Sisters Obituaries 2012
Sister Mary Patricia Franz, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, passed away on November 24, 2012 in Siena Hall Infirmary, Sparkill, NY. Born in Brooklyn, NY on April 9, 1920, Marie was the daughter of Joseph and Jennie Bryson Franz. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 2, 1938 and became known as Sister Mary Patricia, professing her first vows in 1940 and her final vows in 1945. Sister Mary Patricia earned a BA in Philosophy from Manhattan College, NY; a MA in European Studies from St. John’s University, NY; a MA in Sacred Doctrine from St. Mary’s College, IN and Certification in Theology from Providence College, RI.
Sister Mary Patricia was a teacher and professor on the elementary, high school and college levels. She served in the Archdiocese of New York at St. Brendan, Bronx, NY (1940-41); St. Helena, Bronx, NY (1941-48); Aquinas HS, Bronx, NY (1948-51); St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY (1954-68); Monsignor Scanlan HS, Bronx, NY (1968-71); and Rosary Academy, Sparkill, NY (1971-73). From 1951-1967 Sr. Mary Patricia served the congregation both as Director and teacher in the Formation Program for St. Agnes Novitiate and from 1973-1991she served as sacristan and organist for Dominican Convent. Upon her retirement in 1991 she offered prayer ministry to the sisters in the Motherhouse. Sister Mary Patricia is predeceased by her parents, Joseph Michael and Jennie Marie Bryson Franz; her sister Sr. Rose Marie Franz, APB; her brothers Rev. Joseph Bryson Franz and James Patrick Franz. She is survived by her sister Dr. Elizabeth Higgins, Elder, NY/Port Orange, FL; nephew Thomas Higgins (Ann) Newtown, PA; nieces Lt. Col. (ret.) Mary Fletcher (Charles) Fairfax, VA; Lt. Col. (ret.) Elizabeth Higgins (Mark Gabriels) Athens, GA; Major Tracy Higgins, New York, NY; grandnephews John, Peter, Michael and grandnieces Elizabeth and Genevieve.
We will remember Sister Mary Patricia as an avid learner and scholar. She was a deeply spiritual religious who loved her Dominican congregation and was faithful to the God she served for seventy-four years. We thank God for her life and her goodness. May the Lord welcome her into the kingdom and grant her eternal rest.
Sister Veronica Marie Isaacson, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on November 9, 2012 in Siena Hall Infirmary, Sparkill, NY. Born in the Brooklyn, NY on March 27, 1930, June Ann was the daughter of Andrew and Anna Hayes Isaacson. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1950 and became known as Sister Veronica Marie, professing her first vows in 1953 and her final vows in 1958. Sister Veronica Marie earned a BS in Education from Fordham University, NY, and a MS in Education from Hunter College, NY and Certification in School Administration and Supervision from Manhattan College, NY.
During her professional life, Sister Veronica Marie was a teacher, guidance counselor and administrator. She served in the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn at St. Helena Elementary, Bronx, NY (1953-56); St. Catherine of Siena, NY, NY (1956-61); Mary Queen of Heaven, Brooklyn, NY (1961-64); St. Rose of Lima, NY, NY (1964-68); and St. Helena/Msgr. Scanlan High School, Bronx, NY (1968-2005). In 2005 Sr. Veronica Marie retired and in 2009 she became a resident in Siena Hall at the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters. Sister Veronica Marie is survived by her sister Virginia Hunt (Eugene) of Pittsburgh, PA and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
We will remember Sr. Veronica Marie for her compassion and loyalty to the students she counseled over the years. This compassion and loyalty extended to her Dominican community whom she served faithfully for sixty-two years. We thank God for her life and her goodness. May she rest in peace and joy in the arms of her loving God.
Sister Catherine Duignan, OP, of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, NY, passed away on June 25, 2012 in Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, NY. Born in County Leitrim, Ireland on November 15, 1926, Ellen Ann was the daughter of John and Catherine Dolan Duignan. Ellen came to America in 1944 at the age of seventeen and entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1950. She professed her first vows in 1952 and her final vows in 1957. Sister earned a B.S. in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas, NY and MA in Reading from Manhattan College, NY.
Throughout her professional life, Sister Catherine ministered in the Archdiocese of New York. She taught in the Bronx at St. Helena Elementary (1955-58 & 1966-77); St. Ann (1977-78); and Aquinas HS (1978-88). She also taught in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Middletown, NY (1958-60); Sacred Heart, Suffern, NY (1960-64) and Sacred Heart, Monroe, NY (1965-66). From 1989-93 Sister Catherine worked as parish secretary and then as parish minister (1993-2004) at St. Vito Parish in Mamaroneck, NY. From 2005-2011 she worked part time as receptionist at Dowling Gardens in Sparkill, NY. Sister Catherine offered local community service for Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY right up until her untimely death this past Monday.
Sister Catherine was forever proud of her Irish heritage. She had a great love for her family and many friends. We remember well her concern for others, her gentle manner and her good sense of humor. She loved her Dominican community and served her God faithfully for sixty-one years. We thank God for her life and her goodness. May she rest in peace and joy in the arms of her loving God.
Sister Catherine Clare Weis, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on June 8, 2012 in Siena Hall Infirmary, Sparkill, NY.Born in New York City May 21, 1917, Catherine Mary Weis was the daughter of John and Catherine Coan Weis. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on July 10, 1933 and became known as Sister Catherine Clare, professing her first vows in 1935 and her final vows in 1940.
Sister Catherine Clare earned a BA in English from Manhattan College, NY; an MA in Family Living from Columbia University, NY; and a degree in Administration/Supervision from Catholic University, Washington, DC. Sister Catherine Clare was an elementary and high school teacher serving in the Archdiocese of New York and the Dioceses of Brooklyn and Rockville Center. She taught in New York at St. Columba, St. Ann, St. Brendan, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Helena Elementary & High School and Sacred Heart; in Brooklyn at St. Edmund Elementary & High School (as assistant principal) and Our Lady of Perpetual Help; in Rockville Center she taught at Katherine Gibbs. After retiring from teaching she was employed as an office assistant and secretary at Aquinas HS, Grand Leigh, Inc. and Senior Citizen Employment.
We will remember Sister Catherine Clare as an enthusiastic and creative teacher. She enjoyed her students and brought out the best in each of them. For almost seventy-nine years she served her God faithfully as a member of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill. We thank God for her life and goodness. May she rest in peace and joy in the arms of her loving God.
Sister Laura Anne Fucito, OP passed away peacefully on May 21, 2012 in Calvary Hospital, Bronx, NY. Born in New York on July 9, 1944, Laura Anne was the daughter of Crescenzio (Jack) and Carmela Licursi Fucito. She entered the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill on September 8, 1962 and professed her first vows in 1964 and her final vows in 1969.Sister Laura Anne received a BS in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY and a Graduate Certificate in Education from Fordham University, NY. She received a certificate from the Lay Ministry Program at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA.
Throughout her professional career, Sr. Laura was a teacher and a pastoral associate. She served in the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings. She taught elementary school at St. Gregory Barbarigo, Garnerville, NY (1966-68); St. Christopher, Red Hook, NY (1968-75); St. Helena, Bronx, NY (1975-76) and the Mission Grade School in Hays, MT (1976-77). From 1977 to the present she was pastoral associate at St. Thomas Mission Church in Lodgepole, MT. She served the Native American Indians for 36 years.
We will remember Laura for her great determination to live life to its fullest. Her compassionate and caring ways have endeared her to the people with whom she worked daily. Her trust in the God she served so faithfully for fifty years was especially evident in her acceptance of her illness these past years. We thank Laura for her life as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. May she rest in peace and joy in the arms of her loving God.
Sister Maureen O’Looney, OP passed away peacefully on Friday evening, January 6, in New York Hospital surrounded by her dear friends. Sr. Maureen Born in New York on June 4, 1945, the daughter of Julia O’Leary and Daniel O’Looney. She entered the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill on September 8, 1964 and received the name Sr. Anne Francis. She professed her first vows in 1966 and her final vows in 1972.
Sr. Maureen received a BA in English from St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY; an MS in Psychology from Western Connecticut University, CT and an MSW in Social Work from Hunter College, NY. Sr. Maureen was a teacher, social worker and psychotherapist. She taught at St. Helena Elementary Bronx, NY (1967-70); and St. James, Carmel, NY (1970-75). She used her counseling skills in family services at Cardinal McCloskey (1977-78), as a child care worker at St. Mary’s Home in Syosset (1978-80) and as a social worker at Catholic Home Bureau (1980-86). She was Director of Siena Counseling Services in NY (1988-92), a therapist at New Beginnings Counseling Associates (1992-2008) and engaged in private practice as a therapist. During the past year and a half she worked in Marketing and Sales at Dowling Gardens right up until her illness and hospitalization.
We will remember Maureen for her positive outlook and determination to live life to the full.
We are grateful for her forty-seven years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill and we ask the good Lord to give her peace among the company of the saints in heaven. Reflection