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Sisters' Obituaries 2020

Sister Theresa Angelo Girolamo died on June 27, 2020 in Siena Hall, Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY. She was 80 years old.

    Born in Bronx, New York on June 30, 1939, Stella Constance was the daughter of Ralph and Stella Lukasewski Girolamo. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1958 and received the name Sister Theresa Angelo. She professed first vows in 1960 and final vows in 1965.

    Sister Theresa Angelo earned a BS in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY, 1963, and an MNS in Earth Science from the University of Oklahoma, 1973.

    Sister Theresa Angelo’s teaching ministry included: St. Agnes Home & School, Sparkill, NY (1958-1961); St. Catherine of Siena School, NYC (1961-1966); St. Paul, Norwich, NY (1966-1968); Holy Trinity HS, Hicksville, NY (1968-1978); St. Rose of Lima, NYC (1978-1983); and Aquinas HS, Bronx, NY (1983-1994). In 1994, Sister Theresa Angelo responded to the needs of immigrant families at St. Rita’s Center for Immigrant and Refugees Services, Bronx, NY, as Coordinator of the ESL State Program (1994-2005); Assistant Director (2005-2015); and Director (2015-2019). She retired to Dominican Convent in 2019.

    Sister Theresa Angelo is predeceased by her parents Ralph and Stella Lukasewski Girolamo. She is survived by her sister Amy Cammerato, her brothers Ralph and Vincent (Rosemary), and her beloved nieces and nephews and their children.

    Sister Theresa Angelo touched the lives of countless children, teens  and adults in her ministry of education and her ministry at St. Rita Center for Immigrant and Refugee Services. For more than 62 years, she proclaimed the reign of God through ministry for justice, particularly as she welcomed and assisted new immigrant and refugee families to our country. The Dominican Sisters thank God for her presence in our lives. Well done, good and faithful servant, Sister Theresa Angelo Girolamo.

 

Sister Cecilia Ann Flynn died on April 16, 2020 in Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY. She was 90 years old.

    Born in New York City on March 9, 1930, Teresa was the daughter of Michael and Sarah Hyland Flynn. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on February 8, 1948 and received the name Sister Cecilia Ann. She professed her first vows in 1949 and final vows in 1954.

    Sister Cecilia Ann received a BS in Education from Fordham University, Bronx, NY in 1960; and an MS in Religious Education from Fordham University in 1970. She earned Administration credits from Fordham University, 1973.

     Sister Cecilia Ann’s many years of ministry in education included serving at Cardinal McCloskey Home and School, White Plains, NY (1949-1958); St. Catherine of Siena School, New York, NY (1958-1960); Holy Family School, Hicksville, NY (1960-1967); Our Lady of Grace School, Bronx, NY (1967-1968); Principal, St. Catherine Laboure School, Lake Katrine, NY (1968-1973); Principal, St. Brendan School, Bronx, NY (1973-1977); Aquinas High School, Bronx, NY (1977-1984). From 1984 until 1989, Sister Cecilia was the staff organizer at the Crotona Community Coalition before becoming the housing specialist at Thorpe Family Residence, Bronx, NY (1989-2005). From 2005 until 2007, Sr. Cecilia Ann worked to assist seniors living in the Belmont section of the Bronx.

    Sister Cecilia Ann is predeceased by her parents Michael and Sarah Hyland Flynn and her brother, Bernard. She is survived by her sisters Sr. Florence Mary Flynn, OP, Barbara Larrea (Leo), Genevieve Murphy (Charles-deceased) and brother Joseph Hyland (Lisa) along with several nieces and nephews.

    Sister Cecilia Ann touched the lives of countless people in her teaching ministry and her ministry in housing. She was committed to the mission of the Dominican Sisters for more than 72 years, proclaiming the word of God through ministry for justice. May she be welcomed into the fullness of God’s presence—well done good and faithful servant, Sister Cecilia Ann Flynn.

 

Sister Marianne Morelli died on April 9, 2020 in Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY. She was 84 years old.

    Born in New York City on May 1, 1935, Marianne was the daughter of Charles and Carmela Marchese Morelli. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1953 and received the name Sister Carmel Marie. She professed her first vows in 1955 and final vows in 1960.

    Sister Marianne received a BS in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY in 1958; and an MA in Mathematics from Manhattan College, Bronx, NY in 1969.

    Sister Marianne’s ministry in education includes St. Agnes Home & School, Sparkill, NY (1955 -1956); Our Lady of Grace School, Bronx, NY (1956-1958); St. James School, Carmel, NY (1958-1961); St. Edmund HS, Brooklyn, NY (1961-1972); Albertus Magnus HS, Bardonia, NY (1972-1985); and Bergen Catholic HS (1985-1994). From 1995-2011, Sister Marianne was Market Coordinator for Dowling Gardens, Sparkill, NY.

    Sister Marianne is predeceased by her parents Charles and Carmela Marchese Morelli and her brother, Anthony Michael. She is survived by her nieces Edythe and Maryanne and nephews Charles and Joseph.

    Sister Marianne touched the lives of countless people in her teaching ministry and ministry to the elderly. She was committed to the mission of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill for more than 66 years, proclaiming the word of God through ministry for justice.May she be welcomed into the fullness of God’s presence—well done good and faithful servant, Sister Marianne Morelli.

 

                                                                                                                                     Sister Rose Marie Duchesne died on April 3, 2020 in Siena Hall, Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY. She was 78 years old.

    Born in New York on March 16, 1942, Rose Marie was the daughter of Delbert and Miriam Walker Duchesne. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1960 and received the name Sister Francis Miriam. She professed her first vows in 1962 and final vows in 1967.

   Sister Rose Marie received a BS in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY, 1965 and an MS in Education from City University of New York, 1975. She earned Administration credits from Manhattan College, Bronx, NY, 1998.

    Sister Rose Marie began her teaching ministry at St. John Chrysostom School, Bronx, NY (1962-1973); then Msgr. Scanlan High School, Bronx, NY (1973-1978); St. Helena Commercial High School (1978-1996) as teacher and (1996-2002) as principal; and Cardinal Hayes High School, Bronx, NY (2003-2012).

    Sister Rose Marie is predeceased by her parents Delbert and Miriam Walker Duchesne. She is survived by her sister, Miriam Duchesne.

    Sister Rose Marie touched the lives of countless children and teenagers in her ministry of education. Beloved by students and colleagues alike, she empowered her students to learn and appreciate mathematics. She lived the congregation’s goal in proclaiming the Word of God through ministry for justice for more than 59 years. May she be welcomed into the fullness of God’s presence—well done, good and faithful servant!

 

Sister Ann Louise DeGennaro died on March 31, 2020 in Siena Hall, Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY. She was 102 years old.

    Born in Brooklyn, NY on August 9, 1917, Madeline was the daughter of Louis and Anna Lanzaro DeGennaro. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on July 16, 1939 and received the name Sister Ann Louise. She professed her first vows in 1941 and her final vows in 1946.

    Sister Ann Louise received her BS in Education from St. John’s University, Queens, NY, in 1955; Day Care studies at City College, New York, NY 1976.

    Sister Ann Louise ministered at the following places: St. Mary School, Fulton, NY (1941-1942 as teacher, 1969-1970 as Principal); St. Ignatius Day Nursery, NYC (1942-1944 and 1970-1980) as Director and Administrator; St. Paul School, Norwich, NY (1944-1946); Cardinal McCloskey Home & School (1946-1948); St. Teresa School, Woodside, NY (1948-1967); St. Theresa School, Bronx, NY (1967-1969). From 1980-1988, Sister Ann Louise was a staff member at Siena Hall, Dominican Convent. She continued in volunteer service in Dominican Convent until 2011.

    Sister Ann Louise is predeceased by her parents Louis and Anna Lanzaro DeGennaro and her brothers Pat, Frank and Louis.

    Sister Ann Louise made a difference in the lives of countless young people in her ministry of education and childcare. She was committed to the mission of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill for more than 80 years, proclaiming the Word of God through ministry for justice. May she be welcomed into the fullness of God’s presence—well done, good and faithful servant!

 

Sister Winifred Marie O’Halloran died on March 16, 2020 in Siena Hall, Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY. She was 92 years old.

   Born in New York City October 30, 1927 Mary Theresa was the daughter of Michael and Winifred Cloonan O’Halloran. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8,1949 and received the name Sister Winifred Marie. She professed her first vows in 1951 and final vows in 1956.

    Sister Winifred Marie received a BS in Education from Fordham University, Bronx, NY,1956; an MA in Business from the College of St. Rose, Albany, NY, 1964; Certification in Sacred Theology, Providence College, RI, 1969; and certification in Administration and Supervision, State University of New York, Plattsburgh, NY, 1973.

    Sister Winifred Marie began her ministry of education at St. Rose of Lima School, NY, NY (1951-1956); Sacred Heart, Suffern, NY (1956-1958); St. Helena Commercial HS, Bronx, NY (1958-1970); and assistant principal Aquinas HS, Bronx, NY (1970-1974). From 1974-2002, Sister Winifred Marie served as Educational Systems Coordinator at the Data Center of the Archdiocese of New York. From 2002 until 2012, she served in community services in Dominican Convent.

    Sister Winifred Marie is predeceased by her parents Michael and Winifred Cloonan O’Halloran, her sister Margaret Pancoast (Harry), and brothers Thomas (Mary Beth) and Bernard. She is survived by her brother Michael (Patricia) and loving nieces and nephews.

    Through her ministry of education, Sister Winifred Marie touched the lives of many students, parents, and colleagues by her warmth and generosity. She was committed to the Mission of the Dominican Sisters for more than 70 years proclaiming the Word of God in word and deed. May she be welcomed into the fullness of God’s presence—well done good and faithful servant, Sister Winifred..

 

Sister Marie Jean Dempsey died on March 6, 2020 in Siena Hall, Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY. She was 99 years old.

    Born in Brooklyn, NY on June 24, 1920, Joan Marie was the daughter of John and Alice Mara Dempsey. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 2, 1938 and received the name Sister Marie Jean. She professed her first vows in 1940 and final vows in 1945.

    Sister Marie Jean received her BA in English from Manhattan College, Bronx, NY, 1946; her MA in English from St John University, NY,1952; and a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University, NY, 1965. She also studied at the Maryknoll School of Theology. In 1977, Sister Marie Jean received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa, from St. Thomas Aquinas College.

    Sister Marie Jean taught at St. Agnes Home and School, Sparkill, NY (1940-1941); St. Rita School, Bronx, NY (1941); St. Helena School, Bronx, NY (1941-1946); Cardinal McCloskey, White Plains, NY (1946-1948); Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Richmond Hill, NY (1948-1949); Sacred Heart School, Suffern, NY (1949-1950); Aquinas High School, Bronx, NY (1950-1960); Albertus Magnus High School, Bardonia, NY (1960-1963); St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY (1963-1972, 1980-1998) as Professor of English, Professor of Humanities and also served as Academic Dean. From 1972-1980, Sister Marie Jean was the President of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill. Her ministry of service continued in Dominican Convent and Dowling Gardens, Sparkill, NY until 2005.

    Sister Marie Jean is predeceased by her parents John and Alice Mara Dempsey.

    Sister Marie Jean Dempsey made a difference in the lives of countless young people in her ministry of education. She shared her leadership skills as President in carrying forward the mission of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill to proclaim the Word of God through ministry for justice. May she be welcomed into the fullness of God’s presence—well done good and faithful servant, Sister Marie Jean.

 

Sister Carolyn Bell died on February 8, 2020 in Siena Hall, Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY. She was 89 years old.

  Born in Jennings, MO on November 15, 1930 Loretta Carolyn was the daughter of Harold and Loretta Karcher Bell. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1949 and received the name Sister Mary Carolyn. She professed her first vows in 1951 and final vows in 1956.

  Sister Carolyn received a BS in Education from Webster College, St Louis, MO, 1959; she attended St. Louis University for Religious Studies, 1974; and earned CPE units from St. Mary’s Health Center.

  Sister Carolyn ministered at Cardinal McCloskey Home and School, White Plains, NY (1951-1952); in St. Louis, MO at St. James the Greater School (1952-1957,1966-1968, 1970-1975); Little Flower School (1957-1966); and Holy Redeemer School (1969-1970). From 1968-1969, Sr. Carolyn taught at St. Catherine School, Binghamton, NY. From 1975-2002, Sister Carolyn served in pastoral ministry in St. Louis, MO: Maria Fonte Monastery (1975-1976); St. Mark Parish (1976-1978); St. Joseph Hospital (1978-1979); St. Louis State Hospital (1979-1980); St. Joseph Hospital (1980-1987); Our Lady of the Snows Apartment Community, Belleville, IL (1987-1991); DePaul Health Center (1991-1997); and St. John Mercy Medical Center (1997-2002).

  Sister Carolyn was predeceased by her parents Harold and Loretta Karcher Bell, her sister Mary, her nephew Rich, and her niece Cindy. She is survived by her brothers Joseph (Marilyn), Alexis (Helen - deceased), her sister Patricia Kelley, and several nieces and nephews.

  Sister Carolyn Bell made a difference in the lives of countless children and adults in her educational and pastoral ministry. She served her God and congregation faithfully for more than 70 years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We thank God for her life, her presence, and her commitment as she is welcomed into the fullness of God’s presence. Sister Carolyn Bell will be remembered by her Dominican Sisters, Associates, colleagues and all who were touched by her life. Well done, good and faithful servant, Sister Carolyn.

 

Sister Katherine Bernard Gaffney died on January 1, 2020 in Siena Hall, Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY. She was 91 years old. 

   Born in Bronx, NY, on August 9,1928, Margaret was the daughter of Bernard and Katherine O’Brien Gaffney. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8,1946 and received the name Sister Katherine Bernard. She professed her first vows in 1948 and final vows in 1953.

    Sister Katherine Bernard received her BS in Education from Fordham University, Bronx, NY, 1951; MS in Chemistry, Villanova University, PA, 1964; and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Notre Dame University, IN, 1968. She received Certification in Spiritual Direction from Our Lady of Peace Spiritual Center.

    Sister Katherine Bernard ministered at St. Brendan School, Bronx, NY (1948-1953); St. Rose of Lima School, NYC (1953-1957); Albertus Magnus High School, Bardonia, NY (1957-1964); St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY as professor and Chair of the Science Department (1968-1972); Dominican Sisters Executive Team Member (1972-1980); Our Lady of Peace Spiritual Center, Narragansett, RI, Spiritual Director Intern (1981-1982). From 1982-2012, Sister Katherine served as Co-Administrator/ Director of the Corazon Community, Glasco, NY, a spirituality/hospitality program of the Dominican Sisters.

    Sister Katherine Bernard is predeceased by her parents Bernard and Katherine O’Brien Gaffney, her brother Bernard (Mary) and her brother Robert. She is survived by her sister Katherine Ryan (John); sister-in-law Madeline Gaffney, and many nieces and nephews.

    Sister Katherine Bernard touched the lives of countless children and adults in her ministry as teacher, congregational leader, program administrator, and spiritual director. She was committed to the mission of the Dominican Sisters for more 73 years, proclaiming the Word of God through a ministry for justice. May she be welcomed into the fullness of God’s presence. Well done, good and faithful servant, Sister Katherine Bernard Gaffney.

 

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