Obituaries

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Dominican Sister of Peace Patricia Gavaghan

Dominican Sister of Peace Patricia Gavaghan

Dominican Sister of Peace Patricia (Agnese) Gavaghan, OP (83), died on December 12, 2021, at Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH.

Sister Pat, one of two siblings, was born in 1938 in New York City to Catherine Crehan and Patrick Gavaghan. Her early life was marked by loss, as her older sister died before Sister Pat was born, and her father died when she was only five weeks old. Sister Pat valued the close relationship she had with her mother, who was a woman of joy and a special role model.

Sister Pat was a student at our Saint Vincent Ferrer Grade School and was inspired by the joy she saw in her teachers. She graduated from Thorpe Secretarial School, then entered the Congregation in 1957, made first profession in 1959, and took her final vows in 1964. She cared for her Sisters and for God’s people for 62 years.

Sister Pat’s special ministry was molding God’s gifts into delicious meals. She began her ministry as a cook at the St. Joseph Priory in Somerset, Ohio. She went on to cook and serve at a number of schools and convents in Connecticut and New York.

While serving at St. Andrew Convent in Flushing, NY, Sister Pat stepped into the role of  Parish Minister. She enjoyed “bringing the Eucharist to the residents of the Bridgeview Nursing Home, praying with the residents and listening to them,” sharing spiritual food with those she served. She was also patient and helpful with the residents, completing shopping and other errands for those residents when needed.

Sr. Pat was known for her gentle sense of humor, which was an important asset when she moved to Columbus to serve as a Driver for the Motherhouse Sisters. She also served the Congregation in the Supply department at the Mohun Health Care Center before retiring to a ministry of prayer and service at the Columbus Motherhouse. Sr. Patricia’s final ministry of prayer and presence at Mohun Health Care began in 2016.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Patrick and Catherine Crehan Gavaghan, and her sister, Anna Marie Gavaghan.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service and wake was held on December 20, 2021, at the Columbus Motherhouse. The funeral liturgy, also at the Columbus Motherhouse took place on December 21, followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

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Memorial gifts in Sr. Pat Gavaghan’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 Mary Jo Fox

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Jo Fox, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Jo (Nicholas) Fox, OP, (92), died on September 19, 2021, at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH. She was born on November 5, 1929, and entered religious life in 1947. She served God and God’s people as a Dominican Sister of Peace for 74 years.

Sister Mary Jo was the only daughter of eight children born to Nora O’Neill and Laurence Fox of Lancaster, OH. She was drawn to Dominican life by the women who taught her at Saint Mary High School and entered the Congregation in 1947. She made first profession in 1949 and took her final vows in 1952.

True to the Dominican charism of study, Sr. Mary Jo was a well-educated woman. She earned her BS in Education from Ohio Dominican, her Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Providence College, and her Doctor of Philosophy in Theology from Fordham University. She also studied to become a certified Alcoholism Counselor at Rutgers University.

Sister Mary Jo’s early ministry was as an elementary and high school teacher in Connecticut, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. She went on to serve on the faculties of Albertus Magnus College, Maryknoll Seminary and Ohio Dominican University.

After her studies at Rutgers,  Sister Mary Jo began a new ministry as Program Coordinator and Alcoholism Counselor at Saint Joseph Hospital in Iowa. She valued the real-world knowledge of addiction that this work provided and was devoted to aiding and comforting her patients.

Sister Mary Jo also served as Director of Religious Education in Saint Petersburg, Florida and Ottumwa, Iowa. After serving as Religious Education Consultant for the Diocese of Cleveland, Sister Mary Jo returned to Albertus Magnus College as a member of both the faculty and Campus Ministry team.

Beginning her final ministry of prayer and presence at Mohun Health Care Center, she said that she cherished the time to renew her commitment to religious life by associating with “women living their profession as Dominicans.”

She was preceded in death by her parents Lawrence Fox and Norah O’Neill Fox, and her brothers Joseph, Lawrence, John, Hugh, and Carmen. She is survived by her brothers, Patrick and Paul, several nieces and nephews, and her community at the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

A Vigil Service was held on September 24, and the Mass of Christian Burial on September 25, 2021. Sr. Mary Jo Fox was buried at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

Memorials in honor of Sister Mary Jo Fox, OP,  may be sent to Dominican Sisters of Peace, 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219-2098.

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Memorial gifts in Sr. Mary Jo Fox’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 Adrienne Colson

Dominican Sister of Peace Adrienne Colson

Dominican Sister of Peace Adrienne (Donald) Colson, OP (94), died on October 12, 2021, at Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH.

Sister Adrienne, one of two siblings, was born in 1927 in Columbus, Ohio, to Grace Singer and Desire Colson. She spent a few years working before she responded to  God’s call and entered the Congregation in 1953, celebrating her 65th jubilee in 2021.

Sister Adrienne earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Ohio Dominican University,  her Master’s in Education in Religions Studies from Marygrove College, and her Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from the Athenaeum of Ohio. She ministered for more than two decades as an elementary teacher in New Mexico, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

In 1978, Sister Adrienne moved to a new ministry as Religious Education Coordinator for St. Francis Parish in Newark, Ohio, and later as Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of St. Petersburg, FL.

Sister Adrienne loved being an educator, but she found herself “called to serve those who suffered physically as well as emotionally.” She served her congregation at Mohun Health Care Center, then became a Chaplain and Pastoral Minister at Mercy Hospital in Western Hills, Cincinnati. Sister Adrienne was described as showing “empathy, respect, and courtesy” to the patients, and those to whom she ministered felt blessed by her healing presence.

The Columbus Motherhouse welcomed Sr. Adrienne in 2003 where she offered prayer and service, and she entered her final ministry of prayer and presence at the Mohun Health Care Center in 2015.

Sr. Adrienne Colson was preceded in death by her parents, Desire and Grace Singer Colson. A sister, Marie Wade, and nephews, and a niece survive her.

A wake for Sr, Adrienne was held on October 20. The Mass of Christian Burial was conducted on October 21 at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse, and Sr. Adrienne was buried at St Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Adrienne’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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Memorial gifts in Sr.Adrienne Colson’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 Lin Howley

Dominican Sister of Peace Lin Howley

Dominican Sister of Peace Lin (Kevin) Howley, OP, (98) died on October 21, 2021, at the Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH.

Sister Lin was born on September 22, 1923, to Margaret Langan and Thomas Howley of Youngstown, OH . She attended both St. Dominic and Our Lady of the Elms, and, as she said, the Sisters’ “‘goodness, excitement and sense of humor” inspired her to enter the Congregation at 19 years of age in 1940, made first profession in 1942 and took final vows in 1948. Sister Lin would have celebrated 80 years of faithful service to the people of God in 2022.

Sister Lin earned her BS in Education from Saint John College. She ministered as a teacher and principal in Akron, Alliance, Barberton, Cleveland, and Mantua, explaining that “education is where my vocation lies.”

In response to the many changes that she saw in the Church and the people around her, Sr. Lin began a new ministry, dedicating herself to adult religious education and missionary work in Aspen and Glenwood Springs, CO.

When she returned to Ohio,  she served as Elementary Parochial School Religion Consultant for the Youngstown diocese, DRE at St. Joseph Parish in Alliance, and in Pastoral Ministry and Grieving Ministry in Alliance and Canton.

One of Sister Lin’s most meaningful ministries was her service as the “day-to-day, on­site religious presence” and Co-Administrator at All Saints Parish. She also ministered as a receptionist and volunteer in Willowick and Leetonia before returning to the Akron Motherhouse.

Sister Lin served her Congregation as well, working committees to enrich the life of the Sisters, help draft policies, or celebrate special occasions. She also volunteered to work with the Las Casas on-site team at the White Earth Center and Hospitality House in Oklahoma.

Sr. Lin served her final ministry of prayer and presence at the Akron Motherhouse and the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH.

Sister Joan Franklin, a close friend of Sr. Lin, remembered her as a wonderful friend and a woman of great humor. “She was proud of her Irish heritage, and even more proud of being a Dominican,” Sr. Joan said. “She was a gifted preacher, and we were blessed by her preaching.”

Sr. Lin was preceded in death by her brothers, Thomas, James, and Edward. She is survived by nieces, Maureen and Keith Altier, Patricia and Kerry Paulin; nephews, Thomas and Amanda Howley, Edward and Barbara Howley; and grandnieces and grandnephews, as well as the community of the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

A Vigil Service was held on October 26, and the Mass of Christian Burial on October 27., both at the Our Lady of the Elms Motherhouse in Akron, OH. Sr. Lin was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery.

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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 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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