Obituaries

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Dominican Sister of Peace Marie Ann Melnick

Dominican Sister of Peace Marie Ann Melnick

Dominican Sister of Peace Marie Ann (Mary Luke) Melnick OP (91) died on February 5, 2023, at the Green Valley Nursing and Rehab Center in Pottsville, PA.

Sr. Marie was born in Clamtown, Pennsylvania in 1931, the oldest of the nine children of Mary Bobbin and Stephen Melnick. She worked in a government office for several years before she entered the Congregation 1955. Sr. Marie made first profession in 1957 and took her final vows in 1962. In the year 2022, she celebrated 65 years of service to God and to God’s people.

Sr. Marie loved the study of God’s word. She participated in the Theological Colloquium at Providence College and the Theology Institute at Villanova University and took a variety of courses to enrich her Biblical knowledge, from Old Testament to Humor and Pastoral Care Work. Her dedication to increasing her knowledge and skills made her a sought-after spiritual guide.

Sr. Marie’s knowledge of Scripture also informed her preaching, which frequently focused on God’s vast and unconditional love for everyone.

Sr. Marie ministered at the Congregation’s retreat centers in at Elkins Park, PA, McLean, VA and Niskayuna, NY.  retreat houses. She was a thoughtful listener who supported a number of women considering a call to religious life, and the Congregation benefited from her contribution to the vocation of several Sisters.

In recent years she dedicated herself to Pastoral Care ministry at Saint Isadore Parish in Quakertown and local senior care centers.

Sr. Marie is survived by her sisters, Dorothy Hosler of New Ringgold, Linda Melnick and Joan Melnick, both of Tamaqua; brothers, Donald Melnick, and his wife Mary, and Robert Melnick, both of California and John Melnick of New Jersey; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by sisters, Helen Melnick and twins, Irene and Elizabeth.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on February 10, 2023, at St. John’s Byzantine Catholic Church, in Lansford, PA. She was interred at St. John’s Byzantine Cemetery in Summit Hill, PA.

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

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Dominican Sister of Peace Sue McMahon

Dominican Sister of Peace Sue McMahon, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Sue (Susan Bridget) McMahon, OP (80), a native of Pontiac, MI, died on January 6, 2023, at the Lourdes Senior Community, a founded ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace in Waterford, MI.

Sr. Sue was one of eleven children born to Hazel Shipley and Thomas McMahon and grew up attending Catholic schools in her home state of Michigan. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in History and Social Studies with a Minor in English and Philosophy from the University of Detroit, Sr. Sue taught elementary school before joining the Congregation in 1968. She made first profession in 1971 and took her final vows in 1979.

Sr. Sue’s motive for becoming a consecrated religious was simple – she wanted to “help bring Christ into the lives of others.” She continued her ministry as an elementary school teacher for several years in schools in Michigan and earned her Master of Religious Education from the Catholic University. In the early 1970’s, Sr. Sue put her love of teaching to work with a new focus on religious education. She ministered as religious education coordinator at Immaculate Conception in Lapeer and St. Michael in Pontiac, Michigan.

In the early 1980’s, Sr. Sue responded to the needs of her Congregation by earning her license as a Nursing Home Administrator and took on the role of Assistant Administrator at Lourdes Nursing Home. She later became Administrator at King Haven Manor, Assistant Director of Human Services for the Formidable Management Company, and Director of Fox Manor. She served as Administrator at Lourdes Nursing Home in Waterford, where she later volunteered and lived her final ministry of prayer and presence. Sr. Sue also served as a member of the General Leadership team during the period of Dominican “clusters” before the creation of the Peace congregation.

Sr. Sue loved community and loved celebrating with her Dominican Community as a volunteer at Michigan ministries St. Mary Retreat House, Vivian Via Rosa, Lourdes, and the Oxford Motherhouse.

Sister Sue was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers Robert, John, Thomas, Richard, and James McMahon; and her sisters Rosemary Currier, Kathleen Michaels, and Patricia Zurbriggen. She is survived by her sister Joan Flanigan and her brother Dennis McMahon and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on January 11, 2023, at Lourdes Senior Community Chapel in Waterford, Ml. Sister Sue McMahon was interred at Our Lady of Sorrows Cemetery in Oxford, MI.

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

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Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Justin Fadden

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Justin Fadden

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Justin (Sarah) Fadden, OP (95), went to her Lord on December 26, 2022, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH.

Sr. Mary Justin was born Sarah to Mary McDonnell and Thomas Fadden of Scranton, PA, on October 23, 1927.  She worked for several years after high school and entered the Congregation in 1950. Sr. Justin made first profession in 1953 and took her final vows in 1956, living as Dominican religious for 66 years.

As a young girl, Sr. Justin was a tomboy, and delighted in telling stories of her exploits. She took that “I can do it” attitude to her service as a religious, and there was very little she could not accomplish once she put her mind to it.

Sr. Justin was called to minister to the many, many people who sought spiritual guidance, education, and peace at the Congregation’s retreat centers and residential homes, and served at retreat centers in Dayton, OH, and Elkins Park, PA, for sixteen years. She moved to New York City in 1966, where she ministered at a congregational home that provided safe and affordable housing for single women who worked in that city. She made many friends there and treasured those friendships deeply.

Returning to Elkins Park in 1980, Sr. Justin cared for retired and infirm Sisters at St. Catherine Hall, sharing her many talents and especially the gift of her time

When Sister Justin lived in our Oxford Motherhouse, she opened her heart and hands to serve the Sisters in her Community, particularly as a driver. She loved taking Sisters to medical appointments, shopping trips, and other excursions. Her community members described her as wise, generous, and a woman of common sense.

Sister Justin’s final ministry of prayer and presence at the Columbus Motherhouse allowed that community to share her many gifts. She was a wonderful storyteller, and had the unique ability to make her listener feel part of the story, especially when she talked about her childhood. She was also an enthusiastic fan of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, among other teams.  Throughout her more than 60 decades of ministry, Sister Justin was a model of living a simple life, both in spirit and with the few possessions she kept.

Sr. Mary Justin was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Sarah McDonnell Fadden, her sisters Mary, Agnes and Helen Fadden and her brother Joseph Fadden. She is survived by nieces and nephews.

A wake and Vigil of Remembrance Service was held at the Columbus Motherhouse Chapel on January 5, 2023, and the funeral liturgy was held at the Columbus Motherhouse on January 6,2023. Sr. Mary Justin Fadden was laid to rest at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

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

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Dominican Sister of Peace Denise Macko

Dominican Sister of Peace Denise Macko

Dominican Sister of Peace Denise (Mary Lou) Macko, OP (93), died on December 25, 2022, at the Regina Health Center in Akron, OH.

Sr. Denise, the daughter of Mary Rock and Andrew Macko, was born in Youngstown, OH on October 7, 1929. She entered the Congregation in 1959, after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Youngstown University. She made first profession in 1961 and took her final vows in 1967.

A true Dominican, Sr. Denise loved to study. She continued her education in science by earning a Master of Science in Chemistry with a minor in Physics from Notre Dame. She continued her education by taking courses and seminars at John Carroll University, the University of Akron, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio State University, and even Dijon University in France. She wanted to be as fully prepared as possible for her ministry as an educator.

Sister Denise ministered at Saint Vincent-Saint Mary High School and at Our Lady of the Elms High School for more than two decades.

Of course, Sr. Denise’s talents were obvious to her Congregation, and she was elected to the Elms House Council as well as the Board of Elections. She was appointed to both the Admission and Formation Commission and the Finance and Development Commission.

Not content with teaching and serving her congregation, Sr. Denise also taught the metric system at the Summit County Society of the Blind and volunteered at Xavier Society for the Blind as a transcriber of Braille.

Sr. Denise returned to study computer science at the University of Akron while teaching there as well. She worked as a computer programmer for Tru-Fit in Medina for several years before helping the Akron Motherhouse and the Congregation with their computer installations.

Sr. Denise’s interests were as wide as her ministry, ranging from needlework to winemaking to golf. She loved the Cleveland Guardians, Browns, and Cavaliers. A true itinerant, Sister Denise also loved to travel and visited not only many areas of the United States but also London, France, Switzerland, and Quebec.

Sr. Denise entered a ministry of prayer and presence at the Regina Health Center in 2019.

Sr. Denise was preceded in death by her parents, brother, and two sisters. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on January 5 at Our Lady of the Elms Convent Chapel. Per her request, Sister has been cremated.

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

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Dominican Sister of Peace Michaeleen Henderson

Dominican Sister of Peace Michaeleen Henderson,

Dominican Sister of Peace Michaeleen (Martha) Henderson, OP (91), died on December 22, 2022, at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH.

A native of nearby Zanesville, OH, Sr. Michaeleen was born to Laura Paul and Orville Henderson on June 24, 1931. Sr. Michaeleen entered the Congregation in 1948, made first profession in 1950, and took her final vows in 1953. She served God and God’s church as a Dominican Sister for 72 years.

Sr. Michaeleen graduated from Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Zanesville, and after her religious formation, earned her BS in Elementary Education from Ohio Dominican College.

She ministered as a teacher in New Haven, CT, Columbus and Steubenville, OH, and Pittsburgh, PA. She was aware that many of the students in her class came from low-income families, and Sr. Michaeleen made it her personal business to see that each child had what they needed to succeed. She had a room at the convent where she kept clothing for students in need, and would personally make sandwiches for any child who came to school without lunch or lunch money. She saw Christ in every young face and served each child with love.

As much as she loved education, Sr. Michaeleen felt herself called to health care. She ministered at the Saint George Hospital in Cincinnati, and at Mohun Health Care Center for more than two decades.

In 2015, Sr. Michaeleen entered a ministry of prayer and presence at Mohun, where she had served for so long. Although she had spent her life caring for others, she prayed often for “all the people who have helped me so many times along the way.”

Sr. Michaeleen was preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Laura Paul Henderson, her brothers, John, Robert, and Joseph, and her sisters, Betty Plants, Dorothy Dudas, Mary Caroline Johnson, and Dolores Mahon. She is survived by sisters, Donna Jardine and Celesta Maxwell, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A Wake and Vigil of Remembrance Service were held at the Columbus Motherhouse Chapel on December 29, 2022. The funeral liturgy was conducted at the Columbus Motherhouse on December 30, 2022. Sr. Michaeleen was buried with her Dominican Sisters at St. Joseph Cemetery.

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

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