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Dominican Sister of Peace Margaret Therese Baranek, OP, (87) died at the Lourdes Senior Community in Oxford, MI, on October 7, 2018. A native of Chicago, IL, she was born in 1931 to Louise Kavac and Joseph Baranek. She entered Dominican Sisters of Oxford, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in 1950.
One of seven children, Sr. Margaret Therese – or M.T., as she was known by her Dominican Sisters – came from a musical family. That love of music stayed with her for her entire life.
A true Dominican, Sr. M.T. also loved to learn and to teach. She attended the College of St. Francis in Joliet, the University of Detroit, and Siena Heights College, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology with minors in chemistry and math. She continued her studies at Marquette University and Webster College in Missouri, earning a Masters of Theology in Religious Studies.
Sister Margaret Therese ministered in Wisconsin and Michigan, teaching science, math, religion, and music to students in grades 2-12. For more than 40 years, she delighted in sharing her love of learning, using unique methods like music and puppet shows to pique the interest of her younger students.
Sister Margaret Therese also ministered as DRE at Sacred Heart Parish and played the piano for the adult choir. She also enjoyed sharing her talents by volunteering at the Oxford Motherhouse library and as a music minister.
Sr. Margaret Therese was preceded in death by her parents; Joseph and Louise Kavec Baranek; sisters Mary Baranek and Ann Nylen, and her brothers Joseph, Louis, and Frank Baranek. She is survived by her sister Theresa Baranek and many nieces and nephews.
A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel in Oxford, MI, on Thursday, October 11, 2018. The funeral liturgy was also held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Oxford Chapel on Friday, October 12, 2018. Sr. Margaret Therese was interred at Our Lady of Sorrows Cemetery, Oxford, MI.
Memorial gifts in Sr. Margaret Therese Baranek’s memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH, 43219 or submitted securely at oppeace.org.
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Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Sarita (Cecelia) McEneany (88) died at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH, on September 28, 2018. She was born in 1930 in Columbus, OH, the daughter of Lucy Reeb and James McEneany. She entered Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in 1950.
Sister Sarita came from a family dedicated to religious service. One of six children, she was one of three of Lucy and James’ daughters that entered religious life. She also had two aunts who were Dominican Sisters. She learned from an early age how to share her gifts and serve others. At the occasion of her own Golden Jubilee, she reflected upon the changes brought about by Vatican II, saying that they made her feel more responsible for the needs and concerns of God’s people, and she served God’s people as a Dominican Sister of Peace for 68 years.
Sr. Sarita earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from St. Mary of the Springs College, now Ohio Dominican University, and a Master’s of Science in Elementary Administration from the University of Dayton. She shaped many young hearts and minds as an elementary school teacher in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Illinois and Michigan. She also served as Principal at the Blessed Sacrament School in Newark, OH.
But her talents reached far beyond teaching and education. After retiring from teaching in 1980, Sr. Sarita served where she was needed most – in Pastoral Care at St. George Hospital in Cincinnati, OH; as a secretary and cook at Lourdes Rectory and School in Cincinnati; as a tutor, as a secretary for the podiatry office at the Columbus Motherhouse and for the North Broadway Children’s Center in Columbus, and Driver and Receptionist for Mohun Health Care Center. It seems fitting that when Sister entered her final ministry of Prayer and Presence, it was in her hometown of Columbus, in the midst of her friends and Sisters at Mohun.
Sr. Sarita was remembered as a woman whose life centered on her God, a woman of great faith, of patience, and of unending gratitude.
Sr. Mary Sarita McEneany was preceded in death by her parents, James and Lucy Reed McEneany; her sisters, Jane McEneany, Patricia Riley, Sister M. Patrick McEneany, OSF, Sister Barbara Ann McEneany, CSC; and a brother, James McEneany, Jr. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews.
A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel, Columbus, OH, on Thursday, October 4, 2018. The funeral liturgy was also held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on Friday, October 5, 2018. Sr. Sarita was interred at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.
Memorial gifts in Sr. Mary Sarita’s memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH, 43219 or submitted securely at oppeace.org.
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Dominican Sister of Peace Philomena (Irene Marie) Hrencher (95) died at the Great Bend Motherhouse in Great Bend, KS, on Friday, September 14.
Sr. Philomena was born in 1923 in Sharon, KS, to Josephine Eck and Joseph Hrencher. She spent most of her 77 years of religious life in the Sunflower State, serving God’s people in education and medical ministries.
Sister entered the Congregation in 1937, and worked as a teacher in a number of Kansas cities. She taught on a provisional certificate, attending summer classes every year until she was able to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Mary College in Xavier, KS, in 1964.
Sr. Philomena enjoyed her 12 years in the classroom, but she found her ministry in health care even more rewarding. She began this ministry in 1964, working as the Office Manager and Chief Accountant (and playing the organ) at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, KS. She loved the work so much that she returned to school at St. Louis University to earn her Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration.
She went on to serve as the Coordinator of four of the Congregation’s founded hospitals, and was later named President and CEO of the Central Kansas Medical Center. She also served the Congregation as a member of the Executive Council from 1967-1969 and 1974-1978.
In her later years, Sister Philomena served her Congregation as the Assistant Treasurer at St. Rose. She also served as a sacristan, and ministered in other forms of community service.
In her homily at Sister’s funeral service, Sister Renee Dreiling shared many fond memories of Sr. Philomena – from her peaceful, prayerful manner, to her kindness to the Sisters in the Infirmary and their families, to her great love of the baseball and her Kansas City Royals – and of her love for her siblings and her family.
Sister Philomena Hrencher was preceded in death by her parents and several of her siblings. She is survived by her Dominican Sisters of Peace religious community and one sister, Claudine Meng, Severy, KS.
A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held at the Dominican Chapel of the Plains in Great Bend, KS, on September 16, 2018. A wake was held on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, followed by the Liturgy of Christian Burial, presided over by Father Robert Schremmer. Sister Philomena is interred in the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery in Great Bend, KS.
Gifts in Sr. Philomena’s memory may be sent to:
Dominican Sisters of Peace
Office of Mission Advancement
2320 Airport Dr. Columbus, OH 43219
or submitted securely at oppeace.org