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Sister Theresa Mary McPartland, OP of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on December 19, 2018 in Montefiore Nyack Hospital in Nyack, NY. She was 84 years old.

    Born in New York, NY on August 31, 1934, Mary was the daughter of Myles and Bridget O’Neill McPartland. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 7, 1952 and received the name Sister Theresa Mary. She professed her first vows in 1954 and her final vows in 1959.

     Sister Theresa Mary received her BA in Education from Fordham University, Bronx, NY, 1960; her MA in Business Education from Hunter College, New York, NY, 1972 and Certification in School Administration/Supervision from Fordham University, 1975.

    Sister Theresa Mary taught in the Archdiocese of New York in St. John Chrysostom School, Bronx, NY (1954-1959); the Syracuse Diocese in St. Mary School, Fulton, NY (1959-1961). From 1961-1966, Sister Theresa Mary taught at Sts. Peter & Paul School, Easton, MD., Returning to the New York Sr. Theresa Mary taught at St. Helena School, Bronx, NY (1966-1967) and Thorpe Secretarial School, New York, NY (1967-1971). Sister served as Principal at St. Anthony School, Bronx, NY (1971-1976); Assistant Principal, St. John Chrysostom School, Bronx, NY (1976-1978); Principal at St. Helena School, Bronx, NY (1978-1984). For ten years, Sister Theresa Mary served as the Administrator of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY. From 1994-1995 Sister participated in the Career Options program at Calvary Hospital then was a staff member at Dowling Gardens, Sparkill, NY (1995-1996) Sister served in elected leadership, (1996-2000) and then became Director of Development at St. John Chrysostom School, Bronx, NY (2000-2006) before retiring.

    Sister Theresa Mary McPartland is predeceased by her parents Myles and Bridget O’Neill McPartland. She is survived by her sister, Sr. Margaret McParland, OP and brothers Joseph (Kathleen) and John (Barbara) along with several nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews whom she dearly loved.

    Sister Theresa Mary McPartland was a kind and gentle woman who made a difference in the lives of those who knew her. She served her God and congregation faithfully for more than sixty-six years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We thank God for her life and her goodness and we pray she may enjoy the fullness of life in the presence of the God she loved and so faithfully served. We will miss her presence among us.

 

Sister Loretta Butler, OP, of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, New York, died on November 27, 2018 in Siena Hall in Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY. She was 93 years old.

     Born in St. Louis, MO on January 23, 1925, Mary Patricia was the daughter of Raymond & Loretta Cronin Butler. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1942 and received the name Sister Loretta Marie. She professed her first vows in 1944 and her final vows in 1949.

     Sister Loretta received her BA in French from Fontbonne College, St. Louis, MO, 1955; BA-MA Art, Pius XII Institute, Florence, Italy, 1960; MA in French, Columbia University, New York, 1968 and her Ph.D. Educational Psychology, Fordham University, New York, 1972.

     Sister Loretta taught in the Archdiocese of St. Louis in St. Patrick Elementary School, Rolla, MO (1944-1945) and St. James Elementary School, St. Louis, MO (1945-1955). Returning to New York, Sister Loretta taught at Cathedral HS Annex, Bronx, NY (1955-1958); Albertus Magnus High School, Bardonia, NY (1959-1968) then returned as principal to Cathedral HS Annex (1968-1969) before going to Aquinas High School, Bronx, NY (1970-1971). Sister Loretta was an instructor at St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY (1974-1975); Assistant Dean of Education, Fordham University, New York, NY (1975-1979); Dean of Education, Regis College, Denver, CO (1979-1983); Assistant Dean at Bowling Green State University, Toledo, OH (1983-1984) before going to Catholic University, Washington, DC as a Visiting Scholar (1984-1985). Receiving a Fulbright Grant, Sister Loretta ministered in Bahawalpur, Pakistan (1985-1986). For the next ten years, Sister Loretta served as Associate Dean, Mt. St. Mary College, Newburgh, NY (1986-1996). Sister Loretta returned to teach in Pakistan (1996-1998) before becoming an Adjunct Professor, University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO (1999-2004). For three years, Sister Loretta was a Researcher for OPUS, a collaborative research project of the Dominican Sisters Conference, St. Louis, MO (2003-2005). In 2005, Sister Loretta retired to Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY.

     Sister Loretta Butler is predeceased by her parents Raymond and Mary Loretta Cronin Butler and her siblings Bill, Ray, Jack, Betty Jean and Bobby. She is survived by her brother, Russ, her sisters Dorothy Heldman, Lois Wiepreck and their families.

     Sister Loretta Butler was a woman who made a difference in the lives of those who knew her. She served her God and congregation faithfully for more than seventy years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We thank God for her life and we pray she may enjoy the fullness of life in the presence of the God she loved and so faithfully served. We will miss her presence among us.

 

Sister Alice Madeline Smith, OP of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on November 21, 2018 in Siena Hall in Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY. She was 86 years old.

    Born in New York, NY on December 29, 1931, Loretta was
the daughter of Joseph and Mary Smith. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 1, 1951 and received the name Sister Alice Madeline. She professed her first vows in 1953 and her final vows in 1958.

     Sister Alice Madeline received her BS in Education from Fordham University, Bronx, NY, 1958; her MA in Social Studies from St. John University, Queens, NY, 1963 and a Certificate in Theological Pastoral Education, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, New York, NY 1983.

     Sister Alice Madeline taught in the Archdiocese of New York in St. Brendan School, Bronx, NY (1953-1958); then taught in the Syracuse Diocese in St. Mary’s School, Fulton, NY (1958-1960). Returning to New York, Sister Alice taught at Albertus Magnus High School, Bardonia, NY (1960-1967). Sr. Alice taught and was an administrative assistant at Msgr. Scanlan High School, Bronx, NY (1967-1981) For the next twenty years,

    Sister Alice served as Chaplain at Calvary Hospital, Bronx, NY (1981-2001). From 2001-2003, Sister Alice was on the staff of Dowling Gardens; Sparkill, NY then volunteered for many years in Siena Hall before retiring in 2015.   

     Sister Alice Madeline Smith is predeceased by her parents Joseph and Mary Smith, her brothers John, Joseph and Kenneth and her sister Annette Smith. She is survived by her sister, Teresa O’Neill, several nieces and nephews and their families, whom she dearly loved.

     Sister Alice Madeline Smith was a kind and gentle woman who made a difference in the lives of those who knew her. She served her God and congregation faithfully for more than sixty-seven years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We thank God for her life and her goodness and we pray she may enjoy the fullness of life in the presence of the God she loved and so faithfully served. We will miss her presence among us.

 

Sister Veronica Lanham, OP of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on October 23, 2018 in Siena Hall in Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY. She was 97 years old.

    Born in St. Louis, MO on October 25, 1920, Veronica was the daughter of Morris and Dora Brandt Lanham. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill
on July 16, 1938 and received the name Sister Miriam. She professed her first vows in 40 and her final vows in 1945.

    Sister Veronica received her BS in History from St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, 1949 and her MA in Home Economics from Columbia University, New York, NY, 1956.

    During her more than fifty years in the Ministry of Education, Sister Veronica Lanham first served in the Diocese of Brooklyn at St. Teresa School; Woodside, NY (1940-1941) and then went to serve in the Archdiocese of St. Louis at Epiphany School, St. Louis, MO. (1941-1949). Sister Veronica returned to the New York Archdiocese and taught at St. Martin of Tours School, Bronx, NY (1949-1955); St. John Chrysostom School, Bronx, NY (1955-1956); Aquinas High School, Bronx, NY (1956-1967) and Msgr. Scanlan High School, Bronx, NY (1967-1978; 1983-1986). From 1978-1982, Sister Veronica was the manager at Thorpe Senior Center; Sparkill, NY. In 1986, Sister Veronica returned to St. Louis and taught at St. Kevin School, (1986-1990) and continued to reside in St. Kevin’s Convent until 2001 when she came to Dominican Convent. 

    Sister Veronica Lanham is predeceased by her parents Maurice and Dora Brandt Lanham, her brother Eugene, and sisters Frances Bresnahan, Dolores Schellert and Virginia Vierling. She is survived by her brother-in-law Robert Vierling, and her many nieces and nephews and their families whom she adored.

    Sister Veronica Lanham was a kind woman who made a difference in the lives of those who knew her. She served her God and congregation faithfully for more than eighty years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We thank God for her life and her goodness and we pray she may enjoy the fullness of life in the presence of the God she loved and so faithfully served. We will miss her presence among us.

 

Sister Jane Tyler, OP of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on October 20, 2018 in Siena Hall in Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY. She was 88 years old.

    Born in New York, NY on February 5, 1930, Jane was the daughter of William and Theresa O’Shaughnessy Tyler. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on February 2, 1949 and received the name Sister William Therese. She professed her first vows in 1950 and her final vows in 1955.

   Sister Jane received her BS in Elementary Education from Fordham University, Bronx, NY, 1957; her MS in Business Education from Hunter College, New York, NY, 1976 and a MS in Computer Science from Iona College, New Rochelle, New York, 1989.

   During her more than fifty-six years in the ministry of education, Sister Jane Tyler served in the Archdiocese of New York at St. Brendan School; Bronx, NY (1950-1953) St. Rita School, Bronx, NY (1953-1959) before going to the Brooklyn Diocese serving in St. Teresa School, Woodside, NY (1959-1966). Sr. Jane returned to the New York Archdiocese to St. Ann School (1967-1968); St. Vito School, Mamaroneck, NY (1968-1969). For the next thirty-seven years, Sister Jane ministered at Msgr. Scanlan High School; Bronx, NY (1969-2006) as a business and computer studies teacher before becoming the General Manager at Park Avenue Thorpe, Bronx, NY (2006-2011). In 2018, Sister Jane retired to Dominican Convent.

    Sister Jane Tyler is predeceased by her parents William and Theresa O’Shaughnessy Tyler and her sister Theresa McBride. She is survived by her sister Mary Tyler, her nieces, a nephew and their families whom she adored.

    Sister Jane Tyler was a kind and gracious woman who made a difference in the lives of those who knew her. She served her God and congregation faithfully for more than seventy years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We thank God for her life and her goodness and we pray she may enjoy the fullness of life in the presence of the God she loved and so faithfully served. We will miss her presence among us.

 

Sister Eileen Michele Looney, OP of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on October 18, 2018 in Montefiore Nyack Hospital, Nyack, NY. She was 79 years old.

     Born in New York, NY on February 1, 1939, Virginia (Ginger) was the daughter of Michael and Marie Ryan Looney. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1957 and received the name Sister Eileen Michele. She professed her first vows in 1959 and her final vows in 1964.

    For more than thirty years, Sister Eileen Michele ministered in the field of childcare. She served from 1959–1966 at Cardinal McCloskey Home in White Plains, NY, from 1966-1968 at St. Ignatius Day Nursery in Manhattan, and then returned to Cardinal McCloskey from 1968-1980. For one year, 1980-1981, Sister Eileen Michele worked at Manhattanville College as an administrative assistant before going to Easton, MD. For the next 29 years, Sister Eileen Michele’s clerical skills were invaluable at St. Peter and Paul School from 1981-1991 and then at the Chesapeake Head Injury Center until 2010. In 2016 Sister Eileen came to Dominican Convent where she resided until her death.

    Sister Eileen Michelle is predeceased by her parents Michael and Marie Ryan Looney and her sister Eileen Lundgren. She is survived by her dear friends, Sr. Genevieve Marie Dorrian, Peg Dorrian, Katherine Smith, Barbara Houston, and Jeannie Jorge.

    Sister Eileen Michele was a gentle woman whose positive attitude and joy-filled spirit made a difference in the lives of those who knew her, especially during these last two years at Dominican Convent. She served her God and her congregation faithfully for over sixty years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We thank God for her life and her goodness, and we pray that she may enjoy the fullness of life in the presence of the God she loved and so faithfully served. We will miss her presence among us.

 

Sister Marie O’Donnell, OP of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on September 13, 2018 in Montefiore Nyack Hospital, Nyack, NY. She was 83 years old.

    Born in Brooklyn, NY on May 15, 1935, Marie (aka Bridget Mary) was the daughter of Edward and Ellen (Nellie) Carroll O’Donnell. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 7, 1952 and received the name Sister Ellen Edward. She professed her first vows in 1954 and her final vows in 1959.

    Sister Marie O’Donnell received her BS in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY, 1964; her MA in History from Manhattan College, Bronx, NY, 1971; she also held Certification in School Administration and Supervision in New York State.

    During her more than fifty-six years in the Ministry of Education, Sister Marie O’Donnell served in St. Paul School; Norwich, NY (1954-1962) and in the Archdiocese of New York at St. Martin of Tours School, Bronx, NY (1962-1967) before becoming principal at Sacred Heart School; Monroe, NY (1967-1978). For the next thirty-two years, Sr. Marie ministered at Msgr. Scanlan High School; Bronx, NY (1978-2010) as a teacher of history, principal and assistant administrator before coming to Dominican Convent in 2013.

    Sister Marie O’Donnell is predeceased by her parents Edward and Ellen Carroll O’Donnell and her brother Michael. She is survived by several nephews and nieces and their families whom she adored.

    Sister Marie O’Donnell was a kind and gracious woman who made a difference in the lives of those who knew her. She served her God and congregation faithfully for sixty-six years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We thank God for her life and her goodness and we pray she may enjoy the fullness of life in the presence of the God she loved and so faithfully served. We will miss her presence among us.



Sister Patricia Egan, OP of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on August 24, 2018 in Dominican Convent’s Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY. She was 82 years old.

    Born in the Bronx, NY on August 28, 1935, Patricia was the daughter of John and Mary Kelly Egan. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1953 and received the name Sister John Michael. She professed her first vows in 1955 and her final vows in 1960.

    Sister Patricia Egan received her BS in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY 1958; her MA in Mathematics from Manhattan College, Bronx, NY 1968; and also did additional studies at Providence College, Rhode Island.

    During her forty-four years in the ministry of education, Sister Patricia Egan served in the Archdiocese of New York at St. Rose of Lima School, NYC (1956-1958). For three years, Sister Patricia taught in the Archdiocese of St. Louis at St. Thomas More School (1958-1961) returning then to NY to teach at Albertus Magnus High School, Bardonia, NY (1961-1965); St. Helena High School Bronx, NY (1965-1970); Rosary Academy, Sparkill, NY (1970-1977); and Aquinas High School, Bronx, NY (1977-1993). From 1993 to 2000, Sister Patricia taught at St. Joseph High School in Oradell, NJ before coming to Dominican Convent to work in the Centralized Health Office until 2009. 

    Sister Patricia Egan is predeceased by her parents John and Mary Kelly Egan and her siblings Mary (Bowen), John, Irene (Murphy), Michael, Alex, Helen (Woods), and Gerard. She is survived by her sister, Anne O’Toole, and many nieces and nephews whom Sister Pat adored.

    Sister Patricia Egan was a kind and gracious woman who made a difference in the lives of those who knew her. She served her God and congregation faithfully for sixty-five years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We thank God for her life and her goodness and we pray she may enjoy the fullness of life in the presence of the God she loved and so faithfully served. We will dearly miss her presence among us.

 

Sister Joanne Deas, OP, of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on August 21, 2018 in Dominican Convent’s Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY. She was 82 years old.

    Born in Mt. Vernon, NY on January 22, 1936, Joanne was the daughter of Arthur and Anna Houlihan Deas. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1953 and received the name Sister Theresa Anne. She professed her first vows in 1955 and her final vows in 1960.

    Sister Joanne Deas received her BS in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY 1958; her MS in Supervision and Administration from Fordham University, Bronx, NY 1975; she also studied at Ohio Wesleyan University and Manhattan College.

    During her twenty-two years in the ministry of education, Sister Joanne Deas served in the Archdiocese of New York at St. Rose of Lima School, NYC (1955-1960); Our Lady of Grace School, Bronx (1960-1964); St. Paul School in Valley Cottage (1962-1967), and again at St. Rose of Lima School (1967-1970); and she returned to Our Lady of Grace School as Principal (1970-1977). From 1977 to 1984, Sister Joanne served as Business Manager at Albertus Magnus High School, Bardonia, NY. She served as treasurer of the Dominican Sisters of the Sick Poor in Ossining, NY from 1984-1987, and worked in Dominican Convent’s finance office in Sparkill from 1987-1994. In 1994 she assumed the responsibilities of Administrator of Dominican Convent in Sparkill, a position she held until 2017.

    Sister Joanne Deas is predeceased by her parents Arthur and Anna Houlihan Deas. She is survived by her sister, Sister Jeanne Deas, OP, and cousins William and Dorothy Mulhern and their children, Beth, John and Mark; Joan and William Tully and their children Anne, Mary and William; Cynthia and Gerry Molnar; Michael and Mary Alice Farrell; and the many Kingsley cousins, her many friends, as well as the members of her beloved congregation.

    Sister Joanne Deas was a kind and gracious woman who made a difference in the lives of those who knew her. She served her God and congregation faithfully for sixty-five years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We thank God for her life and her goodness and we pray she may enjoy in the fullness of life in the presence of the God she loved and so faithfully served. We will miss her presence among us.

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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