Obituaries

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Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Conrad Miller

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Conrad Miller

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Conrad (Irene Emilia) Miller (91), died on February 22, 2020, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse in Great Bend, KS.

Sr. Mary Conrad was one of eight children born to Anna Gehlen and Conrad Miller of Willowdale, KS. She was educated by our Sisters and felt called to religious life thanks to their example. She entered the Congregation in 1947 and would have celebrated her 70th Jubilee with us this year.

Sr. Mary Conrad received both her Bachelor’s Degree and her Master of Arts in Education from St. Mary College in Leavenworth, KS. She ministered as an educator, administrator, and tutor for more than 40 years in Colorado and in parishes across Kansas.

Sr. Mary Conrad took great pride in her work in education, saying that she delighted in “experiencing the joy of learning” in her students. Even when she took a sabbatical to care for her mother, Sr. Mary Conrad continued to do what she loved, serving as a part-time teacher and tutor. She never lost her desire to form the minds, hearts, and souls of young people, and was still ministering as a volunteer tutor well into her 80’s before she retired to the Great Bend Motherhouse.

Once there, she continued to follow the news from St. Catherine School. She also volunteered as a Motherhouse resident, offering her experience as a tutor and serving at the annual Great Bend Bazaar.

Sr. Mary Conrad Miller is survived by two of her sisters, Leona Henning of Wichita and Alfreda Youngers Bock of Kingman.

A Vigil of Remembrance was held on February 24 at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel in Great Bend. The Funeral Mass was held on February 25 at the Motherhouse Chapel, followed by burial at the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Mary Conrad’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 Eleanor Tierney

Dominican Sister of Peace Eleanor Tierney

Dominican Sister of Peace Eleanor (Richard Therese) Tierney (85), died on February 21, 2020, at the Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY.

Born an only child to Florence Buckley and Richard Tierney of Providence, RI, Sr. Eleanor learned to have a loving and accepting heart by embracing her step brother James, with whom she had a close relationship.

She graduated from the Rosary Academy in Watertown before entering the Congregation in 1952. She celebrated 65 years of religious life in 2019.

True to her Dominican charism, Sr. Eleanor had a great love of study. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and Sociology from Regis College, her Master of Arts in History from Boston College, her Master of Education in Counseling and Student Personnel from the University of Louisville, and her Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University.

Her first ministry was as a teacher, choir director and bursar for St. Michael School in Lowell, MA. She returned to Kentucky in 1966, serving at St. Catharine Academy as a Teacher and Dorm Prefect, as Dean of Student Affairs and Instructor at St. Catharine College, and as her Congregation’s Regional Coordinator in Louisville, KY.

Sr. Eleanor ministered as a family counselor at the Flaget Spirituality Center in Louisville, KY, for more than 20 years before a minor stroke moved her into retirement at the St. Catharine Motherhouse. She was a true example of the “ministry of presence,” sharing her sense of humor and personality with residents, guests and Sisters alike.

In her address at Sr. Eleanor’s funeral mass, Sr. Catherine Mahady, OP, spoke of her generous heart, which led Sr. Eleanor to take on new ministries in community life, such as mentoring several Vietnamese Sisters and serving as Southern Regional Coordinator.

Sr. Eleanor’s greatest joys were her family; her work as a Pastoral Counselor, and Marriage and Family therapist; and, in her personal life, developing a deep personal relationship with God.

Sr. Eleanor is survived by her step-brother, James Barden, his wife Marian and several nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance was held on February 27 at Sansbury Care Center Chapel in St. Catharine, KY. The Funeral Mass was held on February 28 at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel, followed by burial at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Eleanor’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 Maria Teresa Apalategui

Dominican Sister of Peace Maria Teresa Apalategui

Dominican Sister of Peace Maria Teresa (Cecilia) Apalategui (79), lovingly known in her Community as M.T., died on February 1, 2020, at the Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY.

Sister Maria Teresa was one of five children born to Mollie Barnes and Alfonso Apalategui in Tucson, AZ. At the age of 19, Sister Maria Teresa left her home for New Orleans, where she entered the Congregation in 1959. She once said that leaving her family was the hardest thing that she had ever had to do, but it was the most rewarding decision of her life.

Engraved inside her ring was her personal motto – “To do what I am doing.” She loved serving God and God’s people, and did so faithfully.

Sr. Maria Teresa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Community Service from Mary Rogers College in New York, and her Masters in Social Work from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. She put that education, as well as her natural affection, to work serving the poor in Texas, Arizona and Louisiana for the majority of her 58 years of religious life.

She ministered as an advocate for and worked with the poor in Tucson, AZ, for nearly 40 years, first as a facilitator for the elderly in the Diocese, and later, as Associate Director of Tucson Catholic Services, where she served for 10 years.

Sr. Maria Teresa was instrumental in the creation of the Santa Cruz Project, which was dedicated to connecting people with the religious/spiritual, physical/medical, and social services that they needed to improve their lives. She herself spent much of her time in the barrios of the city, home-visiting families to help them find the assistance that they needed.

Always generous with whatever she had, Sr. Maria Teresa also offered technical advice to programs that needed assistance regarding immigration and refugee issues.

After the death of her beloved twin sister Charlotte, Sr. Maria Teresa left Tucson again – this time to live at the St. Catharine Motherhouse in Kentucky. She spent her final ministry of prayer and community service in ministry to her Sisters at the Motherhouse and at the Presbyterian Church’s thrift store, where Hispanic shoppers loved her company.

Sr. Maria Teresa is survived by her brother Carlos Cocio, sister-in-law Shirley Apalategui, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfonso and Mollie Barnes Apalategui, older brothers Alphonse and Jack, and twin sister Charlotte Apalategui.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held on February 6 at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel.

The funeral liturgy was held at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel on February 7, and Sr. Maria Teresa was buried at the St. Catharine Motherhouse Cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Maria Teresa’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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Dominican Sister of Peace Melita Bearinger

Dominican Sister of Peace
Melita Bearinger

Dominican Sister of Peace Melita (Shirley) Bearinger, (90) died on January 31, 2020, at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH.

Born to Edna Laird and Victor Bearinger in Turtle Creek, PA, Sister Melita entered the Congregation in 1946. As a young woman, she was drawn to work in Foreign Missions. Although she never ministered outside of the United States, she served those less fortunate throughout her religious life, and especially as a volunteer in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Sister Melita earned her BS in Elementary Education in 1957 from Saint Mary of the Springs College and her MA in Elementary Education in 1962 from De Paul University. For thirty-seven years she ministered as a teacher and administrator in Illinois, Louisiana, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Sr. Melita’s ministry took a new turn after meeting Sr. Grace Pilon, SBS, creator of the Workshop Way system of education. She devoted herself to the methodology that allowed her to focus on the growth and personal development of her students. She worked with the group for 3 decades, first as Business Manager and later as a licensed consultant, proofreader, and member of the Task Force.

Her work with the Workshop Way brought her to New Orleans, which also made a huge change in her life. She loved the South and the city of New Orleans in particular. She was grateful for the opportunity to show her love for her adopted hometown by volunteering for Lantern Light Ministry, which served those returning to the city after Hurricane Katrina.

Sr. Melita returned to Columbus in 2017, where she served her Sisters at the Columbus Motherhouse. She began her final ministry of prayer and presence at the Mohun Health Care Center in 2019.

Sister Melita was preceded in death by her parents, Victor L. and Edna Laird Bearinger, her brother, Victor J. and her sister, Mary Louise Dietz. She is survived by several nieces and a nephew.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held on February 20, 2020, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel

The funeral liturgy was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on Friday, February 21, 2020, followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery by Egan Ryan Funeral Home.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Melita’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.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Pat Moran

Dominican Sister of Peace Pat Moran

Dominican Sister of Peace Patricia (Anna Patricia) Moran, (74) died on January 18, 2020, in Horsham PA.

Sister Pat was one of four children born to Anna Durkin and Patrick Moran in Philadelphia, PA. Sister Patricia worked until the age of 30, when she answered God’s call and entered the Congregation. She made first profession in 1979, took her final vows in 1984 and faithfully followed the vows of religious life for forty years.

Sr. Pat lived the four pillars of Dominican life in many ways, but she was particularly devoted to study.  She earned a BA in Religious Studies from Villanova University, an MA in Religious Education from Fordham University, and Certification in Pastoral Ministry, Effective Group Leadership, Church Leadership, Theology and Technology from various institutions of higher learning.

Sr. Pat lived the pillar of community by serving her congregation in retreat ministry in Florida and in Pennsylvania, and as Vocations Director and Director of Education and Promoter of Preaching.

Service was very important to Sr. Pat, and she served God’s people faithfully as a Theology teacher at Holy Family College and DRE/Pastoral Assistant, and later, as a volunteer in Horsham, PA.

Sr. Pat believed that the “most effective ministers are those who can relate faith to the issues people live with and are concerned about in this era of affluence and social reforms.” Because of this, she worked to relate the Gospel teachings to women’s issues, effects of technology, environment, and ecumenical dialogue. She also made us of her other talents, including her love of photography, to make spirituality real to her students.

In her reflection at Sr. Pat’s memorial service, Sr. Anne Lythgoe recalled another way that Sr. Pat related faith to life issues. “Like Lucy Easton Smith, the founder of the de’Ricci congregation who saw that women needed to attend to their own spiritual lives, Pat invited women to see themselves truly as God would see them.  She was a companion to them on their spiritual journey.” Sr. Pat served as Chaplain to a group called Women Heart of the Home, which was so large at one point they had to break it up into several groups.

She is survived by her sister Eileen Blastic, close family members, her nieces Sharon Blastic, Deborah Blastic, Brenda Wilson and husband Jack, sister-in-law Joanne Moran and other nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance and the Mass of Christian Burial were held on January 25 at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Horsham, PA. Sr. was interred at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham, PA.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Pat Moran’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.

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