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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 dearly 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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