Obituaries

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Dominican Sister of Peace Rose Anthony Heitzman

Dominican Sister of Peace Rose Anthony Heitzman

Dominican Sister of Peace Rose Anthony (Rose Marie) Heitzman, OP (96), a native of Louisville, KY, died on February 7, 2022, at the Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY.

Born in 1925, Sister Rose Anthony was one of the nine children of Rose Elizabeth Heimbrock and Joseph Charles Heitzman. She entered the Congregation in 1948, made first profession in 1949, and took her final vows in 1952. She served her community, her Congregation, and the people of God as a religious Sister for 73 years.

Sister Rose Anthony ministered as a teacher in Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, New York, and West Virginia before earning her Bachelor of Arts in English and Education from Siena College in 1967. She went on to earn a Certification for Christian Education from the Roncalli Center in Louisville.

A true Dominican, Sr. Rose loved to study, attending various workshops and institutes, many of which focused on Theology and Liturgy. She put her knowledge to use for the good of God’s people, serving on Liturgy and Religious Education committees in the parishes where she taught.

Sister Rose Anthony continued her work as an educator until 1974, when she moved to a new ministry at the Emmaus House in Louisville, KY. She then served as a receptionist, bookkeeper, secretary, and coordinator of volunteers at several charitable organizations and schools in Louisville.

From 1980 to 2009, she dedicated her time, gifts, and talents to her Sisters at our Saint Catharine Motherhouse.

Sister Rose Anthony’s final mission began in 2009 when she moved to Sansbury where she gave witness through her prayer and presence.

Sr. Rose is survived by one brother, Anthony (Tony) Heitzman of Louisville, KY, along with a host of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Sr. Rose was held on February 15 at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel. A Mass of Christian burial was held on February 16, also at Sansbury Care Center Chapel, followed by burial at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

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Memorial gifts in Sr. Rose Anthony Heitzman’s memory may also be 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 Mary Corinne Smollar

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Corinne Smollar

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Corinne (Veronica) Smollar, OP, died on February 6, 2022, at the Lourdes Care Center in Oxford, MI. She was 81 years of age.

Sister Corinne was one of seven children born in Ironwood, MI, to Anne Pogodzinski and Louis Smollar.

She became familiar with the Dominican Sisters and our charism while attending catechism classes at Holy Trinity Parish. She entered the community in 1955, made first profession in 1957, and took her final vows in 1961. She was a vowed Dominican Sister for 65 years.

Sister Corinne earned a Bachelor of Science from Siena Heights College, majoring in history and earning minors in both English and home economics.

For more than thirty years Sister Corinne taught first and second graders in Michigan and Wisconsin for more than 30 years. Among her favorite duties was preparing the children to receive their First Communion, which she considered a “great honor and a privilege.”  She also ministered as the Director of Religious Education for Holy Childhood Parish in Harbor Springs, MI, offering instruction to both children and adults.

Sr. Corinne earned a certificate in Child Day Care Management, and ministered at  Nazareth Home in Indiana, a shelter for children in foster care, and at St. Luke Hospital, Little Saints Child Care, and Serendipity /Bright Horizon in Racine, WI.

Sr. Corinne was always involved in outreach programs in the parishes that she served. After returning the Motherhouse in 2013, she continued to serve her Congregation and the Oxford community. She assisted with retreats at the St. Mary Retreat Center, volunteered at a local food pantry, and made crafts to sell in the gift shop. She served as a kitchen aid, delighting Sisters with her specially baked treats, before entering a ministry of prayer and service at the Lourdes Convent in Michigan. She began her final ministry of prayer and presence at the Lourdes Health Care Center in 2022.

She was preceded in death by her parents Louis Smollar and Anna Pogodzinski, her brothers Lee Millette and Louis Smollar. She is survived by her sisters Kathy Doyle, Laurie Zeh, Marcella Kazmarek, and Marie Radusin and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held at St Benedict’s Parish in Waterford, MI, on February 14, 2022, followed by the  Mass of Christian burial. Burial will be in Oxford Motherhouse Cemetery at a later date.o

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.Memorial gifts in Sr. Corinne Smollar’s memory may be also be 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 Mary Ellen Dater

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Ellen Dater

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Ellen (Florentine) Dater, OP, (90) died on January 25, 2022, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse in Great Bend, KS.

Sister Mary Ellen was one of seven siblings born to Otillia Kreutzer and August Dater in Antonino, KS. She applied to enter the Congregation at just 14 years of age, made first profession in 1948 and took her final vows in 1954. She dedicated herself to the Dominican Life and Mission for seventy-four years.

Sister Mary Ellen earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Saint Mary College in Leavenworth and ministered as a primary-school teacher in Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma for over forty years.

After a brief sabbatical, Sister Mary Ellen returned to school to earn certifications from the Myotherapy Institute in Salt Lake City and the John Barnes Institute in Pennsylvania, making her a certified massage therapist. She used this knowledge to begin a new ministry at the Congregation’s eco-ministry on Pawnee Rock, Kansas, Heartland Farm. She loved the farm, the work that she did there, and the many people who visited the farm in search of peace.

Sister Mary Ellen was a woman of many talents and interests. She enjoyed gardening, spinning Alpaca fleece into two-ply yarn, playing cards, bowling, and making noodles for the annual bazaar. She truly valued the work she did for the bazaar because of the community involved in the efforts and the communities – the Congregation’s mission in Nigeria and the poor in this country – that the Bazaar benefited.

Health issues made it necessary for Sr. Mary Ellen to move to the Great Bend Motherhouse in 2021, at the age of 90. During her final months, she served her community through a ministry of prayer, presence, and love.

Sister Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters. She is survived by two brothers, two sisters, and several nieces and nephews.

Sr. Mary Ellen was celebrated at a wake on February 7, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial.  Both were held in the Great Bend Motherhouse chapel. She was buried in the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery in Great Bend, KS.

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.Memorial gifts in Sr. Mary Ellen Dater’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 Thomas Ann Ford, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Thomas Ann Ford, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Thomas Ann (Ann) Ford, OP (97), died on January 16, 2022, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

Sister Thomas Ann, one of seven siblings, was born in 1924 in Louisville, Kentucky to Florence Hines and Thomas Ford. She took commercial courses in high school and worked for several companies before entering the community in 1955. She made first profession in 1957 and took her final vows in 1960. Sister Thomas Ann would have celebrated 65 years of service to God and God’s people in 2022.

Sister Thomas Ann earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Business and Accounting from Memphis State College, and used this broad education to serve her local community and her religious community in a variety of ministries. She served as a teacher in Illinois, Nebraska, and Tennessee for more than 15 years. She also served her congregation as Program Director for the Generalate in Saint Catharine. Later, Sister Thomas Ann used her knowledge of accounting as Bursar and Director of Finance at Sansbury, faithfully stewarding the congregation’s resources to care for our elderly Sisters and the people of Springfield, KY.

After retiring from active ministry, Sister Thomas Ann devoted herself to an apostolate of prayer, which included making what she referred to as mission rosaries to share with others. She entered her final ministry of prayer and presence at the Sansbury Care Center in 2009.

Sr. Thomas Ann is survived by a sister-in-law, Mary Lloyd Ford and several nieces and nephews.

Sr. Thomas Ann was remembered at a welcome home service on January 20, 2022. A Mass of Christian burial was held on January 21, 2022. Sister Thomas Ann Ford was interred at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

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Memorial gifts in Sr. Thomas Ann’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 Sister Collette Marie Bauer

Dominican Sister of Peace
Sister Collette Marie Bauer

Dominican Sister of Peace Collette Marie (Gertrude) Bauer, OP, (93), a native of Spalding, NE, died on January 5, 2022, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

Sister Collette, one of ten siblings, was born in 1928 to Marie Latzel and Jacob Bauer. After graduating from Spalding Academy, she taught for several years in rural schools before she entered the community in 1950. Sister Collette made first profession in 1952 and took her final vows in 1955. She would have celebrated 70 years of consecrated life in 2022.

Sister Collette earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education and English from Siena College and a Master of Arts in Higher Education with a concentration in Art from Morehead College. A true Dominican, she loved to study and took a variety of courses to keep her teaching skills up to date. She taught elementary school children for 20 years and served as a librarian in Kentucky and Nebraska. She also taught art and religion at Saint Catharine Academy and College.

Beyond her work as an educator, Sr. Collette always found a way to become involved in the parishes where she ministered. She participated in charismatic prayer groups, led retreats at the Center of Ecumenism at Saint Catharine, and published a book of poems entitled Collette’s Canticles. Sr. Collette was also deeply concerned about refugees and the marginalized in her community, and ministered to those in need through five years of service with Catholic Charities in Louisville, KY.

Sister Collette began her final ministry of prayer and presence at the Sansbury Care Center in 1998.

Sister Collette is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Sr. Collette’s final gift was to donate her body to science. A Remembrance service was held on January 11 and Memorial Mass was held on January 12, both at Sansbury Care Center Chapel, St. Catharine, KY. Both services were limited to family members and Dominican Sisters of Peace. Burial will be in the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery at a later date.

To donate in Sr. Collette’s memory, please click here.

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

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