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Sisters Obituaries 2013

 

Sister Marie Helena Phelan, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on December 27, 2013 in Siena Hall. Born in the New York City on October 20, 1917 Agnes Rose was the daughter of Alexander and Agnes Doyle Phelan. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on February 2, 1941 and became known as Sister Marie Helena, professing her first vows in 1942 and her final vows in 1947.

     Sister Marie Helena earned a BA in English from Manhattan College in 1952. Sister was a teacher who served in the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn. She taught at St. Edmund, Brooklyn , NY (1944-45); St. Joseph, Bronx, NY (1945-49); St. Mary Magdalen, Springfield Gardens, NY (1949-54); St. James, Carmel, NY (1954-58); St. Brendan, Bronx, NY (1958-62); St. Anthony, Yonkers, NY (1962-68); Our Lady of Grace, Bronx, NY (1968-70); St. Martin of Tours, Bronx, NY (1970-71) and St. Paul, Valley Cottage, NY—as teacher (1971-93) and as volunteer (1993-2007). In 2007 she became a resident in Siena Hall at Dominican Convent.

     Sister Marie Helena is predeceased by her parents, her brothers John and Alexander and her sister, Sr. Rose Agnes Phelan, OP. She is survived by her niece Patricia Phelan of Florida. Sister Marie Helena enjoyed her time with the children she taught and was committed to the work that was so much a part of her life. She was faithful to the God she loved and to the life she chose as a Dominican sister. We are grateful for her seventy-two years in the congregation and we thank God for her life and her goodness. May the Lord shine His light upon her and give her eternal rest in the kingdom of heaven.

 

Sister Marie McNamee, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on December 16, 2013 in Nyack Hospital. Born in the New York City on April 27, 1928, Marie was the daughter of Thomas and Catherine McCormack McNamee. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1951 and became known as Sister Catherine Michael, professing her first vows in 1953 and her final vows in 1958. 

     Sister Marie earned a BS in Education from Fordham University in 1958; MA in Spanish Literature from St. John University in 1968; PhD in Spanish Literature from the University of Madrid, Spain in 1971. Sr. Marie was recipient of the Bilingual Education Fellowship Award at Columbia University in 1981.

Sister Marie was teacher, professor and administrator who served in the Archdiocese of New York and the Dioceses of Brooklyn, Albany, Easton, MD and Camden, NJ. She taught at St. Rita, Bronx, NY (1953-58); St. Mary Magdalen, Springfield Gardens, NY (1958-59); Sts. Peter & Paul HS, Easton, MD (1959-67) Cathedral HS, New York, NY (1967-69); St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY professor (1971-74) Academic Dean (1974-83); St. Anne Parish, Ruskin, FL (1983-84); St. Mary Academy, Glens Falls, NY (1983-84); College of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station, NJ (1985-89); Caldwell College, Caldwell, NJ (1989-2012). In 2012, Sister Marie retired and took up residency in Siena Hall at Dominican Convent.

 

Sister Marie is predeceased by her parents and two sisters, Sr. Mercedes McNamee, OP and Sr. Norbert McNamee, OP., both Dominican Sisters of Sparkill. She is survived by her cousin Noreen Fisher of Chicago, IL and many cousins in Ireland. We will remember Sister Marie for her dedication as a teacher, professor and administrator for over sixty years, for her pursuit of knowledge and for her willingness to explore new vistas in the field of education. She was committed to her life as a Dominican sister and remained faithful to her call for sixty-two years. We commend her to the God whom she loved, and we ask the good Lord to give her peace among the company of the saints in heaven.

 

Sister Annette Marie Carney, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on December 5, 2013. Born in the New York City on June 9, 1933, Dorothy was the daughter of George and Anne McBride Carney. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 7, 1952 and became known as Sister Annette Marie, professing her first vows in 1954 and her final vows in 1959.

      Sister Annette Marie earned a BA in Education from Fordham University and her Catechetical Certification from Dunwoodie Seminary, NY. Sister Annette Marie was an elementary school teacher and served in the Archdiocese of New York and the Dioceses of Syracuse and Brooklyn. She taught at St. Paul, Norwich, NY (1954-60); St. Pius X, Scarsdale, NY (1960-66); St. Teresa, Woodside, NY (1966-70) and St. Paul, Valley Cottage (1970-82). From 1982-2001 Sister Annette Marie became a full time Director of Religious Education at St. Paul, Valley Cottage. She had served in this capacity as an extra time ministry while teaching at St. Paul’s. From 2001-2005 she was a remedial reading teacher at the elementary school. When she retired in 2005 she offered local community service at Dominican Convent as the sacristan of Sacred Heart Chapel; as a tutor at the Dominican Learning Center and assisted in the Spirit Alive program for our sisters. In 2009 she became a resident in Siena Hall, and it was there that she died peacefully on December 5, 2013.

     Sister Annette Marie is predeceased by her parents and eight siblings. She is survived by her sister Rita Pollman (Henry) of Islip Terrace, NY; her sister-in-law Jacqueline Carney of Port Jefferson, NY and many nieces and nephews. Sister Annette Marie was an educator who taught for twenty years. She served as a Director of Religious Education for twenty-five years and was very involved in the life of the parish. She enjoyed her band “get togethers” and enjoyed a good time with them. She was faithful to the God she served for sixty-one years. We thank God for her life and her goodness. May the Lord shine His light upon her and give her eternal rest in the kingdom of heaven.

 

Sister Nora McArt, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on September 20, 2013 at the Joe Raso Hospice Home, New City, NY. Born in New York City, on November 16, 1944, Nora Teresa was the daughter of William and Mary Daly McArt. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1963 and became known as Sister Eileen Daniel, professing her first vows in 1965 and her final vows in 1970. 

     Sister Nora earned a BS in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, NY and an MS in Education from City College, NY. Sister Nora was an elementary school teacher and administrator serving in the Archdiocese of New York. She taught at St. John Chrysostom, Bronx, NY (1966-69) and served at St. Martin of Tours, Bronx, NY (1969–2006 as teacher; 2006-2011 as principal). Sister Nora was very involved in the life of St. Martin of Tours parish: she spent many hours outside of the classroom directing the Young People’s Choir; she was a member of the Parish Team and a Eucharistic Minister; she supervised the After School Enrichment program; and served on numerous parish committees. When St. Martin’s School closed, Sister Nora took up residence in the Motherhouse in Dominican Convent.

      Sister Nora is predeceased by her parents William and Mary McArt of Dublin City and Limerick, Ireland and her sister Sheila Purvis, Pearl River, NY. She is survived by her sister Eileen Dudzinski (John) of Wilmington, DE; her brother-in-law Bud Purvis of Wilmington, NC; her niece Karen Brunswick (Rhett) of Centerport, NY; her nephews Buddy Purvis (Kathryn) of Nanuet, NY, Tom Purvis (Allison) of Charlotte, NC, Billy Purvis (Molly) of West Nyack, NY, John Dudzinski (Jonna) of Hockessin, DE; and grandnieces and grandnephews Jacob, Ellen and Jack Dudzinski and Peyton, Caitlin, Tommy and Matthew Purvis.

      We will remember Nora for her commitment and dedication in the field of education. Her love of teaching for forty-four years has left an impact on the many students she has taught. She served her congregation faithfully for 50 years, and we know how much she enjoyed celebrating her Golden Jubilee this past May. What a happy time for her, her family and her friends. We are grateful for the time she spent among us. She was gift to us and now we commend her to the God she loved, and we ask the good Lord to give her peace among the company of the saints in heaven. Tribute to Sister Nora (New York TImes, 9-23-13...

 

Sister Kathleen Ann Gorres, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on September 5, 2013. Born in the Bronx, NY on September 15, 1941, Kathleen was the daughter of Fritz and Anna Short Gorres. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1959 and became known as Sister Marita James, professing her first vows in 1961 and her final vows in 1966.

     Sister Kathleen earned a BS in Natural Sciences from St. Thomas Aquinas College, NY; an MST in Geology and Physics from Colby College, ME and an Administration Certificate from Fordham University, NY. Sister Kathleen Ann was an elementary, high school and college teacher serving in the Archdiocese of New York. She taught at St. Agnes, Sparkill, NY (1962-63); St. Rose of Lima, New York, NY (1963-64); Cathedral HS, New York, NY (1964-66); Aquinas HS, Bronx, NY (1966-72) and Rosary Academy, Sparkill, NY (1974-81). She was also an adjunct faculty member at St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY. For twenty-four years (1981-2005) she was the principal at St. Gregory Barbarigo School, Garnerville, NY. At the time of her death, Sister. Kathleen served as the Director of Dominican Learning Center in Sparkill, which offers tutoring services to elementary and high school students in Rockland County. Sister Kathleen is predeceased by her mother and father, Fritz and Anna Gorres. She is survived by her cousin Lucie Peltier, Tacoma, WA, her Dominican family and many friends.

     We will remember Sister Kathleen Ann for her commitment and dedication to the field of education and the tremendous impact she had on the lives of so many students by the example she set. She shared freely her many gifts and talents and was always quiet and gracious as she went about her work. Katie treated others with respect and dignity and made each individual feel important. She loved her fifty-four years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill and we are grateful for the time she spent among us. We now ask the good Lord to give her peace among the company of the saints in heaven.

 

Sister Marion Rita Kennelly, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on September 5, 2013 in Siena Hall. Born in New York, NY on October 26, 1928, Margaret Mary was the daughter of Michael and Margaret Broderick Kennelly. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1947 and became known as Sister Marion Rita, professing her first vows in 1949 and her final vows in 1954.

     Sister Marion Rita earned a BS in Elementary Education from St. John University, NY; an MS in Education from Manhattan College, NY and an Administration Certificate from Fordham University, NY. Sister Marion Rita was an elementary school teacher and administrator serving in the Archdiocese of New York and the Dioceses of Brooklyn and Wilmington. She taught at St. Teresa, Woodside, NY (1949-56); Sacred Heart, Suffern, NY (1956-57); Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Richmond Hills, NY (1957-67); Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scarsdale, NY (1967-70); St. Anthony, Yonkers, NY (1970-71); Cardinal McCloskey, White Plains, NY (1971-74); St. Catherine of Siena, New York, NY (1974-81); Sts. Peter & Paul, Easton, MD (1981-84); Sacred Heart, New York, NY (1984-85) and St. Margaret of Cortona, Bronx, NY (1985-87). From 1987-2010 she was a teacher and volunteer at Visitation School, Bronx, NY. In 2011 she became a resident of Siena Hall at the Motherhouse in Sparkill, NY. Sister Marion Rita is predeceased by her mother and father, Michael and Margaret Kennelly of Limerick, Ireland, her sisters, Sr. Eileen Kennelly, OP. and Patricia Rooney. She is survived by her nieces Patricia Casbarro (James), children James and Christina of Newman, GA; Eileen Smith (Walter), children Thomas, Michael and Caitlin of Stroudsburg, PA; her nephews John Rooney of Pearl River, NY and Michael Rooney (Evelyn) children Brianne and Caitlin of Allendale, NY. She is also survived by her Dominican family and many friends.

     We will remember Sister Marion Rita for her dedication to field of education. She loved teaching children and seeing them learn to read. For over sixty-one years she shared her gifts as a teacher with a countless number of students. Her warm personality, her contagious sense of humor and her love for her Irish roots were quite apparent when you would meet her. She was committed to her life as a Dominican sister and remained faithful to her call for sixty-five years. She was gift to us and now we commend her to the God she loved and we ask the good Lord to give her peace among the company of the saints in heaven.

 

Sister Bridget O’Sullivan, OP, of the Bronx, New York died on, August 10, 2013 in Einstein Hospital, Bronx, NY. Born in the Bronx, NY, on November 13, 1928, Bridget was the daughter of Jeremiah and Sara Nash O’Sullivan. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1946 and became known as Sister Ann Eileen, professing her first vows in 1948 and her final vows in 1953.

     Sister Bridget earned a BS in Education from Fordham University and an MA in Religious Studies from Manhattan College. Sister Bridget served in the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn. She was a child Care Worker at Cardinal McCloskey (1948-1949). She was an elementary and high school teacher at St. Rose of Lima, NY, NY (1949-1954); St. Theresa, Bronx, NY (1954-55); St. Teresa, Woodside, NY (1955-62); Aquinas High School, Bronx, NY (1962-67) and St. Helena/Monsignor Scanlan High School (1967-2011). Sister Bridget was predeceased by her beloved sisters and brother, Margaret, Jerry, Mary, Sheila, and Eileen. She is survived by many loved nieces and nephews.

     Sister Bridget was very proud of her Irish heritage. She will be missed by her many relatives and friends. We will remember her for her tireless commitment to the ministry of Catholic education, her unfailing kindness, great sense of humor, wonderful gift for storytelling, and her faithfulness to the God whom she served so faithfully for sixty-seven years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. May she rest in peace and joy in the arms of her loving God.

 

Sister Rose Eileen McGinn, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on, August 5, 2013 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY. Born in St. Louis, MO on November 9, 1917, Margaret was the daughter of Owen and Mary Reilly Duggan. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on July 21, 1936 and became known as Sister Rose Eileen, professing her first vows in 1938 and her final vows in 1943.

     Sister Rose Eileen earned a BS in Social Studies and an MA in Education from St. Louis University, MO. Sister Rose Eileen was an elementary school teacher and principal and served in the Archdioceses of New York, St. Louis and the Dioceses of Syracuse and Brooklyn.  She was a teacher at St. Mary Magdalen, Springfield Gardens, NY (1939-41); St. Clare, St. Louis, MO (1941-43); St. Catherine of Siena, New York, NY (1943-44 & 1961-63 principal); St. James, St. Louis, MO (1944-45 & 1957-58); St. Mary, Fulton, NY (1949-51); Little Flower, St. Louis, MO (1951-52 & 1958-61 principal); St. Mary Magdalen, Brentwood, MO (1952-57); St. Helena, principal (1963-69); Mary Queen of Heaven, principal (1974-85). From 1969-74 Sister Rose Eileen was a teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY and from 1985-2002 she was a staff member of Nazareth Regional HS in Brooklyn, NY.  In 2004 she became a resident of Siena Hall. Sister Rose Eileen is survived by her sister-in-law, Virginia McGinn of St. Louis, MO, her cousins Sr. Patricia Ann Reilly, OP and Sr. Eileen Reilly, OP, Sparkill Dominicans and many nieces and nephews.

     Sister Rose Eileen was an educator who taught for forty-six years. She served on many educational committees and was very involved in the parishes where she served. She had many interests and enjoyed the outdoors and nature. She enjoyed swimming, bike riding and reading and any opportunities for traveling. She liked being with her friends and enjoyed a good time with them. Sister Rose Eileen was faithful to the God she served for seventy-seven years. We thank God for her life and her goodness.  May the Lord shine His light upon her and give her eternal rest in the kingdom of heaven.

 

Sister Thomas More Duggan, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on April 12, 2013 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY. Born in St. Louis, MO on November 27, 1917, Agnes was the daughter of Thomas and Mary Kelley Duggan. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on July 11, 1935 and became known as Sister Thomas More, professing her first vows in 1937 and her final vows in 1942.

     Sister Thomas More earned a BA in Education from Manhattan College, NY, an MA in Education from St. Louis University, MO and an MA in Religious Studies from Providence College, RI. Sister Thomas More was an elementary and high school teacher for fifty years. She taught in the Archdioceses of New York and St. Louis and the Dioceses of Brooklyn and Jefferson City.  She was a teacher at St. Teresa, Woodside, NY (1937-38); Epiphany, St. Louis, MO (1938-43); St. Rose of Lima, New York, NY (1943-46); St. Mary Magdalen, Brentwood, MO (1946-48 & 1959-60); Cathedral HS Annex, Bronx, NY (1948-49); St. Mark, St. Louis, MO (1949-54); Holy Rosary HS, Monroe City, MO (1954-59); Little Flower, St. Louis, MO (1960-68); Holy Redeemer, St. Louis, MO (1968-69); St. James (principal), St. Louis, MO (1969-71) and St. Dominic HS, O’Fallon, MO (1971-87). Sister Thomas More retired from the classroom in 1987 and was Adult Education Coordinator in Epiphany parish from 1987-1998. From 1998-2005 she lived in Loretto Center and offered local community service in her place of residence. In 2005 she became a resident in Dominican Convent in Sparkill and tutored children in the Dominican Learning Center program. In 2011 she became a resident of Siena Hall and remained active until her passing on Friday. Sister Thomas More is survived by her nephews Thomas Duggan (Vicki) St. Louis, MO, Jim Newport (Cindy) Aurora, IL, Paul Newport (Nina) Wheaton, IL and nieces Marie Marzec, New York, Shelly Moran, Manchester, CT and Marianne Battista, DeKalb, IL. She is loved by many grandnieces, grandnephews and dear cousins.

     Sister Thomas More was an educator who taught for fifty years. She had many interests and enjoyed music, art, literature, nature and being with her friends. She loved learning and took advantage of every opportunity that came her way to enhance her mind both intellectually and spiritually.  She was pleasant to be around and had a wonderful sense of humor. She was faithful to the God she served for seventy-seven years.  We thank God for her life and her goodness. May the Lord shine His light upon her and give her eternal rest in the kingdom of heaven.

 

Sister Ann Paul Mollman, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on March 2, 2013, in Siena Hall.  Born in St. Louis, MO on September 8, 1924, Mary Ann was the daughter of Paul and Gertrude Luepke Mollman. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1942 and became known as Sister Ann Paul, professing her first vows in 1944 and her final vows in 1949.

     Sister Ann Paul earned a BA in French from Webster College, MO, and an MS in Education and Mathematics from Fordham University, NY. Sister Ann Paul was an elementary and high school teacher for fifty-three years.  She taught in the Archdiocese of New York and the Dioceses of Brooklyn, NY, St. Louis and Jefferson County, MO.  She was a teacher at St. Brendan, Bronx, NY (1944-45); St. Helena, Bronx, NY(1945-48); in Missouri at St. James (1948-51); St. Mark (1953-56); Holy Redeemer (1956-59); Holy Rosary HS (1959-61) and St. Dominic HS (1961-1964); Cathedral HS, New York, NY (1964-70); Rosary Academy, Sparkill, NY (1970-77); St. Edmund HS, Brooklyn, NY (1977-78); and professor at St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY (1978-97).  From 1997-2005 she offered local community service at Dominican Convent and became a resident in Siena Hall in 2005. Sister Ann Paul is predeceased by her brother Paul Mollman and is survived by her sister Mary Gert Vonderhaar of Princeton, NJ; her sister-in-law Linda Mollman of Des Moines, IA; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and great grandnephews.

      Sister Ann Paul was an excellent, professional teacher. She was patient, caring and had the ability to instill in her students the desire to learn and the confidence to be successful. Many will remember her presence in Villa St. Joseph, Saugerties, NY where she helped many to overcome their fear of the water and taught them how to swim and dive. She was faithful to the God she served for seventy years.  We thank God for her life and her goodness.  May the Lord shine His light upon her and give her eternal rest in the kingdom of heaven.

 

Sister Alice Mary Tighe, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on February 1, 2013 in Siena Hall. Born in Plainfield, NJ on March 22, 1918 Alice Mary was the daughter of Peter and Anna Noonan Tighe. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on February 2, 1941 and became known as Sister Ann Pierre, professing her first vows in 1942 and her final vows in 1947.

      Sister Alice Mary earned a BA in English/History from Manhattan College, NY; and an MA in Business Education from Columbia University, NY. Sister Alice Mary was an elementary and high school teacher for forty-four years.  She taught in the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn at St. John Chrysostom, Bronx, NY (1942-43); Aquinas HS, Bronx, NY(1943-45); St. Edmund HS, Brooklyn, NY (1945-48 & 1972-80); Cathedral HS, New York, NY (1948-61); St. Helena HS, Bronx, NY (1961-69); Thorpe Secretarial School, New York, NY (1969-72) and Grace Institute, New York, NY (1980-86).  From 1986-1994 she was a home care giver and Eucharistic minister. In 1994 she offered local community service at Dominican Convent and retired in 1998. She became a resident in Siena Hall in 2005. Sister Alice Mary is survived by her sister Marjorie Hill of Tampa, FL, her nephew and nieces, Eugene Hill, Linda Falsetta (Andrew), Lorraine Hill, Patricia Sciacca and grand nephews and grandniece Christopher, Keith, Jonathan, Brendan, Patrick and Brooke.

      We will remember Sister Alice Mary for her dedication and commitment to the students she taught for forty-four years. She was faithful to her religious profession and to the God she served as a Dominican Sister for seventy-two years. We thank God for her life and her goodness.  May she rest in peace and joy in the arms of her loving God.