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Sister Virginia Kempf, OP, of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on April 23, 2018 in Dominican Convent’s Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY. She was 91 years old.

    Born in New York, NY on February 14, 1927, Virginia was the daughter of William and Mary Jacobs Kempf. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1950 and received the name Sister Sylvester. She professed her first vows in 1952 and her final vows in 1957.

    Sister Virginia Kempf received her BS in Education from Fordham University, Bronx, 1957 and MA in Business Education from Hunter College, New York, 1974.

    Sister Virginia served in the Archdiocese of New York at St. Ignatius Day Nursery, New York (1952-1953); St. Helena’s School, Bronx (1953-1955), and Our Lady of Grace, Bronx (1955-1957) before going to Binghamton, NY where she taught at St. Catherine’s School (1957-1964). Sister returned to the New York Archdiocese and from 1964-1965 taught at St. Ann’s School, Bronx. From 1965-1968 Sister Virginia taught in the Brooklyn Diocese at St. Edmund High School. Sister returned to the New York Archdiocese and taught at Thorpe Secretarial School, New York (1968-1969) and Msgr. Scanlan High School, Bronx (1969-1998). From 1998-1999 Sister Virginia served as Executive Assistant at Park Avenue Thorpe, Bronx, then was Administrative Assistant at Cathedral High School, New York (1999-2006). From 2006-2012 Sister was

Administrative Assistant at Dominican Convent in Sparkill, retiring in 2012. 

    Sister Virginia is predeceased by her parents, William and Mary Jacobs Kempf, and her brothers Bobby and Tommy. She is survived by cousins and their families all of whom adored her.

    Sister Virginia Kempf was a kind and compassionate person. She served her God and congregation faithfully for almost sixty-seven years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We thank God for her life and her goodness and we pray she be brought swiftly into the fullness of joy in the presence of the God she loved and so faithfully served. We will miss her presence among us.

 

 

Sister Catherine Edward Carragher, OP, of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on April 23, 2018 in Dominican Convent’s Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY. She was 99 years old.

    Born in New York, NY on March 16, 1919, Kathleen was the daughter of Edward and Catherine Murphy Carragher. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on July 16, 1939 and received the name Sister Catherine Edward. She professed her first vows in 1941 and her final vows in 1946.

    Sister Catherine Edward received her BS in Education, Manhattan College, Bronx, NY 1950 and her MS in Education, City University of New York, 1954.

    Sister Catherine Edward served in the Diocese of Brooklyn at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Brooklyn (1941-1965). From 1965-1970, Sister served in the Archdiocese of New York at St. Anthony School, Nanuet (1965-1966), and then St. Ann’s School, Bronx (1966-1970). Returning to the Brooklyn Diocese, Sister taught at St. Teresa’s School, Woodside (1970-1972). She returned once again to the Archdiocese of New York, and from 1972-2003 was at St. Brendan’s School, Bronx as teacher from 1972-1992, then as Librarian from 1992-2003 before coming to Sparkill.

    Sister Catherine Edward is predeceased by her parents Edward and Catherine Murphy Carragher and her siblings Edward, Marie, Eileen, Theresa and Margaret. She is survived by her sister, Elizabeth McNamara, and nieces and nephews as well as grand nieces and nephews.

    Sister Catherine Edward Carragher was a kind and compassionate person. She served her God and congregation faithfully for almost seventy-eight years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We thank God for her life and her goodness and we pray she be brought swiftly into the fullness of joy in the presence of the God she loved and so faithfully served. We will miss her presence among us.

 

 

Sister Margaret Murphy, OP, of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on January 31, 2018 in Dominican Convent’s Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY.

    Born in New York, NY on June 1, 1947, Margaret was the daughter of John and Alice Lynch Murphy. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on August 30, 1965 and received the name Sister John Magdalene. She professed her first vows in 1967 and her final vows in 1972.

    Sister Margaret Murphy received her BS in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY 1972; her MST in Mathematics from Fordham University, Bronx, NY 1976; and a MS in Computer Science from Pace University, White Plains, NY 1986.

    During her eighteen years in education, Sr. Margaret Murphy served in the

Archdiocese of New York at St. Agnes Home and School, Sparkill (1967-1968); Sacred Heart School, Monroe (1969-1974) and Albertus Magnus High School, Bardonia (1974-1985). Upon completion of her studies in computer science in 1986, Sr. Margaret worked as a programmer at the Diocese of Rockville Centre. She then served as Director of Computer Services from 1987-1989 at Holy Trinity High School in Hicksville. From 1989 to 1994 Sr. Margaret was a financial programmer and analyst for an insurance service in Pearl River, NY. Sister Margaret served in Congregational Leadership beginning in 1994, directing the Office of Information Services until 2000. After a sabbatical year, Sr. Margaret became the Finance Officer at the Leviticus 25:23 Alternative Fund, a position she held for almost 16 years.

    Sister Margaret Murphy is predeceased by her parents John and Alice Lynch Murphy. She is survived by her sisters and brothers-in-law, Charlotte (Thomas) Murray and Alice Theresa (Ronald) Chanda along with her niece and nephews, grandniece and grandnephews.

    Sister Margaret Murphy was a kind and compassionate woman who made a difference in the lives of those who knew her. She served her God and congregation faithfully for more than fifty-two years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We thank God for her life and her goodness and we pray she be brought swiftly into the fullness of joy in the presence of the God she loved and so faithfully served. We will miss her presence among us.

 

 

Sister Catherine Florence O’Connor, OP, of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on January 16, 2018 in Dominican Convent’s Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY.

    Born in New York, NY on February 17, 1922 Julia was the daughter of Florence and Catherine Sullivan O’Connor. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on February 2, 1942 and received the name Sister Catherine Florence. She professed her first vows in 1943 and her final vows in 1948.

    Sister Catherine Florence received her BS in English, Manhattan College, Bronx, NY 1952 and both her MA in Business Education (1954) and a Certificate in Administration and Supervision (1971) from Columbia University, NY.

    During her years in education, Sr. Catherine Florence O’Connor served in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Brooklyn, and the Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware as teacher, principal and associate professor. In St. Louis, Sr. Catherine Florence served at St. Mark’s School from 1943-46. Returning to New York, she worked in the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn at St. Ann’s School (1946-47), Our Lady of Perpetual Help School (1947-52), Aquinas High School (1952-55), Cathedral High School (1955-58), Albertus Magnus High School (1958-63), St. Thomas Aquinas College (1958-63), St. Gregory Barbarigo School (1963-69), St. Helena High School (1969-70) and Mary Queen of Heaven (1971-74). From 1970-1971 then 1975 to 1987, Sr. Catherine Florence served as Principal and Parish Minister in SS Peter and Paul Parish in Easton, MD. Sister returned to New York and from 1987 to 2005 was at Aquinas High School where she worked as school librarian and substitute teacher before retiring to Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY.

    Sister Catherine Florence is predeceased by her parents Florence and Catherine Sullivan O’Connor and her siblings Daniel, Bernard, John, Charles, James, Teresa Flooks and her niece Joanne Procius. She is survived by her sister, Mary Deutschle, in Sarasota, FL and several nieces and nephews as well as grand and great nieces and nephews.

    Sister Catherine Florence O’Connor was a kind and compassionate person. She served her God and congregation faithfully for almost seventy-six years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We thank God for her life and her goodness and we pray she be brought swiftly into the fullness of joy in the presence of the God she loved and so faithfully served. We will miss her presence among us.

 

 

 

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