Obituaries

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Dominican Sister of Peace Amata Dawson

Dominican Sister of Peace Sr. Amata Dawson

Dominican Sister of Peace Amata Dawson (Marie Anna Ida) (96) died at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH, on December 16, 2019.

The only daughter of Carolina Reed and Henry Dawson, Sr. Amata was born in Philadelphia, PA. She worked as a billing clerk before entering the Congregation in 1948, and was faithful to her calling to God and God’s people for more than 68 years.

Sr. Amata earned a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics from Marywood College in Scranton, PA. She earned certificates in Spiritual Direction from the Shalem Institute in Washington, DC; Theology from Temple University in Philadelphia, and a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Providence College. She also studied at the University of Montreal.

Sr. Amata was devoted to her long and varied ministry throughout her religious life. She served her Community at Congregational retreat houses in New Mexico, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Mexico. She was  named Local Superior of the Media, PA, Motherhouse, served as Vocation Director and Candidate Director, and was elected President from 1972 to 1978 and 1986 to 1990.

Sr. Amata was also part of the Dominican Sisters Urban Activity in Washington, where she helped learners earn their GED and acted as a substitute teacher in the public school system. She continued her work with young people serving in campus ministry at the University of New Mexico.

Sr. Amata was always open to wherever the Holy Spirit would take her. She found centering prayer to be a deeply contemplative and fulfilling experience, and often prayed with her arms raised and hands open as though waiting for the blessings of God to come to her. Even when she lost the power of speech, Sr. Amata continued to preach peace through her loving ways and kind smiles.

She was preceded in death by her parents Henry Dawson and Caroline Reid Dawson, and a brother, Edward Dawson.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel, Columbus, Ohio on December 19, 2019. The funeral liturgy will be held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on December 19. Burial will take place at a later date in Cheltenham, PA.

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

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

or submitted securely on the Congregation’s website.

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

 

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Dominican Sister of Peace Margaret Walsh

Dominican Sister of Peace Sr. Margaret Walsh

Dominican Sister of Peace Margaret (Sr. Justina) Walsh (93) died on at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH, on Sunday, December 15, 2019. Born in Peekskill, NY, to Mary Butler and Patrick Walsh, Sr. Margaret took a round-about route to religious life. She studied business at Columbia University, and eventually became the President and General Manager of a successful plumbing and heating business.

God had other plans for Margaret Walsh, however, and at the age of forty, she entered the Congregation, completing her formation with many women half her age. She took this situation in stride, as was her way, and made her final profession in 1971.

Sr. Margaret earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business from Ohio Dominican University in 1970, and her Masters of Business Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati in 1980.

First Corinthians tells us that we are all given certain gifts to serve the Church, and Sr. Margaret certainly made use of hers. She used her experience as a businesswoman and her education to benefit both the Congregation and our ministries. She served as Director of Development and as Treasurer for the Congregation. She also served as Treasurer and Business Manager for Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut, and as the Director of Purchasing and Office Services for Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, OH. She began her final ministry of prayer and presence at the Mohun Health Care Center in 2015.

Sr. Margaret was not just a businesswoman – she was deeply spiritual and loved her friends and family. She enjoyed living in Community and taking part in its activities, loved reading, and had a wry sense of humor.

Sr. Margaret was also a gifted story-teller and entertained her Sisters at Mohun with tales from her ministries.

Sr. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Patrick and Mary Butler Walsh, and her brothers, Patrick, Thomas, Martin, William, John and James, and her sister Mary Jane Wietsma.  She is survived by her sister, Helen Walsh and many nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on December 20, 2019. The funeral liturgy was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on Saturday, December 21, 2019, followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery.

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

Dominican Sisters of Peace
Office of Mission Advancement
2320 Airport Dr.
Columbus, OH 43219
or submitted securely at the Congregation’s website. 

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

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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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