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Sisters and Associates Obituaries 2011

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Sister Mary Bernadette Phillips, OP passed peacefully away on December 31, 2011 in Siena Hall Infirmary.  Born in New York on December 6, 1932 she entered the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill on September 8, 1952 and received the name Sr. Catherine Martin.  She professed her first vows in 1954 and her final vows in 1959.  

     Throughout her professional career, Bernadette was a group mother, teacher, campus minister and office staff worker.  She served in the Archdiocese of New York and the Dioceses of Syracuse and Rockville Center.  She was a group mother at St. Agnes Home and at Cardinal McCloskey.  She taught elementary school at St. Rose of Lima, New York, NY; St. Christopher, Red Hook, NY; St. Catherine, Binghamton, NY and St. Catherine of Siena, New York, NY.  She served on the staff of Holy Trinity HS, Hicksville, NY and as office staff member and campus minister at Albertus Magnus HS, Bardonia, NY for twenty-seven years.  In 2007 she became a resident of Siena Hall Infirmary.

     We will remember Bernadette for her wonderful zest for life, her great sense of humor and her compassionate and caring ways.  She showed a real sense of Dominican hospitality to the many she greeted in Saugerties during summer vacations; always seeing that you had everything you needed to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.  Her trust in the God she served so faithfully for fifty-nine years was especially evident in her acceptance of her illness these past four years.  We thank Bernadette for her life as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill and may she rest in peace and joy in the arms of her loving God.

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Sister Marcella Marie Tucker, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on December 26, 2011 in Siena Hall Infirmary, Sparkill, NY. Born in St. Louis, MO, on September 6, 1922, Mary Tucker was the daughter of Calvin and Anna Cissell Tucker.  She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1940 and became known as Sister Marcella Marie, professing her first vows in 1943 and her final vows in 1948.

     Sister Marcella Marie earned a BA in Elementary Education from Webster College, MO an MA in St. Louis University, MO and a Masters of Divinity in Theology from Yale University, CT. During her professional life, Sister Marcella Marie was an elementary and high school teacher. She served in the Archdioceses of New York and St. Louis, and in the Diocese of Rockville Center. She taught at Holy Redeemer, St. Louis, MO (1943-48 & 1961-65); St. Columba, Chester, NY (1948-49); St. Ignatius Day Nursery, New York, NY (1949-50); St. Rose of Lima, New York, NY (1950-51); St. Mark, St. Louis, MO (1951-59); Little flower, St. Louis, MO (1959-61); St. Thomas More, St. Louis, MO (1965-67) and Holy Trinity HS, Hicksville, NY (1967-78). In 1978 Sister Marcella Marie began her studies in Theology and used her skills as a Spiritual Director, Pastoral Minister, DRE and Hospital Chaplain working at Jarrett House Evangelical Center, Detroit, MI, Our Holy Redeemer Parish, Freeport, NY, St. Patrick’s Parish, Bedford, NY and New York University Hospital, New York, NY. In 2001 she became a resident in Siena Hall Infirmary.

     We will remember Marcella Marie for her appreciation and commitment to what it means to be Dominican: her passion for study and truth; her sharing of the gift of her preaching - touching the lives of many she met along her journey. We thank her for her seventy-one years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill and we ask the good Lord to give her a place in the kingdom of the saints.  May she now rest in peace of the Lord. 

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Sister Dorothy Burns, OP, of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, NY, died on October 31, 2011 in New York University Hospital in Manhattan, NY. Born in New York City on April 30, 1926, Dorothy was the daughter of James and Elizabeth Cullen Burns. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1945, and became known as Sister Elizabeth James.  She professed her first vows in 1947 and her final vows in 1952.

     Sister Dorothy earned a B.S. in Education from Fordham University, NY and MA in History from Manhattan College, NY. Throughout her professional life, Sister Dorothy ministered in the Archdiocese of New York. She taught in the Bronx at St. John Chrysostom, (1947-56); St. Ann (1956-65); and Aquinas HS (1965-72).  From 1972-73 Sister Dorothy worked at Project Find in NY, was director of seniors at Immaculate Conception Parish in NY from 1973-74 and worked for Catholic Charities in the Office for Disabled Persons from 1974-87.  For sixteen years she worked at Encore 49 as a Case Manager and then as Director of the Shop and Escort Services.  For many summers sister was Director at Camp Carroll, a program for disabled children and adults.  She also served as a Eucharistic Minister at Hospital for Special Surgery and New York Presbyterian Hospital right up until her untimely death this past Monday. 
     We will remember Sister Dorothy for her warm and loving heart, her spirit of generosity and her willingness to be of service to people wherever and whenever she could. We thank her for her sixty-six years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill and we ask the good Lord to give her a place in the kingdom of the saints.  May she now rest in peace of the Lord. 

Sr. Jeanne Miceli

Sister Jeanne Miceli, OP, of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, New York, died on October 28, 2011 at New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Born in Port Chester, NY on October 16, 1945, Jeanne Ellen was the daughter of Frank and Marianne DeFonce Miceli. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on August 30, 1966, and became known as Sister Marianne Francis. She professed her first vows in 1968 and her final vows in 1976.

     Sister Jeanne earned a B.A. in English from St. Thomas Aquinas College, NY; an MA in Reading from Manhattan College, NY and School Administration certification from Fordham University. During her professional life, Sister Jeanne ministered in the Archdiocese of New York and Dioceses of Rockville Center and Newark both at the elementary and high school levels.   She was a teacher St. Columba, Chester, NY (1970-74); Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Middletown, NY (1974-81) Holy Family, Hicksville, NY (1981-86); Aquinas HS, Bronx, NY (2002-2008) and served as principal at St. Stephen/St. Edward, Warwick, NY (1986-93) and St. Paul Interparochial, Ramsey, NJ (1997-2002).  From 1993-97 Sr. Jeanne was Campus Minister at Albertus Magnus HS, Bardonia, NY and from 2008-2010 she was Managerial Assistant at Dowling Gardens, Sparkill, NY.  In 2010 Sr. Jeanne was a teacher at St. Elizabeth Interparochial, Wyckoff, NJ until she became ill in January 2011.  She continued to offer local community service until her untimely death on Friday. 

     We will remember Sr. Jeanne for her many gifts and talents. She enjoyed being with her family and friends and her big heart welcomed many.  She loved her community and served in many capacities.  Her sudden death was a surprise to all. Sr. Jeanne taught us how to live and enjoy life and in the end she taught us how to die with dignity and grace.  We thank her for her forty-five years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill and we ask the good Lord to give her a place in the kingdom of the saints.  May she now rest in the peace of the Lord. Reflection by Sister Aileen Donovan 

Sr. SandraSister Sandra Magnini, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on October 23, 2011 in Siena Hall Infirmary, Sparkill, NY. Born in Florence, Italy, on November 8, 1919, Alexandra Magnini was the daughter of Giuseppe Tullio and Teresa Alice Bassani Magnini. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on February 2, 1942 and became known as Sister Mary Anthony, professing her first vows in 1943 and her final vows in 1948.

     Sister Sandra earned a BA in French from Manhattan College, NY and a MA in Home Economics from Teachers College, Columbia University, NY. During her professional life, Sister Sandra was a teacher in elementary and high school. She served in the Archdioceses of New York and St. Louis, and in the Diocese of Syracuse at St. James School, St. Louis, MO (1943-46); St. Mary School, Fulton, NY (1946-50); St. Catherine of Siena School, New York, NY (1950-54); St. Columba School, Chester, NY (1954-60); St. Helena/Monsignor Scanlan High School, Bronx, NY (1960-72); Albertus Magnus High School, Bardonia, NY (1972-78 &1996-2002). From 1979-1983 Sister Sandra worked in Botswana, Africa as a member of the Peace Corps and then remained working for the Catholic Missions teaching sewing skills to the women in the village of Muan, Africa until 1988. Upon her return from Africa she was a staff member at Villa St. Joseph in Saugerties, NY and then taught in St. Michael’s, AZ from 1990-1994.  From 1995-96 she taught English to children in Vilnius, Lithuania. Upon her retirement she continued to remain active until she became a resident in Siena Hall Infirmary in 2007.

     We will remember Sister Sandra for her indomitable spirit and her faith in God. This spirit and her deep and abiding belief in the presence of God in her life was evident when she left her native Italy, came to a new country, entered our community, studied, taught, joined the Peace Corp and later volunteered to teach in eastern Europe. We thank her for the sixty-nine years she spent among us; we have been blessed by this unique woman and know she is now is the real presence of God in whom she believed so deeply.

Sr. JeanneSister Jean Harvey, OP, of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, New York, died on August 26, 2011 at her home in St. Louis, MO. Born in St. Louis on November 16, 1941, Jean was the daughter of William Joseph and Dorothy Anna Wolff Harvey.  She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1962, and became known as Sister Christopher Mary. She professed her first vows in 1964 and her final vows in 1969.

     Sister Jean earned B.S. in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, NY; an MA in Mathematics from Manhattan College, NY; a PhD. In Mathematics Education from St. John University, NY; and an MSW in Social Work from St. Louis University. During her professional life, Sister Jean ministered in the Archdioceses of New York and St. Louis, and in the Diocese of Biloxi, MS. She taught at St. Rose of Lima School, NY (1964-66); Rosary Academy, Sparkill, NY (1966-70); and at Sparkill Union Free School, NY (1975-76), and then served as principal (1976-1978). From 1976-80 she was a member of the Executive Team of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill. Sister Jean served as Executive Director of New Hope Manor, Garrison, NY (1984-1989). She also ministered as Director of Adult Education in Annunciation Parish, Biloxi, MS (1980-84). In her native St. Louis, Sister Jean was on the faculties of St. Louis University (1972-1975) and Maryville University (1991-1992). Since 1990 she has been a supervisor and counselor at Queen of Peace Center.

     We will remember Sister Jean for her honesty and determination, her generosity and vision, and her commitment to ministry for justice for and with “people on the margins.” We thank her for her forty-nine years of loving service as a Sparkill Dominican. May she be at home with God in whom she believed so deeply.

Sr. GraceGrace Marie Petraglia, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on August 26, 2011 in Siena Hall Infirmary, Sparkill, NY. Born in the Bronx, NY on March 10, 1927, Grace Marie Petraglia was the daughter of Peter and Mary May Petraglia. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1950 and became known as Sister Mary Antoninus, professing her first vows in 1952 and her final vows in 1957.

     Serving in the Archdioceses of New York and Newark and in the Diocese of Syracuse, Sister Grace Marie was an elementary school teacher at St. Martin of Tours School, Bronx, NY (1952-57); Holy Family School, Fulton, NY (1957-66); Christ the King School, Yonkers, NY (1978-79). After teaching for one year at St. Augustine School, New City, NY (1971-72), Sr. Grace Marie served as principal there from 1972-1978. She was also principal of Holy Name School, Vahalla, NY (1979-84); St. Matthew School, Hastings, NY (1985-1988); and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, Middletown, NY (1989-93). Sister Grace Marie also served as Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Newark (1984-1985), in the Admissions Office of Long Island University, and as secretary to the Executive Team of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill (1994-98). Upon her retirement she offered local community service at Dominican Convent and at St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY.

     We will remember Sr. Grace Marie for her unwavering commitment to the ministry of Catholic education and her generosity and kindness. We thank her for her sixty-one years of commitment as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. May she rest in peace and joy in the arms of her loving God.

Sister Joanne

Sr. Joanne

Sister Joanne Regina Arcouet, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on August 23, 2011 in Siena Hall Infirmary, Sparkill, NY. Born in the Bronx, NY on December 6, 1933, Lorraine Helen Arcouet was the daughter of Alfred Arcouet and Florence Bogert. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 7, 1952 and became known as Sister Joanne Regina, professing her first vows in 1954 and her final vows in 1959.

     Sister Joanne Regina earned a BS in Education from Fordham University, NY and a MS in Guidance from St. John’s University, NY. During her professional life, Sister Joanne Regina was a teacher, guidance counselor and administrator. She served in the Archdiocese of New York and the Dioceses of Brooklyn and Rockville Center at St. Catherine of Siena School, NY, NY (1954-56); St. Mary Magdalene, Springfield Gardens, NY (1956-64); Aquinas High School, Bronx, NY (1964-65); St. Helena High School, Bronx, NY (1965-66); St. Edmund High School, Brooklyn, NY (1966-1979); and as assistant principal at Holy Family, Hicksville, NY (1979-2003). Upon her retirement she offered local community service at Holy Family parish until 2008 when she became a resident of Dominican Convent.

     We will remember Sr. Joanne Regina for her unwavering commitment to the ministry of Catholic education and for her generosity and kindness. She was always ready to lend a hand when help was needed. She will be deeply missed by her many friends by those with whom she lived. We thank her for her fifty-nine years of commitment as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. May she rest in peace and joy in the arms of her loving God.

Sr. Marcella

Sr. Marcella

Marcella Roeger, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on August 19, 2011 in Siena Hall Infirmary, Sparkill, NY. Born in St. Louis, MO on March 27, 1928, Marcella was the daughter of Aloysius and Catherine Ulsas Roeger. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1947 and became known as Sister Catherine Aloysius, professing her first vows in 1949 and her final vows in 1954.

     Sister Marcella earned a BA in Elementary Education from Webster College in St. Louis. During her professional life, Sister Marcella was a teacher in the Archdioceses of New York and St. Louis, and the Diocese of Brooklyn. She taught at St. Christopher, Red Hook, NY in 1971; St. Edmund, Brooklyn, NY (1964-68); and in St. Louis at St. Mark (1949-56); Holy Redeemer (1956-60); St. Simon (1960-64 and 1968-69) and St. Thomas More (1969-70). Sister was a secretary at St. Kevin School in St. Louis from 1974-77. In 1984 Sister Marcella moved to Dominican Convent and offered local community service until 1998 when she became a resident of Siena Hall Infirmary, Sparkill, NY.

     We will remember Marcella for her kindness and her patience. She believed that wherever she was, she was sharing the love of Jesus for all people. No task or assignment was too small; to each she brought her care and her dedication. She loved her family and was deeply loved by them. We thank her for her sixty-four years of commitment as a Dominican Sisters of Sparkill. May she rest in the loving arms of the God she loved so deeply.

Ann Malsich

We mourn the passing of Associate Ann Malsich who died suddenly on July 27, 2011, at her home in Matthews, North Carolina, where she and her husband Bob retired some years ago. Ann, a faithful Associate for over 20 years, returned to Sparkill last October to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Associate Program. She enjoyed her membership over the years and was a strong participant in its activities.

     In addition to her Associate participation in New York, she was a sports coach and referee in basketball and an umpire in softball. She was an antique collector and was a key player pricing and evaluating items at our "Craft Fair" each year. Ann and her husband Bob became very active in their community, donating time teaching computer skills at a neighboring senior center.  Ann will be missed but will continue to be a strong example of a Sparkill Associate.

Sr. Celeste

Sr. Celeste

Sister Celeste Marie Reichert, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on June 28, 2011 at Epiphany Convent in St. Louis, MO. Born in St. Louis on January 25, 1930, Doris Jean was the daughter of Richard and Henrietta Bieser Reichert.  She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1948 and became known as Sister Celeste Marie, professing her first vows in 1950 and her final vows in 1955.

     Sister earned a BA in Education from Webster College, MO, an MA in Latin from St. Louis University, MO and an MA in Religious Studies from Providence College, RI. During her professional life, Sister Celeste Marie was a teacher in the Archdioceses of NY and St. Louis, and in the Dioceses of Brooklyn and Jefferson City, MO.  She taught at St. Mary Magdalen, Springfield Gardens, NY (1950-51); St. James, St. Louis, MO (1951-1958); Holy Rosary, Monroe City, MO (1958-66); Albertus Magnus HS, Bardonia, NY (1966-67); St. Edmund HS, Brooklyn, NY (1967-73); St. Dominic HS, O’Fallon, MO (1973-82); Epiphany School, St. Louis, MO (1982-98).  Sister was a secretary at St. Cecilia School, St. Louis, MO (1999-2000).  From 2000 to the present she did community and parish ministry in Epiphany parish, St. Louis, MO.

     We will remember Sister Celeste Marie for her love of teaching and her many years of dedication in the field of education.  She loved being in the classroom and brought an energy and love of learning to her students that they have long remembered.  Sr. Celeste Marie had a love for life and shared with us her gift of humor, her wisdom and her acceptance of the will of God in her life.  We thank her for her sixty-two years of commitment as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill.  May she rest in peace in the arms of the God she served so well.

Sr. Norbert

Sister Norbert McNamee, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on June 2, 2011 in Good Samaritan Hospital Suffern, NY. Born in New York City, NY on July 8, 1929, Florence was the daughter of Thomas and Catherine McCormack McNamee. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1948 and became known as Sister Mary Norbert, professing her first vows in 1950 and her final vows in 1955.

     Sister earned a BS in Education from Fordham University, NY and an MS in Education from Long Island University, NY. During her professional life, Sister Norbert was a teacher in the Archdiocese of NY and in the diocese of Syracuse serving at St. John Chrysostom, Bronx, NY (1950-55); Our Lady of Grace, Bronx, NY (1955-58); St. Paul, Norwich, NY (1958-66); St. Paul, Valley Cottage, NY (1966-69); Sacred Heart, Suffern, NY (1969-70); Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Middletown, NY (1970-73) and Sacred Heart, Monroe, NY (1973-96). In 1996 when Sister Norbert left full time teaching she continued to be of service to the parish of Sacred Heart in Monroe. She dedicated her time to assisting with the RCIA program, served as sacristan for the Church, prepared children in the school for First Holy Communion, instructed the altar servers and was a constant presence to the people of Sacred Heart for over thirty-seven years. Sister Norbert is predeceased by her sister, Sister Mercedes McNamee, OP and she is survived by her sister, Sr. Marie McNamee, OP; her aunt Josephine McCormack and numerous cousins residing in Ireland.

     Sister Norbert will be remembered for her faithful commitment of sixty-two years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. As a teacher in the field of education and as a parish assistant, she dedicated her life to the people of God through her ministry of kindness.  She was blessed with a good life and was taken home to God quite suddenly.  May she now rest in the loving arms of the God she served so well.

Joan

Joan

Sister Joan Hearns, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on May 30, 2011 in Siena Hall Infirmary, Sparkill, NY. Born in New York City, NY on January 11, 1925, Joan Marie was the daughter of Henry and May Guilfoyle Hearns. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1943 and became known as Sister Mary Henry, professing her first vows in 1945 and her final vows in 1950.

     Sister earned a BA in Education from Fordham University, NY  During her professional life, Sister Joan was a teacher at St. Joseph, Bronx, NY (1945-51) and (1966-69); Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Richmond Hill, NY (1951-56); Sts. Peter and Paul, Easton, MD (1956-61); St. Madeleine Sophie, Schenectady, NY (1961-1966) also served here as principal; St. Paul, Congers, NY (1969-77). She worked as a staff member at St. Joseph Villa, Saugerties, NY from 1977-1982 and was librarian at St. Rose of Lima School in New York from 1982-2002. Upon her retirement Sr. Joan moved to Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY and in 2004 became a resident of Siena Hall. Sister Joan is survived by her brother Arthur Hearns of PA; her sister-in-laws Marianne Hearns of PA and Joan Hearns of FL; her nephews Arthur Hearns, Jr. (Marybeth) of NY; Henry Hearns, Jr. (Sandra) of FL; Michael Hearns (Tyra) of FL; James Kennedy (Shari) of CA; and her nieces Linda Diver (Michael) of PA; Clare Oliva (Thomas) of NJ; Laura Beers (Alfred) of PA; Meghan Burrows (Don) of CA. Sister Joan is also survived by many grand nieces and nephews.

      Sister Joan was a dedicated teacher and principal committed to those whom she met each day. She touched many lives by the lessons she taught and had a positive impact on so many. We have been blessed with Sister Joan’s life among us. She struggled with many physical challenges yet never complained and was accepting of God’s will in her life. May she rest in the loving arms of the God she served so well.

S Mary Normile

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Sister Mary Normile, OP, died on April 25, 2011 in Siena Hall Infirmary, Sparkill, NY. Born in New York City, NY on September 20, 1928,Born in New York City, NY on September 20, 1928, Mary was the daughter of John and Mary Griffin Normile. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1946 and became known as Sister Catherine Ann, professing her first vows in 1948 and her final vows in 1953.

      Sister earned a BS in Education from Fordham University, NY and a MA in American History from Manhattan College, NY. During her professional life, Sister Mary was a teacher and education consultant in the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn. She was a teacher at St. Brendan, Bronx, NY (1948-54); St. Anthony, Nanuet, NY (1954-57); St. Rita, Bronx, NY (1957-66); Sacred Heart, Suffern, NY (1966-1969); Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Richmond Hill, NY (1969-71); St. Martin of Tours, Bronx, NY (1971-73) and Msgr. Scanlan HS, Bronx, NY (1973-1976). Sister Mary was an administrative assistant at the Religious Consultation Center in Brooklyn (1976-78) and at St. Ignatius Day Nursery in Manhattan (1978-79). For twenty-two years (1979-2001) she worked at the Catholic Home Bureau in Manhattan as a as an educational consultant. Upon her retirement she offered local community service at Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY and in 2005 she became a resident of Siena Hall Infirmary. Sister Mary is predeceased by her sister Catherine and is survived by her cousins and many friends.

     Sister Mary was a dedicated teacher and was committed to those whom she met each day. She touched many lives by the lessons she taught and had a positive impact on so many. She has enriched our lives and we will remember her gentle, kind and loving manner. She remained faithful to the vows she professed as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill and we celebrate her life of 82 years. May she rest in the company of the saints in the kingdom God has prepared.

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Sister Theresa Marie Schmidt, OP, died on March 17, 2011, in Siena Hall Infirmary. Born in Golconda, Illinois, on June 28, 1927, Catherine was the daughter of Henry and Mary Moehle Schmidt. Catherine entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1945, and became known as Sister Theresa Marie, professing her first vows in 1947 and final vows in 1952.

     Sister Theresa Marie earned a BA in Social Studies (1955) from Webster College, St. Louis, MO. Sister completed graduate studies in the areas of religious education and pastoral care. During her professional life, Sister ministered in the Archdioceses of St. Louis and New York, and in the Dioceses of Jefferson City and Belleville. She taught at Holy Redeemer School, Webster Groves, MO; St. Kevin’s School, St. Ann, MO; St. James the Greater School, St. Louis, MO; St. Mary Magdalen, Brentwood, MO; and St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Crestwood, MO. She served in parish ministry at St. Kevin’s Parish, St. Ann, MO and taught in the religious education program in St. Norbert Parish, Florissant, MO and St. Gregory Parish, St. Ann, MO. In the Diocese of Jefferson City, MO, she taught at Holy Rosary School, Monroe City, MO. From 1985-98, she was an associate chaplain at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, IL, in the Diocese of Belleville. In the Archdiocese of New York, Sister Theresa Marie was a member of the staff of the Finance Office of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY (1977-1978) and served as teacher and librarian at St. Paul School, Valley Cottage, NY (1978-1979). She retired to Dominican Convent in 2002.

     We will remember Sister Theresa Marie for her faith, trust and love in the God she served.   She has enriched our lives and we will remember her many kindnesses to those whose lives she has touched.  She remained faithful to her commitment as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill for 66 years and we celebrate her 83 years of life.  May she now rest in the company of the saints in the kingdom of God. Reflections

S Noreen Nolan

Sister Noreen Nolan, OP, died on February 6, 2011, in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY. Born in New York City March 19, 1947, Noreen Ann was the daughter of Edward and Theresa Tierney Nolan. Noreen entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1964, and became known as Sister Marie Eymard, professing her first vows in 1966 and final vows in 1974.

     Sister Noreen earned a BS in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY; an MS in Reading from William Paterson College, Wayne, NJ and Administration certification from Manhattan College, NY. During her professional life, Sister Noreen was an elementary school teacher and principal in the Archdiocese of NY. She taught at St. Anthony, Bronx, NY (1967-68); St. Theresa, Bronx, NY (1968-69); Sacred Heart, Suffern, NY (1969-78); St. Augustine, New City, NY (1978-81); New Hope Manor, Garrison, NY (1981-82); St. John Chrysostom, Bronx, NY (1982-84); She served as principal at Our Lady of Good Council in Manhattan, NY from 1984-89 and was principal for 22 years at St. Elizabeth’s in Manhattan, NY from 1989 to the present. Sister Noreen is predeceased by her mother Theresa Nolan, her aunts, Sr. Mary Serena, RSM, and Sr. Elizabeth Tierney, RSM. She is survived by her father Frank Nolan of Jackson Heights, NY; her sister Virginia Ripp (Joseph) of Wilton CT; her nephews Brendan Ripp (Kristy) of Wilton, CT and Daniel (Kelly) of Charlotte, NC; her grandnephew Nolan and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

     We have been blessed with Noreen’s life among us. We will remember her as an innovative educator and a leader in the peacemaking efforts for her students in the Washington Heights area where St. Elizabeth’s School is located. Noreen has been recognized for her outstanding leadership qualities and in 1999 she received the Distinguished Principals Award from NCEA. We celebrate her life of 63 years and ask the good Lord to bless her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

S Joan Looney

Sister Joan Looney, OP, a member of the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary, Sparkill, New York, died on February 2, 2011, in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY. Born in New York City May 12, 1938, Joan Marie was the daughter of Daniel and Mary Flynn Looney. Joan Marie entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1956, and became known as Sister Joan Mary, professing her first vows in 1958 and final vows in 1963.

     Sister Joan earned a BS in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY; an MS in English from City College of New York and an MS in Pastoral Counseling from Iona College, NY. During her professional life, Sister Joan was an elementary school teacher and administrator in the Archdiocese of NY and the Diocese of Syracuse. She taught at St. Rose of Lima, New York, NY (1958-59); St. Helena, Bronx, NY (1959-61); St. Paul, Valley Cottage, NY (1961-66); St. Catherine, Binghamton, NY (1966-69); St. Vito, Mamaroneck, NY (1969-80) where she also served as principal from 1972-80. From 1980 –88 Sr. Joan served on the Leadership Team for the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill. From 1988-97 she was Coordinator of Newburgh Ministry, Newburgh, NY. In 1997 Sr. Joan moved to Charleston, SC where she ministered at Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach on St. Johns Island, SC from 1997 to the present. Sister Joan is survived by her sister Eileen Spencer of Yonkers, NY; her nephew John Spencer, wife Rachel and daughter Madeline of Albany, NY; her niece Jennifer Truax, husband Adam and children Jack, Claire and William of Brick, NJ, cousins and friends.

      We have been blessed with Joan’s life among us. We will remember her for the loving, gentle and peaceful person that she was and for her commitment to non-violence in our society and world. We celebrate her life of 72 years and ask the good Lord to bring her home to the kingdom promised. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

S Rose Anastasia Geeraerts

Sister Rose Anastasia Geeraerts, OP, died on January 24, 2011, in Siena Hall Infirmary. Born in New York City May 27, 1913 Marion was the daughter of Francis and Susan Dillon Geeraerts. Marion entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on February 2, 1931, and became known as Sister Rose Anastasia, professing her first vows in 1932 and final vows in 1938.

     Sister Rose Anastasia earned a BA in English in 1947 from Manhattan College, NY; an MA in Business Education in 1951 from Columbia University, NY and Certificates for Guidance and Religious Studies from St. John’s University, NY and Providence College, RI respectively. During her professional life, Sister Rose Anastasia was an educator in the Archdiocese of NY and the Diocese of Rockville Center in elementary and secondary education. She taught at St. John Chrysostom, Bronx, NY (1932-39); Sacred Heart, Suffern, NY (1939-45); St. Ann, Bronx, NY (1945-46); St. Martin of Tours, Bronx, NY (1946-47); Aquinas HS, Bronx, NY (1947-52); Cathedral HS, Manhattan, NY (1952-55); Msgr. Scanlan/St. Helena HS (1955-68). She worked as a guidance counselor at Holy Trinity HS, Hicksville, NY (1968-75) and was principal of St. Gregory Barbarigo, Garnerville, NY (1977-79). From 1979-85 Sister was the assistant business manager at Albertus Magnus HS, Bardonia, NY. After living in a House of Prayer from 1977-79, Sister Rose Anastasia worked as a spiritual director and offered pastoral care in Dominican Convent up until 2004 when she then became a resident in Siena Hall Infirmary.

     We will remember Sister Rose Anastasia for her faith, trust and love in the God she served.  She has enriched our lives and we will remember her many kindnesses to those whose lives she has touched. She remained faithful to her commitment as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill for 80 years and we celebrate her 97 years of life. May she now rest in the company of the saints in the kingdom of God.

S Rosalie Gilson

Rosalie Gilson, OP, died on January 15, 2011,in Siena HallInfirmaryin Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY. Born in New York City March 10, 1928 Rosalie was the daughter of Patrick and Nellie Rogers Gilson. Rosalie entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1946, and became known as Sister Ellen Teresa, professing her first vows in 1948 and final vows in 1953.

     Sister Rosalie earned a BS in Education from Fordham University, NY in 1957; an MA in Latin from St. John’s University, NY in 1965; an MA in Spanish from Hunter College, NY in 1978 and an MSW from Stony Brook University, NY in 1981. During her professional life, Sister Rosalie was a group mother at Cardinal McCloskey Home, White Plains, NY (1948-1950). She taught elementary school and high school in the Brooklyn and New York Dioceses at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Richmond Hill, NY (1950-1951); St. Helena School, Bronx, NY (1951-1957), Cathedral High School, Manhattan, NY (1959-1962, 1971-1972), St. Helena/Monsignor Scanlon High School, Bronx, NY (1962-1968), Albertus Magnus High School, Bardonia, NY (1957-1959, 1968-1970). She was principal of St. Mary Magdalen, Springfield Gardens, NY (1972-1974). Sister Rosalie worked as a social worker from 1974 to 1998. Upon retiring she offered local community service in Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY until she became a resident of Siena Hall Infirmary at Dominican Convent. Sister Rosalie is survived by her sister Nancy Gilson and many friends.

     Sister Rosalie will be remembered for her many years of dedication in the field of education. She loved being in the classroom and brought an energy and love of learning to her student’s that they have long remembered. She loved her life as a Sparkill Dominican and remained faithful to her religious commitment for sixty-four years. Her many kindnesses will long be remembered by those whose lives she has touched. May she rest in the peace of the Lord.