Obituaries

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Dominican Sister of Peace Paschala Noonan, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Paschala Noonan, OP, with her history of the Kentucky Dominicans, Signadou

Dominican Sister of Peace Paschala (Leone Margaret) Noonan, OP (102), a native of Quincy, MA, died on Jan. 30, 2021, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, Kentucky.

One of two siblings, Sister Paschala was born in 1918 to Helen Gene Gurney and Leo Noonan. She entered in religious life in St. Catherine, KY, in 1935. She ministered as a consecrated religious Sister for 83 years.

A true Dominican in her love of study and service, Sr. Paschala earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy/English/History from DePaul University in Chicago. She used this knowledge to excel as an elementary school teacher in Illinois and Nebraska.

Feeling called to enter a medical ministry, Sr. Paschala traveled to Dominican-founded  St. Rose School of Nursing in Great Bend to earn her RN. She went on to earn a Certificate in Gerontology from University of Massachusetts (Boston, MA); and a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry from the Diocese of Brooklyn (Brooklyn, NY).

She worked with the National Catholic Conference of Bishops as a liaison for health care, was the Director for Catholic Charities in Brooklyn, and directed the Office of Elder Affairs for the Archdiocese of Boston. She taught at the Congregation’s St. Catherine College, and served her Congregation as a member of the General Council.

Sister Paschala loved history and spent one summer on an archaeological dig in the Holy Land. She studied journalism at Creighton University in Nebraska, and these skills supplemented her medical experience to become a correspondent for the American Journal of Nursing in New York, Mexico, California, Nigeria, and Puerto Rico. She was a writer and researcher for the USCCB and wrote The Church’s Responsibility for the Elderly. In 1997, she published Signadou, a history of the Congregation’s foundation in Kentucky and later wrote the companion book The Beautiful Circle of Friends (La Bella Brigata).

Sr. Paschala entered a ministry of prayer and service at Sansbury Care Center in Sr. Catherine, KY, in 2008. She is survived by several nieces and nephews and her Dominican Sisters.

Sr. Paschala was interred in a private graveside service on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. A memorial mass will be held at a later date at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Rita Busch, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Rita Busch, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Rita Busch, OP (96), a native of Pittsburgh, PA, died on January 25, 2021, at Mount Carmel East Hospital in Columbus, OH.

Sr. Rita, born in 1924, was one of three children born to Othelia Aschenbrenner and Frank Busch. She attended Duquesne University and worked for nearly fifteen years before entering the Congregation in 1956. She would have celebrated 64 years of consecrated religious life this year.

Sr. Rita earned her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Saint Mary of the Springs College, now Ohio Dominican University, and her Master of Science in Business Education from Hunter College.

She began her ministry as a teacher of business and history, and taught in primary and secondary schools in Connecticut, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Sr. Rita was treasurer at both of the Congregation’s founded colleges, Albertus Magnus College in New Haven and Ohio Dominican in Columbus. She also served the Diocese of Columbus as secretary to Bishop Edward Hermann for ten years, as an Administrative Assistant in the Department of Religious Education, and as administrative assistant in Saint Mary’s Parish in Lancaster, OH.

Sr. Rita also served the Congregation as Development Director in the 1990’s before entering into a ministry of prayer and presence in Columbus, OH.

In her preaching at the funeral Sr. Mary Faith Geelan spoke of Sr. Rita’s entrance to religious life. “Rita entered the congregation at the age of 31 and as she said, ‘I had everything, a good life, security, a pension….’ When I asked what led her to make the decision to enter religious life she said, ‘the hound of heaven never let me go.’”

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Othelia Aschenbrenner Busch, and her sisters, Mary Elizabeth Busch, and Claire B. Schweibinz Meredith.  She is survived by a niece and nephew, a grandniece and nephew, and her friend, Janice Wilson.

Sr. Rita was interred in a private graveside service on January 29, 2021, at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Anne Rutledge, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Anne Rutledge, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Anne (Kenneth Marie) Rutledge, OP, (86) died on January 14, 2021, at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH.

One of five siblings, Sister Anne was born August 12, 1934, to Mary Burke and John Rutledge of Pittsburgh, PA. She worked in an office for a few years, but eventually followed in the footsteps of her sister, Sister Mary Rutledge, and entered the Congregation in 1957. She was a Religious Sister for 64 years,

Sr. Anne earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Saint Mary of the Springs College, now Ohio Dominican University, and her Master of Education from Duquesne University. She took advantage of additional educational opportunities at Ohio Wesleyan University, Dayton University, Kent State University, Boston College and Point Park College. She was always eager to strengthen her educational ministry.

Sr. Anne served as a teacher and administrator in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania for twenty years.  She worked in the Education Office, Diocese of Steubenville and was Principal at St. Anthony’s in Steubenville, as well as at St. Clare de Montefalco in Grosse Pointe Park, MI and Our Lady of Peace, Columbus, Ohio.

Sr. Anne also served as the Librarian at Seton LaSalle High School in Pittsburgh and for fifteen years she worked in the Field Education and Placement Office at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. In all these roles, she felt privileged to have the opportunity to touch the lives of children through her ministry.

Sr. Anne was very committed to peace and justice issues and believed “each of us must, in our own way do what is possible for us to do.”

As is so often the case, after “retirement,” Sr. Anne entered a new ministry – she served her Congregation as Transportation Coordinator at the Mohun Health Care Center for three years before entering her final ministry of prayer and presence.

She was preceded in death by her parents John and Mary Burke Rutledge, and her sisters Sister Mary Rutledge, OP and Margaret Joan Lachut, OP. She is survived by her brother, John (Jack); her sister, Virginia (Jean) O’Shea; and nieces and nephews.

Sr. Anne was interred in a private graveside service on January 21, 2021 at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Dorothy Mattingly, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Dorothy Mattingly, OP, (92), a native of Akron, OH, died on December 30, 2020 at Rockynol Care Center, Akron, OH.

Dominican Sister of Peace Dorothy Mattingly, OP

Born on May 14, 1928, Sr. Dorothy was one of the six children of Bernice Harris and William Mattingly. She entered the Congregation in 1948 and celebrated 70 years of consecrated religious life in 2020.

Sister Dorothy stayed in northeast Ohio to earn her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Education from Saint John College in Cleveland. Her love of study moved her to continue her education with courses in Science and Theology at Siena Heights College, in Clinical Pastoral Education at the Aquinas Institute of Theology and at the Center for Continuing Formation in Ministry at the University of Notre Dame.

As much as Sr. Dorothy loved to learn, she also loved to share what she had learned.  She began her ministry as a teacher and principal in Akron, Wooster, and Youngstown, and shared her love of teaching by helping other educators as the Diocesan Supervisor for the Cleveland Diocese, Education Consultant for the Southern Region of the Diocese, and Regional Superintendent of the Youngstown Diocese for Mahoning and Columbiana counties. Sr. Dorothy also served as a Member of the Board at Our Lady of the Elms Schools in Akron and the Health Education Center. She was president of the International Reading Association.

Sr. Dorothy was active in service to her Dominican Community. She was elected as a Councilor for the Congregation and served as a member of the Community’s Education and Apostolic Commission.  Her special ministry to her Sisters was the creation of a Retirement Success Program for the elderly Sisters.

After her own retirement, Sr. Dorothy continued to teach part-time at St. Mary School in Akron, OH, with the goal of teaching the children “to respect one another, to establish healthy self-esteem, and to recognize the good in each person regardless of race, etc.”

Sr. Dorothy Mattingly entered her final ministry of prayer and presence at the Akron Motherhouse in 2012.

Sister Dorothy is survived by brother, William; sister, Eileen Hagenbaugh and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Timothy; sisters, Dorothy Wade and Jean Albright.

Sr. Dorothy was interred in a private graveside service on January 7, 2021, at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Akron, OH.  A memorial mass will be held at a date to be announced at The Dominican Sisters of Peace Akron Motherhouse Chapel.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Jeanne Brown

 

Dominican Sister of Peace                      Jeanne Brown, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace, Sister Jeanne (Sr. Mary Jarrett) Brown died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH on Saturday, December 26, 2020.

She was born in 1934 in Astoria, NY, to Ruth Cunningham and Harold Brown. She attended both Dominican Academy in New York and Ohio Dominican University. Her Dominican education must have affected her deeply, because she entered the Congregation after completing her studies at Ohio Dominican in 1956. Sr. Jeanne made first profession in 1958 and took her final vows in 1963, living a life of service to God and the Church for 62 years.

Sr. Jeanne earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Ohio Dominican University, a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Ohio University and a Certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education from the University of Virginia.

She ministered as a primary school teacher and principal in Connecticut, Michigan, and Ohio for more than 20 years. In 1986, she joined the administrative staff at Ohio Dominican focusing on faculty education and academic affairs.

After completing her study in Clinical Pastoral Education, Sr. Jeanne ministered as a counselor, as a campus and parish minister, and as a hospice volunteer in Columbus, OH.

Sister Jeanne’s talents were also put to the service of her Congregation, as she served as Vocation Director, Director of Temporary Professed Sisters, Chairperson of the Justice Committee and Director of Ministry.

Sr. Jeanne was an active volunteer at the Columbus Motherhouse from 2009 until she moved into her final ministry of prayer and presence at the Mohun Health Care Center in 2014. Even while at Mohun, she continued her close friendships with Sisters and those she met while serving the Congregation.

Sr. Jeanne Brown was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Harold Brown and Ruth Cunningham Brown, her brothers, Dr. Thomas and James, and her sisters, Ruthmary Carey, and Margaret Ann Geissler. She is survived by a niece and nephews.

Sr. Jeanne was buried in a private service at St. Joseph Cemetery, Columbus, OH, on December 30, 2020.  A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

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