Obituaries

Celebrate with us the lives of our Sisters, who have gone before us and have answered God’s call in her own unique way. If you are having trouble finding the obituary of one of our Sisters, please email info@oppeace.org for assistance.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Jordan (Ernestine) Langenhennig, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Jordan (Ernestine) Langenhennig, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Jordan (Ernestine) Langenhennig, OP, 83, died at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH, on Friday, May 25, 2018.

A daughter of New Orleans, Sr. Mary Jordan began her life in the Crescent City, born as Ernestine C. to Birtles C. Langenhennig and Julie F. Seghers on November 14, 1934. Sr. Mary Jordan entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary’s in New Orleans, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in 1951.

Sr. Mary Jordan earned her Bachelor of Arts in English at St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans and her Master of Arts in English from St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO, in 1965. She served as a teacher at various schools in New Orleans, including St. Mary’s Dominican High School, from 1953 until 1969.

In 1970, Sr. Mary Jordan followed God’s call to effect social and systemic change in the world around her and began a new ministry of faith-based community organizing. She served with a number of community organizations in New Orleans and as a member of the General Council for her Congregation while studying for her Masters in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago, which she earned in 1981.

In her ministry at Las Casas in Thomas, OK, from 1981 to 1987, Sr. Mary Jordan worked with other Sisters and the local authorities to help create a better standard of community living for the local members of Native American tribes, as well as working in addiction ministries.

On her return to New Orleans, Sr. Mary Jordan became involved in the Broadmoor community, and, working with other faith-based organizations, was able to gain a commitment from city government to make positive changes to aid the poor in the city.

In 1992, Sr. Mary Jordan founded WIN (Working Interfaith Network), an organization that helps faith-based groups and congregations leverage resources to strengthen the congregations and the community. She served at WIN until 2000, when she accepted the position of Prioress at her Congregation.

She served the New Orleans Motherhouse in prayer and service until 2010, when she moved to the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH, to complete her ministry of prayer and presence.

Sr. Mary Jordan was preceded in death by her parents, Birtles and Julie Seghers Langenhennig, and her sister Jessie Scalia. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Sr. Mary Jordan was celebrated at her wake at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel in Columbus, OH, on Thursday, May 31. The funeral liturgy was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on Friday, June 1.

Sr. Mary Jordan will be buried at the Dominican Sisters Cemetery at Rosary Spirit Life Center in Ponchatoula, LA. Interment will take place 11:00am on Friday, July 20.

Memorials in honor of Sr. Jordan may be submitted securely online or sent to:
Dominican Sisters of Peace
2320 Airport Drive
Columbus, OH 43219-2098

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Dominican Sister of Peace Marie Loyola (Coletta) Ernst, OP

Sr. M. Loyola (Coletta) Ernst, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace M. Loyola (Coletta) Ernst, OP, died at the Regina Health Care Center, Richmond, OH, on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at the age of 95.

Sr. Loyola was born Marie Coletta on February 18, 1923, to Caroline Lind and Albert A. Ernst of Apple Creek, OH. The youngest of seven siblings, Sr. Loyola was introduced to community life at an early age.

When she entered the community of the Dominican Sisters of Akron in 1940, she wrote in her letter requesting profession, “I choose this vocation to please God alone, and I hope and pray that He will be pleased with my choice.”

Sr. Loyola earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Saint John College in 1950. She later earned her Master of Science in Education from the same institution in 1968. Throughout her professional life, Sr. Loyola attended workshops and institutes so that she could keep up with the changing trends in education. She truly believed that teaching was the ministry where she believed she could best do God’s will, by shaping the minds and hearts of children.

In her 55 years as an educator, Sr. Loyola ministered to thousands of children and their families. She served at numerous schools in Ohio, including St. Paul, St. Augustine, Immaculate Conception and, of course, her own alma mater, Our Lady of the Elms. After her retirement, she returned to Our Lady of the Elms High School as an aide, where she served for 13 years.

Given her love of the children that she taught, there is no doubt that many of them were remembered as Sr. Loyola continued her ministry of prayer and presence at the Akron Motherhouse and the Regina Health Center.

Sr. Loyola was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Francis, Lynn and Charles, and her sisters, Alice Emerson, Marjorie Tinsler and Lillian. She is survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Sr. Loyola was remembered at her wake at the Our Lady of the Elms Motherhouse on Friday, May 25. Mass of Resurrection was celebrated on Saturday, May 26. Sr. Loyola is interred at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Akron, OH.

Memorials in honor of Sr. Loyola may be submitted securely online or sent to:

Dominican Sisters of Peace
2320 Airport Drive
Columbus, OH 43219-2098

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

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Dominican Sister of Peace Gertrude (Trudy) Tanner, OP

Sr. Gertrude (Trudy) Tanner, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Gertrude (Trudy) Tanner, OP, 78, died on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at St Catherine Hospital in Garden City.  She was born on April 22, 1940, the daughter of Esther Marie Schlingerman and Ivan in Newark, OH. She entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in 1958. She celebrated 60 years of consecrated life in 2018.

Sister Trudy received her Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Dominican College in 1965 and taught in Ohio, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania.  In 1973 she earned her Masters in Education from the University of Dayton, in 1977 received her C.P.E. Certificate from Riverside Methodist Hospital and in 1982 her Masters in Pastoral Ministry from Catholic University.  She began serving in religious education in 1979, and in 1984 was named the Associate Director of Rural Religion Education for the Archdiocese of Louisville.

In 1988 she moved to Port Richey, Florida where she was Pastoral Associate and Director of Adult Catholic Formation for St James the Apostle Parish.  In 2007 she was named to the same position at St Magdalen Parish in Bloomfield, Iowa.

In 2013 she moved to Garden City, KS, where she envisioned a place where trafficked women and their children could be safe. After tireless effort, her dream was realized and the Oasis of Peace Center opened in the Spring of 2018. The Oasis of Peace Center is a testament to Sister Trudy’s Gospel passion and dedication.

Sr. Trudy touched many, many people during her 60 years of ministry. One priest at a parish where she served said, “I mentioned to the people at my parish how appropriate it was that she passed away at Pentecost, as she was FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT and SET THE WORLD ON FIRE wherever she went!”

She was preceded in death by her parents, Esther and Ivan, and her brother, William. She is survived by her sister, Marianne Lee of Newark, OH, and Kathleen Marie Brooker of Pataskala, OH,  many nieces and nephews, and her Dominican Sisters of Peace Sisters

Sr. Trudy’s life was celebrated at St. Dominic Church in Garden City, KS, with a Vigil Service on Tuesday, May 29 and a Memorial Mass Wednesday, May 30. She returned to her birthplace of Ohio to be laid to rest, where a Vigil of Remembrance Service was held on  Thursday, June 7, with a Funeral Mass on Friday, June 8, at the Columbus Motherhouse Chapel in Columbus, OH. Sister Trudy was laid to rest at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

Memorials are suggested to:
Dominican Sisters of Peace
2320 Airport Drive
Columbus, OH, 43219,

or donate securely online. 

You may also give to the Oasis Of Peace in care of:

Garnand Funeral Home
412 North 7th
Garden City, KS   67846

Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com.

For a printable copy of this memorial, please click here.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Lucille (Lucilla) Winstel, OP

Sr. Lucille Winstel, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Lucille (Lucilla) Winstel, OP, (96)  died at Mohun Health Care Center on May 6, 2018. She was born in 1922 in Steubenville, OH, to Florence Gilmore and George Winstel. In 1941 she entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace. She entered the Kingdom of Heaven on the day she was to have celebrated her 75th Jubilee.

Sister Lucille earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Saint Mary of the Springs College, now Ohio Dominican University, in 1953. She earned her Master of Arts in Religious Education from Manhattanville College, New York, NY, in 1969. Sr. Lucille loved to teach and to study, and so continued her education to earn a certification in Clinical Pastoral Education from Mount Carmel Hospital. She even studied Spanish to better serve the people of New Mexico and Texas, where she ministered for eight years.

Sister Lucille was a teacher and administrator in New York, Ohio, Texas, and New Mexico for thirty years. Education was her favorite ministry because, as she said, “Teaching enabled me to freely talk about God to others.”

For six years, she was the Administrator of Mohun Hall and worked for a year as Assistant Development Director of Ohio Dominican College.  She also served as a nurse’s aide at both the Saint George Hospital in Cincinnati and Mohun Health Care Center.

The organizational skills and attention to detail that made her a great educator also helped her to serve the communication needs of the Columbus Diocese as an editorial assistant at the Catholic Times and to effectively manage the Springs Press, the Congregation’s printing office, for eight years. She continued her ministry as a typist for Sr. Camilla Mullay, the author of A Place of Springs, a congregational history of St. Mary of the Springs.

In later years she served the Congregation and God’s people through her ministry of prayer and presence at the Columbus Motherhouse and at the Mohun Health Care Center.

“She was a person of deep faith, and she lived her life without fear,” said Sister Barbara Kolesar in her preaching at Sr. Lucille’s funeral. “She also loved to laugh, and get the rest to giggle too.”

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Florence Gilmore Winstel, and her sister, Helen Winstel.

A Vigil of Remembrance and the Mass of Christian Burial were held on May 10 and May 11, respectively, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel in Columbus, OH. Sr. Lucille is interred at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus.

To download a printable version of this memorial, please click here.  

Memorial gifts in Sr. Lucille’s memory may be submitted securely online or sent to:

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

 

 

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Dominican Sister of Peace Thomas Joseph Nacy, OP

Sr. Thomas Joseph Nacy, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Thomas Joseph (Mary Patricia) Nacy, OP, (91) died at Sansbury Care Center on May 1, 2018. Sister Thomas Joseph was born in Mattoon, IL, to Mary Scott Mead and Patrick J. Nacy in 1923. She entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Catharine, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in 1953, and celebrated 65 years of religious life this year.

Sr. Thomas Joseph, or Sr. TJ, earned a Bachelor of Science in History/Education and Social Science from Siena College in Memphis and a certificate in Retreat and Pastoral Ministry from the University of Notre Dame in Great Bend, IN.

She spent nearly 40 years as a teacher in Kentucky, Illinois, New Jersey, and Nebraska. As much as she loved to teach, she also loved to learn, and even as she worked as an educator, she continued to educate herself in courses focusing on reading, science, and teaching those with learning disabilities.

After retiring from teaching, Sr. TJ returned to St. Catharine, KY, where she served her sisters as a receptionist and volunteer at Sansbury Care Center and the St. Catharine Motherhouse. She spent her final years in prayer and presence at the Sansbury Care Center

In her preaching at the funeral, Sister Helen McCarthy reminded us that Sr. Thomas Joseph was chosen by God. She was a woman of great faith and has arrived at last to the place God has prepared for her.

Sr. Thomas Joseph was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Nora. She is survived by several cousins.

The visitation was held on May 9 at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel.  The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on May 10 at Sansbury Care Center Chapel. Sr. Thomas Joseph is interred in the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

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

Memorial gifts in Sr Thomas Joseph’s memory may be submitted securely online or sent to:
Dominican Sisters of Peace
Office of Mission Advancement
2320 Airport Drive
Columbus, OH 43219.

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