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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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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Dominican Sister of Peace Marie Cleary

Dominican Sister of Peace Marie Cleary

Dominican Sister of Peace Marie (Bernard Marie) Cleary, OP (84), a native of Boston, Massachusetts, died on December 2, 2020, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

Sister Marie was born in 1936 to Catherine Enright and Herbert Cleary. She worked for a year after graduating high school, then entered the Congregation in 1955. She made her First profession in 1957 and took her final vows in 1960 and served God and the Church for 63 years.

A life-long and devoted learner and educator, Sister Marie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Education from Regis College and her Master of Arts in Special Education from Bridgewater State. She also studied Open Education at the Newton College of the Sacred Heart. She was also certified by the Archdiocese of Boston to teach Religion in elementary school and in adult education programs.

Sister Marie ministered in her beloved Bay State, serving as a teacher, administrator and librarian in Belmont, Charlestown, East Boston, and Reading for 35 years. Because of her knowledge, experience, and love of teaching, she became a certified Master Teacher who could help other educators become more effective, and she delighted in creating innovative learning practices for her students.

After retiring from teaching, Sr. Marie ministered as a reference librarian, and later as a volunteer.

Sister Marie’s grace and good humor made her a devoted friend and faithful community member. After moving to St. Catharine’s in 2018, Sr. Marie was an attentive friend and caregiver to Sister Jean Delaney, who had been part of her community at Rosary Manor in Massachusetts. She began her final ministry of prayer and presence at Sansbury Care Center in 2020.

Sr. Marie is survived by two sisters, Jean Hickey and Joan Picariello, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Sr. Marie was interred in a private graveside service on December 11, 2020, at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.  A memorial mass will be held at a date to be announced at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Bernadine Egleston

Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Bernadine Egleston

Dominican Sister of Peace Bernadine Marie (Helen Frances) Egleston, OP (83), a native of Waltham, Massachusetts, died on December 2, 2020, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, Kentucky.

Sister Bernadine was one of three children born to Mary Knight and Timothy Egleston in Waltham, MA. She attended Dominican schools in Massachusetts for 12 years, and felt ready, after graduation, to join the women who had taught her so well. She entered the Congregation in 1955.

God gifted our dear Bern with artistic talent, and she educated herself to honor that gift. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Art from Regis College, her Bachelor of Arts in Sculpture from Providence College, and both a Master of Arts in Art and a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Dallas.

Sister Bernadine ministered as a teacher for more than 20 years, sharing her love of God and of art with students in Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York. She also served in Campus Ministry at Providence College in Rhode Island before devoting herself to art full time.

Bern availed herself of many media in her artistic work, including clay from Cartwright Creek on the grounds of the St. Catharine Motherhouse. Her work was displayed in galleries and at exhibitions, as well as used as illustrations for congregational events.

Magdalen Chapel, St, Catharine, KY,

One work of particular significance to the Congregation was Sr. Bernadine’s renovation of St. Catharine’s Magdalen Hall to Magdalen Chapel. Her sculptures throughout the space have provided a place of serenity and sanctity for our Sisters who worship there.

Bern entered a ministry of prayer and presence at the Sansbury Care Center in 2015. Those who lived with her there were blessed by her laughter and her gift of seeing and sharing the beauty that she saw around her.

Sr. Bernadine is survived by one brother, William Egleston, and several nieces.

Sr. Bernadine was buried in a private ceremony at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery on Thursday, December 10, 2020.  A memorial mass will be held at a date yet to be announced at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

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