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Sisters Obituaries 2014

Sister Therese Dodd, OP, of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, New York, died November 15, 2014 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY.

      Born in the Bronx, NY on March 7, 1926, Therese was the daughter of John and Catherine Doolittle Dodd. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1945 and received the name Sister John Angela. She professed her first vows in 1947 and her final vows in 1952.

      Sister earned a B.A. in Education from Manhattan College, NY and an MA in Business Education from the College of St. Rose, Albany, NY.

      During her professional life, Sister Therese ministered in the Brooklyn diocese and in the Archdiocese of New York. She taught at St. Teresa, Woodside, NY (1947-53); St. Anthony, Bronx, NY (1953-58); Cathedral HS, NYC (1968-71); Rosary Academy, Sparkill, NY (1974-78); and Coleman HS, Hurley, NY (1988-89). She served as Business Manager and Treasurer at St. Helena Commercial HS, Bronx, NY (1958-68); St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY (1971-74); and Sacred Heart Parish, Suffern, NY (1978-86). From 1986-1988 she was a staff member at Villa St. Joseph, Saugerties, NY and for twenty-one years she worked at Benedictine Hospital, Kingston, NY in the Business Office. Upon her retirement she offered local community service at Dominican Convent in Sparkill. 

      Sister Therese is survived by her sister-in-law Helen Dodd, Winter Park, FL; her nieces Joan Fabiano (Angelo), Red Bank, NJ; Eileen Hurler, Toms River, NJ; Maureen Clapperton (Dave), Marietta, GA; Ann Dodd (Patrick), Fort Myers, FL; and her nephews Robert Stec (Linda), Vero Beach, FL; Jack Dodd; Thomas Dodd, Atlanta, GA. She was the proud aunt of many grandnieces and nephews.

      Sister Therese enjoyed life, being with friends, celebrating special events, and taking pictures and playing on her iPad. She was committed to her life as a Dominican Sister and remained faithful to her call for almost seventy years. She was a gift to us and now we commend her to the God she loved and we ask the good Lord to give her peace among the company of the saints in heaven.

 

Sister Ann Magdalen Varden, OP, of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, New York, died suddenly on November 12, 2014 in Nyack Hospital.

      Born in Monroe, NY on January 25, 1917, Mildred was the daughter of James and Ellen Malone Varden. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1940 and received the name Sister Ann Magdalen. She professed her first vows in 1942 and her final vows in 1947.

      Sister earned a B.S. in Behavioral Sciences from Mercy College, NY and an RN in Nursing from Hackensack Hospital School of Nursing, NJ.

       During her professional life, Sister Ann Magdalen used her nursing skills in the NY Archdiocese at St. Ignatius Day Nursery, NYC, NY (1943-46) and (1958-59); Cardinal McCloskey Home, White Plains, NY (1946-49) and (1951-58); Rosary Villa, Sparkill, NY (1949-51); St. Agnes Home, Sparkill, NY (1959-68); and St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY (1973-77). Sr. Ann Magdalen was a staff member at Villa St. Joseph, Saugerties, NY from 1977- 1990 where she offered hospitality to the guests who came to the Villa. For many years she offered local community service in the Finance Office at Dominican Convent in Sparkill. In 2012 Sr. Ann Magdalen became a resident of Siena Hall where she remained active and was a wonderful presence to all.

      Sr. Ann Magdalen is predeceased by her parents James and Ellen Malone Varden and is survived by her nephew Timothy James Varden (Susan), Goshen, NY and her grandniece Kaeli and her fiancé Daniel Jones.

      Sister Ann Magdalen could often be seen sharing a cup of coffee with her sisters, reading the newspaper in the community room and making daily visits to the chapel. She was a delightful person who always had a smile for anyone she would meet. She was faithful to the God she loved and to the life she chose as a Dominican Sister. We are grateful for her seventy-four years in the congregation and thank God for her life and her goodness. May the Lord shine His light upon her and give her eternal rest in the kingdom of heaven.

 

Sister Margaret O’Driscoll, OP, of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, New York, died on November 3, 2014 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY.

     Born in St. Louis, MO on February 27, 1922, Margaret was the daughter of Patrick and Helen O’Toole O’Driscoll. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on February 2, 1940 and received the name Sister Marie Gabriel. She professed her first vows in 1941 and her final vows in 1946.

     Sister earned a B.S. in English from Manhattan College, NY and a MS in Education from St. Louis University, MO.

     During her professional life, Sister Margaret ministered in the Brooklyn diocese and the Archdiocese of St. Louis. She taught in St. Teresa, Woodside, NY (1946-53) and in St. Louis at St. Mary Magdalen (1941-46); Holy Redeemer (1953-56); St. Kevin (1956-62), (1979-85) & as principal (1986-90); St. Dominic HS (1962-68) & as principal (1968-79). From 1990–1994 Sr. Margaret was secretary at St. Richard School in St. Louis. Upon her retirement she offered local community service in St. Kevin Parish and at Dominican Convent in Sparkill. In 2011 Sr. Margaret became a resident of Siena Hall.                                                         

     Sister Margaret is survived by her sister Elizabeth Knapp (Justin, dec.) of St. Charles, MO, her nieces Mary Sue Norman (Robert) of Graston, IL, Peggy Shockley (Steve) of Houston, TX, Carol Walker (Jim) of St. Charles, MO, Julia Beaudoin (Michael) of St. Louis, MO, and her nephews Pat Knapp (Alice) of St. Louis, MO, and John Knapp (Gail) of Olathe, KS. She was the proud aunt of many grandnieces and nephews.

     We remember Sister Margaret for her dedication to the field of education, both as a teacher and principal, for 49 years. Sister Margaret enjoyed a good time and loved being with family and friends. She loved her congregation and was faithful to her commitment as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill for seventy-four years. We have been blessed by her presence among us.  May God welcome her into his loving embrace and give her the peace of everlasting life.

 

Sister Mary Howley, OP, of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, New York, died on October 27, 2014 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY.

     Born in New York on September 9, 1937, Mary was the daughter of Michael and Catherine Gallagher Howley. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1956 and received the name Sister Michael Catherine. She professed her first vows in 1958 and her final vows in 1963.

     Sister earned a B.S. in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, NY and a MS in Business Education, Hunter College, NY.

     During her professional life, Sister Mary ministered in the Archdiocese of New York and the dioceses of Brooklyn and Rockville Centre.  She taught at St. Agnes School, Sparkill, NY (1959-60); St. Joseph School, Bronx, NY (1960-61); Mary Queen of Heaven School, Brooklyn, NY (1961-70); St. Helena Commercial HS (1970-79); and St. Francis Prep, Brooklyn, NY (1979-87). From 1987–1991 she was Program Coordinator for the Human Development Office in Rockville Centre. Sister Mary gave clerical assistance in Dominican Convent and was receptionist at Thorpe Senior Center and Dowling Gardens, Sparkill, NY. In 2012 Sister Mary became a resident of Siena Hall and was a delightful presence to all.

     Sister Mary is survived by her sister-in-law Mary Ann Howley of Moneta, VA and her nephews James Howley (Leah) of Vacaville, CA, Brian Howley (Sybil) of White Plains, NY and Sean Howley (Erica) of Purcellville, VA. She was the proud great-aunt of Thomas, Adrian, Christopher, Colin, Will, Michael, Daniel, and Liam. Sister Mary was close to her many cousins from NY, NJ and Ireland.

     We will remember Sister Mary for her goodness and her kindness to all. As a teacher she touched the lives of many and brought the message of God’s love to those she met. She was able to overcome many difficulties in life and did so in a positive and quiet way. Sister Mary enjoyed a good time and loved being with family and friends. She was faithful to her call as a Dominican Sister for fifty-eight years. We have been blessed by her presence among us and we now commend her to the God she loved. May she be at peace among the company of the saints in heaven.

 

Sister Anne McNeive, OP, of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, New York, died on October 7, 2014 in St. Louis, MO.
     Born in St. Louis on September 28, 1932, Anne was the daughter of James and Mary Coleman McNeive. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1951, and became known as Sister James Marie. She professed her first vows in 1953 and her final vows in 1958.

     Sister earned a B.A. in Education from Webster College, MO and a MSW in Social Work from Fordham University, NY. 

     During her professional life, Sister Anne ministered in the Archdioceses of New York and St. Louis. She taught at St. John Chrysostom, NY (1953-54), Little Flower, St. Louis (1954-56), St. Mark, St. Louis (1956-57), St. James, St. Louis (1957-67) and Epiphany, St. Louis (1967-73). From 1973 – 2002 Sister Anne was a social worker serving at the Catholic Home Bureau in NYC, at Catholic Charities in St. Louis, MO and the Division of Family Services in St. Louis. Sister Anne also assisted as a telemarketer for Catholic Extension Services, did volunteer work for St. Vincent de Paul Society, and gave hospice care at Nazareth Center.

     Sister Anne is predeceased by her parents, James and Mary, and her brother James. She is survived by her sisters Elizabeth and Kathleen McNeive (St. Louis, MO), and her sister-in-law Patricia McNeive (St. Louis, MO). She was the beloved aunt of Anne (Rick) Maus, Kathleen McNeive, and great-nephews Matthew, Eric, and Patrick, and great-niece Rachel.

     We will remember Sister Anne for her gentle manner and her kindness to all. When you were in her presence you were made to feel at home and welcomed. As an educator and social worker Sister Anne was committed to bringing the word of the gospel message to all she met.  She did this by using the gifts and talents God had blessed her with and she made a difference in the lives of many. Sister Anne was committed to her life as a Dominican Sister and remained faithful to her call for sixty-three years. We commend her to the God she loved and we ask the good Lord to give her peace among the company of the saints in heaven.

 

Sister Marie Thomas McGuire, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on May 29, 2014. Born in New York City on December 20, 1935, Alice was the daughter of John and Alice McKiernan McGuire. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1953 and became known as Sister Marie Thomas, professing her first vows in 1955 and her final vows in 1960.

     Sister Marie Thomas earned a BS in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College and a RN in Nursing from St. Mary Nursing School. Sister Marie Thomas was an elementary school teacher and registered nurse. She served in the Archdioceses of New York and St. Louis, and the Diocese of Brooklyn. She taught at St. Agnes, Sparkill, NY (1955-56); St. Edmund, Brooklyn, NY (1956-64); St. Columba, Chester, NY (1964-66); St. Mark (1966-68) and St. Thomas More (1968-70), St. Louis, MO. In 1970 Sister Marie Thomas pursued studies to receive her RN in Nursing. From 1975-2001 she was a staff nurse at NY University Hospital, Frances Schervier Nursing Home, Calvary Hospital and Venture Inn Treatment Center. She was also a School Nurse at Christopher Burke School and PS 188. Upon her retirement she was a pastoral care volunteer at Nyack Hospital and offered local community service at Dominican Convent. After becoming ill a short time ago, she became a resident in Siena Hall at Dominican Convent.

     Sister Marie Thomas is survived by her nephews Thomas and John McGuire and her cousins John and Nancy McKiernan of Pearl River, NY.

     Sister Marie Thomas actively served the people of God as a Dominican sister for fifty-four years of her religious life. She enjoyed her time with the community and was faithful to the God she loved and to the life she chose as a Dominican sister. We are grateful for her sixty years in the congregation, and we thank God for her life and her goodness. May the Lord shine His light upon her and give her eternal rest in the kingdom of heaven.

 

Sister Clement Marie Fay, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on, March 7, 2014 in the Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY. Born in Glendale, NY on November 26, 1924, Catherine was the daughter of William and Pauline Hafner Fay. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1955 and received the name Sister Clement Marie, professing her first vows in 1957 and her final vows in 1962.

     Sister Clement Marie earned a BS in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY and a MS in Reading from Fordham University, Bronx, NY. Sister Clement Marie was an elementary teacher and reading specialist. She ministered in the Archdiocese of New York and the dioceses of Brooklyn and Syracuse. She taught at St. Teresa, Woodside, NY (1959-60); Holy Family, Fulton, NY (1960-66); St. Mary Magdalen, Springfield Gardens, NY (1966-67); Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Richmond Hill, NY (1967-72); St. Pascal, St. Albans, NY (1972-74); St. Sebastian, Woodside, NY (1974-84); Immaculate Conception, Bronx, NY (1984-86); Holy Name, New York, NY (1987-90. Sister retried in 1990 and offered local community service at Dominican Convent. She became a resident of Siena Hall in 2005.

     Sister Clement Marie is survived by her brother-in-law, Paul Pugaschow, Fountain, FL; her sister-in-law, Pauline Fay, Dover, PA; her nieces, Angela (Harry) Seinsoth, Jackson, NJ, Lorelei, (Buzz) Perry, Hawthorn Woods, IL, Clorinda (Les) Smith, Kenneth, FL and her nephews Denis (Arlene) Pace, Toms River, NJ, Robert (Christine) Fay, York PA, William (Mary Beth) Fay, East Berlin, PA, Clifford (Mary) Longo, Medford, NY, Vincent (Olga) Longo, Oro Valley, AZ, Steven Longo, Mesa, AZ; grandnieces and grandnephews. She will be missed by her sisters in congregation and her friends.

     We will remember Sister Clement Marie for her dedication to field of education. She loved teaching children and seeing them learn to read. For thirty-one years she shared her gifts as a teacher with a countless number of students. She was committed to her life as a Dominican sister and remained faithful to her call for fifty-eight years. She was gift to us and now we commend her to the God she loved and we ask the good Lord to give her peace among the company of the saints in heaven.

 

Sister Teresa Reeves, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on, March 3, 2014 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY. Born in New York City on April 15, 1932, Teresa was the daughter of John and Teresa Dougherty Reeves. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1951 and received the name Sister M. John Teresa, professing her first vows in 1953 and her final vows in 1958.

     Sister Teresa earned a BS in Education from Fordham University, Bronx, NY; an MA in Latin from St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY; a Certificate in Administration from NY University, New York, NY; and an MA in Family Counseling from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY. Sister was an elementary and high school teacher, principal and counselor. She ministered in the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn. She taught at St. Helena, Bronx, NY (1953-55); St. Catherine of Siena, New York, NY (1955-58); St. Mary Magdalen, Springfield Gardens, NY (1958-60); Aquinas HS, Bronx, NY (1960-64 & 1985-96); Cathedral HS, New York, NY (1967-68); principal at St. Anthony, Nanuet (1968-74); and St. Gabriel HS, New Rochelle, NY (1982-85). From 1974-1978 Sister Teresa did research work for the Archdiocesan Council of Women Religious (Bronx) and the Catholic Center (New York). She was Placement Director at Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY from 1978-82 and Family/Marriage Counselor (1996-2002) at the Catholic Charities Center in Haverstraw, NY. Sister Teresa retired in 2003 and became a resident in Siena Hall in 2012.

     Sister Teresa is survived by her sister, Sr. Cecilia Reeves, SC, Yonkers, NY, her nieces, Maureen Van Hoesen, Greenwich, CT, and Tara Hull, Mahwah, NJ, and her nephews, Raymond Hull, Ft. Lauderdale, FL and John Hull, Westwood, NJ.

     We will remember Sister Teresa for her commitment and dedication in the field of education. She was an excellent teacher and principal. She had a great sense of humor and never lost sight of the gift of laughter. She served her congregation faithfully for sixty-two years and we are grateful for the time she spent among us.  She was gift to us and now we commend her to the God whom she loved. We ask the good Lord to give her peace among the company of the saints in heaven.

 

Sister Mary McLaughlin, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY, passed away on February 10, 2014 at the Joe Raso Hospice Residence in New City, NY. Born in New York City on May 25, 1934, Mary was the daughter of Andrew and Delia Crehan McLaughlin. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1953 and became known as Sister Andrew Marie, professing her first vows in 1955 and her final vows in 1960.

     Sister Mary earned a BS in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY and an MLS in Library Science from St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY. Sister Mary was an elementary school teacher who served in the Archdiocese of New York and the Dioceses of Rockville Center and Brooklyn. She taught at St. Brendan, Bronx, NY (1955-60 & 67-91); Holy Family, Hicksville, NY (1960-62); Mary Queen of Heaven, Brooklyn, NY (1962-67) and Annunciation, Crestwood, NY (91-95). From 1995-2007 Sister Mary was a staff member at Dowling Gardens, Sparkill, NY. Upon retirement Sr. Mary offered local community service at Dominican Convent. She became a resident in Siena Hall in 2010.

     Sister Mary is predeceased by her parents Andrew and Delia McLaughlin. She is survived by her cousins, the McLaughlin and Mannion families, of England and Ireland, Mary Barrett of New Hampshire. Sister Mary will be missed by her congregation and many friends.

     Sister Mary enjoyed life, being with friends, celebrating special events, dancing to Irish music and just having a good time. She loved teaching and shared her gifts as a teacher with countless students. She was committed to her life as a Dominican sister and remained faithful to her call for sixty years. She was gift to us and now we commend her to the God she loved and we ask the good Lord to give her peace among the company of the saints in heaven.

 

Sister Margaret McCann, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on, February 6, 2014 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY. Born in New York City on March 7, 1933, Margaret Mary was the daughter of James and Margaret Barry McCann. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1950 and became known as Sister Dolores Patrice, professing her first vows in 1952 and her final vows in 1957.

     Sister Margaret earned a BS in Education from Fordham University and an MS in Child Development from the University of Pittsburgh. Sister was an elementary school teacher and child care supervisor/teacher. She served in the Archdiocese of New York and the dioceses of Syracuse and Brooklyn. She was a teacher at St. John Chrysostom, Bronx, NY (1952-54 & 64-66); St. Paul, Norwich, NY (1954-56); St. Teresa, Woodside, NY (1956-59); St. Catherine, Binghamton, NY (1959-64); St. Rose of Lima, New York, NY (1966-68); St. Agnes, Sparkill, NY (1968-70); Cardinal McCloskey, White Plains, NY (1972-74); Children’s Village, Dobbs Ferry, NY (1975-80); director of the Pre-School Program at St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY (1980-95); and St. Teresa of Avila Montessori Program, N. Tarrytown, NY (1995-96). Upon retirement Sister Margaret offered local community service at Dominican Convent’s switchboard, welcoming and greeting visitors. She became a resident of Siena Hall in 2012. 

     Sister Margaret is predeceased by her parents and her brother James. She is survived by her many friends.

     Sister Margaret was committed to the field of education for forty-four years. She enjoyed life, had a wonderful sense of humor and always greeted you with her friendly smile. She was faithful to the God she loved and to the life she chose as a Dominican sister. We are grateful for her sixty-three years in the congregation and thank God for her life and her goodness. May the Lord shine his light upon her and give her eternal rest in the kingdom of heaven.

 

Sister Henrietta Clare Pickles, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on January 22, 2014 in Jacobi Hospital. Born in Brooklyn, NY on February 20, 1916, Harriet was the daughter of Thomas and Frances Keenan Pickles. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on July 2, 1934 and received the name Sister Henrietta Clare, professing her first vows in 1936 and her final vows in 1941.

     Sister Henrietta Clare earned a BA in Education from Manhattan College in 1951 and an MA in Elementary Education from City College of NY in 1973. Sister was a teacher who served in the Archdiocese of New York and the dioceses of Brooklyn and Syracuse. She taught at St. Rita, Staten Island, NY (1939-44); St. Rita, Bronx, NY (1944-48); St. Brendan, Bronx, NY (1948-51); St. John Chrysostom, Bronx, NY (1951-52); St. Paul, Norwich, NY (1952-53); St. Mary, Fulton, NY (1953-54); St. Helena, Bronx, NY (1954-66); St. Edmund, Brooklyn, NY (1966-67); Mary Queen of Heaven (1968-78) and St. Ann, Bronx, NY (1978-82). From 1982-2002 Sr. Henrietta Clare was a substitute teacher and bookstore manager at Msgr. Scanlan HS in the Bronx. 

     Sister Henrietta Clare is predeceased by her parents and siblings, Thomas, Sr. Marie Magdalen Pickles, OP, Helen, Dolores, William and Edward. She is survived by 14 nieces and nephews and many grandnieces, grandnephews, and cousins.

     Sister Henrietta Clare was a faithful minister in the field of education for sixty-three years. She enjoyed life, reading a good book, and she loved to travel. She was faithful to the God she loved and to the life she chose as a Dominican sister. We are grateful for her almost eighty years in the congregation, and we thank God for her life and her goodness. May the Lord shine His light upon her and give her eternal rest in the kingdom of heaven.

 

Sister Mary Keehan, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on January 18, 2014 in Nyack Hospital. Born in New York City on November 6, 1934, Mary was the daughter of Daniel and Mary Collins Keehan. attended St. Rita School, Bronx, NY, and Cathedral HS in Mahnattan. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1953, and became known as Sister Edward Marie, professing her first vows in 1955 and her final vows in 1960.

     Sister Mary earned a BS in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College in 1958 and a MS in Education from St. John University in 1961. Sister was a teacher and administrator who served in the Archdiocese of New York and the dioceses of Brooklyn and Rockville Center.  She taught at St. Theresa, Bronx, NY (1955-56); St. Brendan, Bronx, NY (1956-58); Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Richmond Hill, NY (1958-61); Albertus Magnus HS, Bardonia, NY (1962-69); Aquinas HS, Bronx, NY (1969-71); Holy Trinity HS, Hicksville, NY (1971-72); St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY (1972-76); St. Edmund HS, Brooklyn, NY (1976-79, and she served as principal at St. John Chrysostom, Bronx, NY (1979-94). From 1994-96 she was director of the New York Archdicese's Inner-City Scholarship Fund, and from 1996-2001 she served as the Development Director for Cathedral HS, New York, NY. In 2011Sr. Mary became a resident in Siena Hall at Dominican Convent.

     Sister Mary is predeceased by her two brothers, Rev. Daniel Keehan and Rev. Edward Keehan, and by her twin sister, Sr. Joan Keehan, OP.

     We will remember Sister Mary for her dedication in the field of education. For forty-six years she was a loving presence to the countless students she taught. Her warm personality and quick sense of humor endeared her to so many. She enjoyed putting ink to paper and has left us some beautiful pieces which  we will treasure. She said:  “Writing for me is inching closer to God and a great joy!”  She was committed to her life as a Dominican sister and remained faithful to her call for sixty years. She was gift to us and now we commend her to the God she loved, and we ask the good Lord to give her peace among the company of the saints in heaven.