Obituaries

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Dominican Sister of Peace Anita Schugart

Dominican Sister of Peace Anita Schugart, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Anita Schugart, OP (87), died on September 14, 2021, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse in Great Bend, KS.

A native of Great Bend, KS, Sr. Anita was born in 1933 to Velma Hlavaty and Fred Schugart. She entered the Congregation at Great Bend in 1954 and lived a faithful religious life for nearly 65 years.

Sr. Anita began her ministry as a teacher, working with children in Wichita and Great Bend. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Math from St. Mary of the Plains College and began a 20-year career at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, beginning as an office worker, then moving into a position as Assistant Administrator, and finally to President of the Hospital in 1978, a position she held for eight years. During this time, she also earned her Master’s Degree in Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

After leaving St. Catherine Hospital, Sr. Anita studied a new area of medicine, this time at the Academy of Natural Healing in Santa Fe, NM. She returned to Kansas to establish the Heartland Wholistic Health Center, serving as a massage therapist, using her heart and hands to bring comfort to those in need.

She was both responsible for, and appreciative of, the peaceful, healing environment that the Center offered to those who came for treatment as well as those who worked in the Center. She ensured that this sacred atmosphere continued when she served as Director of the Center until 2015.

Sr. Anita’s many gifts were also recognized by her Congregation, and she served as General Councilor from 1970-1978 and again from 1990-1994.

In true Dominican fashion, Sr. Anita loved to learn and to study, and attended many events at our Heartland Center for Spirituality. She was committed to environmental causes as well. She enjoyed her time gardening and volunteering for and with her Sisters at the Great Bend Motherhouse.

Sister Anita was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Alvin. She is survived by three sisters, Joyce Irwin, Centennial, CO, Marilyn Grover, Olathe, KS, and Marge Widen, Concordia, KS; several nieces and nephews; and her Sisters at the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

A Vigil Service was be held Monday, September 20, and the Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, September 21, 2021, both at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Great Bend Motherhouse.  Sr. Anita was buried in the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Joan Marie Ford

Dominican Sister of Peace Joan Marie Ford

Dominican Sister of Peace Joan Marie (Trinitas) Ford, died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH on October 15, 2021.

Sister Joan was born in 1930 in Columbus, OH, to Dorothy Woolley and Glen Ford.

She was introduced to Catholicism as a student at Saint Mary of the Springs Academy and asked to be baptized at the age of sixteen. She entered the Congregation in 1951, and served God and God’s people faithfully for sixty-eight years.

Sister Joan earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio Dominican University and her Master of Arts in Reading from Marygrove College. She was well-prepared for her more than four decades of ministry in education, teaching in elementary schools in Michigan, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and Texas.

Sister Joan loved teaching because, as she said,  “through teaching I am reaching and sharing something special with someone else. Hoping to impart, not only knowledge and a spirit of interest, I enjoy working to motivate and most of all to develop self-esteem in those who need it most.”

She responded to God’s summons to teach disadvantaged students and worked with Head Start and other inner-city educational programs while teaching at Pope John the XXIII school in downtown Columbus, OH. Sister Joan also taught theology and Spanish at Ohio Dominican.

Even after her retirement from teaching, Sr. Joan continued to serve others. She ministered to the elderly at Nazareth Towers and as a receptionist at the Dominican Learning Center, volunteered at the Humane Society, and advocated for environmental rights. She was also an artist and poet who enjoyed showing and sharing her work from her room at the Mohun Care Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents Glen Ford and Dorothy Carr Wooley and her brother, Dave. She is survived by her sister, Nancy Hewitt and her brother Douglas as well as nieces and nephews.

A vigil service was held on October 26, and a private funeral service was held on October 27 at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel. Sr. Joan Marie Ford was buried in St. Joseph Cemetery, Columbus, OH.

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Memorial gifts in Sr. Lin Howley’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 Sister Joan Popovits

Dominican Sister of Peace Joan Popovits

Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Joan Popovits died on September 26, 2021, at Grant Hospital in Columbus, OH.

A native of Chicago, Sister Joan was born in 1944 to Goldie Persin and Joseph Popovits.

Sr. Joan was called to religious life by the joy that she saw in the Sisters whose Convent was near her high school. She entered the Congregation in 1962, made her first profession in 1965, and took her final vows in 1970.

Sr. Joan’s first ministry was in hospitality, serving as cafeteria manager at St. Mary High School in New Haven, CT, then as a cook in Somerset, OH. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Ohio Dominican University in 1970, then served at the Saint George Hospital as a purchasing agent.

In 1975, Sr. Joan began a ministry as a Pastoral Minister at St. John the Baptist Parish in New Haven, CT. She had found her true calling and continued on that ministry for the rest of her life. She served in Plainville, CT, while earning her Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from Saint Joseph College, and went on to serve in Michigan for 16 years, before moving to Columbus, OH, as Pastoral Minister at Holy Spirit Parish.

For the past seventeen years, she worked with the senior citizens at Holy Spirit and Saint Philip parishes, establishing new programs to help them stay active and connected.

Her favorite pastoral ministry was visiting the homebound. During COVID quarantine, she continued her “visits” by phone, and was delighted to be able to serve God’s people in person again as vaccines became available.

Sr. Joan was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Joseph Popovits. She is survived by her sister-in-law Kathy Popovits and several nieces and nephew, as well as her community at the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

A public viewing and prayer service was held on October 4, 2021, at Holy Spirit Parish, in Columbus, OH. A private service was held on October 5, and the Mass of Christian burial was conducted on October 6, both at the Dominican Sisters Motherhouse Chapel. Sr. Joan was buried in St. Joseph Cemetery, Columbus, OH.

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Memorial gifts in Sr. Joan Popvits’ 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 Charlotte Unrein

Dominican Sister of Peace
Charlotte Unrein at the Great Bend Mission Bazaar.

Dominican Sister of Peace Charlotte (Shirley) Unrein, OP, (90), died on September 22, 2021, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Convent Infirmary in Great Bend, KS.

Sr. Charlotte was born in La Crosse, KS, on March 31, 1931, one of the ten children of Lidwina Zimmerman and Carl Unrein. She entered the Dominican Sisters Community in 1945 and pronounced vows in 1948. She celebrated seventy years of religious profession in 2018.

Being just fourteen when she entered religious life, Sister Charlotte began her ministry doing domestic work at the Motherhouse and area convents.

At the age of twenty-five, Sr. Charlotte was sent to Gusau, Nigeria, to help start a mission. Once there, she joined her Sisters as they taught religion and established a dispensary and hospital. She ministered there for five years, leaving, as so many religious did, as the nation’s revolution began.

Upon returning to Great Bend, Sr. Charlotte was put in charge of the sewing room. Rather than finding this a mundane task after her years in Africa, Sr. Charlotte considered this new ministry an adventure, where she could update the traditional habits to fit the spirit of Vatican IL

At forty, Sister Charlotte earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from Barton County Community College. She used this new knowledge to serve at  Saint Catherine Hospital and, later, as a surgical counselor and circulator for Fry Eye Associates, and later as a home health nurse.

Sr. Charlotte celebrated the 800th Anniversary of the Order by joining the community of cloistered Dominican Sisters in Prouille to help take care of the guests coming to celebrate the 800th Anniversary of the Order.

After her retirement from outside ministry, Sr. Charlotte was a fixture at the Great Bend Motherhouse, where she tended her roses, made jams, jellies and crafts for the annual bazaar, helped create a welcoming Chapel environment, and welcomed Motherhouse guests.

Sister Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, including her older sister, Sr. Eleanor Unrein, and four brothers. She is survived by one brother, Timothy Unrein, Ocala, FL; several nieces and nephews; as well as the community of the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

A Vigil Service was held on September 26, and the Mass of Christian Burial on September 27, 2021. Sr. Charlotte was buried the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery.

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Memorial gifts in Sr. Charlotte Unrein’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 Louella Petry

Dominican Sister of Peace Louella Petry

Dominican Sister of Peace, Sister Louella Petry (91) died at Mount Carmel East Hospital, Columbus, OH on August 30, 2021.

She was born in 1930 in Gueydan, LA, to Sylvania Vincent and Reno Petry.  At just 14, she began thinking about sharing her life “more fully and deeply with others.” She made that plan real when she entered the Congregation in 1947, made First Profession in 1950, and took her final vows in 1953.

Sr. Louella earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Marygrove College and her MA in Early Childhood Education from Xavier University in Louisiana She also earned Montessori Certification from Xavier University, Catechist Certification from the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Certification in Clinical Pastoral Education from St. Mary’s Hospital, and Theology Certification from St. Mary’s Dominican College.

Her desire to share her life with others was fulfilled through her varied ministries. She served as a Montessori teacher at a Child Development Center, a grief counselor, a home visitor, a hospital chaplain and in the Office of Religious Education for both the Diocese of Lafayette and the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Sister Louella also served the congregation as Archivist.

Sister Louella ministered at St. Maria Goretti Parish for more than 20 years. After the destruction of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, she and several Adrian Dominicans visited every home and connected the residents with local agencies that could meet their needs.

Sister Louella retired from active ministry in 2008, ministering as a volunteer with the elderly in Metairie, LA.  She entered a ministry of prayer and presence in the Columbus Motherhouse in 2010, where one of her most cherished traditions was ministering in song to those making their final passage home to God.  She moved to the Mohun Care Center in Columbus, OH, in 2019, offering prayer and companionship to her Sisters until her own death.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Reno and Sylvania Vincent Petry, her brothers, Melvin, Milton, Erwin, and Paul, and her sisters, Velma Lemaire and Evelyn Goller.  She is survived by nieces and nephews.

A private Funeral Service was held on September 17, 2021, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel.  Burial will take place later at Gueydan Cemetery, Gueydan, LA by Egan-Ryan and Vincent Funeral Homes.

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