Obituaries

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Dominican Sister of Peace Teresa Gurule

Dominican Sister of Peace Teresa Gurule, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Teresa Gurule, OP, (81), a native of Los Lunas, NM, died on December 22, 2020, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

Sister Teresa was born in 1939 to Josefina Paubla Aragon and Manuel Jose Gurule. She entered the Congregation in 1959, made her first profession in 1961, and took her final vows in 1966. She would have celebrated her sixtieth year of religious life in 2021.

In the spirit of St. Dominic, Sr. Teresa loved to study, and she focused on learning new ways to improve her ministries. She earned numerous certificates including CCD Master Certification, Pastoral Work with the Latino Community,  Secretarial Studies and Computer Science. Observing the world around her, Teresa saw that technology would come to play an important role in retreat work and parish ministry. She took courses in Porta-Pak Video Taping and Basic Video Editing to better serve those to whom she ministered.

Sister Teresa spent much of her religious life in retreat and parish work, helping others hear and respond to the word of God in their own lives.  She ministered in Dominican retreat houses in Elkins Park, PA; Philadelphia, PA; Schenectady, NY and Albuquerque, NM. She also assisted at the Loretto Residence Center in Dayton, OH.  Later she ministered in parish ministry in San Felipe, NM; Queen of Heaven, NM; Holy Family, NM, and the Catholic Center in New Mexico, where she worked in the education department assisting with the creation and presentation of audio-visual materials.

After her retirement, Sr. Teresa lived for a time at Encino House, a housing development for senior citizens in Albuquerque, NM. She ministered as a companion to many residents who were looking for a word of encouragement during their own challenges and helped her fellow residents keep up with their appointments and medical needs.

Sr. Teresa moved to St. Catharine Motherhouse (St. Catharine, KY) in 2014, and continued to serve her community members through her work as a volunteer. She began her final ministry of prayer and presence at Sansbury Care Center (St. Catharine, KY), in 2017.

Sr. Teresa is survived by two brothers, Orlando Gurule and David Gurule, and several nieces and nephews.

Sr. Teresa was interred in a private graveside service on December 30, 2020, at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.  A memorial mass will be held at a later date at the Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

 

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Dominican Sister of Peace Rosemary Kirsten

Dominican Sister of Peace Rosemary Kirsten

Dominican Sister of Peace Rosemary (Sr. Joseph Mary) Kirsten, OP, (93), a native of Chicago, IL, died on December 18, 2020, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

Sister Rosemary was born in 1927 to Harriet Mika and Max Kirsten, one of eight children.  She entered the congregation in 1947, made first profession in 1948, and took her final vows in 1951.

A self-professed lover of the “nitty-gritty details,” Sister Rosemary earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and Education from Siena College and her Master of Arts in Library Science from Rosary College.

Sr. Rosemary taught school in Kentucky, Nebraska, New York, and Puerto Rico for more than two decades. Her love of detail made her an excellent librarian in both public and parochial school libraries in Illinois and Nebraska, where she ministered for more than 15 years.

Sr. Rosemary also served as Sacristan and Adult Education Consultant at St. John Berchman Parish in Chicago, and the Social Service Director and Community Health and Education Secretary at Sherman Hospital.

Like most religious Sisters, when Sister Rosemary “retired,” she continued to serve the people of God and her Dominican community.  She volunteered her time at a hospital and parish in Elgin, IL, and later, as a part-time receptionist at Saint Catharine Motherhouse and Sansbury. She was also devoted to many causes, including the rights of the unborn, animal care organizations, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

In her 72 years of religious life, Sr. Rosemary found many ways to serve God, the Church and her community, and she will be missed by her Dominican Sisters and by her nieces and nephews.

Sr. Rosemary was interred in a private graveside service on December 23, 2020, at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.  A memorial mass will be held later at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Elaine DesRosiers

Dominican Sister of Peace Elaine DesRosiers

Dominican Sister of Peace Elaine (Sr. Gregory Anne) DesRosiers, OP (90), a native of Worcester, Massachusetts, died on December 16, 2020, at Springview Hospital in Lebanon, KY.

Sister Elaine was one of five children born to Lena Gregoire and Romulus DesRosiers of Worcester, MA. She heard the call of God at the age of 16 and entered the Congregation in 1948. Sr. Elaine made her first profession in 1950,  took her final vows in 1953, and celebrated 70 years of religious life in 2020.

Sister Elaine earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Chemistry from Spalding College, her Master of Science in Biology from the University of Notre Dame, and her Doctorate in Educational Media and Technology from Boston University.

She ministered as a teacher in elementary and high schools in Illinois, Kentucky, and Massachusetts for more than 20 years. In 1976 she began a new chapter as Director of Educational Media and Director in the Office of Information Technology at Notre Dame, where she served for more than 2 decades.

Sister Elaine also served her congregation as  Promoter of Ongoing Dominican Life and Promoter of Preaching at Saint Catharine Motherhouse and as Information Technology Consultant at Saint Catharine College.

A gifted artist, Sister Elaine created oil paintings of each of our Motherhouses, using her time at each house to just not familiarize herself with the building, but with the women who lived in the community. She also created a series of paintings of downtown Springfield, KY, which were exhibited in the conference room of the Opera House, and created an exhibition for the Martin de Porres Center. Sr. Elaine was a member of the Dominican Institute of the Arts and was a proud recipient of the Fra Angelico Award.

Sr. Elaine’s fun-loving spirit stayed with her until the end of her life, as she helped create events and activities to keep her community in good spirits during the long days of quarantine.

Sr. Elaine is survived by two sisters Janet Fontaine of Sedona, Arizona, and Felice Cottle of Denver, Colorado.

Sr. Elaine was interred in a private graveside service on December 22, 2020, at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.  A memorial mass will be held at a later date at the Magdalen Chapel at the St. Catharine Motherhouse, St. Catharine, KY.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Linda Lorenz

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Linda Lorenz

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Linda (Eileen Dolores) Lorenz, OP (70), died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH on Sunday, December 13, 2020.

Sister Mary Linda was born in 1930 in Columbus, OH, to Isabel Seipel and Frank Lorenz, one of a family of 10. She  came to know our Sisters by attending Saint Mary of the Springs Academy and entered the community in 1948. She made first profession in 1950 and took her final vows in 1953, celebrating 70 years of religious life in 2020.

A true Dominican, Sr. Mary Linda loved learning and study. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio Dominican University and her Master of Arts in Guidance from Fairfield University. She also studied Music at Pius X School of Music, and Religious Studies at the University of Detroit.

Sister Mary Linda also had a gift for music and shared her musical talent at many Congregational events over the years.

Sister Mary Linda had a varied and very useful ministry that took her around the country,

She served in ministry as a teacher in Connecticut, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, and Pennsylvania for more than 40 years. After a brief sabbatical, she returned to her hometown and the Columbus community to serve as an auditor and notary in the Marriage Tribunal of the Columbus Diocese for over a decade. She also served as a volunteer at the Dominican Learning Center.

After entering her final ministry of prayer and presence at the Mohun Care Center, Sister Mary Linda continued to stay active, attending Mass in Chapel, participating in Center activities, visiting other residents, and sharing her musical talents.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Isabel Seipel Lorenz, and her brothers, Terrence, Thomas, and James. She is survived by her brothers, Christopher and Robert, her sisters, Judith Hosler, Linda Peeler, Mary Francis, and Dominican sister, Sr. de Chantal Lorenz, and many nieces and nephews.

Sister Mary Linda was buried in a private service at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH, on December 17, 2020.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Betty Ann Hesse

Dominican Sister of Peace Betty Ann Hesse

Dominican Sister of Peace Betty Ann Hesse

Dominican Sister of Peace Betty Ann (Mary Thomasetta) Hesse, OP (81), died on December 6, 2020, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

Sister Betty Ann and her twin brother, Bill, were born in 1938 in Louisville, KY, to Edna Klein and Andrew Hesse.

Her parents asked her to wait for two years after high school graduation before entering the Congregation, but her call to religious life, encouraged by the Dominicans who taught her at Holy Rosary Academy, brought Sister Betty Ann to the Congregation in 1958. She made first profession in 1960, took her final vows in 1965 and celebrated her 60th Jubilee in 2020.

From her earliest days in the Congregation, Sister Betty Ann was called to serve those around her. She chose to do that by entering the field of nursing. Sister Betty Ann earned her Licensed Practical Nursing degree from Spalding University, her Advanced Academic Degree and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Eastern Kentucky University and returned to Spalding for her Master of Science in Nursing. She also took special courses in Labor and Delivery, Neonatal Disease, and late-life care.

Sr. Betty Ann ministered as a nurse in Kentucky, Nebraska, and Louisiana, in a wide-ranging career that included labor and delivery, general practice nursing and discharge planning, and supervisory and teaching positions. She traveled to New York to serve after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and was called to work with the American Red Cross as a health caseworker, nurse, nurse manager, disaster relief supervisor, and clinical instructor in health and safety. She served the needs of the day at more than 50 disaster sites, including Guam after the destructive Super Typhoons.

Beyond her academic knowledge and skill, Sr. Betty Ann brought God’s love and compassion to each patient that she served, from mothers and their newborns to the elderly, to those facing a sudden disaster or tragedy. She said that she felt blessed by God to serve the needy, and she did so with caring and dedication.

Sr. Betty Ann is survived by her twin brother, William Hesse from Louisville, KY, and many nieces and nephews.

Sr. Betty Ann was laid to rest in a private graveside service on December 14, 2020, at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.  A memorial mass will be held at a later date at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

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