 1958 and her Master of Science in Education in 1966 from St. John College of Cleveland. True to the Dominican charism, she also continued her studies with courses at Ball State, Kent State, Siena Heights and the University of Dayton.

Sr. Rosemarie took her love of learning and study to her early ministry, serving as a teacher and educational administrator at schools in Akron, Barberton, Cleveland and Doylestown, OH. Beyond teaching her elementary and middle school students, she also served as a mentor and guide for the teachers on her staffs.

She was an active and important support to her founding congregation, the Dominican Sisters of Akron. She was elected Second Councilor in 1969, and served as President from 1973 to 1981. She was thrilled to preside over the burning of the million-dollar mortgage in 1976.

Her educational experience was put to good use as she served as business manager, personnel director and maintenance coordinator at Our Lady of the Elms, and on various committees as well.

As first Co-delegate for Religious and later Delegate for the Diocese of Cleveland, Sr. Rosemarie used her gifts of leadership and foresight to enhance the lives and spirit of the religious in the diocese. In her final years, she served the people of God and her Sisters in a ministry of prayer and presence at our Akron Motherhouse and at the Regina Care Center.

In the history of the Dominican Sisters of Akron, A Moment of Grace, Sr. Diana Culbertson, OP, wrote “Sr. Rosemarie’s years of leadership would test her skills as a calm administrator … She offered the kind of quiet steadiness at the helm that the community needed in tumultuous times. If she ever became exasperated at unpredictable events and crises that she would inevitably face, her demeanor consistently suggested that all was under control-and it usually was. ”

Sr. Rosemarie is survived by three sisters, Anita Watson, Coletta and Sister Bernadine Robinson, OP. She was preceded in death by her parents, Anne and George, her brothers, George and Richard, and three sisters, Eileen Macupa, Kathleen and Rosemary.

A Memorial Mass was be held at Our Lady of the Elms Convent Chapel in Akron, OH, on Thursday, December 6. Sr. Rosemarie was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Akron, OH.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Rosemarie Robinson’s memory may be submitted securely online at www.oppeace.org or sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219.

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Sister Elaine Osborne, OP

Sister Elaine Osborne, OP
Dominican Sister of Peace Elaine Osborne, OP, (Frances Jeanette) (79) died October 28, 2018 at the Great Bend Motherhouse in Great Bend, KS. Sister Elaine, one of two children, was born in 1938 in Shattuck, OK, to Helen Tillemans and Edward McClain Osborne. Elaine entered consecrated life in 1954 as a high school student, and faithfully lived her vows for more than 60 years. Sister Elaine earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Marymount College and a Master of Arts in English from Oklahoma State University. She spent 25 years teaching elementary and junior high students in Kansas and Oklahoma. She took a great deal of joy in sharing her love of writing with them, making sure her that first graders had a solid foundation and a love of learning. A poet and writer, Elaine was a consistent and creative participant in the development of the Dominican Cluster, which ultimately led to the founding of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. She was also the Great Bend KS representative to the Dominican Communication Network, and among the first communicators to form the OPCOMNET in 1995. Sister Elaine might be best remembered for her own writing.  She spent many years at the Pilgrim House of Praise writing and in the Communications Office in the Great Bend Motherhouse, where she served the founding and present Congregation as its communicator for more than 30 years. Her work can be found throughout the writings of the Congregation, including its Constitution and several annual reports. From her childhood, Sr. Elaine was connected and passionate about Earth and nature. It was a constant theme in her writing, and her personal journals featured not only writings but lovely pencil drawings. She delighted in any opportunity to commune quietly in God’s creation, and to record it in her poems and writings. A Vigil service for Sr. Elaine was held on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at the Great Bend Motherhouse. The Funeral mass was held on Wednesday, October 31. Sr. Elaine Osborne was laid to rest at the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery in Great Bend, KS. Memorial gifts in Sr. Elaine Osborne’s memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH, 43219 or submitted securely at oppeace.org. To download and print a copy of this memorial, please click here. 
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