Sister Margaret John Dunne, OP, of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, NY, died peacefully on September 20, 2021, in Siena Hall, Dominican Convent. She was 92 years old.
Born in Springfield Gardens, NY, on February 15, 1929, Eileen was the daughter of John and Margaret McManus Dunne. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1947, and received the name Sister Margaret John. She professed her first vows in 1949 and final vows in 1954.
Sister Margaret John received a BS in Education from St. John University, 1958; an MA in Classics from Catholic University, Washington, DC, 1966; and a degree in Nursing from Rockland Community College, NY, 1995.
Sister Margaret John began her teaching ministry at St. Rose of Lima School, New York, NY (1949-1951); St. Mary School, Fulton, NY (1951-1953); St. Edmund School, Brooklyn, NY (1953-1960), St. Edmund HS (1960-1967), Brooklyn, NY; Holy Trinity HS, Hicksville, NY (1967-1980). From 1980-1995, Sister Margaret John served in the Office of Financial Services, Sparkill, NY. Upon receiving her degree in Nursing, she served the Dominican Sisters of Hope, Newburgh, NY (1995-1998). From 1999-2006, Sister Margaret John served as financial assistant for the Sisters of Mercy, Hartsdale, NY. From 2006-2013, she served in congregational services in Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY.
Sister Margaret John is predeceased by her parents John and Margaret McManus Dunne and her brothers, Thomas, John, and Francis. She is survived by nieces and nephews and her Dominican family. Through her ministry of education, nursing care, and financial expertise, Sister Margaret John touched the lives of children and adults. Her commitment to the mission and goal of the Dominican Sisters for almost 75 years was evident in her proclaiming the word of God through ministry for justice and reverence and compassion for all. May she be welcomed into the fullness of God’s presence—well done, good and faithful servant, Sister Margaret John Dunne. May you rest in peace.