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Sister Celeste Leger, OP, of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on December 31, 2016 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY.

    Born in Staten Island, New York on October 25, 1923, Celeste was the daughter of Elzear and Charlotte Hall Leger. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1946 and received the name Sister Mary Celeste. She professed her first vows in 1948 and her final vows in 1953.

    Sister Celeste received a BS in Education, Fordham University, New York in 1954, her MS in History from St. John’s University, New York in 1957 and her Ph.D. from City University of New York in 1971.

    Sister Celeste was a teacher in St. Joseph School, Bronx, NY (1948-1950), Epiphany School, St. Louis, MO (1950-1951), Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Richmond Hill, NY (1953-1956), Aquinas High School, Bronx, NY (1956-1965) and St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY (1968-1998) before offering her services at Dominican Convent.

    Sister Celeste is predeceased by her parents Elzear and Charlotte Leger. She is survived by her sisters Lucille Blessin and Charlotte Leger and nieces Celeste Blessin, Pam Maddalena and nephew Peter Blessin.

    Sister Celeste was a very loving, kind and caring person. She served her God and congregation faithfully for over seventy 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 Mary Louise Twomey, OP, of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on November 5, 2016 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY.

    Born in Brooklyn, NY on June 26, 1932, Jean Ann was the daughter of Frank and Louise Sommer Twomey. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 7, 1952 and received the name Sister Mary Louise.  She professed her first vows in 1954 and her final vows in 1959.

    Sister Mary Louise received a BS in Education, Fordham University, New York in 1960 and her MS in Pastoral Ministry from Fordham University in 1987.

    Sister Mary Louise was a teacher in the Archdiocese of NY at St. John Chrysostom School, New York (1954-59) and St. Rose of Lima School, New York (1959-61). In 1961

Sr. Mary Louise went to Pakistan where she ministered to the Pakistani people as a teacher in Dominican Convent School (1961-64); St. Dominic Urdu School (1964-66) and in Loreto (1966-70). From 1970-71, Sister attended Atenao University in Manila, Philippines, then returned to Pakistan and from 1971-81was at the Pastoral Institute-Multan teaching and giving leadership training to catechists and Junior Professed Sisters and Novices. From 1981-1986 Sister ministered to the Pakistani people in the Diocese of Multan. Upon her return to the United States, Sister Mary Louise served as Pastoral Minister at St. John’s Parish, Bronx, NY (1988-98) and was the Project Manager at Thorpe Village, Sparkill, NY (1998-2013) before retiring to Dominican Convent.

    Sister Mary Louise is predeceased by her parents Frank and Louise Sommer Twomey. She is survived by her sister Virginia (William) Corey and her brother Francis (Rosemary) Twomey. She will be missed by her nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.

    Sister Mary Louise was a very loving, kind and caring person. She served her God and congregation faithfully for sixty-four 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 Mary Angelica Culhane, OP, of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on October 29, 2016 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY.

    Born in New York, NY on June 8, 1919, Claire was the daughter of Thomas and Anna Lennon Culhane. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1941 and received the name Sister Mary Angelica. She professed her first vows in 1943 and her final vows in 1948.

    Sister Mary Angelica received a BA in English, Manhattan College, New York in 1953 and her LPN from the University of The State of New York in 1979.

    Sister Mary Angelica taught and served in the Archdiocese of NY at St. John Chrysostom, Bronx (1943-46); Cardinal McCloskey Home, White Plains (1946-47); St. Agnes School, Sparkill (1947-49); St. Joseph School, Bronx (1949-52); St. Ann School, Bronx (1952-53); St. Teresa School, Woodside (1953-55 / 1964-72); St. Anthony School, Nanuet (1955-64); and St. Catherine of Siena School, New York (1972-73). Sister ministered at Rosary Academy, Sparkill (1973-76) and St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill (1976-78). From 1976- 2005, Sister Mary Angelica was a nurse’s aide in Dominican Convent, Siena Hall, and continued to reside there until her death.

    Sister Mary Angelica is predeceased by her parents Thomas and Anna.   

    Sister Mary Angelica was faithful to the God she loved and to the life she chose as a Dominican Sister. We will remember her for her generous spirit. We are grateful for her eighty years in religious life and 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 Jeanne Clare Scheer, OP, of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on October 11, 2016 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY.

    Born in St. Louis, MO on February 19, 1921, Catherine Mary was the daughter of Oscar and Mary Little Scheer. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 1, 1940 and received the name Sister Jeanne Clare. She professed her first vows in 1942 and her final vows in 1947.

    Sister Jeanne Clare received a BA in Education, Manhattan College, New York in 1954.

    Sister Jeanne Clare was a teacher and ministered in the Archdiocese of NY at St. Helena, Bronx (1949-54); and in the Archdiocese of St. Louis at Little Flower (1942-49), St. Kevin (1954-58), Holy Redeemer (1958-67), St. James (1967--70) and St. Richard (1970-2005). While at St. Richard she also served as Religious Coordinator at Our Lady of Mercy Parish. In 2005 Sister Jeanne Clare came to New York to assist in Dominican Convent’s Siena Hall.

    Sister Jeanne Clare is predeceased by her parents Oscar and Mary and her siblings Rosemary Scheer and Fr. Joseph Scheer. She was the cousin of Ruth Gotch and beloved to the many students she taught through the years.

    Sister Jeanne Clare was a very loving, kind and caring person who was always ready to lend a hand when there was work to be done. She served her God and congregation faithfully for seventy-six years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We thank God for her life and her goodness and we pray that she be at peace with the God whom she loved and that she rests among the saints in the glory of heaven. We will miss her presence among us.

 

Sister Raymond Louise Zimmerly, OP, of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on June 25, 2016 in St. Louis, MO.

    Born in St. Louis, MO on June 17, 1940, Carole Lynne was the daughter of Raymond and Louise Schwartz Zimmerly. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1958 and received the name Sister Raymond Louise. She professed her first vows in 1960 and her final vows in 1965.

    Sister Raymond Louise received a BS in Education, St. Thomas Aquinas College, NY in 1961 and a MA in Ed Reading, St. Louis University, MO in 1973.

    Sister Raymond Louise was a teacher and ministered in the Archdiocese of NY at St. Helen, Bronx, NY (1961-63); and in the Archdiocese of St. Louis at St. Mark (1963-66), St. Mary Magdalen (1966-69), Epiphany (1969-75), St. Richard (1975-85), St. Dominic HS (1985-86), St. Paul the Apostle (1986-87), Sts. James and John (1987-88), Corpus Christi (1988-92), Blue Hill Corp (1992-93) and Christ, Prince of Peace (1995-2001).  From 2001-2011 she served at CSJ Care Agency where she assisted the elderly with home care services. From 2011-2014 she volunteered at the Family Center in East St. Louis, IL. Upon retiring she continued to visit and pray with the elderly in her community in St. Louis.

    Sister Raymond Louise is predeceased by her parents Raymond and Louise Zimmerly. She was the beloved niece of Ted Schwartz and Rose Brown, cousin to Joan Martin and Larry Schwartz, cherished addition to the Bischof family, a dear friend to many, and a teacher and sister in Christ.

    Sister Raymond Louise was a very loving and caring person and enjoyed being with her community, family and friends. She was always ready to lend a hand when there was work to be done. She enjoyed life and loved the St. Louis Cardinals. We are grateful for her fifty-seven years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We thank God for her life and her goodness and we pray that she be at peace with the God whom she loved. May she rest among the saints in the glory of heaven.

 

Sister Cecilia McCarthy, OP, of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on May 19, 2016 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY.

    Born in New York, NY on July 23, 1918, Kathleen was the daughter of John and Mary Stephens McCarthy. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on February 2, 1940 and received the name Sister M. Cecilia. She professed her first vows in 1941 and her final vows in 1946.

    Sister Cecilia earned a BA in English, Manhattan College,1950, a BLS in Library Science, St. John University,1952 and an Administrative Certificate, Fordham University, 1976.

    Sister Cecilia was a teacher in elementary and secondary education. She ministered in the Archdiocese of NY and the diocese of Brooklyn. She taught at St. Theresa, Woodside, NY (1941-45); St. Joseph, Bronx, NY (1945-47); Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Richmond Hill, NY (1947-52); Cathedral HS Annex, Bronx, NY (1952-58) and Albertus Magnus HS, Bardonia, NY (1958-60). From 1967-2001 Sister Cecilia was the principal of St. Martin of Tours in the Bronx. Upon her retirement as principal she volunteered in the school library for five years. In 1960 Sr. Cecilia was asked to serve as Novice Mistress for the congregation and she served in this capacity until 1967. 

Sister became a resident of Dominican Convent in 2006.

    Sister Cecilia is predeceased by her parents, her sisters Mary (James) Conlon, Eileen (Thomas) Kavanagh, Theresa (Patrick) Hughes and her brother John (Madelyn) McCarthy. She is survived by her nieces and nephews Shelagh (Gerard, dec.) O’Brien, Thomas (Sheila) Kavanagh, John (Janet) Kavanagh, Eileen (Peter, dec.) Hires, Patricia (Rick) Hugus, Patrick Hughes and Patti Pieper, Robert (Jennifer) Hughes, Edward (Colleen) Hughes, Arthur (Rose) Hughes, Timothy (Cathleen) Hughes, William (Armanda) Hughes, Jane (William) Muller, Kathleen Keane (dec.), Maureen (John) Demarco, Terri (Dean) Hastings, Susan Walden and James Conlon. She will be missed by many grandnieces and grandnephews.

    We will remember Sister Cecilia for her wisdom, integrity and strength. We thank her for the difference she made in the lives of so many. She had a great love for the congregation and was faithful to the God she loved and to the life she chose as a Dominican Sister. We are grateful for her seventy-six 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 Agnes Cunningham, OP, of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, New York, died on May 7, 2016 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY.

    Born in Brooklyn, NY on May 28, 1927, Agnes Marie was the daughter of James and Edith Thompson Cunningham. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1946 and received the name Sister James Edith. She professed her first vows in 1948 and her final vows in 1953.

    Sister Agnes earned a BA in English, Manhattan College, 1954, and a MS in Biology, Catholic University, 1967.

    Sister Agnes was a teacher in elementary and secondary education. She ministered in the Archdiocese of NY, and the dioceses of Brooklyn, Syracuse and Rockville Center. She taught at St. Theresa, Woodside, NY (1948-54); St. Mary,  Fulton, NY (1954-55); Cathedral HS, New York, NY (1955-63); Albertus Magnus HS, Bardonia, NY (1963-68 & 1980-97); and Holy Trinity HS, Hicksville, NY (1968-80). In 1997 Sister Agnes served as the Director of Development at Albertus Magnus HS until her retirement in 2007. For countless summers Sister Agnes served as Administrator at Villa St. Joseph, Saugerties, NY where the Dominican Sisters vacationed.

    Sister Agnes is predeceased by her parents, her brother- in-law Jack Reynolds and her nephew-in-law Steve Blanshan. She is survived by her sister Dee Reynolds, Massapequa, NY and her brother Jim (Rosemary) Cunningham, Sayville, NY. She will be missed by her nieces and nephews, Jeanne Blanshan, Merrick, NY, Clare (Al) Glenbocki, Bellmore, NY, Cathy (Bob) McKillop, Davidson, NC, Jack (Patty) Reynolds, Farmingdale, NY, Dr. Jim (Cathy) Cunningham, Stamford, CT, Jerry (Lori) Cunningham, Levittown, NY, Mary (Tom) Fay, Sayville, NY, Tom (Rita) Reynolds, Farmingdale, NY, Dan (Debbie) Cunningham, W. Islip, NY and many great nieces and nephews.

    We will remember Sister Agnes for her commitment and dedication to the field of education and the wonderful impact she had on the lives of so many students. She was blessed in many ways and shared freely her many gifts and talents. Sister Agnes loved her congregation and her life as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We are grateful for her commitment of seventy years and 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 Alberta Blase, OP of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on April 3, 2016 in Siena Hall, Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY.

    Born in Maplewood, MO on April 19, 1915, Catherine was the daughter of Fredrich and Catherine Carr Blase. Catherine entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on February 2, 1937, and received the name Sister Mary Alberta, professing her first vows in 1938 and her final vows in 1943.

    Sister Alberta took classes in the area of child care, food services and teacher training at St. John University, Manhattan College, and Fordham University in New York. She also studied at Fontbonne College in St. Louis, Missouri.

    During her professional life, Sister Alberta ministered in the Archdiocese of New York. She served as Infirmarian at St. Agnes Home, Sparkill, NY (1938-42); served in child care at St. Ignatius Nursery, New York, NY (1942-1952); and as Dietician at Cardinal McCloskey Home, White Plains, NY (1952-1967). For over 35 years Sister Alberta was a competent staff worker and offered community service at the Motherhouse. She was well respected by the housekeepers, maintenance workers and her own Dominican Sisters for the competent work and attention to detail that she displayed in whatever aspect of work she completed. In 1986 Sister Alberta traveled to Rome to the Dominican House of Studies where she served as staff cook for one year. Upon her retirement she continued to be a prayerful and delightful presence to all those she would meet each day.

    Sister Alberta is predeceased by her twin, Sister Loretta Blase, OP, and is survived by her cousins Alberta Brennecke, Valley Park, MO, Peter and Barbara Zablocki of Paramus, NJ; Mary and Byron Bumbaco of Hopatcong, NJ and her many friends.

    Before her physical decline, Sister Alberta could often be seen in the dining room and hallways sharing stories with anyone who would listen. She was a delightful person who always had a smile for anyone she would meet. She was faithful to the God she loved and to the life she chose as a Dominican Sister. We are grateful for her seventy-nine 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 Barbara Lenniger, OP, of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, New York, died on April 2, 2016 in Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY.

    Born in the Bronx, NY on December 27, 1932, Barbara Frances was the daughter of Roland and Frances Scanlon Lenniger. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1951 and received the name Sister Barbara Ann.  She professed her first vows in 1953 and her final vows in 1958.

    Sister Barbara earned a BS in Education, St. John University, 1960, a MA in English/American Literature, Hunter College, 1968 and a Certificate of Administration, SUNY Albany.

    Sister Barbara was a teacher and principal in elementary and secondary education. She ministered in the Archdiocese of NY and the dioceses of Syracuse, Brooklyn and Rockville Center. She taught at St. John Chrysostom, Bronx, NY (1953-54); St. Mary, Fulton, NY (1954-57); Mary Queen of Heaven, Brooklyn, NY (1957-65); Aquinas HS, Bronx, NY (1965-68); Holy Trinity HS, Hicksville, NY (1968-79); St. Augustine (Principal) New City, NY (1979-82) and St. Barnabas HS, Bronx, NY (1982-85). Sister Barbara served as Coordinator in the Ministry to the Homeless in NY from 1985-1988. In 1988 Sister Barbara’s zeal for social justice and a burning desire to provide quality housing for women and children led her to found Thorpe Family Residence and later Park Avenue Thorpe. She served as Executive Director at these agencies for almost twenty-five years. Sister Barbara’s work has been recognized numerous times over and she has certainly made a difference in the lives of so many. Sister Barbara retired in 2011.

    Sister Barbara is survived by her sister Betty-Ann Campos, Scottsdale, AZ, and her brother Roland Lenniger (Diane), Scottsdale, AZ. She was the proud aunt of Carly, Shea, Amber, Danielle and Craig Lenniger. She will be missed by her cousin Sister Judith Brady, OP and her many friends.

    Sister Barbara was faithful to the God she loved and to the life she chose as a Dominican Sister. We are grateful for her sixty-five years in the congregation and 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.

 

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