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Sisters' Obituaries 2019

Sister Thérèse Tangney, OP of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on may 7, 2019 in Montefiore Nyack Hospital, Nyack, NY. She was 92 years old.

   The daughter of Nicholas and Teresa Whelan Tangney, Thérèse was born in New York, NY on April 5, 1927. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8,1953 and received the name Sister Gerald Thérèse.  She professed her first vows in 1955 and final vows in 1960.

   Sister Thérèse received her BA in History, 1950, Hunter College, New York, NY; MA in English,1963, Fordham University; MA in Liturgy, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 1974.

   Sister Thérèse taught in the Archdiocese of New York in Aquinas High School, Bronx, NY  (1950-1953, 1956-1960); St. Joseph School, Bronx, NY (1955-1956); St. Helena School, Bronx, NY (1960-1962), Msgr. Scanlan HS (1966-1976); and served as Director of Religious Education, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Tuxedo, NY (1978-1980); and Chaplain and Office Assistant, Westchester Development & Disability Services(1980-1999). In the Brooklyn Diocese, she taught at St. Teresa School, Woodside, NY (1962-1966). Sr. Thérèse was a member of the Dominican Convent House of Prayer from 1976-1978 and provided support services at Dowling Gardens, Sparkill, NY from 2002-2011. She resided in Dominican Convent since 2009.

   Sister Thérèse is predeceased by her parents Nicholas and Theresa Whelan Tangney and her siblings, Nicholas, Margaret D’Arcy, and Gerald.  She is survived by her sister, Cora Tanner, sister-in-law Grace Tangney, and many nieces and nephews.

   Sister Thérèse Tangney was a woman who made difference in the lives of the many students she taught as classroom teacher and in her pastoral ministry to the elderly and disabled. She proclaimed the Word of God as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill for 66 years. We thank God for her life in community and pray for her as she enters into the eternal presence of the God she faithfully served. We will miss her presence among us.

 

Sister Patricia Saunders died on April 25, 2019 in Siena Hall in Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY. She was 81 years old.

    Born in New York, NY on April 15, 1938, Patricia was the daughter of Martin and Agnes Travis Saunders. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1962 and received the name Sister Patricia Martin. She professed her first vows in 1964 and her final vows in 1969.

    Sister Patricia Saunders received her BA in Social Studies, St. John’s University, Queens, NY 1962; MA in Counseling Education, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 1974.

    Sister Patricia taught in the Archdiocese of New York in St. Agnes School and Home, Sparkill, NY (1962-1963); Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, Middletown, NY (1966-1969); and St. Christopher School, Red Hook, NY (1973-1975); in the Brooklyn Diocese in Our Lady of Perpetual Help School (1969-1973); and in the Rockville Centre Diocese in Holy Family School, Hicksville, NY (1964-1966 and 1975-1989). From 1989 to 2007, Sister Patricia was Director of Religious Education at St. Anthony Church in Brooksville, FL, and Director of Faith Formation at St. Anne’s Church, Ridge Manor, FL from 2007-2015. Sister Patricia retired and resided in Dominican Convent Siena Hall.

    Sister Patricia Saunders is predeceased by her parents Martin and Agnes Travis Saunders. She is survived by her sister, Susan Fray, brother-in-law Edward Fray, niece Denise, nephew Brian, cousins, and friends.

    Sister Patricia Saunders was a woman who made difference in the lives of the many students as classroom teacher and in her faith formation ministry. She served her God faithfully for fifty-seven years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We thank God for her life in community and pray for her as she enters the fullness of God’s presence. We will miss her presence among us.

 

Sister Jane Carmel Dwyer of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on February 25, 2019 in Montefiore Nyack Hospital in Nyack, NY. She was 77 years old.

    Born in New York, NY on August 28,1941, Denise Ann was the daughter of Francis and Mary Stoll Dwyer. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1960 and received the name Sister Jane Carmel. She professed her first vows in 1962 and her final vows in 1967.

    Sister Jane Carmel received her BS in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY, 1965; her MS in Education from Fordham University, Bronx, NY, 1985.

    Sister Jane Carmel taught in the Archdiocese of New York in St. John Chrysostom School, Bronx, NY (1962-1965); Most Precious Blood School, Walden (1969-1971); St. Anthony School, Nanuet (1984-2003); in the Brooklyn Diocese in St. Mary Magdalen School, Springfield Gardens, NY (1965-1969); and Our Lady of Perpetual Help School (1971-1983). From 2003-2007, Sister Jane Carmel was a staff member of Spirit Alive, Sparkill, NY. Sister Jane Carmel was retired and a resident in Dominican Convent Siena Hall.

   Sister Jane Carmel was predeceased by her parents Francis and Mary Stoll Dwyer and her sisters Eileen and Patricia. She is survived by her brother-in-law, Joseph Zanga, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

    Sister Jane Carmel was a woman who made a difference in the lives of the many students she taught. She served her God and congregation faithfully for fifty-nine years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We thank God for her life in community and we pray she will enjoy the fullness of the presence of the God. We will miss her presence among us.

 

Sister Mary Casey died on February 18, 2019 in Siena Hall in Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY. She was 83 years old.

    Born in New York, NY on January 31, 1936, Mary Veronica was the daughter of Michael and Delia Durcan Casey. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1954 and received the name Sister Michael Marie. She professed first vows in 1956 and final vows in 1961.

    Sister Mary received her BS in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY, 1959, and her MS in Education from City College of New York, NY, 1974.

    Sister Mary taught in the Archdiocese of New York in NY at St. Anthony School, Nanuet, NY (1956-1958); Sacred Heart School, Suffern, NY (1958-1961); and Our Lady of Mt Carmel School, Middletown, NY (1961-1962). Sister Mary taught in the Syracuse Diocese in St. Paul’s School, Norwich, NY (1962-1965) and returned to the Archdiocese of New York to Our Lady of Grace School, Bronx, NY (1965-1969). From 1969-1972, Sister Mary taught in the Brooklyn Diocese in St. Teresa School, Woodside, NY. Sister Mary continued her educational ministry at the following schools in the Archdiocese of New York:  St. Brendan’s School, Bronx, NY (1972-1991); Immaculate Conception School, Bronx, NY (1991-1992); and Annunciation School, Crestwood, NY (1992-1995). From 1995-2016 Sister Mary served as  administrative assistant and medical secretary at Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY.

    Sister Mary Casey was predeceased by her parents Michael and Delia Durcan Casey and brothers James, Walter, Joseph, Francis, and John. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews.

    Sister Mary Casey was a kind and gentle woman who made a difference in the lives of those who were taught and or touched by her presence. She served her God and congregation faithfully for more than sixty-four 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.

 

Sister Rose Michele O'Rourke died on February 17, 2019 in Siena Hall in Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY. She was 81 years old.

    Born in Bronx, NY on April 4, 1937, Marion Rose was the daughter of Michael and Bertha Blanken O’Rourke. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1954 and received the name Sister Rose Michele. She professed her first vows in 1956 and her final vows in 1961.

    Sister Rose Michele received her BS in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY, 1959; her MS in Library Science from St John University, NY, in 1965; and an MS in Religious Education from Fordham University, Bronx, NY, in 1973.

    Sister Rose Michele taught at St. Agnes Home and School, Sparkill, NY (1956-1958); in the Brooklyn Diocese at St. Teresa School, Woodside, NY (1958-1960) and at St. Mary Magdalen School, Springfield Gardens, NY (1960-1966). In the Archdiocese of New York, Sister Rose Michele taught at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, Middletown, NY (1966-1968); St. Anthony School, Bronx, NY (1968-1969); Cathedral High School (1969-1970); and St. Vito School, Mamaroneck, NY (1970-1972). From 1972-1977, Sister Rose Michele taught in the Diocese of Rockville Center at Holy Family School, Hicksville, NY.  Returning to ministry in the Archdiocese of New York, Sister Rose Michele taught at Most Precious Blood School, Walden NY (1977-1978). From 1978 until 2018, Sister Rose Michele served in catechetical ministry as Director of Religious Education at Sacred Heart Parish in Monroe, NY.

    Sister Rose Michele was predeceased by her parents, Michael and Bertha Blanken O’Rourke, and her brothers, Thomas and John O’Rourke.

    Sister Rose Michele O’Rourke made a difference in the lives of countless children and adults in her ministry in the classroom and in religious education and formation. She served her God and congregation faithfully for more than sixty-five years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We thank God for her life, presence, and commitment. As she is welcomed into the fullness of God’s presence, Sister Rose Michele will be remembered by her Dominican Sisters, Associates, colleagues, and all who were touched by her life.

 

 

 

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