Obituaries

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Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Edith Hauser

Sr. Edith Hauser

Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Edith (Mary Louise) Hauser, 93, died on October 30, 2020, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace convent infirmary, in Great Bend, KS.

Sister Edith was born in Saint Leo, Kansas in 1927 to Mary Schnittker and Edward Hauser. One of eight children, she became accustomed to living in community at an early age.

Like her sister Amadea, Edith entered religious life. She became a postulant in 1944, made first profession in 1946 and took final vows in 1952. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Science in Education from St. Mary College in Leavenworth, KS.

For sixty years she ministered as a teacher and principal, often holding both positions at the same time, in Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma. She loved shaping the hearts of her young students and commented in her personal annals that “After teaching 60 years I like to hear good things about my former pupils – their concern for the less fortunate, the professional jobs they hold, their good Christian lives as parents, teachers, doctors, etc. They give their Catholic education as the starting point.”

Sr. Edith served the Congregation as a member of the General Council for four years, and later ministered as sacristan and community volunteer.

In her preaching at the Funeral Mass, Sr. Renee Dreiling remembered Sr. Edith as one who “loved Dominican life and the blending together of study, prayer, preaching and action. After our June retreat,” Sr. Renee said, “I heard her say, ‘Well of course the preaching was great – they are good Dominicans!’”

Sister Edith was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and three sisters.  She is survived by one sister, Angela Scantlin, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

A Vigil of Remembrance was held on November 1 and the Mass of Christian Burial was held on November 2, both at the Dominican Chapel of the Plains at the Great Bend Motherhouse. Sr. Edith was buried at Resurrection Cemetery.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Ann Bernadine Shaw

Dominican Sister of Peace Ann Bernadine Shaw

Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Ann Bernadine Shaw, 83, died on September 8, 2020, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, Kentucky.

Born April 8, 1937, to Margaret Sheehan and Phillip Shaw, Sr. Ann Bernadine grew up in Charlestown, MA, with seven siblings.

Sr. Ann Bernadine earned a Bachelor of Arts in History/Social Science from Regis College in Weston, MA, and a Master of Arts in history from Salem State in Salem, MA. She also expanded her knowledge with courses at St. Stephen’s in Dover, Fairfield University, and Boston State Hospital.

Ann Bernardine entered the community in 1955, made first profession in 1957, and took her final vows in 1959. She served God’s church and God’s people as a consecrated religious for nearly 65 years. She ministered as a teacher and at numerous schools in her native Massachusetts, as well as a principal at Dominican Academy in Plainville, St. John in North Cambridge, and Cathedral Grammar School in Boston. Sr. Ann Bernardine also served her Congregation as Assistant Eastern Regional Coordinator and as Coordinator for six years.

Sr. Ann Bernardine moved to the Congregation’s St. Catharine Motherhouse in St. Catharine, KY, in 2012. Her ministry of service at St. Catharine focused on the loving and compassionate care of residents at the Congregation’s Sansbury Care Center.

In her preaching at Sr. Ann Bernadine’s service, Sr. Teresa Tuite, OP, compared Sr. Ann Bernadine to the crippled woman whose story is told in Luke 13:10-17. “This woman that Luke speaks about had been bent over eighteen years,” Sr. Teresa said. “She was determined that she would make her way into the synagogue and from the shadows hear this traveling preacher called Jesus.  She would do it her way.   She would do it without drawing attention to herself…. Those who knew Bern knew that if Bern set her mind to something, nothing would stop her.  It would be without fanfare. It would be without drawing attention to herself and it would be her way.”

Sr. Ann Bernardine is survived by one sister, Sr. Margaret Philip, and several nieces and nephews.

A limited visitation was held on September 10, and the funeral Mass was held on September 11, 2020. Both services were held at the Congregation’s Magdalen Chapel in St. Catharine, KY. Sr. Ann Bernadine was interred at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Mary Petra Flavin

Dominican Sister of Peace Sr. Mary Petra Flavin

Dominican Sister of Peace Sr. Mary Petra Flavin died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH on Saturday, August 8, 2020.

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Sr. Petra was born in 1925 to Helen (Nellie) Sheehan and Peter Flavin. She entered the Congregation in 1945 and served her Congregation and God’s people for 75 years.

After graduating from St. Lawrence High School, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Saint Mary of the Springs College, now Ohio Dominican University. In true Dominican fashion, she continued her study at Duquesne University, earning her Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling in 1965.

Sr. Petra ministered as an elementary teacher for twenty years in Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. She found a long-time home when she was assigned to be principal at Saint Thomas the Apostle School in Columbus, OH.  She served the families of St. Thomas for 33 years, founding a kindergarten and a latchkey program for children of working parents. Sr. Petra loved her work at the school, remembering, “I especially loved being with the kids. I have such wonderful memories of ballgames, picnics in the convent backyard, seeing the kids all dressed up for Halloween, Christmas parties… But even just the day-to-day working with them was so nice.”

After retiring from her career as an educator, Sr. Petra entered a ministry of service to her community, where she volunteered as a receptionist, helped in the gift shop, and assisted with projects as needed. She also assisted her sister, Sr. Dolores Flavin, with holiday decorating of the Motherhouse and Mohun Care Center.

Sr. Mary Petra entered a ministry of prayer and presence in 2015.

Sister Petra’s was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Nellie Sheehan Flavin, her brother, John and her sisters, Patricia Burke and Dominican Sister of Peace, Sister Dolores Flavin. She is survived by nieces and nephews.

Sr. Petra’s wake was held on Wednesday, August 12, and the Mass of Christian Burial was held on August 13. The private services were held at the Columbus Motherhouse Chapel. Sr. Mary Petra was buried at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Mary Petra’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 Sister Melinda Burkhart

Dominican Sister of Peace Melinda Burkhart

Dominican Sister of Peace Melinda Burkhart, 84, died on July 25, 2020, at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH.

Sr. Melinda was born in Zanesville, OH, on July 27, 1935, to Ida Nau and Nicholas Burkhart. She entered the Congregation in 1957 and served God’s people for more than 60 years.

Sr. Melinda earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the College of Saint Mary of the Springs, now Ohio Dominican University. While serving as a teacher in Michigan, she also earned her Master of Education in Reading Education from Marygrove College.

Sr. Melinda taught elementary school students in Michigan, New Mexico, and Ohio for more than 35 years. In her personal annals she wrote: “In living the mission, there wasn’t a place or job that I didn’t like or get along. I loved every part of it. Education is tremendous and the children were wonderful and their families very supportive.” She used the “Workshop Way” with great success, giving her students a firm foundation to build on and a positive experience of school.

“It was a joy to share the ability that I had to bring children together as students to become mature students, she said. “Observe them until you find what was a natural talent in them and help them develop that talent.  Teaching is not just about giving to someone else; it is a two-way giving; the student gives to the teacher just as much as the teacher gives the student.”

Holy Trinity Somerset, known as the “Cradle of Catholicity” in Ohio, was Sr. Melinda’s ministry home for thirty years. She taught at the Holy Trinity grade school and served as a home visitor, sharing the Eucharist to the home-bound parishioners. As a member of the Liturgy Committee, she served both the school and the parish. In 2010, the Holy Trinity Alumni and Friends honored Sister Melinda for her service to the school and parish.

Sr. Melinda entered a ministry of prayer and presence at the Mohun Health Care Center in 2007. While she was not in the best of health, she maintained a grace and cheer that lifted the spirits of all she met.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Nicholas Burkhart and Ida Nau Burkhart, her brother, Leo Burkhart, and her sisters, Regina Dutro and Mary DeVol. She is survived by nieces and nephews.

A private Mass of Christian Burial was held on July 7 at the Columbus, OH, motherhouse. Sr. Melinda was buried at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Melinda’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 Sister Dolores Flavin

 

Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Dolores Flavin

Dominican Sister of Peace Dolores Flavin, 90, died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH on Sunday, June 23, 2020.

Born in 1930, Sr. Dolores was one of the four children of Nellie Sheehan and Peter Flavin of Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated from St. Lawrence High School, then followed in the footsteps of her sister, Petra, and entered the Congregation in 1949, made first profession in 1950, and took her final vows in 1953.

Sr. Dolores earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1965 from Saint Mary of the Springs College, now Ohio Dominican University. She spent her summers attending seminars and educational programs to keep abreast of the changes in education and became interested in the Montessori approach. Sr. Dolores served as a primary grade teacher in Ohio and Pennsylvania for nearly 50 years.

During this time, Sr. Dolores also ministered as a Choir Director, trained altar servers, directed school plays and musicals, and published monthly newsletters for parents and students at the schools where she served.

After retiring from her teaching careers, Sr. Dolores became the Facilities Director at our Columbus Motherhouse and, later, the Hospitality Coordinator. She enjoyed decorating for major feast days, holidays, and, especially, the Jubilee celebrations of our Sisters, and served in this special ministry until 2019.

Sr. Dolores entered a ministry of prayer and presence at the Mohun Health Care Center, celebrating 70 years of ministry in 2020.

Sr. Dolores once wrote that she entered religious life because she felt a special call, but that she remained in religious life because of the prayer, the love that Sisters had for each other, and the community life that she experienced and loved so much.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Nellie Marie Sheehan Flavin, her brother, John, and her sister, Patricia Burke. Her Dominican Sister of Peace Petra Flavin followed her to Heaven on August 8, 2020. She is survived by nieces and nephews.

A private wake was held on Wednesday, August 12, and a private Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, August 13. Sr. Dolores was interred at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Dolores’ memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219.

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