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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Sister Mary O’Hara

Sr. Mary O’Hara, OP

Sister Mary (Sr. Eulalia) O’Hara

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary (Sr. Eulalia) O’Hara, OP, (77), died at the Mohun Health Care Center on May 1, 2018. She was born in 1940 to Margaret Davis and Michael O’Hara in Pittsburgh, PA. She entered Dominican life in 1960 at the convent of St. Mary of the Springs, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, and served faithfully for 55 years.

Sr. Mary earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio Dominican University in 1963 and served as an elementary school teacher and principal in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. As much as she loved teaching young children here in the United States, God had other work for her and in 1980 she began work as a missionary in Chimbote, Peru. Sr. Mary served the people of Chimbote by helping to train catechetical leaders and prepare candidates to receive sacraments, and by ministering to the sick.

Her love of and mercy for the sick led to her to seek certification as a hospital chaplain and she served as a hospital chaplain at Mount Carmel Hospital in Columbus, Bethesda Hospital in Cincinnati, and for 25 years at Saint Mary Medical Center in Indiana, where she was honored as Employee of the Year in 2012.

On her return to Columbus, Sr. Mary served as the receptionist for the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse until 2018.

Sr. Mary is remembered by all for her broad smile. She believed in the healing power of laughter, and tried to find many opportunities for laughter in her life. She shared that joy with all around her.

Sr. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Margaret Davis O’Hara, her brothers, Michael and Martin. She is survived by her sister, Margaret Abulencia.

A Vigil of Remembrance was held on Monday, May 7 at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel in Columbus, OH. The funeral liturgy was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on Tuesday, May 8. Sister Mary O’Hara is buried at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH

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

Memorial gifts in Sr. Mary’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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Sister Martin Damien Miquelon, OP

Sr. Martin Damien Miquelon, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Martin Damien Miquelon died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH, on Monday, April 16, 2018.

Sister Martin Damien was born Joan Marie Miquelon on April 25, 1933, to Marion Twomey and Oliver Cyr Miquelon in Boston, MA. She entered the Dominican Congregation of St. Catharine of Siena, St. Catharine, Kentucky, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in 1955. In her letter requesting entrance to the postulancy she wrote:  “I have enjoyed a wonderful life in knowing God and would like to let others share it with me.” She celebrated 60 years of religious life in 2017.

Sister Martin Damien earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Education from Regis College in 1967 and her Masters of Education in Religious Studies from Boston College in 1976.

Sister Martin Damien was a teacher at a number of schools in Illinois and Massachusetts, and the Prefect of Boys at the St. Dominic Academy in Belmont, MA.  After earning her Master’s Degree, she became a CCD Coordinator and later served as a Director of Religious Education, Administrator at Dominican Center in Plainville, and sacristan at Youville Hospital in Watertown.

In her final ministry, she offered prayer for the intentions of the Congregation and its friends while in care at Rosary Manor and Mohun Health Care Center.

Sr. Martin Damien was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Joseph. She is survived by her brother Paul and her sister, Marie Clark.

A vigil of Remembrance Service was held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel, Columbus, OH. The funeral liturgy was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on Thursday, April 19. Sr. Martin Damien was buried at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

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

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

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

or submitted securely at www.oppeace.org.

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Sister Mary Irene Lolli, OP

Sr. Mary Irene Lolli, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Mary Irene Lolli died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH, on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018.

Sister Irene (Mary Julia) was born on April 27, 1925, to Irene Pachioli and Sante Lolli of Strafford, PA. She entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine Di Ricci, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in 1952.

Sr. Irene had a great love of learning and study. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies/Sociology from the College of St. Rose and her Master of Theological Studies from the Franciscan School of Theology. She expanded her knowledge by studying other disciples at numerous institutes and workshops, including the Dominican School of Spirituality and the Catholic University of America.

Much of Sr. Irene’s active ministry was spent serving the spiritual needs of others as a DRE, Pastoral Minister, and as a staff member at retreats in Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, Michigan and New Mexico. She also served on the Leadership team of her founding congregation for 10 years. She was a lover of history, and a great admirer of Lucy Eaton Smith, the founder of the de Ricci congregation.

In her preaching for Sr. Irene’s service, Sr. Anne Lythgoe remembered her ability to be present, to engage with a single person. Perhaps this was part of her gift to her spiritual ministry. Even after she became ill, she took great pleasure in the company of her friends and her community.

Sr. Irene is preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Louis and her sisters, Angela Vidinsky, and Rosemary DeSanto.  She is survived by her brother, Lawrence, her sister Lucy Rankin and nieces and nephews.

A vigil of Remembrance Service was held on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel, Columbus, OH. The funeral liturgy was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on Thursday, April 5. Sr. Irene was buried in Strafford, PA.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Irene’s memory may be sent to:
Dominican Sisters of Peace
Office of Mission Advancement
2320 Airport Dr.
Columbus, OH, 43219

or submitted securely at www.oppeace.org.

To view and download a PDF of Sr. Irene’s memorial, click here.

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Sr. Elizabeth Anne Heery, OP

Sr. Elizabeth Anne Heery, OP

Sr. Dominican Sister of Peace Elizabeth Anne Heery, 84, died at the Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH on March 8, 2018. She was born Eileen Heery in 1934 in Astoria, LI, NY, to Elizabeth Kiernan and James Heery.  One of nine children, she was already accustomed to community life when, in 1956, she moved to Columbus and entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Sr. Elizabeth started her career with the New York Telephone Company. After joining the Congregation, she was moved to minister to the elderly and ill at the infirmary of the original Columbus Motherhouse, the Saint George Hospital in Cincinnati, OH, and at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH.

She wanted to do even more to serve the Community and took Pharmacology courses as part of working towards her LPN, which she earned in 1969.

Even after physical problems made it difficult for her to work as a nurse, she continued to care for her Sisters and her community. She often drove Sisters to medical appointments, and also served as a receptionist at the Motherhouse and in the library and the Springs Press.

Sr. Elizabeth’s love for her special ministry with the elderly and ill was summed up in this statement that she made when speaking about her ministry at Mohun Health Care Center, “I have great love and respect for the old and sick in Mohun Hall and St. Mary’s. I cannot think of a greater place to spend one’s self than in this service.”

Sr. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers James, Anthony, and John, her sisters Mary Emslie and Kathleen Pitarra. She is survived by her brothers, Joseph, and Philip; her sister, Rita Churpita; and many nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance and the Mass of Christian Burial was held on March 14 at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel in Columbus, OH. The funeral was held on March 15, 2018. Sr. Elizabeth Ann is interred at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

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

Memorial gifts in Sr. Elizabeth Anne’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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Sister Imelda Murrin, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Imelda Murrin, 92, died at the Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY, on February 8, 2018.  She was born on August 29, 1925, in Waltham, MA, to Catherine Connors and John Francis Murrin.  In 1944 she entered the St. Catharine Kentucky Dominicans, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Sr. Imelda earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Siena College, Memphis, TN, in 1956. True to her Dominican charism, she continued her studies in a wide range of topics, from Language Arts to the Sacraments to Bio-Ethics.

Sister Imelda also shared her love of learning with children in New York and Massachusetts as both a teacher and later as a principal, serving in that important ministry for more than 60 years.

Sister Imelda loved children and continued to spend time with them even after she retired from teaching. She would take the bus daily to volunteer at St. Jude’s School in Waltham, MA, supervising lunch and recess and surrounding herself with the smiles of students. She also volunteered at St. Patrick in Watertown, MA.

Health issues brought Sr. Imelda to Sansbury Care Center in 2007, where she entered a ministry of prayer and presence. Although she spent the last years of her life in a state of dementia, her friends at Sansbury remember her beautiful blue eyes and soft smile.

Sr. Imelda was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her Dominican Sisters of Peace religious community, one sister, Ruthann Bentley, and several nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance was held Thursday, February 15 and the funeral was held Friday, February 16, both at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel.  Sr. Imelda was interred at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

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

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

To view a printable version of Sr. Imelda’s memorial, please click here.

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