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Sisters' Obituaries 2015

Sister Anne Barbara Greene, OP, of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, NY, died in Nyack Hospital on December 4, 2015.

   Sister Anne Barbara entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary on September 8, 1954 from St. Helena’s Parish in the Bronx. She was professed on May 16, 1956 and made her final vows on August 15, 1959.

    She received a Bachelor Degree in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill in 1959; a Nursing LPN from Misericordia Hospital in 1972; a Certificate in Theology from Immaculate Conception/Seton Hall, 1981; and did graduate work in Health Education at the Empire State College of New York.

    Sister’s ministry in teaching, religious education, parish ministry, and administration were all in the Archdiocese of New York, except for three years in the Diocese of Fall River, MA with the Dominican Sisters of Hope. She ministered in Rockland County at St. Anthony’s in Nanuet, Sacred Heart in Suffern, St. Augustine in New City, and in Rosary Academy in Sparkill. She ministered at St. Joseph’s and St. Anthony’s in the Bronx and at Holy Trinity Parish in Arlington, NY.

    Sister Anne Barbara was faithful to the God she loved and to the life she chose as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We will remember her for her kindness, generosity of spirit and love for her congregation. We thank God for her life and her goodness. May the Lord shine His light upon her and welcome her into the company of the saints forever.

 

Sister Barbara Ann Travers, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on December 3, 2015 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY.

    Born in Kansas City, MO on January 26, 1923, Barbara Ann was the daughter of James and Mary Harrold Travers. Barbara Ann entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1940, and became known as Sister Mary Roseanne, professing her first vows in 1942 and her final vows in 1947.

    Sister Barbara Ann earned a B.S. in History from St. Louis University in 1951.

    During her professional life, Sister Barbara Ann ministered in the Archdiocese of St. Louis at Epiphany of Our Lord School, St. Louis, MO (1941-53); St. James the Greater School, St. Louis, MO (1953-60); St. Kevin School, St. Louis, MO (1960-63); St. Mary Magdalen School, Brentwood, MO (1969-76); St. Peter Parish, Kirkwood, MO (1976-79); and St. George Parish, Affton, MO (1979-82). She ministered in the Archdiocese of New York at St. Augustine School, New City, NY (1964-65) and at St. Agnes Home, Sparkill, NY (1965-1969). In 1983 Sr. Barbara Ann moved to Dominican Convent in Sparkill, NY, where she was a volunteer tutor and engaged in pastoral ministry. She became a resident in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY in 2004.

    Sister Barbara Ann is predeceased by her parents James and Mary Travers; and her brothers James, Richard, Jerome, John, and William. She is survived by her sister

Sr. Marianne Travers, OP of Sparkill, NY, and her brother Daniel J. Travers of Florissant, MO. She will be missed by her many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

    Sister Barbara Ann was kind, generous, and deeply committed to justice for all people. She was faithful to her call to life as a Dominican sister for over 75 years. 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 Marie Murphy, OP, of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, New York, died on November 21, 2015 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY.

    Born in the Bronx, NY on June 15, 1927, Marie was the daughter of Michael and Marie Green Murphy. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1948 and received the name Sister Rose Michael. She professed her first vows in 1950 and her final vows in 1955.

    Sister Marie earned a BS in Education, St. John University, 1956 and a MS in Mathematics, St. John University, 1960.

    Sister Marie was a teacher, principal and Coordinator of Religious Education and ministered in the Archdiocese of NY and the dioceses of Syracuse and Brooklyn. She taught at St. Mary, Fulton, NY (1950-51); St. Mary Magdalene, Springfield Gardens, NY (1951-60); Albertus Magnus HS, Bardonia, NY (1960-62); St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY (1962-71) and St. Anthony School, Nanuet, NY (2002-04). She was principal at St. Ann, Bronx, NY (1971-78); Sacred Heart, Monroe, NY (1978-85) and Regina Coeli, Hyde Park, NY (1985-91). From 1992-2002 Sister Marie was the CRE at St. Catherine Parish in Blauvelt, NY. Sister Marie remained active after her retirement and volunteered at Thorpe Senior Center and in the Spirit Alive program at the Motherhouse.

    Sister Marie is survived by her niece Jean Morrissey (Robert), Vernon, NJ and her nephew Michael Murphy (Oneida), Carmel, NY. She will be missed by her grandnieces and grandnephews, Timothy, Alyssa, Antoinette and Antoin.

    Sister Marie was faithful to the God she loved and to the life she chose as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We will remember her for her commitment in the field of education and the difference she made in the lives of her students. We thank God for her life and her goodness. May the Lord shine His light upon her and welcome her into the company of the saints forever.

 

 

Sister Adele Myers, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on November 7, 2015 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY.
 
  Born in Brooklyn, NY on October 4, 1925, Ottilia Anna was the daughter of Everett E.  and Anna Menig Myers. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1944 and received the name Sister Ann Edward. She professed her first vows in 1946 and her final vows in 1951.

    Sister Adele earned a BS in Education, Fordham University, NY, 1956 and a MA in Painting, Villa Schifanoia, Italy, 1961.

    Sister Adele ministered in the Archdiocese of NY in child care and as an elementary, high school and college teacher. She served at Cardinal McCloskey Home, White Plains, NY (1946-51); St. Agnes Home, Sparkill, NY (1951-53); St. Rose of Lima, New York, NY (1953-55); Our Lady of Grace, Bronx, NY (1955-56); Msgr. Scanlon HS, Bronx, NY (1956-60); Albertus Magnus HS, Bardonia, NY (1961-62) and St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY (1962-2000) while at the same time managed Thorpe Intermedia Gallery in Sparkill from 1976-1991. Sr. Adele was an artist in residence at Dominican Convent from 1986-2013. During this time she was a part-time instructor at Thorpe Village and was very busy with art exhibitions especially in the Rockland County area. Her works have won her renowned recognition and she has been the recipient of many honors and awards.

    Sister Adele is survived by her nieces and nephews, Debbie Fahlman, Ashville, NC; Sister Mariane Fahlman, OP, Detroit, MI; Robert Fahlman (Debbie), Willowick, OH; Terrence Fahlman (Debbie), Palm Harbor, FL and Adele Sutter (Scott), Oldsmar, FL.  She will be missed by her grandnieces, grandnephews, friends, and her Dominican family, Sisters and Associate of Sparkill.

    Sister Adele was faithful to the God she loved and to the life she chose as a Dominican sister for seventy-one years. We will remember her for her generous spirit and giftedness as an artist. 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 Una McCormack, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on August 26, 2015 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY.

    Born in New York City on June 12, 1924, Anne Teresa was the daughter of William and Winifred Kelly McCormack. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1944 and received the name Sister Mary Una. She professed her first vows in 1946 and her final vows in 1951.

    Sister Una earned a BS in Education, Fordham University, 1955 and a MSW in Social Work, Fordham University, 1959.

    Sister Una ministered in the Archdiocese of NY as a teacher, social worker and administrator. She served as a secretary (1946-47) and then as Executive Director (1967-72) at Cardinal McCloskey Home, White Plains, NY; as a teacher at St. Ignatius Day Nursery, NYC (1949-51) and Thorpe Secretarial School, NYC (1951-55). From 1972-2002 Sister Una served in two Executive positions. She was Executive Director of the Catholic Home Bureau, NYC (1972-2000) and Director of the Department of Child Care for Catholic Charities, NYC (1990-2002). She served on numerous Boards within the Archdiocese and was the recipient of many prestigious awards and commendations. She retired in 2002 from active ministry but continued to be a positive presence to her Sisters and the many friends who remained a part of her life. 

     Sister Una is predeceased by her parents William and Winfred McCormack and her brother Joseph McCormack. She is survived by her cousins Ellen Corwin (Steven), NYC; Kathleen Dempsey, Yonkers, NY; Maureen Lappatito (Robert), Eastchester, NY; Joan Dotto (Mario), Viera, FL and John Crehan (Joan), Bronx, NY. She will be missed by many cousins in County Clare, Ireland, her many colleagues in the Archdiocese of NY and her Dominican family, Sisters and Associates of Sparkill.

    Sister Una was faithful to the God she loved and to the life she chose as a Dominican sister. We will remember her for her generous spirit, her devotion to children and their families, to her congregation and to the church. We are grateful for her seventy 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 Margaret Thomas Morahan OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on August 18, 2015 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY.

     Born in Manhattan, NY on March 1, 1923, Frances was the daughter of Thomas and Margaret Dermody Morahan. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1942 and received the name Sister Margaret Thomas. She professed her first vows in 1944 and her final vows in 1949.

    Sister Margaret Thomas earned a BS in Education from Fordham University in 1949.

    Sister Margaret Thomas had a varied ministry. She was an elementary school teacher in St. Mary, Fulton, NY (1944-47), St. Columba, Chester, NY (1947-48), St. Teresa, Brooklyn, NY (1948-51), Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middleton, NY (1962-67), Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Brooklyn, NY (1967-70), Union Free School, NY (1972-77), St. Augustine, New City, NY (1978-80), and St. Gregory, Garnerville, NY (1980-86).

    She ministered in child care at St. Agnes Home and School for Children (1951-53 and 1970-72). She served in a clerical position at St. Ignatius Day Nursery, Manhattan, NY (1953-62), St. Agnes Home and School for Children (1977-78) and Salesian High School (1988-89). In Dominican Convent she worked in the Heritage Program (1986-88), Gift Shop (1989-1994) and in the Development Office (1991-2009).

    Sister Margaret Thomas is predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Margaret Morahan, her sister, Margaret C. Morahan, brother, Thomas P. Morahan, and niece, Theresa Morahan Simmons. She is survived by her sister, Sister Marie Joseph Morahan, OP, sister-in-law, Helen Morahan, and six nieces, Margaret (James) Casola, Helen Travers (William), Maureen Pehush (Joseph), Joan Silvestri (Joseph), Nancy Shine (Michael), Eileen Barker (Charles), 17 great nieces and nephews, and three great grandnieces.

    Sister Margaret Thomas will be missed by her loving family and friends. We will remember her for her patience in life and her kindness to those she encountered. She was faithful to the God she served so well for seventy-two years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. 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 Margaret Hanratty, OP, of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on August 18, 2015 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY.

    Born in the Bronx, NY on November 18, 1937, Margaret Mary was the daughter of James and Marie Bradley Hanratty. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1955 and received the name Sister Miriam James. She professed her first vows in 1957 and her final vows in 1962.

    Sister Margaret earned a BS in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College,1960 and an MS in Education from Manhattan College, 1974.

    Sister Margaret taught at Sacred Heart, Suffern, NY (1957-60), St. Paul’s, Norwich, NY (1960-66), St. Brendan, Bronx, NY (1966-67), Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scarsdale, NY (1967-70), and St. John Chrysostom, Bronx, NY (1970-88). From 1988-89 she was the Assistant Director at St. Rita’s Asian Center. Then, she served as Pastoral Minister and Chaplain at St. Barnabas Hospital from 1990-2010. She continued to volunteer at St. Barnabas Nursing Home from 2010-2013 when she retired. 

    Sister Margaret is predeceased by her parents James and Marie Bradley Hanratty. She is survived by her sister Kathleen Johnson and brothers Arthur Hanratty, John Hanratty, and Lawrence Hanratty. She will be missed by her numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

    Sister Margaret 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 goodness and kindness. May the Lord let his light shine upon her and give her peace.

 

Sister Judith Maender, OP of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on August 8, 2015 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY.

    Born in St. Louis, MO on September 25, 1922, Lorraine was the daughter of Elmer and Mary Ryan Maender. Lorraine entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 1, 1940, and became known as Sister Judith, professing her first vows in 1942 and her final vows in 1947.

    Sister Judith earned a BA in English from Webster College in 1954 and a MA in History from St. Louis University in 1969.

    During her professional life, Sister Judith ministered in the Archdiocese of St. Louis at St. Patrick, Rolla, MO (1942-43); St. Clare, St. Clair, MO (1943-45); Epiphany, St. Louis, MO (1945-48, 1954-67); Holy Redeemer, St. Louis, MO (1948-52); St. Mark HS, St. Louis, MO (1967-75); Laboure HS, St. Louis, MO (1975-76) and St. Dominic HS, O’Fallon, MO (1976-89).  She taught in the Syracuse Diocese at St. Paul, Norwich, NY (1952-53) and Holy Family, Fulton, NY (1953-54). In 1989 Sister Judith made the decision to engage in Native American ministry at St. Jude Thaddeus Parish in Havre, MT. She worked there for seventeen years before retiring in 2006. Upon returning to St. Louis, Sr. Judith found time to volunteer her services at DePaul Hospital. She became a resident in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY in 2012.

    Sister Judith is predeceased by her parents Elmer and Mary Maender; her sisters Dorothy Dauer and Helen Kussman; and her brother Patrick Maender. She is survived by her sister Jane Devereux of St. Louis, MO. She will be missed by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

    We remember Sister Judith for her great kindness to all and her boundless energy which she used so well in serving the people of God. She was a gentle woman who was faithful to the God she loved and to the life she chose as a Dominican Sister. We are grateful for her seventy-five years in the congregation and we thank God for her life of 92 years. May the Lord give her everlasting peace in the kingdom of heaven.

 

Sister Alma Maria Van Buren, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on, August 8, 2015 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY.

    Born in North White Plains, NY on May 25, 1925, Alma was the daughter of David E. and Mary G. Sexton Van Buren. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on October 1, 1944 and received the name Sister Mary Nicholas. She professed her first vows in 1946 and her final vows in 1951.

    Sister Alma Maria earned a BS in Education from Fordham University in 1950, a MS in Biology from Catholic University in 1959 and a MA in Bible Study from Providence College in 1981.

    Sister Alma Maria was an elementary and high school teacher. She taught at St. John Chrysostom, Bronx, NY (1946-51); St. Helena HS, Bronx, NY (1951-52); Cathedral HS, New York, NY (1952-62); St. Edmund HS (1962-76); Mercy HS, Biloxi, MS, (1981-85); St. Dominic HS, St. Louis, MO (1985-86); Corpus Christi, St. Louis, MO (1986-88) and Annunciation School, Crestwood, NY (1996-97). Sister Alma Maria spent many years in parish ministry as a Religious Education Coordinator and Pastoral Minister. She served in St. Christopher Parish, Red Hook, NY (1976-80); St. Bernard Parish, Cohoes, NY (1980-81) and the Shrine of St. Patrick, Jefferson City, MO (1988-96). From 1997-2005 Sister worked as a resident counselor at Camp Venture in Sparkill, NY. She became a resident of Siena Hall in 2014.

    Sister Alma Maria is predeceased by her parents David E. and Mary G. Sexton Van Buren and her brothers David N. (Nicholas) and John A. (Austin). She is survived by her brothers Edgar S. Van Buren of Marlborough, MA; Peter A. Van Buren of Albany, NY and her sister-in-law, Katherine Van Buren of Florida. She will be missed by her many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

    We will remember Sister Alma Maria for her love of learning and for her dedication as an excellent teacher and mentor to her students. She loved life and had a special fondness for her family and friends. We are grateful for her seventy years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. May she be at peace in the kingdom prepared by the God who loved her.

 

Sister Barbara Jane Falloon, OP, of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, New York, died peacefully in Siena Hall on June 27, 2015.

    Born in Staten Island, NY on June 25, 1933, Barbara was the daughter of William and Margaret McGinley Falloon. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1955 and received the name Sister Barbara Jane. She professed her first vows in 1957 and her final vows in 1962.

    Sister earned a B.S. in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, NY and a MS in Education from City College of New York, NY.

    During her professional life, Sister was a teacher who served in the in the dioceses of Brooklyn, NY, Wilmington, DE and the Archdiocese of New York. She taught at St. Helena, Bronx, NY (1958-65); Mary Queen of Heaven, Brooklyn, NY (1965-67); Sts. Peter & Paul Easton, MD (1967-69); St. Martin of Tours, Bronx, NY (1969-70); Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Middletown, NY (1970-73); Sacred Heart, Suffern (1973-88); and Holy Name of Jesus, New Rochelle, NY (teacher, 1988-97) and (Coordinator of Religious Ed.1998-2013). In 2014 Sr. Barbara Jane retired to Dominican Convent.

    Sister Barbara Jane is predeceased by her parents William and Margaret Falloon and her siblings William Falloon, Jr., Mary Ellen, Joan and Patricia Falloon. She is survived by her sisters Elizabeth Hunt, Margaret Falloon, Sr. Anne Marie Falloon, SC, and Roger (Rosemary) Falloon. She will be missed by her many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and friends. 

    We will remember her for her commitment to ministry and her faithfulness to the God whom she served so well for sixty years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. 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 Jean Marshall, OP, of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, New York, died in Nyack Hospital on May 7, 2015.

    Born in the Bronx, NY on January 20, 1942, Jean was the daughter of Vincent and Rita Cullen Marshall. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1959 and received the name Sister Rita Vincent. She professed her first vows in 1961 and her final vows in 1966.

    Sister earned a B.A. in Spanish from St. Thomas Aquinas College, NY and a MS in Education from City College of New York, NY.

    During her professional life, Sister was an elementary teacher in the Brooklyn diocese and the Archdiocese of New York. She taught at St. Joseph, Bronx, NY (1961-62); St. Rose of Lima, NYC, NY (1962-65 and 1977-1983); Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Richmond Hill, NY (1965-68); St. Agnes, Sparkill, NY (1968-69) and St. John Chrysostom, Bronx NY (1969-77). In 1983 Sr. Jean founded St. Rita’s Center for Immigrant and Refugee Services (formerly St. Rita’s Asian Center). For thirty-two years she worked tirelessly on behalf of the many refugees who came to the center seeking a better life. Her work has been recognized many times over and she has certainly made a difference in the lives of many.

    Sister Jean is predeceased by her parents Rita and Vincent Marshall and her brother Donald. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Dorothy Marshall (Boyertown, PA), many cousins and dear friends.

    Sister Jean was faithful to the God she loved and to the life she chose as a Dominican sister. We are grateful for her fifty-five 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 Catherine Mary Gorman, OP, of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, New York, died on March 8, 2015 in Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY.  

     Born in the Bronx on September 2, 1933, Patricia Gorman was the daughter of George Gorman and Katherine Kennedy Gorman. Patricia entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1951, and became known as Sister Catherine Mary, professing her first vows in 1953 and her final vows in 1958.

     Sister Catherine Mary earned a BS in Education from Fordham University in 1958, and an MA in Education/Counseling from Manhattan College in 1975.   

     During her professional life, Sister Catherine Mary taught in St. Helena School in the Archdiocese of New York (1953-58 and 1966-68); in Holy Family School, Fulton (1958-66) and St. Catherine School, Binghamton (1968-69) in the Syracuse diocese; and in St. Anthony’s School, Yonkers (1969-1973) in the Archdiocese of New York. Upon retiring from teaching, Sister served as an assistant in the Finance Office in Dominican Convent (1973-81) and as a social worker in the Catholic Home Bureau (1981-85). She worked as an office assistant in Albertus Magnus High School (1986-88), a staff member at Emmaus House, Elberon, New Jersey (1988-90 and 2002-09), and as a secretary in Dominican Convent (1990-2002).

     Sister Catherine Mary is survived by her sister, Mary McCrain, brother-in-law Bob McCrain, and her nieces, Kathleen Martorano, Mary Pat Podest, Jeanne Ann Podest, Barbara Evangelista, and Patty Ann Kucan.

     Sister Catherine Mary will be missed by her family and friends. We will remember her for her pride in her Irish heritage, her commitment to ministry, her wonderful sense of humor and gift for storytelling, and her faithfulness to the God whom she served so well for sixty-four years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. May God welcome her into his loving embrace and give her the peace of everlasting life. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.