Sister Emily Donovan, S.C.

emilydonovanSister Emily Donovan, S.C., (Sister Francis John), died on July 1, 2014 at Mount Saint Vincent, Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts at the age of 97. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Helen Donovan and several nieces and nephews.

A Sister of Charity (Halifax) for 76 years, she served at St. Aidan School, Williston Park,  from 1960-66 as principal. Sister Emily Donovan also ministered at St. Nicholas of Tolentine School, Jamaica, from 1938-48 and at St. Sebastian School, Woodside, from 1952-1953 and in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Nova Scotia and Bermuda. Sister Elizabeth retired to Mount Saint Vincent, Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts in 1996.

Her wake was held at Mount Saint Vincent, Wellesley on Sunday, July 6. The Mass of Christian Burial and burial in St Mary’s Cemetery, Needham, Massachusetts were the following day.

Sister Patricia Galhouse (Casia), BVM

Sister Patricia Galhouse (Casia), BVM , 88, died June 30, 2014, at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa. Burial is in the GalhouseMount Carmel cemetery, Dubuque.

In the diocese of Rockville Centre, Sister Patricia served as librarian at St. Thomas Apostle in West Hempstead (1984-88). She taught elementary school and was principal in Davenport, Clinton, Cedar Falls, Iowa City, Tama and Dubuque, Iowa; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Mountlake Terrace, Wash.; Kansas City, Mo.; Milwaukee; and Los Angeles.

She was born in Chicago on Feb. 12, 1926, to Charles and Anna Marie (Luke) Galhouse. She entered the BVM congregation from St. Rita Parish, Chicago, on Sept. 8, 1944. She professed first vows on March 19, 1947, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1952.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Rita Gladys Galhouse and a brother Clifford Charles Galhouse. She is survived by nephews and nieces-in-law, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 69 years.

Sister Charlotte Tighe , O.P.

Sister Charlotte Tighe (Sister Jean Baptist) died on June 28, 2014 She was 100 years old and had dedicated 84 TigheCharlotteColoryears to religious life as a Sister of St. Dominic.

Charlotte was born outside Limerick City in Ireland on August 5, 1913 to James and Sarah Tighe, the fifth of ten children, five boys and five girls. During her high school years she read a mission magazine and decided to become a missionary sister. In the same magazine there was an advertisement for the Dominican Sisters in the United States. She wrote to the Sisters in Amityville,  and prepared to go to the U.S.  In September 1929 Charlotte sailed on the Corinthian and after four days of seasickness arrived at Ellis Island where she was met by Sisters Maude and Mildred. After a brief stay at St. Bartholomew Convent in Elmhurst, Queens, she was brought to the Novitiate in Amityville. Having received the name Sister Jean Baptist, she took her vows on April 30, 1931.

Beginning in 1931 Sister Charlotte taught at the following elementary schools: St. Luke, Whitestone; St. Clement, South Ozone Park; American Martyrs, Bayside; and Good Shepherd, Brooklyn ,where she was principal for three years. At St. Joseph, Suydam St., she acted as coordinator of the convent and endeavored to bring forth the changes resulting from Vatican II. During this time Sister Charlotte also volunteered at Wyckoff Heights Hospital. This experience prompted her to ask for a change in ministry. She received permission to pursue a course in practical nursing. Sister worked as an LPN at Menorah Nursing Home in Brooklyn for one year, when she received a call from Amityville to minister in the infirmary in the Motherhouse. This she did from 1974-1976.

The following two years Sister worked at Caritas Medical Services in Jamaica, NY. From 1978 to 1990 Sister ministered as a school nurse at Dominican Commercial High School.

In 1990-1992 Sister Charlotte served as an Advocate at the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal in Rockville Centre.  As a staff assistant at Siena Spirituality Center in Water Mill,  Sister assisted with pastoral services from 1992-1996 when she moved to Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse to engage in intercessory prayer. Sister moved to Carlin Hall as her health diminished.

Sister Charlotte is survived by a loving, extended family in Ireland. Her Mass of Christian Burial was be celebrated in St. Albert’s Chapel on Wednesday, July 2, followed by interment in the Sisters’ cemetery.

 Sister Rosemary Giebel , O.P.

Sister Rosemary Giebel, formerly Sister Wendelin Marie, died on June 27, 2014.  She was 85 years old and had GiebelRosemaryColordevoted 65 years to Religious life as an Amityville Dominican Sister.

Rosemary was born to Wendelin and Irene Giebel on January 28, 1929 in Glendale, NY. She attended St. Pancras Parish School where she met the Dominican Sisters. From an early age she had discerned the call to Religious life and attended high school at the Juniorate, a school for young women interested in entering the Dominican Sisters, located in Water Mill, NY. Rosemary began the Sisters’ Novitiate in Amityville on August 4, 1948. Having received the religious name, Sister Wendelin Marie, she took her vows on August 6, 1949.

Sister Rosemary’s earliest assignments were as a teacher in the elementary schools of several parishes: Blessed Virgin Mary Help of Christians, Woodside; Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Jamaica; St. Ignatius, Hicksville; St. Luke, Whitestone; and St. Martin of Tours, Amityville. She taught Social Studies at St. Agnes Academic High School, College Point (1979-1981), Queen of the Rosary Academy, Amityville (1981-1982); and later at La Salle Military Academy (1984-1987), Oakdale. Sister Rosemary continued her service to others both at the Motherhouse and in Dominican Village in Amityville where she was a Residence Aide and Pastoral Minister. Sister later volunteered at Maria Regina Residence, Brentwood  (2004-2009) until ill health caused her to enter Carlin Hall in 2009.

Survivors include many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grand nephews and her extended family. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Albert’s Chapel at the Motherhouse July 1 with interment  in the Sisters’ cemetery in Amityville.

Sister Rose Sheridan, CSJ

Sheridan-5130-2x3Sister Rose Sheridan, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of  Brentwood, died May 23, 2014 in the 63rd year of her religious life.   She dedicated much of her life to Social Justice. The NYS Catholic Conference honored her for  Leadership in the Pursuit of Justice in 2001; when in the Office of Family Ministry in  Rockville Centre she received the Pro-Vita Award as well.  She co-authored the Manual for  Justice and Peace and was Co-founder and Chair of the Suburban Housing, Development and  Research in Bayshore.

She entered the Congregation from Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Queens in 1951.  She obtained her BA in Social Studies from St. John’s University in 1964 and an MA in the  same field from Brooklyn College in 1971.

Before her long-term commitment to Social Justice she ministered in Queen of All  Saints, Brooklyn (1953-1958); St. Teresa of Avila, South Ozone Park (1958-1963); Holy  Family, Flushing (1963-1965); Our Lady of Good Counsel, Brooklyn (1965-1966)); St. Rose  of Lima, Brooklyn (1966-1968); St. Peter the Apostle Catechetics School, Islip Terrace  (1968-1974).  She ministered at Catholic Charities, Bridgehampton (1974-1975); Social Justice Coordinator for  the Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood (1975-1986); Social Justice Office-Diocese of Rockville  Centre (1986); Catholic Charities –Case Manager for Housing, Medford (2001-2003); and  Family Service League, Bayshore (2003).

Her wake and Mass of Christian Burial were held in Sacred Heart Chapel, Brentwood, followed by her interment  in Calvary Cemetery there.

Sister Rita Collins, SSND

Sister Rita Collins, formerly known as Sister Mary Conrad, who was a Catholic educator for 52 years, died on May 22. Rita-CollinsShe was 86 years old and had been a professed member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame for 63 years.

Jeannette Rita Collins was born in Watertown, Conn., on April 25, 1928, one of six children of Mary (Lampron) and Conrad S. Collins. After graduating from Watertown High School in 1946, she entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1947.  As a novice she was given the religious name Mary Conrad and professed her first vows as an SSND in 1950.  She professed her final vows in 1956. Years later she resumed using her baptismal name.

Sister Rita spent the first year of her ministry in Philadelphia, where she taught 64 third-graders at St. Boniface (1948-1949). She then taught at St. Brigid in Westbury (1949-1958), before moving to Bridgeport, Conn., to teach at St. John Nepomucene (1958-1968). From 1968 to 1970 she served as a teacher and junior high administrator at St. Gregory the Great in Danbury, Conn., and then went on to teach at St. Lawrence in Sayville (1970-1973),

In 1973 Sister Rita returned to Connecticut, where she spent the remainder of her life. She taught at St. Lawrence in Huntington (1973-1979) and at St. John the Evangelist in Watertown (1979-2000), and from 2000 to 2007 she ministered in pastoral care at St. Mary in Norwalk. In 2007 she moved to Villa Notre Dame in Wilton, where she retired to prayer and presence. Sister Rita moved to Lourdes Health Care Center, adjacent to Villa Notre Dame, in 2010.

Sister Rita earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1963 from Seton Hall University in New Jersey, and a master’s degree in elementary education, also from Seton Hall, in 1971.

A Mass of Christian burial for Sister Rita was celebrated May 28 in the chapel at Villa Notre Dame in Wilton. Burial followed at St. Mary Cemetery in Bethel, Conn.

 

Sister Mary (Nicodema) Wolfe, BVMWolfe-Mary

Sister Mary Wolfe, BVM, 89, died April 28, 2014, at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa. In the diocese of Rockville Center, Sister Mary taught elementary school at St. Thomas Apostle in West Hempstead and Our Lady of Loretto in Hempstead. She also taught elementary school in Chicago, Grayslake and Maywood, Ill.; and Boone, Iowa. She was librarian in Chicago and Rock Island, Ill.; St. Louis; Memphis, Tenn.; and Phoenix. She served as volunteer in Rock Island.

She was born in Kansas City, Mo., on Feb. 2, 1925, to Nicholas and Ruth (Brander) Wolfe. She entered the BVM congregation from St. Stanislaus Parish, Kansas City, on Feb. 2, 1944. She professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1946, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1951.

 

Sister M. Franceline Krug, IHM

KrugFrancelineSister M. Franceline Krug, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Friday, April 25, 2014, at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She was born on April 4, 1918 in Ashville, Pennsylvania, and given the name Bernadine. She was the daughter of the late Herman E. and Matilda Douglass Krug. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 8, 1940, and made her temporary profession of vows on May 8, 1943, and her final profession of vows on August 2, 1946.

Sister Franceline taught at St. Dominic High School in Oyster Bay from 1947 to 1956. She also taught as schools in Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland.

From 2007 to 2012, Sister Franceline was in family ministry.

From 2012 until the time of her death, Sister Franceline was a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in business education from Marywood College.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 30 at Our Lady of Peace Residence,  Scranton.

 

Sister Bernadette Marie Zaytoun, IHM

Sister Bernadette Marie Zaytoun, IHM, (formerly known as Sister M. Ann Michael) of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Friday, April 18,  at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.  She was 67 years old.ZaytounAnnMichael

Born on April 21, 1946 in New Bern, NC, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Evelyn Sallasty Zaytoun. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 9, 1967 and made her temporary profession of vows on June 20, 1970 and her final profession of vows on August 2, 1976.

Sister Bernadette Marie served as a teacher at Our Lady of Grace Montessori School in Manhasset, from 1977 to 1979 and 1989 to 1990. She also taught in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

She also served as assistant dietician at IHM Generalate in Scranton, PA, from 1976 to 1977; director of food services at Marian Convent in Scranton from 1990 to 2006; director of food services at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton from 2006 to 2007; after school care aide at St. Paul Elementary School in New Bern, NC, from 2007 to 2008; family ministry in New Bern  from 2007 to 2010; and director of the IHM Center in Scranton from 2011 to 2013.

From 2013 until the time of her death, Sister Bernadette Marie served as a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

Sister Mary Dunleavy, CSJ

Sister Mary Dunleavy, formerly known as Sister Mary Alexius, died April 16, 2014 in the 57th year of her religious life. Dunleavy0000She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, from Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish, Brooklyn. She obtained a BS in Education from Brentwood College; a master’s degree in Theology from Manhattan College and an MSW in Social Work from Fordham University. In 1996 she became certified in Addiction Counseling (CASAC).

Her teaching ministry began in St. Martin of Tours, Brooklyn from 1960-1961 followed by St. Teresa of Avila, South Ozone Park (1962-1967); and Bishop McDonnell HS, Brooklyn, (1967-1970). Her work in Social Services began in St. John’s Home, Rockaway Park, 1970-1984); Catholic Charities, Glendale (1984-1985); Sisters of St. Joseph as Vocation Director, Brentwood (1984-1989); Religious Consultation Center, Brooklyn/Bayside as Counselor (1985-1989); U.S. Catholic Conference Refugee Service, New York (1989-1992); Department of Corrections, Rikers Island, (1992); St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Staten Island, NY (1992-2007). Before retiring in 2008 she worked in Silverstein Center, Staten Island.

After a lengthy illness she passed away in April of 2014. Her wake took place in Stella Maris Convent, Far Rockaway followed by the Mass of Christian Burial on April 22 in Sacred Heart Chapel, Brentwood. Her interment was in Calvary Cemetery there.

 

Sister M. Michaeline Macedonio, IHM

MacedonioMichaelineSister M. Michaeline Macedonio of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Tuesday, April 8, at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She was born on May 5, 1922, in Oyster Bay. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Veronica Guidecessa Macedonio. She entered the IHM Congregation on February 2, 1947 and made her temporary profession of vows on August 2, 1949 and her final profession of vows on August 2, 1952.

Sister Michaeline served as a teacher at St. Mary High School in Manhasset, from 1970 to 1971; as well as at schools in Pennsylvania and Delaware.  She also served as assistant dietician at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Carbondale, Pa., and as an assistant professor, academic advisor and residence hall mentor at Marywood College in Scranton.

Sister Michaeline also volunteered her services with Friends of the Poor at Valley View Housing Project in Scranton. From 2006 until the time of her death, Sister Michaeline served as a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She is survived by a sister, Frances J. Malinowski of Cape Coral, Fla.; sister-in-law, Vera Macedonio of Oyster Bay; nieces and nephews; and grandnieces and grandnephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Carmine and Joseph; and one sister, Josephine Davies.

The funeral will be Monday, April 14, at 10 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Peace Residence, 2300 Adams Avenue in Scranton. Interment will follow Mass on Monday at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, PA.

 

Father Diarmuid F. McGann

McGann,-DiarmuidFather Diarmuid F. McGann, 72,  died on Friday, April 4, 2014. Born and raised in County Cork, Ireland, Diarmuid came to the United States as a newly ordained  priest at the age of 23. Father McGann served at several parishes within the Diocese of Rockville Centre, most recently as pastor at Our Lady of the Snow RC Church in Blue Point and, in his retirement, at Church of the Immaculate Conception in Westhampton Beach, where he also served his first assignment as associate pastor.

He also served at St. Martin of Tours, Bethpage; St. Paul the Apostle, Brookville; St. James, Seaford; St. Patrick, Bay Shore; St. Frances Cabrini, Coram; Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Bridgehampton, and St. Mary, East Islip.

Mainly educated in Ireland, Father D, as he was known, obtained several degrees from both St. Finbarr’s Farranferris College in Cork and St. Patrick’s College in Carlow and obtained a Masters in Divinity from Iona College. He was also a renowned and published author. As a young man, Father D played county level football and hurling in Cork, Ireland, winning a host of medals. This hurling talent led him to his talents in golf and he became widely known on Long Island as an avid and competitive player.

Bishop William Murphy celebrated the Funeral Mass on April 9th at Immaculate Conception. Burial followed in Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury.

Father McGann is survived by his two brothers; Sean and his wife Margaret O’Donnell, and Barry and his wife Valerie; his sister, Maire Gillane and her husband John, and many nieces and nephews, all of Ireland.

 

Sister James Patrice Veale, CSJ

VealeSister James Patrice Veale, 99 years of age and a Sister of St. Joseph for 79 years died March 26, 2014 in the Motherhouse in Brentwood. Her sister, Sister Miriam Dolores predeceased her in July of 2009.

Sister James Patrice entered the Congregation in 1935 from St. Sebastian parish, Queens. After earning a BA and an MA in Latin from St. John’s University she achieved State Certification from Queens College in Spanish. In collaboration with another Sister of St. Joseph, she co-authored a Latin workbook for Harcourt and Brace in 1985.

Her ministries included St. Agnes Seminary, Brooklyn (1937-1938); St. Anne,Brentwood (1938-1939); Immaculate Conception, Jamaica (1939-1943); St. John the Evangelist, Brooklyn (1943-1949); St. Joachim, Cedarhurst (1949-1952); Bishop McDonnell HS (1952-1960); St. Agnes Seminary HS (1960-1963); The Mary Louis Academ, Jamaica (1963-1993).

She later retired to Brentwood.

Her wake and Mass of Christian Burial took place in Sacred Heart Chapel, Brentwood March 30-31, 2014. She was interred in Calvary Cemetery there.

 

Sister Mary Joel Acerno, CSJ

Acerno-4820-2x3Sister Mary Joel Acerno, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, died in Maria Regina Residence on March 21.  She was in the 66th year of her religious life.

She entered the Congregation in 1948 from the parish of St. Bartholomew, Queens. She earned a BA and an MS degree in Math from St. Joseph College and from St. John’s University respectively. She also earned an MS from Empire State College in Elementary Education K-6 /Math.

In addition to teaching she received several grants in Math and held the positions of President/Treasurer of the Elementary Math Council and President of the Association of Teachers of Math of NYC. In 1993 she received certification in Paralegal/Law from Queens College.

Her ministries included: St. Benedict Joseph Labre, Richmond Hill (1950-1959); St. Joseph College, Brooklyn (1959-1975); St. Clare, Rosedale as principal (1975-1978); Holy Child Jesus, Richmond Hill as principal (1978-1990); Holy Family, Flushing (1990-1996). She worked in law firms from (1996-2009) and was an adjunct professor at St. John’s University (1997-2008). She retired in 2009.

Her wake and Mass of Christian Burial took place in Holy Family Parish Mahoney Hall and then in Holy Family Church March 27-28. Her burial followed in Calvary Cemetery, Brentwood.

Reverend Msgr. Edward Donnelly

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Msgr. Edward Donnelly, who served in parishes on Long Island for 50 years until his retirement in 2004, died March 11. He was 85.

Born in Brooklyn July 28, 1928, he was ordained to the priesthood at St. James Pro-Cathedral in Brooklyn on May 29, 1954. His first assignment was as associate pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Huntington, where he served from June 1954 until June 1960. He then served as associate pastor at Notre Dame in New Hyde Park (1960-69) and St. Thomas the Apostle, West Hempstead (1969-74) before being named temporary administrator at St. Anthony of Padua in East Northport in August of 1974. He became pastor of St. Anthony of Padua in 1976, and served there for 14 years, during which time he was named a prelate of honor, with the title of Monsignor, by Pope John Paul II in 1985. From 1990 until his retirement in 2004, Msgr. Donnelly served as pastor of Holy Family, Hicksville.

Reflecting on the significant changes in the Church that impacted his priesthood – he became part of the new Diocese of Rockville Centre that was split off from the Brooklyn Diocese in 1958, and in the years following, “There was a lot of change with the Second Vatican Council” – he told TLIC in 2004 that he “adapted. A lot of things change, but the priesthood never really changes. The priest continues to serve God, the Church and the people.”

Bishop Murphy was the presider for Msgr. Donnelly’s funeral Mass March 17 at Holy Name of Mary Church in Valley Stream, where he had lived following his retirement. Burial followed at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury.

Father Antonio Pascual

Pascual,-AntonioBishop Murphy presided at a funeral Mass for Father Antonio Pascual on March 29 at St. Frances de Chantal Church in Wantagh. Father Pascual, 76, died on March 16.

Born in the Philippines, Father Pascual was ordained in Manila on December 17, 1960, and served as a parish priest there until 1975, when he came to the United States. After studying canon law at the Catholic University of America, he served briefly on the Richmond diocesan tribunal. He first served in the Diocese of Rockville Centre from 1977-79, as assistant pastor of St. John the Evangelist, Riverhead. After two years as assistant pastor at St. Philip Church in Falls Church, Virginia, he returned to Long Island and served at Our Lady of Loretto Church in Hempstead, 1981-82; St. Boniface in Elmont, 1982-89; St. Raymond’s, East Rockaway, 1989-2003; and St. Frances de Chantal from 2003 until his retirement in 2007.

 

Sister Joseph Amata Wittick, CSJ

Wittick-4948-2x3Sister Joseph Amata Wittick, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, died March 14. She was in the 65th year of her religious life.

In 1949,  she entered the Congregation from our Lady of the Angelus parish, Queens. She earned a BA degree in English from St. Francis College followed by an MA in Religious Studies from Providence College.

Her ministries included: St. Michael, Brooklyn (1951-1956); St. Camillus (1956-1962); Academia Santa Maria, Ponce, Puerto Rico (1962-1966); St. Angela Hall Academy HS, Brooklyn, (1966-1970); Our Lady of Perpetual Help HS, Brooklyn (1970-1983); St. John of God, Central Islip (1983-1984); St. Thomas More parish, Breezy Point (1984-2008); and Stella Maris Convent as volunteer (2008-2013).

Her wake was held in St. Camillus Convent, Rockaway , March 18th followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas More Church, Breezy Point, March 19th. Her interment took place in Calvary Cemetery, Brentwood.

 

Sister Grace Catherine Smith, CSJ

Sister Grace Catherine Smith, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of  St. Joseph, Brentwood, died March 12 in Smith-3524-2x3the 79th year of her religious life.

She entered the Congregation in 1935 from the parish of St. Vincent Ferrer, Brooklyn. She earned a BA degree in English from St. John’s University and an MA in Art/English from Catholic University. She was an accomplished artist on various levels.

Her ministries included: Our Lady of Sorrows, Corona (1937-1941); Academy of St. Joseph HS, Brentwood (1941-1967); Bishop McDonnell HS, Brooklyn (1967-1971); St. Brendan HS, Brooklyn (1971-1974); and Stella Maris HS, Rockaway Beach (1987-1990).

Her  Mass of Christian burial was held in Maria Regina Chapel, March 17. The Mass included some of her own musical selections. She was later interred in Calvary Cemetery, Brentwood.

 

Sister Gertrude Hayward, CSJ

Sister Gertrude Hayward, formerly Sister Maria Petrae, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, died March 7 in the 58th year of her religious life.

HaywardShe entered the Congregation in 1956 from St. Rose of Lima parish, Massapequa. She earned a BS in Elementary Education from Brentwood College and an MS in Education from Queens College.

Her ministries included: Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Long Island City (1959-1966); St. Martin of Tours, Brooklyn (1966-1969); Mary’s Nativity, Flushing (1969-1978); Bishop Kearney HS, Brooklyn, as Financial Secretary (1978); St. Robert Bellarmine, Bayside (1979); St. Christopher, Baldwin (1979-1981); Our Lady of Snows, North Floral Park (1981-1986); Sacred Heart, North Merrick (1986-1989); St. Joachim, Cedarhurst (1989-1990); Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, Brentwood, as administrative assistant (1990-2011). She  retired in 2011.

Her wake and Mass of Christian Burial were held in Sacred Heart Chapel, Brentwood, March 9-10, 2014. Her interment followed in Calvary Cemetery, Brentwood.

Sister Barbara Monaghan, CSJ

Monahan0000Sister Barbara Monaghan, formerly Sister Barbara Francis, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, died March 1 in the 74th year of her religious life.

She entered the Congregation in 1940 from St. Nicholas of Tolentine parish, Queens. She obtained a BA degree in English and an MS in Math from St. John’s University. In 1981 she received certification in Spiritual Direction bringing her to such centers as Blue Point/Brentwood, Long Island; Wernersville, Pennsylvania;Shrewsbury/Gloucester, Massachusetts and Mercy Center, Connecticut giving retreats etc.

Most of her ministerial assignments were in the Brooklyn Diocese beginning with Queen of All Saints (1942-1943); Holy Cross (1943-1946); St. Cecilia (1946); Our Lady of Good Counsel, Inwood (1946-1947); Visitation, Red Hook (1947-1950); St. Patrick’s, Long Island City (1950-1958); Fontbonne Hall Academy HS (1958-1963); Our Lady of Perpetual Help HS (1963-1968); St. Agnes Seminary HS (1968-1972); Stella Maris HS (1972-1981); Spiritual Life Center, New Hyde Park (1981-1984); The Mary Louis Academy HS (1984-1986); Bethel House of Prayer, Brentwood as Spiritual Director (1986-1987); Maria Regina Residence as Assistant Superior (1987-1999). From (1999-2005) she was in residence at St. Joseph Renewal Center, Brentwood.

Her wake and Mass of Christian Burial took place in Sacred Heart Chapel from March 5-6, 2014 followed by her interment in Calvary Cemetery, Brentwood.

Sister of Mercy Kieran Hartigan, RSM

Sister of Mercy Kieran Hartigan, former superintendant of schools for the diocese, died February 26.

kieranFor over 50 years, Sister Kieran was involved in the ministry of education. She served as a teacher and principal at St. Pius X, Uniondale, and Our Lady of Mercy Academy, Syosett, (from which she graduated in 1950). She was the associate superintendent of schools from 1980-1990 and the first woman superintendent of schools in the diocese from 1990-93. She was also a dean at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception and a professor at St. Joseph’s College.

She is survived by her sister, Sister Margaret Ann, RSM. A wake was held at Our Lady of Mercy Academy and a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated there on March 1, followed by burial at Holy Rood Cemetery.

 

Sister Ann Dyer, CSJ

Sister Ann Dyer, formerly known as Sister Catherine Elizabeth, died February 13 in the 74th year of her religious life.

Dyer-4028-2x3She entered the Congregation from Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish, Brooklyn. She earned her BA in English from Manhattan College and her MA in French from Rivier College. Her ministries included : Transfiguration, Brooklyn (1942—1946); St. Francis de Sales, Belle Harbor (1946-1950); St. Anthony, Brooklyn (1950-1953); Queen of All Saints, Brooklyn (1953-1955); Holy Family, Flushing (1955-1960); St. Martha, Uniondale (1960-1962); The Mary Louis Academy HS, Jamaica (1962-1969); Fontbonne Hall Academy HS, Brooklyn, (1969-1970); Bishop McDonnell HS, Brooklyn (1970-1973) St. Thomas Aquinas, Brooklyn as Principal (1973-1979); St. Angela Hall Academy HS, Brooklyn (1979-1980); Bishop Kearney HS, Brooklyn (1980-1981); St. Agnes Seminary, Brooklyn (1981-1984); Academy of St. Joseph HS, Brentwood (1984-1987); Sacred Heart, North Merrick (1987-1990); St. Anne, Brentwood as secretary of the Religious Ed Office (1990-1991);; Maria Regina Residence, Brentwood (1991-1994); Brentwood Education Center, Brentwood (1994-1995); Sacred Heart Academy HS, Hempstead (1995-1997). She retired to St. Joseph Convent in 2006.

Her wake and Mass of Christian Burial were held in Sacred Heart Chapel, Brentwood, February 16-17. Her interment followed in Calvary Cemetery there.

Sister Joseph Lucille Lips, OP

LipsJosephLucilleColorSister Joseph Lucille Lips, 82, died February 8. She had devoted 63 years to religious life as a Sister of St. Dominic of Amityville.

Born in Flushing, Marie was the daughter of Anton and Mae Lips. She received the habit on August 4, 1952, with her religious name Sister Joseph Lucille. One year later, August 7, 1953, she pronounced her vows.

As a teacher Sister Joseph Lucille served at Incarnation, Queens Village (1953-1956); Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lindenhurst (1956-1958); St. Leonard, Brooklyn (1958-1965); St. Hugh of Lincoln, Huntington Station (1965-1968.)

From 1968 to 2007 she ministered to the people of St. Luke Parish, Whitestone in the school and then in parish outreach. She retired to St. Mel Convent in 2007 and later to Carlin Hall because of poor health.

Sister Joseph is survived by Geraldine and Peter Korsch, her sister and brother-in-law, and Brother Anton Joseph Lips, CFC, her brother, as well as nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Albert’s Chapel in Amityville on February 12. Interment followed in the Sisters’ Cemetery.

Sister Mary Richard DiGiacomo, CSJ

Sister Mary Richard DiGiacomo , a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, died February 3,  in the 75th year of her religious life.

DiGiacomo0000She entered the Congregation in 1940 from Holy Cross parish, Brooklyn. She obtained a BS and an MS in Music Education from Nazareth College and Duquesne University respectively. Her ministries included: St. Brendan, Brooklyn (1942-1945); St. Philip Neri, Northport (1945-1950); Academy of St. Joseph HS, Brentwood (1950-1958); St. Teresa of Avila, Brooklyn (1958-1961); Bishop Kearney HS, Brooklyn (1961-1973); St. Frances de Chantal, Wantagh as clerical assistant (1973-1978); St. Stanislaus Kostka, Maspeth (1976-1986); and back to Academy of St. Joseph, Brentwood (1986-1992). She was later retired to Maria Regina from 2007 to 2014.

Her wake and Mass of Christian Burial were held in Maria Regina Chapel, Brentwood February 6-7, followed by her interment in Calvary Cemetery there.

Sister Patrick Maureen Diamond, CSJ

Sister Patrick Maureen Diamond, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, died February 2,  in the 72nd year of her religious life.

She entered the Congregation in 1942 from the parish of St. Joseph, Pacific Diamond-4218-2x3Street, Brooklyn. Her ministries included: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Brooklyn (1944-1950); Our Lady of Lourdes, Brooklyn (1950-1956); St. Christopher, Baldwin (1956-1957); Mary, Mother of Jesus, Brooklyn (1957-1959); St. Brendan, Brooklyn (1959-1968); St. Teresa of Avila, Brooklyn (1968-1971); St. Mel, Flushing (1971-1974); Holy Cross, Brooklyn (1974-1976); Immaculate Heart of Mary, Brooklyn (1976-1984).

She retired to St. Joseph Convent, Brentwood (1984-2009) and later to Maria Regina Residence. Her wake and Mass of Christian Burial took place in Maria Regina Chapel February 25-26. She then was interred in Calvary Cemetery, Brentwood.

Sister Mary de Lourdes O’Brien, CSJ

Sister Mary de Lourdes O’Brien, (formerly Sister Raymond Augustine) a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, died in St. Joseph Convent, Brentwood, January 15,  in the 80th year of her religious life.

O'Brien-Mary-de-LourdesShe entered the Congregation in 1934 from the parish of Nativity of the Blessed Lord, Brooklyn. She obtained a BA from St. Joseph College, Brooklyn followed by a BS from Pratt Institute-Library School, in Library Science and an MS  from Columbia University.

Her ministries included: St. Angela Hall Academy HS, Brooklyn, 1936-1938; St. Joseph College, Brooklyn, 1938-1960; St. Joseph Commercial HS, Brooklyn 1960-1968; Brentwood College, Brentwood 1968-1970; Fontbonne Hall Academy HS, Brooklyn 1970-1972; St. John’s University, Staten Island 1972-1976; Stella Maris HS, Rockaway Park 1976-1989; and Opening Word Program, Brentwood in 1997 followed by retirement.

Her wake and Mass of Christian Burial took place in Sacred Heart Chapel, Brentwood, January 17-18 followed by her interment in Calvary Cemetery there.

Sister Patricia Lawless, CSJ

Sister Patricia Lawless, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, died in Maria Regina Lawless-5758-2x3Residence January 10 in the 57th year of her religious life. Sister entered the Congregation in 1957 from St. Ephrem parish, Brooklyn. She earned a BS degree in Education from Brentwood College followed by two Master of Science degrees from Syracuse University and Long Island University respectively.

Her ministries included: Our Lady of Victory, Brooklyn, 1960-1961; St. Philip Neri, Northport, 1962-1964; St. Ambrose, Brooklyn, 1964-1966; St. Agnes Seminary, Brooklyn, 1966-1967; St. Stanislas Kostka, Brooklyn, 1967-1968; Most Precious Blood, Long Island City, 1968-1974; St. Angela Hall Academy, Brooklyn, 1974-1980; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Brooklyn, 1980-1987; St. Ephrem, Brooklyn, 1987-1999; Fontbonne Hall, Brooklyn, 1999-2011 as Guidance Counselor. She retired in 2011.

Her wake and Mass of Christian Burial took place in Maria Regina Chapel, January 12-13, followed by her interment in Calvary Cemetery, Brentwood.

Sister Mary Catherine Leclair, CSJ

Sister Mary Catherine Leclair, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, died in Maria Regina Residence on January 11 in the 67th year of her religious life.

Leclair-4720-2x3She entered the Congregation in 1947 from the parish of Our Lady of Angels, Brooklyn. She earned a BBA degree in Business from St. John’s University,and an MS in Business from Hunter College.

Her ministries included Holy Child Jesus, Richmond Hill, 1949-1954; St. Ann, Flushing, 1954-1958; St. Patrick, Long Island City, 1958-1959; St. Francis de Sales, Belle Harbor, 1959-1961; Immaculate Conception, Jamaica 1961-1962; St. Joseph  Commercial HS, Brooklyn, 1962-1968, 1974-1975; Visitation, Brooklyn 1968-1974;  Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Brooklyn 1975-1979; Fontbonne Hall Academy,  Brooklyn, 1979-1999 and Mary’s Nativity, Flushing, as a Pastoral Care visitor in  1999.

Her wake and Mass of Christian Burial took place in Maria Regina Chapel, Brentwood followed by her interment there in Calvary Cemetery.

 

Sister Consuela Fox, RSM

image001Sister Consuela Fox, RSM, 87, a member of the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy,  died January 9 at Mercy Center in Dallas, PA. Sister Connie  taught French for almost 40 years at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville. Beside loving anything French she was proud of her Irish heritage and enjoyed playing the organ and piano.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated January 15 at the Sisters of Mercy Convent, Whitestone, followed by burial at St. John’s Cemetery, Middle Village.

 

Sister Marguerite Keenan, SC

marguerite-keenanSister Marguerite Keenan, formerly Sister James Bernard, died on January 15, at Parkstone Enhanced Care, Halifax, Nova Scotia at the age of 95. A Sister of Charity (Halifax) for 76 years, she served at Seton Hall High School, Patchogue,  from 1945-1948 as a grade 9 teacher.

When Sister Marguerite entered the congregation she already had attained a BA, then went on to earn a BLS from Mount Saint Vincent and later a MLS from the University of Toronto. In 1989, she earned a MTS from the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, NS.

Sister Marguerite Keenan also ministered in Riverton, New Jersey and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Sister Marguerite retired to Mount Saint Vincent Motherhouse, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 2002.

She is survived by her nephew Kenneth (Maureen) Morriscey and James (Elaine) Morriscey; her nieces Christina Lavoie, Michele Walsh, Margo (Paul) Shoulderice, Paula (Bill) Smith and Maureen (Tom) Doane; and by several grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Her wake was at Caritas Residence, Halifax, N.S. on Monday, January 19. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated the following day in Immaculate Conception Chapel of Caritas Residence. Burial was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville, N.S.

Reverend Henry I. Benack, 88

Benack,-Henry-1Father Henry I. Benack, former associate pastor at St. Patrick Church, Glen Cove, where he has resided since his retirement in 1998, died on January 14. He was 88.

Born June 6, 1925 in New York City, Father Benack studied at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, and was ordained at St. James Pro-Cathedral, Brooklyn June 9, 1951.

He served at the Church of St. Pancras, Glendale (1951-54); Church of the Holy Ghost, (Holy Spirit) New Hyde Park (1954-56); on the faculty of Molloy College (1956-63); Church of St. Joseph, Babylon (1963-66); Church of St. Martin of Tours, Bethpage (1966-67); Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Roosevelt (1967-75); Church of St. Mary of the Isle, Long Beach (1975-80); Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Massapequa Park (1980-82); Church of St. Dominic, Oyster Bay (1982-83); Church of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Wyandanch (1983-85); Church of St. Patrick, Glen Cove, Associate Pastor (1985-1998); while also serving as a chaplain at Nassau County Medical Center and  Community Hospital, Glen Cove.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on January 18 at the Church of St. Patrick. Bishop William Murphy presided. Msgr. John McCann was the homilist.

Sister Barbara Anne Mullen, O.P.

Sister Barbara Anne Mullen, formerly known as Sister Gilbert Marie, died on Thursday, January 16. She was 76 years old and had dedicated 58 years to religious life as a Sister of St. Dominic.

MullenBarbaraAnneColorBarbara was born on October 24, 1937, daughter of Gilbert and Margaret Mullen. Their home parish was Holy Cross, Brooklyn. After attending Bishop McDonnell Memorial High School, Barbara entered the Congregation on September 10, 1955. She received the habit on August 6, 1956 with the religious name Sister Gilbert Marie. One year later, August 8, 1957, Sister pronounced her religious vows.

Sister’s first assignment was at St. Pancras School, 1957-1966, followed by eight years as an eighth grade teacher at St. Francis de Chantel. She ministered as the librarian at Cathedral Prep Seminary in Booklyn (1974-1982) using  her Master’s degree in Library Science from Pratt Institute. She went on to get a certificate in Pastoral Counseling and worked in the Religious Consultation Center with Father Jim Sullivan in 1982. Her last ministry was as pastoral associate at St. Catherine of Alexandria, Brooklyn (1983-2011), until her retirement. Poor health necessitated a move to Carlin Hall, Amityville, in 2012.

Survivors include her sister Patricia Mullen Peters, her brother and sister-in-law Jim and Ellie Mullen, her sister-in-law Sylvia, along with an extended family of loving nieces and nephews, and her devoted friend Olga.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Albert’s Chapel in Amityville on January 21 with interment in the Sisters’ Cemetery there.

 

Sister Patricia Woll, IHM

Sister Patricia Woll, (formerly known as Sister M. Aniceta) of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.WollPatricia

She was born on November 26, 1931, in Danville, PA. She was the daughter of the late William and Theresa Kremer Woll. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 8, 1950, and made her temporary profession of vows on August 2, 1953, and her final profession of vows on August 2, 1956.

Sister Patricia served as a teacher at schools in Pennsylvania and Maryland as well as in New York at St. Ephrem Elementary School in Brooklyn, from 1968 to 1971 and 1984 to 1994; and St. Peter of Alcantra Elementary School in Port Washington, from 1995 to 1996.

She also served as assistant to the director of the IHM Art Studio in Scranton, PA, from 1996 to 1999. Sister Patricia was an artist and created art for IHM Congregation publications as well as arts and crafts for the IHM Heartworks Boutique at Our Lady of Peace Residence. Sister was an instructor at the IHM Educational Enrichment Institute at the IHM Center in Scranton, PA, from 2001 to 2011.

From 2011 until the time of her death, Sister Patricia served as a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

 

Sister Ruth Phillips, SSND

photo-S.-Ruth-PhillipsSister Ruth Phillips, who taught in Catholic schools in five different states over nearly 40 years, died on Dec. 28 at Lourdes Health Care Center in Wilton, Conn. She was 82 years old and had been a professed member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame for 55 years.

Ruth Phillips was born on May 14, 1931, in Medford, Mass., the first of three children of Ruth M. [Flynn] and Clarke Phillips. She attended Immaculate Conception Grammar School and Girls Catholic High School, both in Malden, Mass. After graduation she attended Malden Business School and was employed at Vogue Dolls Inc. for five years before entering the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1955. As a novice she was given the name Mary Ruth. She professed her first vows as an SSND in 1957 and her final vows in 1963.

Sister Ruth’s New York  teaching assignments include St. Matthias in Brooklyn (1965-70) and St. Patrick in Glen Cove,  (1970-79). Sister Ruth retired from teaching in 2000 and moved to Villa Notre Dame in Wilton, Conn. In 2006 she moved to Lourdes Health Care Center.

Sister Ruth is a 1965 graduate of what is today Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education.

Sister Mary Ann Tirelli, O.P.

Dominican Sister Mary Ann Tirelli, formerly Sister Margaret Louis, died December 12. She was 77 and had devoted 58 years to religious life as a Sister of St. Dominic.

Tirelli,-Mary-Ann-colorSister Mary Ann became acquainted with the Dominican Sisters at All Saints High School, Brooklyn. She entered the congregation in 1955 and pronounced her religious vows in 1957

Sister’s first assignment was St. Aloysius School, Brooklyn, where she taught until 1968. From 1968-1998, Sister Mary Ann taught business subjects at Dominican Commercial High School, Jamaica. When the school closed, she continued to reside at Bethany Convent and ministered at Cathedral Preparatory Seminary in Elmhurst from 1998-2007.

Because of health issues, Sister Mary Ann moved to Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse, Carlin Hall, in 2007. She kept her bright and cheery greeting as a member of the CenterLight program. She is survived by her brother Louis Tirelli and his wife Louise, and her sister Margaret Ryskiewicz and her husband Philip as well as many nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Albert’s Chapel in Amityville on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 10:30am. Interment in the Sisters’ Cemetery will follow.

 

 

Sister M. Salvator Cramer, IHM

CramerSalvatorSister M. Salvator Cramer of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Wednesday, December 11,  at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She was born on September 15, 1932, in Brooklyn and given the name Mary Jane. She was the daughter of the late Leo and Lillian Kammerer Cramer. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 7, 1950, and made her temporary profession of vows on August 2, 1953, and her final profession of vows on August 2, 1956.

Sister Salvator served as a teacher at schools in Maryland, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, as well as locally at St. Mary High School in Manhasset, (1967 to 1981); Maria Regina Diocesan High School, Uniondale, (1981 to 1983); Cathedral High School in Manhattan(1983 to 1993).

She also served as a pastoral minister at St. Ambrose Parish in Bridgeport, CT, and was on the support staff of the Marian Convent in Scranton, PA.

From 1996 until the time of her death, Sister Salvator was a prayer minister at the Marian Convent and at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Tuesday, December 17, at 11:00 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Peace Residence, 2300 Adams Avenue in Scranton. Friends may call at Our Lady of Peace Residence on Monday, December 16, between 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Interment will follow Mass on Tuesday at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, PA.

 Sister Cecilia Diane Aymong, OP

Sister Cecilia Diane Aymong, a Sister of St. Dominic for 81 years died November 30. She was 101. 

Aymong,-Cecilia-Diane-colorRosalie Claire was born in Brooklyn on August 27, 1912, daughter of Nestor and Evangeline Aymong.  She entered the order from St. Barnabas Parish, Bellmore, on January 31, 1932. 

 Sister Cecilia Dian taught at St. Bartholomew, Elmhurst (1933-1956); St. Luke, Whitestone (1956-1969); Presentation, Jamaica (1969-1982). From 1982-1995, she acted as a substitute teacher at her new assignment in St. Ignatius Martyr, Long Beach.  She retired in 1995 and remained at St. Ignatius Convent until 2003.  Poor health then necessitated a move to Carlin Hall in Amityville

Sister is survived by nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on December 4, in St. Albert’s Chapel in Amityville.

 

Sister Catherine Immaculate Roach, CSJ

Roach,-Catherine0000Sister Catherine Immaculate Roach, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, died November 29th in the 73rd year of her religious life.

She entered the Congregation in 1941 from the parish of Our Lady of Sorrows, Queens. She earned a BA degree in English from St. John’s University followed by an MA in Speech from Columbia University.  Her ministries included Holy Child Jesus, Richmond Hill (1942-1945); St. Brendan, Brooklyn (1945-1946); St. Teresa of Avila, Brooklyn (1946-1948);  St. Benedict Joseph Labre, Richmond Hill (1948-1951); Holy Cross, Brooklyn; (1951-1952); Immaculate Conception, Jamaica (1952-1953); St. Francis of Assisi, Brooklyn (1953-1960); Bishop McDonnell HS, Brooklyn (1960-1961); St. Agnes Seminary HS, Brooklyn (1961-1968).

In the diocese of Rockville Centre Sister Catherine Immaculate served as principal at St. Martha, Uniondale, (1968-1978);  as public relations director of the diocese (1978-1982); and at  Sacred Heart Academy HS, Hempstead  where she remained until her death.

Her wake was in Sacred Heart Chapel, Hempstead, December 2, 2013 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Sacred Heart Chapel, Brentwood. She was then interred in Calvary Cemetery there.

 

Sister M. Jeanne Gallagher, IHM

Sister M. Jeanne Gallagher, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on November 16 at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton, Pa. She was 87 years old.

GallagherJeanneBorn in September, 1926, in Scranton, and given the name Ann Marie, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Agnes Maloney Gallagher. She entered the IHM Congregation on July 2, 1943, and made her temporary profession of vows on May 8, 1946, and her final profession of vows on August 2, 1949.

Sister Jeanne served as a teacher and a principal in schools in several states including locally at St. Ephrem Elementary School in Brooklyn, (1946 -51) and at St. Peter of Alcantara Elementary School in Port Washington, (1974 – 1977).

From 2008 until the time of her death, Sister Jeanne served as a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She was preceded in death by a brother, John, Sr., and is survived by a sister-in-law, Mary, from Westville, NJ; and nieces and nephews.

Her funeral Mass and burial were held November 20  in Scranton.

Sister Edna McKeever, C.S.J.

Sister Edna McKeever, formerly Sister Paul Edna, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, L.I., for 63 years, died Nov. 5.

OBIT_SrEMcKeeverCSJShe entered the congregation from Queen of All Saints parish, Fort Greene, on Sept. 6, 1951.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in French from St. Joseph College; a master’s degree in French from Brooklyn College and was certified in French at Catholic University in Angers, France. Later, she obtained certification in archival studies from the Modern Archives Institute, Washington, in 1992, and Long Island University-Palmer School, Brookville, L.I., 1995.

Her early years in ministry were spent teaching elementary school at Holy Cross, Flatbush, 1953-95; St. Brendan, Midwood, 1953-55; Our Lady of Good Counsel, Inwood, 1959-62; St. Francis of Assisi, Crown Heights, 1963-66; and St. Athanasius, Bensonhurst, 1966-67.

On the high school level, she taught French at St. Brendan Diocesan H.S., Midwood, 1967-71; St. Angela Hall Academy H.S., Clinton Hill, 1972-74; Holy Cross H.S., Flushing, 1978-83; and Sacred Heart Academy H.S., Hempstead, L.I., 1983-91.

In the early 1970s, she began doing research in the Maryknoll Cloister, Ossining, N.Y., and then volunteered as an archivist in LePuy, France, where the Josephite Congregation was founded.  She was later asked by the Global Council of the Sisters of St. Joseph to professionalize the LePuy archives.  Her knowledge about the Congregation’s history led her to conduct retreats centering around its history and charism.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held in Sacred Heart Chapel, Brentwood, Nov. 8. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery, Brentwood.

Sister Maria Stapleton, C.S.J.

Sister Maria Stapleton, formerly Sister Maria Frederick, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, for 77 years, died Nov. 7.

OBIT_SrMStapletonCSJShe entered the Congregation from Mary’s Nativity parish, Flushing, on Feb. 2, 1936.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in English from St. John’s University, Jamaica. She later obtained a master’s degree in secondary education from Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

She taught at Our Lady of Sorrows, Corona, 1938-47; Bishop McDonnell H.S., Crown Heights, 1947-49; Fontbonne Hall Academy, Bay Ridge, 1949-52; and Academy of St. Joseph H.S., Brentwood, 1952-64.

She was the principal of St. Angela Hall Academy H.S., Clinton Hill, 1964-70, and Fontbonne Hall Academy, 1970-76. She served as directress at Academy of St. Joseph H.S., 1976-89, and as an adjunct professor in the Education Department at St. Joseph College, Patchogue.

She was also a member of the board of trustees of St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn and Patchogue, 1968-89, and a member emeritus, 1989.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held in Sacred Heart Chapel, Brentwood, Nov. 11. Interment followed in Calvary  Cemetery, Brentwood.

 

Sister M. St. Monica Costello, IHM

Sister M. St. Monica Costello, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Tuesday, November 5, at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

CostelloStMonicaShe was born on February 11, 1938, in Brooklyn, and given the name Margaret. She was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary Connelly Costello. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 7, 1956, and made her temporary profession of vows on March 12, 1959, and her final profession of vows on March 12, 1964.

Sister St. Monica taught locally at St. Peter of Alcantara Elementary School in Port Washington (1969-1970), and served as principal at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Manhasset, NY, from 1988 to 1997.

Sister St. Monica was the director of the IHM Educational Enrichment Institute at the IHM Center in Scranton, PA, from 2000 until the time of her death.

She received a bachelor of science degree in education and a master of science degree in religious education both from Marywood University.

She was preceded in death by a brother, William, and is survived by a brother, Reverend Andrew, CSsR, of Annapolis, MD; and a sister, Mary Doody of Doylestown, PA; nieces and a nephew; grandnieces and grandnephews; and a dear friend, Sandy.

The funeral was Monday, November 11 at IHM Center, Scranton. Interment followed at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, PA.

Sister Margaret Clarke, IHM


ClarkeMargaretSister Margaret Clarke, IHM, (formerly known as Sister M. Emelia) of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on October 31 at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

Sister Margaret served as a teacher from 1942 until 2008 at school including locally at St. Dominic Elementary School in Oyster Bay (1949 to 1952) and at St. Raymond’s Elementary School in East Rockaway,  (1986 to 2008) where she also served as librarian.

From 2008 until the time of her death, Sister Margaret was a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She was born on April 29, 1921, in Providence, RI, the daughter of the late William and Honor Duffy Clarke. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 8, 1939, and made her temporary profession of vows on May 8, 1942, and her final profession of vows on August 2, 1945.She received a bachelor of arts degree in education and a master of science degree in library science from Marywood College.

She is survived by a brother, Reverend Peter, and a sister, Anne, both of North Augusta, SC; and nephews.  She was preceded in death by a brother, William V.

The funeral was held November 4 at Our Lady of Peace Residence, in Scranton, followed by burial at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, PA. .

Sister Mary Alicia Lanni, OP

Dominican Sister Mary Alicia Lanni died October 22. Sister was 92 years of age and had dedicated 72 years to religious life as a Sister of St. Dominic.

Lanni,-Mary-AliciaSister Mary Alicia ministered in both the Dioceses of Brooklyn and Rockville Centre.  Her  ministries  included Catholic Eeducation, membership in several Houses of Prayer, Pastoral Care and Religious Education.  Locally she served at  Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Lindenhurst, (1942-1952); St. Francis of Assisi School, Long Island City (1952-1957); Our Lady of Solace School, Brooklyn, (1957-1965), Corpus Christi, Woodside, (1965-1969); Sacred Heart, Cambria Heights, (1969-1971).

Sister served as a nurse’s aide in the Infirmary of Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse in Amityville for the year 1974-1975.  She then moved to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Lindenhurst (1975-1979) where she brought together the widows and widowers of the parish. They formed a group called the Alician Guild in honor of its founder Sister Alicia. Sister also began a summer bible school for pre-school children. From 1979 to 1981 she was part of the prayer ministry at Magnificat House in Manhasset.  She taught Religious Education teacher from 1981-1983 at St. Martin Parish, Amityville.

Sister was part of  the pastoral service team at Consolation Nursing Home from 1985-1990  until she had to retire due to poor health.  She continued to serve in the Development Office at the Motherhouse in Amityville.

Sister Alicia was born Anna Lanni on Nov. 11, 1920, daughter of  Pasquale and Angelina.  She entered the convent on February 2, 1941, the first religious to come from St. Kilian’s Parish, Farmingdale.  Sister Alicia is survived by her sister Mildred Corwin of Farmingdale, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their children.  Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on October 25 in St. Albert Chapel.

 

 

Sister Mary Schramm, OSU

srmaryschramm0001Ursuline Sister of Tildonk Sister Mary Schramm died suddenly on Thursday, September 19 in Bayport. 

Sister was born in Richmond Hill, Queens, on February 9, 1940.  Sister Mary is the daughter of the late Louis Joseph Schramm and Marie Rita McGrath.  Mary entered the Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk in Blue Point on September 8, 1958 and professed her final vows in 1964.

She taught in primary parochial schools in Ozone Park, Queens, and Seaford, as well as in Stamford and Meriden, Connecticut.  Sister Mary was also an instructor in the Alternate High School affiliated with Rossbrook House in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada for three years.  In addition to her teaching, she served as co-coordinator of PRONTO of L.I. in Bay Shore for three years while living in the Angela Merici Inn. 

Following her teaching career, Sister Mary gave service to the community at St. Ursula Center at Blue Point  where she resided.  She created “sacred space” and brought beauty to the gardens.  She engaged many volunteers, especially from the local scouting community, in her beautification of the grounds.

Sister Mary will be deeply missed by her family, her Ursuline Sisters and Associates, and the many friends she made over the years.  She is survived by her brothers, Jack of Leesburg, FL, James of White River Junction, VT, and Stephen of Rockville Centre and her sisters, Virginia of Manchester, NH, Jane of Halcott, NY,  Angela of Manhattan and Marian of Suffern, NY and, as well as many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Memorial Services will be at the St. Ursula Center Chapel in Blue Point on Friday, September 27 from 4-7.  Her Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 28 at 10:30 at St. Ursula Center followed by interment at the Ursuline Cemetery in Blue Point.

Memorial contributions in her memory benefiting the Ursuline Sisters Retirement Fund may be sent to:  Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk, 81-15 Utopia Parkway, Jamaica, NY, 11432-1308

 

 

Father Richard Francis Futie
Father Richard Francis Futie, age 58, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Stamford, Conn., died on August 25th while on vacation in Mexico.
A Connecticut native, he graduated from from St. Mary High School in Stamford and began a lifelong pursuit in the world of theology. He would continue on to receive his Associate of Arts degree from St. Thomas Seminary, a bachelor’s degree of history from the Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception Seminary, and ultimately be ordained June 26, 1982 at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport. Father Futie went on to study at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, and earned his theological degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University. He would later return to Rome to receive doctoral studies in canon law.
After many years devoted towards his studies, Father Futie served as vicar for three parishes and in 1995 was named pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Stamford. He would serve there for 12 years before being named pastor of Sacred Heart Church in 2007.
He is survived by his parents Benjamin and Marguerite, siblings Tracy and Lawrence, nephews Zachary and Jake, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Sister Marianella Amerson, OP

AmersonMarianellaCMYKSister of St. Dominic Marianella Amerson, whose 68 yers in religious life were devoted to the care and service of other Sisters, died August 31. She was 87.

Born in Brooklyn July 11, 1926, Doris Amerson entered religious life on September 8, 1945. One year later on August 4, 1946, she received the habit and her religious name, Sister Marianella.  On August 7, 1947, she pronounced her religious vows.

She cared for other Sisters as cook and domestic in the following convents: St. Agnes, Rockville Centre, 1947-48; St. Martin of Tours, Amityville, 1948-54; American Martyrs, Bayside,1954-56; St. Frances de Chantal, Brooklyn,1956-58; St. Joseph, Sullivan County, 1958-61; Incarnation, Queens Village,1961-63; Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, 1963-68; St. Hugh of Lincoln, South Huntington, 1968-70; St. Rose of Lima, Massapequa, 1970-71. In 1971, Sister assumed the position of driver at Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse, Amityville.

A Sister of the Order of Preachers – the Dominicans — Sister Marianella’s religious family includes preachers of the word like St. Dominic and St. Catherine; but it also includes St. Rose of Lima and Blessed Margaret of Castello, whose lives were spent in prayer and day-to-day chores.  Like them, Sister Marianella preached by her actions, devoting countless hours cooking, cleaning, and shopping for the Sisters. Some remember the care she took to make the salads pleasing to the eye.  For visiting Sunday there would be cupcakes set out for three o’clock lunch for the families. Many remember her sweet disposition. She was like a “steady ender.”

Many times as chauffeur at the motherhouse she was called upon to take a Sister to Sloan-Kettering in the New York City for treatments. Her gentleness was of great help in those cases.

Sister Marianella is survived by nieces and nephews.  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Albert Chapel on Wednesday, September 4.  Interment in the Sisters’ Cemetery followed.

Sister Helen Brennan, OP

Brennan-HelenCMYKSister of St. Dominic Helen Brennan, an educator in schools in the Brooklyn Diocese for 40 years, died August 21. She was 81, and had devoted 61 years to religious life.

Born September 24, 1931, Helen became acquainted with the Dominican Sisters at Bishop McDonnell Memorial High School, Brooklyn.  On September 6, 1952 she entered the Congregation.  On August 4, 1953, she received the habit and her religious name, Sister Maureen Thomas.  One year later, on August 7, 1954, she pronounced her religious vows.

Her ministry began at St. Francis of Assisi, Long Island City, where she taught elementary school from 1954-61.  She was then assigned to Dominican Commercial High School in Jamaica as a teacher of business subjects from 1961-68.  She lived at St. Nicholas Convent, Brooklyn, from 1968-1987, wearing different hats: principal of St. Nicholas Elementary School from 1968-73; chairperson of the business department of St. Nicholas High School from 1973-77; and chairperson of the business department at Dominican Commercial from 1977-87.

Sister Helen moved to St. Sebastian Convent, Woodside, in 1987 and became assistant principal at Dominican Commercial from 1987-93.  She then served as administrative assistant with the Sisters of Mercy, Brooklyn, from 1993-2001, before becoming part of the Office of Financial Services until 2004 when, because of poor health, she retired and lived at St. Gregory Convent until 2011.  Even in retirement, she gave of herself, volunteering at Ronald McDonald House of Long Island and Catholic Charities Richard Reder Apartments, acting as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion in St. Gregory Parish, and giving English lessons weekly in the convent.

Sister Helen is survived by her brother, Jim Brennan, of East Atlantic Beach, and her sisters Mary Baxter of Merrick and Margaret Kane of Shirley, as well as many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews on both sides of the Atlantic.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, August 24.  Interment in the Sisters’ Cemetery followed.

Sister Anne Johnston, RSM

sister-anne-johnstonSister of Mercy Anne Johnston (formerly Sister Mary Rosarita), who served as an educator at various Long Island schools and parishes and later ministered to the sick and people in need, died August 14 at Maria Regina Residence in Brentwood. She was 95.

A parishioner at Holy Rosary Church, Bedford-Stuyvesant, she entered the Sisters of Mercy on February 2, 1936, having graduated from Holy Rosary Elementary and Mercy Juniorate High School.

She began her long teaching career in Brooklyn at St. Gregory School, Crown Heights (1938-39), St. Thomas Aquinas, Flatlands (1939-40, 1946-48), St. Therese of Lisieux (1942-46), St. Brigid (1948-53), and Catherine McAuley High School (1953-59, 1966-72).

She served the Rockville Centre Diocese as a teacher in St. Patrick’s School, Bay  Shore (1940-42), Our Lady of Mercy Academy, Syosset (1959-61), Mercy High School, Riverhead (1961-66), and as director of religious education at St. Patrick’s Parish, Smithtown (1976-77), St. Margaret of Scotland, Selden (1977-81), and St. Francis DeSales, Patchogue (1981-84, 1985-89)

In 1989, Sister Anne became director of the Mercy Soup Kitchen in Wyandanch, where she served until 2002.  For the next two years, she volunteered at Central General Hospital in Plainview, after which she retired to the Convent of Mercy in Brooklyn.    Following the closing of the convent in Brooklyn, she moved to the Sisters of Mercy Convent in Whitestone, where she remained an avid reader and advocate for social justice and for the poor. Failing health caused her to spend her remaining days in the tender care of the staff at Maria Regina Residence.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the Sisters of Mercy Convent in Whitestone on August 19.  Burial was in St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale.

She is survived by her brother, Arthur Johnston, and loving nieces and nephews.

Sister Maureen T. Cook, OP

Cook-MaureenCMYKAmityville Dominican Sister Maureen Cook, whose 64 years of religious life brought her to Long Island as a teacher at St. Boniface in Elmont, and later as a counselor/therapist at St. Ursula Center, Blue Point and teacher of a course in Counselor Wellness at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, passed away August 12. She would have been 83 on August 18.

Born in 1930, she entered the Congregation from St. Thomas Apostle Parish in Woodhaven on September 7, 1948.  On August 4, 1949 she received the habit and her religious name, Sister Paschal Marie.  One year later, August 5, 1950, she pronounced her vows.

In addition to St. Boniface, she taught elementary school children in St. Pancras School, Glendale; Sacred Heart in East Glendale; and St. Patrick, Brooklyn.  In 1969, she moved to the secondary level and taught in the business department of Dominican Commercial High School in Jamaica until 1980.

Sister Maureen was extremely generous in sharing on tape her journey in recovery from addiction.  She relates that in 1981 she entered a place of rehabilitation and describes things that she had to learn the hard way and through a lot of pain,” because that’s what God wanted of me at that point in my life.”  Upon her return Sister worked at Mary Immaculate Hospital and at the same time graduated from a program at South Oaks Hospital in 1986.  She was invited to do a prolonged internship as a counselor.  Eventually she made a contact with people who were starting a new type of program in Woodbury, Central Recovery Systems.  She took pieces from her own recovery program and pieces of the program learned at South Oaks and developed a very comprehensive six-week program.

Sister’s experiences as counselor/therapist took her to St. Ursula Center, to Interline JFK, Jamaica, and to certification in Holotropic Breathwork and Integrated Breathwork.  She was also certified in Transpersonal Psychology and Psychospiritual Integration. In 1998 she was involved in retreats and workshops and also taught the course at Molloy. She continued to work with clients in her private practice.  In 2011 Sister retired and lived in the motherhouse.  Her health later necessitated added care in a skilled facility.

Sister Maureen is survived by her brother John and his wife Carol along with their children, Deborah, Michael, Cathy, Judy and Carolyn, as well as 15 grandnieces and grandnephews. Her funeral Mass was celebrated August 19, and interment followed in the Sisters Cemetery.

Sister Beatrice Patricia Murphy, OP

MurphyBeatriceCMYKSister of St. Dominic Beatrice Murphy, whose 54 years of religious life included 30 years as a Catholic school teacher and administrator in the Diocese of Brooklyn, died August 8. She was 86.

Born October 19, 1926, she entered the Congregation from St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish in Brooklyn on November 6, 1958.  On August 5, 1959 she received the habit and her religious name, Sister Mary Gilchrist.  One year later, on August 6, 1960, she pronounced her religious vows.

Using her degrees in elementary education, she taught in St. Pancras, Glendale, from 1960-1964; Most Holy Trinity, Brooklyn, 1964-1971 and Sacred Heart, East Glendale, 1971-1974. She then served as assistant principal at Incarnation School, Queens Village, from 1974-1978 and then principal there from 1978-1990.

After a sabbatical in Burlingame, California, Sister accepted a position as pastoral minister in St. Margaret Parish, Middle Village from 1991-2002.  Poor health forced her to retire in 2002.  From 1971 until her death, she had resided at Sacred Heart Convent, East Glendale.

Sister Beatrice is survived by Ann, Joe and Jim Murphy and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Albert chapel on August 10.  Interment in the Sisters’ Cemetery followed.

Sister Renee Canitrot, OP

Canitrot-ReneeCMYKAmityville Dominican Sister Renee Canitrot, who taught at a number of Catholic schools on Long Island, died August 6.  She was 86 years and had served as an Amityville Dominican for 66 years.

Born December 2, 1926, Sister Renee received the habit and her religious name, Sister Maria Hostia, on August 4, 1947.  She made her first profession on August 7, 1948.

Sister’s life of ministry started at St. Vincent’s Home on Boerum Place in Brooklyn where she cared for the boys from 1948-1951.  She subsequently taught at schools throughout the dioceses of Rockville Centre and Brooklyn:  St. Kilian, Farmingdale; St. Hugh of Lincoln, Huntington Station; Our Lady of Lourdes, Malverne; St. Therese of Lisieux, Montauk; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lindenhurst;  Fourteen Holy Martyrs, Brooklyn; St. Joseph, Long Island City; Corpus Christi, Woodside; St. Nicholas, Brooklyn; and St. Mark, Brooklyn.

Her French ancestry enabled her to be part of a team exploring a Dominican presence in Fanjeaux, France, where she spent the summer of 1993 assisting with the reception of pilgrims and visitors from around the world at the “Belvedere,” a guest house owned by the Dominican Sisters of the Incarnate Word.

Sister Renee’s attraction to service of the poor found expression in 1976-1977 in Maryhouse, part of the Catholic Worker Movement in New York City; from 1977-1978 in Christus House, Brooklyn; and in 1987-1990 in Blessed Sacrament Parish in Newark.  She also served in Lamp Ministries, Bronx, from 2000-2004.

She also tried out a more fully contemplative way of life at Mother of Perpetual Help Monastery in Esopus.  In 2004 she retired to Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse.

Sister Renee is survived by her niece and goddaughter Louise Kleinstiver of Arizona.  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Albert chapel, Amityville on August 9.   Interment followed in the Sisters’ Cemetery.

Sister Edith Fondecchia, IHM

 FondecchiaEdithSister of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Edith Fondecchia (formerly known as Sister Editha) died July 24 at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton, Pennsylvania. 

Born December 13, 1926, in Sayre, Pa., Lydia Fondecchia entered the IHM Congregation on September 8, 1945, and made her final profession of vows on August 2, 1951.

Sister Edith served as a teacher at St. Mary Elementary School in Manhasset from 1968 to 1970, as well as at St. Ephrem Elementary School in Brooklyn from 1953 to 1960 and 1972 to 1981, and Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Elementary School in Forest Hills, NY, from 1964 to 1967. She also taught at Catholic elementary schools in Oneida, NY, Exeter and Pittsburgh, Pa., and was principal at Holy Rosary Elementary School in Scranton  from 1967 to 1968. She also taught at Cathedral High School in New York City from 1981-83 and from 1985-2004.

             From 2004 until 2009, Sister Edith served as a prayer minister at St. Ephrem Convent in Brooklyn. From 2009 until the time of her death, she was a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

Sister Edith is survived by a brother, John, of Winter Haven, Fl., and nieces and nephews. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated July 30 at Our Lady of Peace Residence. Interment followed at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, Pa.

 

Sister Catherine Donelan, SC

Sister of Charity (Halifax) Catherine Donelan (Sister James Michael) died July 21 at Mount Saint Vincent, Wellesley, Massachusetts at the age of 94.  A Sister of Charity (Halifax) for 75 years, she was a member of the first graduating class at St. Sebastian School, Woodside, NY.

Sister Catherine served at St. Elizabeth Parish, Melville as coordinator of human services/parish outreach from 1979-95. She also ministered in the Brooklyn Diocese at Resurrection-Ascension School, Rego Park; as  provincial treasurer of the Sisters of Charity-Halifax and volunteer at Women Helping Women.  Sister Catherine also served in Massachusetts, Bermuda and Nova Scotia.  She retired to St. Barnabas Convent, Bellmore in 2009 where she resided until June 2013.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Barnabas Parish, Bellmore July 26. Interment was at St. John’s Cemetery in Middle Village.

Sister Jeanne Tubach, IHM

 TubachJeanneImmaculate Heart of Mary Sister Jeanne Tubach (formerly known as Sister Mary Gordon), who taught at St. Mary High School in Manhasset from 1960 to 1961, died July 6 at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton, PA. She was 80.

Born September 1, 1932, in Towanda, PA, and given the name Eugenia, she entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Congregation on September 8, 1949, and made her final profession of vows on May 8, 1955.

Sister Jeanne served as principal at Academia Cristo Rey in Ponce, Puerto Rico, from 1964 to 1967, and at Holy Rosary High School in Scranton from 1971 to 1974. She served as a teacher at several Catholic elementary and high schools in Pennsylvania throughout the 1950s and 60s, as well as at Santisimo Nombre de Jesus High School in Lima, Peru, from 1985 to 1988.

She served on the staff at the Marian Convent in Scranton from 1982 to 1985; as director of volunteer services at Marian Community Hospital in Carbondale, PA, from 1988 to 1997; and on the staff at the IHM Spiritual Renewal Center in Cresco, PA, from 1998 to 2004.

             From 2006 until the time of her death, Sister Jeanne was a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She is survived by a brother, Paul, and his wife, Barbara, of Glen Allen, VA; and two sisters, Lucille Christini and her husband, James, of Towanda, PA, and Mary Frances Cummiskey and her husband, John, of Endicott, NY; nieces and nephews; and grandnieces and grandnephews.

 A Mass of Christian Burial was offered July 13 at Our Lady of Peace Residence. Interment followed at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, PA.

 

Sister Rita Lorraine Burke, IHM

 

 Burke           Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Rita Lorraine Burke formerly known as Sister M. Gracilda), who taught at St. Dominic Elementary School in Oyster Bay from 1950 to 1951 died June 11 at Regional Hospital of Scranton, PA.

Born November 28, 1926, in Scranton, she entered the IHM Congregation on September 8, 1945, and made her final profession of vows on August 2, 1951.

Between 1948 and 2002 Sister Rita Lorraine served as a teacher, principal and assistant principal at Catholic elementary schools in Pennsylvania, Idaho, Oregon, and in Oneida and Binghamton, NY.  She was administrative assistant at St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Binghamton, 2002 to 2004, and assistant director of Heartworks, Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton, from 2004 to 2009.

             From 2009 until the time of her death, Sister Rita Lorraine served as a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She is survived by two nieces, Alice Del Villano of Binghamton, and Pauline Zelsnack of Aliquippa, PA; and a nephew, Arthur Somers of Binghamton.

 A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Our Lady of Peace Residence on June 14. Interment followed at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, PA.

 

Sister Julianne Spiess, SSND

School Sister of Notre Dame Julianne Spiess, a Catholic school educator for more than 30 years before adopting a ministry of parish outreach that brought her to Long Island, died June 16 at Lourdes Health Care Center in Wilton, Conn. She was 80 years old and was marking her 60th jubilee this summer as a professed member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

Julianne Olga Spiess was born on Feb. 2, 1933, in Brooklyn. She attended St. Matthias School in Brooklyn, where she first met the School Sisters of Notre Dame. On graduation from the SSND Aspiranture in 1950 she entered the congregation’s candidature. As a novice she was given the religious name Mary Rita. She professed her final vows in 1959, and years later she resumed using her baptismal name.

Beginning in 1950, Sister Julianne spent more than 20 years as a teacher and then principal at various Catholic schools in New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania, before beginning a shift in her ministry from teaching to counseling. While earning a master’s degree in counseling in 1976 from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ, she served at St. Jane Frances Learning Center in Riviera Beach, Md. (1974), and as a nursing aide at Villa Maria in Glen Arm, Md. (1974-75). She spent a year as a counselor-consultant with the Archdiocese of Baltimore (1976-77) before being named guidance counselor at Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore (1977-84).  In 1984, she became a pastoral associate, first at St. Mark’s in Catonsville, Md. (1984-86), and then at Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City, Md. (1986-88.)

In 1988, Sister Julianne returned to the Diocese of Brooklyn to serve at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal parish in Ridgewood. There she coordinated parish outreach, including service to seniors, from 1988 to 1997. She then coordinated parish outreach at St. John of God in Central Islip from 1997 until moving to Bohemia in 2006, where she was in community service to St. John Nepomucene until only months before her death.

A Mass of Christian burial was held for Sister Julianne on June 20 at the chapel at Villa Notre Dame in Wilton. Burial followed at St. Mary Cemetery in Bethel, Conn.

Sister Julianne is survived by three sisters, Veronica Cesareo of Lakewood, NJ, Rita Roussey of Woodbridge, NJ, and Frances Merz of Roslyn; and a brother, Ted Spiess of Marietta, Ga.

 

Sister Veronique Hennegan, BVM

 Hennegan           Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Veronique Hennegan, 92, who taught at Our Lady of Loretto in Hempstead and St. Thomas Apostle in West Hempstead, died May 31 at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa.

Born June 13, 1920, she entered the BVM congregation from Holy Cross Parish, Chicago, on Sept. 8, 1938, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1946. In addition to Hempstead and West Hempstead, she taught in Dubuque and Fort Dodge, Iowa; Maywood, Chicago and Mundelein, Ill.; and San Francisco.

Burial was in the Mount Carmel cemetery in Dubuque. Sister Veronique is survived by a niece and nephew.

Father Paul Bie

Father Paul R. Bie, who served most recently as associate pastor at Maria Regina Parish in Seaford, died June 2. He was 57.

frbieBorn in Brooklyn June 16, 1955, he graduated from Christ the King School in Commack in 1969. Following high school, he graduated from Cathedral College in Douglaston in 1977. After completing his studies at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John McGann in St. Agnes Cathedral on May 14, 1983. Father Bie celebrated 30 years as a priest on May 14, 2013.

Father Bie served as associate pastor at  St. Patrick Church, Southold from 1983-88;  Christ the King, Commack, 1988-93; St. John the Evangelist, Riverhead, 1993-98; St. Thomas the Apostle, West. Hempstead, 1998-2006; Christ the King, Commack, from 2006 -2008: and Maria Regina, Seaford from 2011 until he began a medical leave in 2012.

Bishop William Murphy presided at a funeral Mass for Father Bie Friday, June 7 at 11 a.m. at Christ the King. Msgr. James Lisante preached the homily. Burial  followed at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Southold.

Father Bie is survived by his parents, Paul and Rosemary Bie, of Commack; sisters Diane Auspaker and her husband Rick, of Smithtown, and Kathryn Panturo and her husband Rick of Commack; brothers Gary Bie and his wife Eileen of Commack, and Richard Bie and his wife Suzanne of Hauppauge; and 11 nieces and nephews.

Sister Anne Richard Jones, OP                      

Jones-Ann-Richard Sister of St. Dominic Anne Richard Jones, who ministered on Long Island as an elementary school teacher and later as a psychiatric nurse, died April 20. She was 83 years of age and had dedicated 60 years to religious life as an Amityville Dominican. 

             Ellen Anne was born December 15, 1929.  At the time of her entrance into religious life, September 6, 1952, the family lived in St. Luke Parish, Whitestone. (Her younger sister, Rose Bridget, Sister Mary Gabriel, entered the congregation five years later.)  On August 4, 1953 Ellen received the habit and her religious name, Sister Anne Richard.  One year later, on August 7, 1954, she pronounced her religious vows.

            From 1954-1968, Sister Anne Richard taught at St. Fidelis, College Point; Christ the King, Springfield Gardens; St. Joseph, Kings Park; and St. Ignatius, Long Beach elementary schools.  

            After receiving her LPN training and certification in psychiatric nursing, she ministered at Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse Infirmary in Amityville; Homemakers, Inc., in Hicksville; Kings Park Psychiatric Center; and the Veterans Medical Center in Northport, until 1986.

            When family conditions required her presence in Florida from 1986 to 1995, she was able to nurse in Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, Largo; St. Anthony Hospital, St. Petersburg; and Health Rehab Center, Largo.  At Catholic Charities in New Port Richey and St. Petersburg, she served as social services coordinator.  Sister then returned to the motherhouse.  Poor health necessitated a move to Carlin Hall in 2003.

            Her sister, Sister Mary Gabriel, now a member of the cloistered Dominican Sisters at Hunts Point, is her sole survivor.  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Albert Chapel, Amityville April 24. Interment in the Sisters’ Cemetery followed.

 

Sister Clarice Beattie, OP

Beattie-ClariceSister of St. Dominic Clarice Beattie, who taught for more than 30 years in Catholic elementary schools in the Dioceses of Rockville Centre and Brooklyn, died May 17. She was 97 years of age and had dedicated 77 years to religious life as an Amityville Dominican.

             Violet Ellen was born November 14, 1916 in Quebec, Canada. The family later moved to St. Fidelis Parish, College Point.  Violet attended the Dominican Juniorate in Water Mill before entering the congregation on September 8, 1936.  On August 18, 1937 she received the habit and her religious name, Sister Clarice.  One year later, August 20, 1938, she pronounced her religious vows.

             After teaching in the Brooklyn Diocese at St. Margaret, Middle Village (1938-1939); St. Barbara, Brooklyn (1939-1941); and St. Clement Pope, Ozone Park (1941-1958), Sister Clarice taught in the Diocese of Rockville Centre at St. Hugh of Lincoln, Huntington Station from 1958-1965, and St. Joseph, Kings Park, 1965-1968.  

            She then spent the next 37 years of her religious life at Our Lady of Guadalupe Convent in Brooklyn, first in the school teaching grade 6 from 1968-1974, then as the parish sacristan from 1974-2005.  During this time she became the first lay extraordinary minister of Holy Communion in the Diocese of Brooklyn.  From 2005-2006 she spent hours before the Blessed Sacrament interceding in prayer for the Church of Brooklyn. Poor health made it necessary for her to transfer to Carlin Hall at the Motherhouse in Amityville in 2006.

             Sister Clarice is survived by one sister-in-law, one niece and one nephew, all living in Canada.   A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated in St. Albert Chapel, Amityville on May 22. Interment in the Sisters’ Cemetery followed.

 

Sister Ann Elizabeth Lockwood, OP

Lockwood-Ann Sister of St. Dominic Ann Elizabeth Lockwood, who taught for three years in St. Patrick School, Huntington before entering the nursing profession, died May 30. She was 74 years of age and had dedicated 56 years to religious life as an Amityville Dominican.

           Ann entered the congregation on September 8, 1956. On August 5, 1957, she received the habit and her religious name, Sister Richard Lawrence. One year later, August 7, 1958, she pronounced her vows.

            Her ministry began as a teacher in St. Fidelis School, College Point, from 1958-1972. She then taught in St. Patrick School, Huntington from 1972-1975, when her request to enter nursing was granted. She attended Molloy College in Rockville Centre as a part-time student, and helped in Queen of the Rosary Infirmary, Amityville, until 1978. She was affiliated with St. Luke, Whitestone, from 1978-1999, while she pursued her career as a registered nurse in Long Island Jewish Hospital; Calvary Hospital; Queen of Peace Residence; Allen Health Agency, Jamaica; and Tokos Medical Corporation, Tarrytown. Some of these agencies used her skill as a teacher to instruct their home health aides.

            From1999-2002, Sister Ann Elizabeth was coordinator in Consolation Convent while residing at Our Lady of Lourdes in Massapequa Park. She then moved on to being a driver at the Motherhouse until 2009. While recuperating in Carlin Hall, she offered her services in the Cubby.

            Sister Ann Elizabeth is survived by her sister-in-law Carol, her niece and nephew and their children. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Albert Chapel, Amityville on June 3. Interment in the Sisters’ Cemetery followed.

Father Sabbas Rodrigues,78

sabbasFather Sabbas Rodrigues, a native of India who was incardinated into the Diocese of Rockville Centre March 18, 1993, died May 30. He was 78.
Born in Bombay, India May 1, 1935, Father Rodrigues was ordained for the Diocese of Bombay December 21, 1961. He served the Diocese of Rockville Centre as associate pastor at St. Gertrude, Bayville (1985-90); St. Vincent de Paul, Elmont (1990-93); Christ the King, Commack (1993-97); Our Holy Redeemer, Freeport (1997-2000); and St. Rosalie, Hampton Bays, from 2000 until his retirement at the end of 2011.
Bishop William Murphy presided at the funeral Mass for Father Rodrigues Tuesday June 4 at St. Rosalie. Father Edward Sheridan will preach the homily.
Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Southampton.

Father John F. Kennedy, M.M.
Maryknoll Father John F. Kennedy of Great Neck died at St. Teresa’s Residence, Ossining, NY, on April 23, 2013. He was 84 years old and a Maryknoll priest for 57 years.
Father Kennedy was born in Great Neck on July 5, 1928. He attended Sacred Heart Elementary School in Bayside, and after graduating from Cathedral College High School, Brooklyn, in 1948, he entered Maryknoll.
After ordination on June 11, 1955, Father Kennedy was assigned to Taiwan, where he spent his entire mission career. He performed parish work mid-island for the first 14 years. Then he was appointed pastor of a parish in Taipei where he established Friendship House for young workers and the Catholics who had moved to the capital city of Taipei.
Father Kennedy moved to Taichung in 1973 when he was elected Maryknoll’s Regional Superior of Taiwan for two terms from 1973 to 1979.
In 1980, Father Kennedy started Friendship House South in Kaohsiung. This center has the same goals as the one in Taipei and depends totally on the cooperation of volunteers to achieve them.
Although he retired in 2011, Father Kennedy continued to serve in the Young Workers Apostolate in Kaohsiung Diocese until his return to the United States in the fall of 2011, to reside at Mission St. Teresa’s at Maryknoll, NY.
Father Kennedy is survived by his sister, Margaret Kennedy, of Port Washington, many nieces and nephews, and several cousins.
A memorial Mass was celebrated on April 30 at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Chapel in Maryknoll.


Sister Margaret Mary Kane, IHM

Sister Margaret Mary Kane (formerly known as Sister St. Margaret Mary) of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died on Tuesday, April 23, at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. A certified Montessori Teacher in the states of New York and Pennsylvania, she taught at Our Lady of Grace Montessori School in Manhasset from 1980 to 1989, as well as at Our Lady of Mercy Elementary School in Forest Hills from 1970 to 1975.
Born June 2, 1939, in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and given the name Rose Ann, she entered the IHM Congregation on September 8, 1956, and made her final profession of vows on March 12, 1964. Besides Manhasset and Forest Hills, she served as a teacher at Catholic schools in Binghamton and Poughkeepsie, NY, and as a teacher and principal at schools in Pennsylvania. She served on various diocesan committees and also as a consultant for the Center for Montessori Teacher Education for the state of New York.
Preceded in death by four brothers and five sisters, Sister Margaret Mary is survived by a brother, Frank E. Kane (wife Virginia) of Ponte Vedra, FL; two sisters, Rita K. Stuewe (husband Dennis) of Somerset, NJ and Sister Mary Alice, IHM, of East Stroudsburg, PA; and nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered April 29 at the IHM Center in Scranton. Interment followed at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, PA.


Sister Thomas Marie Callahan, SC

Sister of Charity Thomas Marie Callahan (Anna), who served as librarian at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary School in Southampton from 1977–79, died May 2 at the Convent of Mary the Queen in Yonkers. She was 92.
Born on October 7, 1920 in Brooklyn, she attended St. Mary Star of the Sea School and Bay Ridge High School in Brooklyn before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 7, 1940. She professed her final vows on August 25, 1946.
While most of Sister Thomas’ ministry in education was as a high school librarian at schools in New York City and in New Rochelle, she also taught primary grades at schools in White Plains, Manhattan, and Saugerties, and served as an elementary school librarian in Staten Island and Manhattan.


Sister Ruth Stahl, SSND

Sister Ruth Stahl, who was a school teacher and principal in three states for nearly 50 years, died May 5 at Lourdes Health Care Center in Wilton, Conn. She was 82 years old and had been a professed member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame for 61 years.
Sister Ruth taught at St. Mary School in East Islip from 1972-76, and became a principal for the first time in 1981, when she was assigned to St. Matthias School in Brooklyn, a position she held for six years. She began her teaching ministry at St. Michael School in Rochester, N.Y., where she taught six different grades over 13 years. She also taught at schools in New Jersey and Connecticut, and served as principal in several schools in New Jersey.
Born on Sept. 15, 1930, in Irvington, NJ, Ruth Marie Stahl entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1948 and as a novice was given the religious name Mary Melina. She pronounced her final vows in 1957. She resumed using her baptismal name, Ruth, years later.
In 1997, after nearly 48 years in a formal education setting, Sister Ruth became coordinator of adult religious education at Immaculate Conception parish in Secaucus, NJ, where she had taught youngsters three decades earlier. After retiring in 2002 and moving to Villa Notre Dame in Wilton, Conn., she volunteered as a tutor for two years at St. Aloysius School in nearby New Canaan. She moved to Lourdes Health Care Center in 2010.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Wednesday, May 8, at the Chapel at Villa Notre Dame. Burial followed at St. Mary Cemetery in Bethel, Conn.
Sister Ruth is survived by a sister, Mary Stahl Bell of Manchester, NJ; a brother, William Stahl of Warren NJ; and several nieces and nephews.

Sister Mary Honora Wilson, BVM

Wilson-HonoraDUBUQUE, IOWA – Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Honora Wilson (Agnes Corneille), 81, who taught fifth grade at St. Thomas the Apostle School in West Hempstead from1951–1954, died Feb. 8 at Marian Hall in Dubuque.

Sister Honora also taught elementary school in Boone and West Union, Iowa; Chicago and Maywood, Ill.; and Rapid City, S.D.  In Seattle, she was elementary school teacher/librarian, junior high school teacher and ministered to the elderly. She was a volunteer and care giver in retirement.

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, on Feb. 10, 1931, she entered the Sisters of Charity, BVM congregation on Feb. 2, 1949. She professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1951, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1956.

Burial was in the Mount Carmel cemetery in Dubuque.

Sister Margaret Gay, OSU

sr-margaret-gayBROOKHAVEN — Ursuline Sister of Tildonk Margaret (Maggie) Gay died February 1 at Brookhaven Hospital.

Born May 26, 1933 in Hartford, CT, Sister Margaret entered the Ursuline congregation on September 8, 1952 and professed her final vows six years later. She taught at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ozone Park from 1966-1969 and at St. Maurice in Stamford from 1971-1977. She served her community for many years providing housekeeping and meal preparation in the Province’s retreat centers in Oyster Bay and Blue Point. After many years of service, Sister Margaret had retired in Blue Point where she continued in a ministry of prayer.

She is survived by her brother, Father  James Gay of California. Her funeral Mass was celebrated February 5 at the St. Ursula Center Chapel in Blue Point, followed by interment at the cemetery of the Ursuline Sisters in Blue Point.

 

Sister Helen Selaris, CSJ

BRENTWOODSister of St. Joseph Helen Selaris, formerly known as Sister Anne de Beaupre, died March 3 in the 67th year of her religious life.

Sister Helen,  who entered the Congregation in 1942,  taught Our Lady of Victory School in Floral Park (1951-1957), and St. Martha School,  Uniondale (1957-1961), as well as in schools throughout the Brooklyn Diocese: St. Martin of Tours, Brooklyn (1943-1946); Our Lady of Sorrows, Corona (1946-1948); St. Brendan, Brooklyn (1948-1951); St. Vincent de Paul, Brooklyn (1961-1965); St. Michael, Brooklyn (1965-1971); St. Mel, Flushing (1971-1984); St. Charles Borromeo, Brooklyn and St. Agnes Seminary, Brooklyn (1990-1992).  She also served as receptionist at St. Andrew Avellino Parish in Flushing (1984-1986), and from 1986-2008 she resided in St. Edmund of Canterbury Convent. She later retired to Sacred Heart Convent, Hempstead (2008-2010), and then to Maria Regina Residence, Brentwood in 2010 before her death.

Her wake and Mass of Christian Burial were held in the Maria Regina Chapel, Brentwood.  She was interred in Calvary Cemetery there.

 

Sister Mary Feliciana Sacco, CSJ

BRENTWOODSister of St. Joseph Mary Feliciana Sacco died March 3 in the 65th year of her religious life.

Sister Mary Feliciana entered the Congregation in 1948. Her ministries included: St. Michael, Brooklyn (1950-1956); Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Brooklyn (1956-1959); St. Rose of Lima, Brooklyn (1959-1961); Stella Maris HS, Rockaway Park (1961-1965); St. Brendan Diocesan High School, Brooklyn (1965-1974); and The Mary Louis Academy High School, Jamaica Estates (1974-2011).  She then retired in 2011 to St. Joseph  Convent, Brentwood.

Her wake and Mass of Christian Burial took place in Sacred Heart Chapel, Brentwood March 8-9. Her interment followed in Calvary Cemetery there.


Sister Brigid Marie Crowe, CSJ

BRENTWOOD – Sister of St. Joseph Brigid Marie Crowe, who taught at St. John of God, Central Islip (1966-1967) and SS. Cyril & Methodius, Deer Park (1969-1972), as well as at a number of schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn, died March 10 in the 61st year of her religious life.

Sister Brigid Marie entered the Congregation in 1953. Her teaching ministries included Ascension, Elmhurst (1954-1957); St. Patrick, Long Island City (1957-1958); St. Teresa of Avila, Brooklyn (1958-1962); Immaculate Conception, Brooklyn (1962-1966); St. Vincent de Paul, Brooklyn (1966); St. Ann, Flushing (1972-1976); and Immaculate Conception, Jamaica (1976-2009).  She retired to Stella Maris Convent, Rockaway Park from 2009-2010, then to St. Joseph Convent, Brentwood (2010-2011) and finally to Maria Regina Residence in 2011.

Her wake and Mass of Christian Burial took place in Maria Regina Chapel, March 12-13.  Her interment followed in Calvary Cemetery, Brentwood.

Sister Julie Marie Romaine, CSJ

RomaineBRENTWOOD — Sister Julie Marie Romaine, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, died January 29, in the 65th year of her religious life.

Sister Julie Marie entered the Congregation in 1948 from the parish of St. Lawrence, Sayville. She served in St. Francis of Assisi, Brooklyn (1950-1953); St. Camillus, Rockaway
Beach (1953-1961); St. Frances de Chantal, Wantagh, (1961-1969); St. Francis de Sales,
Belle Harbor (1969-1971); Academy of St. Joseph, Brentwood (1971-1979); Sacred Heart,
Cutchogue (1979-1988); CSJ Financial Office, payroll manager (1988-1997); St. Joseph
Convent, Brentwood, assistant superior (1997- 2010). She was later retired.

Her wake and Mass of Christian Burial took place in Sacred Heart Chapel, Brentwood,
February 1-2, followed by her interment in Calvary Cemetery there.

Sister Mary Joseph Lorigan RSM

Sister-Mary-Joseph-LoriganBRENTWOOD — Sister of Mercy Mary Joseph Lorigan, who served the Diocese of Rockville Centre in Our Lady of Mercy School, Hicksville (1959-61) and St. Joseph the Worker School, Patchogue (1967-80), died January 20 at Maria Regina Residence here. She was of 92.

Sister Joseph entered the Sisters of Mercy on September 8, 1940. She began her long teaching career in Brooklyn at St. Agatha School from1943-47. She taught at St. Therese of Lisieux in Brooklyn from 1956-59, and returned there to serve as principal and Superior from 1961-67.

As a child care worker and accountant she ministered at Mercy Home (1980-2000), after which she retired to St. Agatha Convent. Sister Joseph never really retired, though.  She could be found at the Daily Worker or on an overnight shift at a homeless shelter.

When illness forced her to endure dialysis three days a week for the past eight years, that became her new ministry. She prayed with and for her fellow patients, cheered them with her wonderful sense of humor and consoled them with her words. In her last days at Maria Regina, she would visit those who had no company in spite of her own suffering.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the Sisters of Mercy Convent in Whitestone on January 24.  Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn.

She is survived by two nieces, their husbands, and grand nieces and nephews.


Sister Virginia Stallings, SSND

Sr--Virginia-Stallings-SSND-photoBALTIMORE — Sister Virginia Stallings, who taught in four states for more than 25 years before becoming a high school librarian at the Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore, died Jan. 27 at Maria Health Care Center in Baltimore. She was 92 years old and had recently celebrated her 70th jubilee as a professed member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

In August 1939, Virginia entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame. As a novice she was given the religious name Sister Mary Marina. She professed her first vows in July 1942 and her final vows six years later.

Sister Virginia taught locally at St. Lawrence in Sayville, (1953-57). In 1992, she moved to Villa Assumpta, home to retired sisters in Baltimore County. She has lived at Maria Health Care Center, adjacent to Villa Assumpta, since 2010.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on January Jan. 31, at the Chapel at Villa Assumpta in Baltimore County. Burial followed at Villa Maria Cemetery in Glen Arm, Md.

Sister Mary Helaine McGill, OP

AMITYVILLE — Sister Mary Helaine McGill died on January 23, at age 94 have devoted 73 years to religious life as a Sister of St. Dominic.

Mary Monica McGill was born in Brooklyn. She professed her vows August 17, 1940 and began a teaching ministry at St. Bartholomew, Elmhurst, (1940-1962). She also taught at American Martyrs, Bayside, (1962-1985); and the Sacred Heart Early Childhood program, Cambria Heights, (1985-1987). From 1987-1995 she tutored at St. Luke School, Whitestone and then volunteered in the parish pastoral services program until she moved to Carlin Hall for health reasons in 2000.

Sister Helaine is survived by cousins, nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Albert Chapel January 29, with interment in the Sisters’ Cemetery here.

Sister Therese Forker, OP

AMITYVILLE — Sister Therese Forker died at Maria Regina Residence here January 19. She was 87 and had dedicated 69 years to religious life as a Sister of St. Dominic.

She entered the congregation from Most Holy Redeemer Parish, Freeport. Her religious name was Sister Mary Norbert. Sister pronounced her vows on August 8, 1945.

Sister Therese taught at St. Catherine of Sienna, St. Albans (1945-1951); Cure of Ars, Merrick (1951-1955); and Incarnation, Bellerose (1955-1960); Dominican Commercial High School, Jamaica (1960-1966); St. Agnes High School, Rockville Centre, (1966-1969); and Maria Regina High School, Uniondale (1969-1971).

Concentrating on the area of special education, Sister Therese ministered from 1972-1974 in the diocesan office of Rockville Centre. While living at Paraclete House in Whitestone, she taught special education children from 1974-1975 in St. Luke School. From 1975-1979, she acted as a supervisor for the Archdiocese of New York, visiting various schools. This led to the One-to-One Foundation from 1979-1981, a group organized to fight for the rights of people with handicaps. Her expertise was also called upon at Catholic Charities, Rockville Centre (1981-1982); Community Resource Center, Bronx (1982-1983); and as consultant at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory in Arlington, Virginia (1983-1984). Returning to New York, Sister was in charge of the special education program in St. Patrick School, Brooklyn (1984-1986) and St. John’s School, Center Moriches (1986-1991).

In 1991, Sister Therese started the STEEP Program at Molloy College (Success Through Expanded Education Program) for students with learning disabilities. She also served as an adjunct in the Education Department until 1999 when she retired.
Survivors include her brother Paul and his wife Mary Forker of Bay Shore; her sister Catherine Lynch of Atlanta, and her sister Joan Curran of Pennsylvania, plus many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Rosary Hall Chapel on January 25, followed by interment in the Sisters’ Cemetery here.

Sister M. Gabriel Kane, IHM

KaneMGabrielSCRANTON, PA — Sister M. Gabriel Kane, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died January 17 at Our Lady of Peace Residence here.

She entered the IHM Congregation on February 2, 1942, and made her temporary profession of vows on August 2, 1944, and her final profession of vows on August 2, 1947.
In addition to schools in Maryland and Pennsylvania, Sister Gabriel served at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Elementary School, Forest Hills, (1954 -1955) and at Maria Regina Diocesan High School, Uniondale, (1966 – 1969).

She also served as vice president for student affairs and director of admissions at Marywood College (1969 -1984). From 1984 to 2005, Sister Gabriel served as the vicar for religious and associate director of vocations for the Diocese of Scranton. She also served as director of Renew, and on the Diocesan Council of Women Religious, The Pontifical Association for the Missions, and as coordinator of the Religious Retirement Fund.

From 2005 to 2007 Sister Gabriel served on the staff for Conference and Event Services at Marywood University. From 2007 until the time of her death, Sister Gabriel was a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She is survived by one brother, Frank E. of Ponte Verde, FL; and four sisters, Margaret Mary Williams of Warwick, RI, Rita Stuewe of Somerset, NJ, Sister Margaret Mary, IHM, and Sister Mary Alice, IHM, both of East Stroudsburg, PA; thirty-five nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews.

Sister Madonna Marie Geraghty, OP

Geraghty,-Madonna-MarieAMITYVILLE -  Sister Madonna Marie Geraghty, 93, died on January 17.  She had devoted 75 years to religious life as a Sister of St. Dominic.

Born Florence Geraghty in Queens she attended the Dominican Juniorate in Water Mill and, ten years after her older sister, Sister Catherine Marie, she joined the congregation in 1937. She received the habit on August 8, 1938 with the religious name Sister Madonna Marie and on August 10, 1939, she pronounced her religious vows.

Sister Madonna taught at St. Margaret, Middle Village, (1939-1958); Corpus Christi, Mineola (1958-1961); and St. Agnes, Rockville Centre, (1961-1966). From 1966-1970 Sister Madonna was principal of Long Beach Catholic School. She also taught at Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Brooklyn, (1970-1974) and St. Fidelis School, College Point, (1974-1980).

Although she left the classroom in 1980, she served at Dominican Commercial High School as attendance secretary until it closed in1998, and then as school secretary for o Cathedral Preparatory Seminary, Elmhurst ,and St. Catherine of Sienna, St. Albans until 2005.

Sister Madonna also spent 18 summers at Camp Immaculata, Mattituck. Some 700 girls annually attended this CYO camp during its eight weeks of operation.

Sister Madonna is survived by her nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Albert Chapel on January 24. Interment followed in the Sisters’ Cemetery here.

Sister Doris Nevitt, OP

Nevitt,-DorisAMITYVILLE — Sister Doris Nevitt, 79, died January 16.  She was 79 and had dedicated 61 years to religious life as a Sister of St. Dominic.

Formerly known as Sister Rose William, she taught at St. Francis of Assisi, Long Island City (1953-1959); St. Barbara, Brooklyn (1959-1962); Incarnation, Queens Village (1962-1967); St. Joseph, Kings Park (1967-1968) and was principal of St. Frances de Chantal School, Brooklyn, from 1968 to 1973.

Sister Doris moved to St. Boniface Convent, Elmont and taught in the school there for two year before being assigned to the bursar’s office at Molloy College in 1975 until 2003.

Sister Doris is survived by nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Albert Chapel, January 24, followed by interment in the Sisters’ Cemetery here.
Sister Muriel Agnes Ott, OP

Ott,-Muriel-AgnesAMITYVILLE — Sister Muriel Agnes Ott, 92, died January 15 after 73 years as a Sister of St. Dominic.

Born Elizabeth Ott, she entered the congregation from the parish of St. Nicholas, Brooklyn, on February 2, 1939. On August 7, 1939 she received the habit and the religious name Sister Muriel Agnes. One year later Sister pronounced her religious vows.

Sister taught children in elementary grades over 40 years including in the Rockville Centre Diocese at St. Agnes, Rockville Centre, and St. Patrick, Huntington and in Brooklyn Diocese at All Saints, St. Luke, Holy Family, Good Shepherd, St. Catherine (St. Albans), St. Clement, Fourteen Holy Martyrs, Presentation, St. Elizabeth, St. Patrick, Fort Hamilton and St. Francis of Assisi.

From 1982 to 1984 she ministered at Catholic Medical Center, Woodhaven and then served as secretary in St. Joseph’s Rectory, Long Island City, until 1992.

In l996, Sister Muriel moved to Rosary Hall, Amityville and spent her years serving the elderly sisters.

Sister is survived by her sister-in-law Eileen Ott of Oceanview, NJ, as well as nieces and nephews. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Albert’s Chapel on January 23.

Sister Kathleen Curtin, OP

Curtin,-KathleenAMITYVILLE — Sister Kathleen Curtin died January 13. Sister Kathleen was 87 and had dedicated 65 years to religious life as a Sister of St. Dominic.

She followed her older sister, Sister Dionyse into the Dominican Congregation in 1947, and was followed by her younger sister, Sister Timothy Marie a year later. Sister received her religious name Sister Mary Karina on August 4, 1948 and pronounced her religious vows on August 6, 1949.

Sister Kathleen taught at St. Aloysius School, Brooklyn, (1949-1950), Sacred Heart School, Cambria Heights (1950 – 1962); St. Barbara High School, Brooklyn, (1962-1964) and St. Michael High School, East New York, (1964-1967). From 1967-1975 she took on the role of librarian in Queen of the Rosary Academy, Amityville. Care for her mother necessitated a move to Jamaica and a part-time position at Dominican Commercial High School until 1983.

She returned to her alma mater, St. Agnes High School, College Point, as “Madam Librarian” from 1983until her retirement in 2007. In December 2012, poor health necessitated a move to Carlin Hall, Amityville.

Sister Kathleen is survived by her nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Albert Chapel January 18. Interment was in the Sisters’ Cemetery here.


Sister Grace Edward Pappert, OP

Pappert,-Grace-Edward---yesAmityville — On January 13, Sister Grace Edward Pappert, 96, died after 78 years as a Sister of St. Dominic.

Born Rose Marion in Brooklyn on July 18, 1916, her family later moved to Corpus Christi Parish, Mineola. Sister Grace taught at St. Aloysius, Brooklyn, (1936-1952); Holy Spirit, New Hyde Park, (1952-1955); St. Patrick, Huntington, (1955-1960) and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lindenhurst, (1960-1968). After two years teaching in Monticello, NY, Sister Grace was assigned to St. Martin’s School in Amityville in 1970. For the next 24 years, Sister distinguished herself as the head of the mathematics department.
When Sister Grace retired from teaching in 1994, she began a new ministry along with Sister Agnes Wassmer. They became known as “The Dynamic Duo Volunteer Team.” They counted the annual candy drive funds, the monthly casual dress day money, and helped with school registration. Sister Grace used her math skills each year tallying the sheets for the curriculum fair. She continued these activities until diminishing health brought her to Carlin Hall where she continued her ministry of prayer.
Sister is survived by her sister Helen and brother-in-law Stanley Backel of Florida. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Albert Chapel on January 19 with interment in the Sisters’ Cemetery here.

Sister Anne Gillen, OP

Gillen,-AnneAMITYVILLE – Sister Anne Gillen, 92, died on January 12. After 74 years as a Sister of St. Dominic.

She entered the Congregation on September 7, 1938. Upon Investing on August 7, 1939 she received the habit and her religious name Sister Thomas More. One year later on August 7, 1940 she pronounced her religious vows.

Sister Anne’s ministry included teaching elementary school at Most Holy Trinity School and Good Shepherd schools in Brooklyn and on the secondary level at St. Barbara High School, Brooklyn, the Dominican Juniorate in Water Mill, St. Agnes Academic High School, College Point, and Queen of the Rosary Academy, Amityville.
From 1969-1972 she was office manager at the Rockville Centre docesan TV center in Uniondale and then became public relations director for the Congregation from 1972-1978. She again assisted in the communications office here from 1985 to 1992 and then went to Water Mill as public relations director until 1995. Her later years were spent in Intercessory Prayer at St.Catherine of Sienna Convent in Franklin Square and Our Lady of Consolation Convent in Amityville before moving to Carlin Hall in 2010.

Sister Anne is survived by her younger sister, Sister Rosemary Gillen, OP, as well as nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on January 16 followed by interment in Sisters’ cemetery, here.

Sister Madeline Brewi, OP

Brewi,-MadelineAMITYVILLE – Dominican Sister Madeline Brewi, 101, died January 11. The Babylon native served as a Sister of St. Dominic for 85 years. The former Sister James Celeste professed her vows of poverty, chastity and obedience on April 11, 1929.

Sister Madeline began her ministry as an educator at St. Bartholomew, Elmhurst in the elementary school and later in the high school (1929 – 1938). Then she was transferred to Dominican Commercial High School, Jamaica. In 1948 Sister went to Puerto Rico, where she taught at Holy Rosary High School, Yauco, before joining joined the pioneer faculty of Catholic University at Ponce.. Sister Madeline returned to the States in 1958 and was assigned to All Saints High School, Brooklyn, to teach Spanish. After one year she was appointed principal of St. Michael High School, East New York and superior of the convent. Six years later she was appointed principal of St. Agnes Academic High School, College Point. In 1966 she was again assigned to Dominican Commercial and then moved from 1968 to 1970 to Bishop McDonnell, Brooklyn.

In 1970-1975 Sister resided in St. Agnes Convent, Rockville Centre. She spent one year in the classroom teaching Spanish, but illness necessitated a move to guidance for two years and she later was employed part time by the Long Island Catholic Newspaper. From 1975-1980 she was audio-visual coordinator at St. John the Baptist High School, West Islip. She retired to St. John the Evangelist Convent, Riverhead in 1980 and volunteered in the parish and at Catholic Charities until 1988. For one year she lived at Little Flower Convent, Montauk and volunteered in the parish and school. From 1989-1992 she was administrative assistant at Siena Spirituality Center, Water Mill.

In 1992 Sister moved to the Motherhouse in Amityville and volunteered in the communications office. She loved to learn new things as evidenced by her use of the computer while working in the communications office.
Sister is survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on January 17, in St. Albert Chapel, followed by interment in the Sisters’ Cemetery here.

Sister Catherine Stern, OP

Stern,-CatherineAMITYVILLE — Sister Catherine Stern, 94, died December 14, 2012 following 76 years of religious life as a Sister of St. Dominic.

Sister Catherine, daughter of Henry and Gertrude Stern, was raised in St. Aloysius Parish, Queens. She was one of the first students of the Dominican Juniorate in Water Mill before joining the Congregation on September 8, 1936. When she was invested on August 20, 1938, she received the name of her aunt, Sister Constantia, who died the previous November. One year later, August 20, 1936. Sister pronounced her religious vows.

She was a teacher and administrator for many years at schools in the Brooklyn diocese, and in upstate New York and Puerto Rico, as well as St. Ignatius, Hicksville, (1961-1964) and Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Roosevelt, (1964-1967) and Christ the King, Commack (1968-1969).

When she retired to Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse, she frequented the library, and starting with the letter A, read every biography through the letter L. Her friend of 80 years, Sister Georgine Ayres, recalls Sister’s love of the Spanish language and the wonderful people in Puerto Rico.

Sister Catherine is survived by her sister Gertrude Stern of Queens, and many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated December in St. Albert Chapel here.


Sister Kathleen Newell, BVM

NewellDUBUQUE, IOWA – Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Kathleen Newell (Anne Francine), who taught at Our Lady of Loretto School in Hempstead from1962-1967, died January 5. She was 92.
Sister Kathleen, who also taught in San Francisco and Sacramento, CA, and in Chicago, ministered in the Brooklyn Diocese at Catholic Charities as coordinator of day care services, family support counselor and special assistant to the executive director; served in the Head Start Program; was diocesan Day Care Center consultant; and served as administrative director of the Oravacez Child Care Center.
Born in Chicago in 1920, she entered the Sisters of Charity, BVM congregation in 1938, and professed final vows August 15, 1946.
She is survived by nieces and nephews.
Burial was in the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Dubuque.

Sister M. Laurentia Mayan, IHM

MayanSCRANTON, PA – Sister M. Laurentia Mayan, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died January 2 at Our Lady of Peace Residence here.
Sister Laurentia, who taught at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Manhasset from 1959 to 1961, was born Helen Louise Mayan on April 16, 1917, in Danville, PA. She entered the IHM Congregation in 1940, and made her final profession of vows on August 2, 1945. She taught at schools in Scranton and Pittsburgh, and served as principal at schools in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Sister Laurentia served as receptionist at St. Joseph’s Hospital/Marian Community Hospital in Carbondale, PA, from 1988 to 2005, and from 2005 until the time of her death, she was a prayer minister at the Marian Convent and Our Lady of Peace Residence here.
Preceded in death by brothers Adam, Gerald, Paul and Bishop Lawrence Schott, and sisters Louise Schott and Florence M. McWilliams, she is survived by nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton January 5. Interment followed at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, PA.

Sister Martha Marie Healy, SSND

WEST ISLIP – School Sister of Notre Dame Martha Marie Healy (born Frances Theresa Healy), who ministered in a number of parishes in the Rockville Centre and Brooklyn Dioceses during more than 50 years of service as a teacher, school principal and pastoral minister in the greater New York area, died December 31, 2012, at Our Lady of Consolation Nursing & Rehabilitative Care Center here. She was 84 years old and had been a professed member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame for 63 years.
Sister Martha’s first teaching assignment was St. Saviour Grade School in Brooklyn (1949-1961). She also taught at St. Matthias School in Ridgewood (1969-70), St. Raphael in East Meadow, (1970-75), and St. Brigid School in Westbury (1975-76).
Sister Martha ministered to the sick, homebound and hospitalized from St. Brigid’s Parish. She was coordinator of the parish outreach program St. Catherine of Siena in Franklin Square, and since 1992 had served as a volunteer in parish ministry at Holy Name of Mary in Valley Stream, first as an administrative secretary in parish outreach and later in community service.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Jan. 5 at St. Brigid Church. Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Bethel, Conn.
Sister Martha is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Sister Jeanne McCarthy, RSM

BRENTWOOD – Sister of Mercy Jeanne McCarthy (formerly Sister Mary Gerard), who taught at two Catholic high schools on Long Island and at a number of schools in the Brooklyn Diocese, died December 14, 2012 in the 69th year of her religious profession.. She was 86.
Sister Jeanne taught at Mercy High School, Riverhead from 1966-1976, and at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School, Hicksville, from 1976-1983, 1984-1985, and again from 1988-1998.
Having entered the Sisters of Mercy in February, 1944 from St.Gerard Majella Parish in Hollis, where she had attended St.Gerard Elementary School, se began her long teaching career in the Brooklyn Diocese at St. Agatha from 1946-48, and subsequently taught at Holy Innocents (1948-49), St. Brigid (1949-53 and 1959-61), Holy Rosary (1953-57), St. Thomas Aquinas, Flatlands (1957-59), and Catherine McAuley High School (1961-66), all in Brooklyn.
Sister Jeanne retired to Holy Trinity Convent in 1998 and thence to Maria Regina Residence in Brentwood, where she died.
A Mass of Christian Burial was at the Sisters of Mercy Convent in Whitestone and burial was in St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale on December 19.


Brother Alphonse Justin Matuga, FMS

BRONX – Brother Alphonse Justin Matuga, a member of the Marist Brothers of the Schools for 71 years who spent more than four decades at St. Mary’s High School in Mnahasset, died December 12, 2012 at St. Patrick’s Home in the Bronx. He was 89.
Brother Alphonse began his ministry in the Archdiocese of New York at St. Ann’s Academy in Manhattan from 1944 to 1947, then at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx from 1947 to 1952. After subsequently taching at schools in Wheeling, West Virginia, Augusta, Georgia and at Archbishop Molloy High School in Briarwood, New York, he moved to the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 1965. He spent the next 43 years as a teacher, moderator and coach at St. Mary’s, until he retired to the Marist Brothers’ Champagnat Hall community in the Bronx in 2008.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at the chapel of Mount Saint Michael Academy in the Bronx on Monday, December 17 followed by burial on Tuesday, December 18, in the Marist Brothers’ Cemetery in Esopus, New York.

Sister Clare Marie O’Keeffe, OP

O'KeeffeAMITYVILLE – Sister Clare Marie O’Keeffe (Sister Maureen Daniel), who served the people of God in St. Patrick’s Parish, Huntington for some 45 years, died December 5, 2012. She was 81 years of age and had dedicated 60 years to religious life as a Sister of St. Dominic in Amityville.
Her early years in religious life (1954-1962) were spent at Corpus Christ School, Mineola; Blessed Virgin Mary Help of Christians, Woodside; St. Nicholas, Brooklyn; St. Patrick, Brooklyn.
After teaching I St. Patrick’s parish school from 1967-1969, she assumed the role of Religious Education Director from 1969-1996. She then served in Parish Services, especially with a Senior Citizen Group, from 1996-2012. She acted as an adult education teacher, an alcoholism counselor, was a member of the Board of Directors of Melville House for Boys, a member of the Huntington Town Consumer Protection Board, and a member of the Board of the Huntington Community School. She touched many people in many ways.
In 1990 she was selected Grand Marshal of the Huntington St. Patrick’s Parade, one of only two women Grand marshals in the parade’s 78 year history.
Sister Clare is survived by her many nieces and nephews
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on December 11. Interment followed in the Sisters’ Cemetery.

Sister Mary Aquinas Messer, OP

MesserAMITYVILLE – Amityville Dominican Sister Mary Aquinas Messer, whose 60 years a an educator included ministry at St. Agnes Cathedral High School in Rockville Centre, died on December 5, 2012. She was 98, and had devoted 79 years to religious life as a Sister of St. Dominic.
Sister Mary Aquinas taught Catholic elementary school at Fourteen Holy Martyrs, Brooklyn, 1935-1937; St. Pancras, Glendale, 1937-1942; Our Lady of Sorrows, Pitt Street, New York City, 1942-1945; and Blessed Virgin Mary Help of Christians, Woodside, 1945-1948. She then moved to the secondary level and for 20 years was a renowned business law teacher at Dominican Commercial High School, Jamaica, also volunteering evenings in the English as a Second Language program at St. Pius Parish in Jamaica. In 1968-1971 she moved to St. Agnes Cathedral High School. She returned to Dominican Commercial High School in 1971 and began her career as a Guidance Counselor, continuing there until 1995, when she retired, but continued as a volunteer until 1998
Sister Mary Aquinas is survived by relatives in Maryland, Constance and Bill Cook and James and Carolyn Fitzsimmons. Her nephew, Father Terry Messer, ministers in Newark, New Jersey.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Albert Chapel here December 7. Interment in the Sisters’ Cemetery followed.

Sister Edna Cooke, OP

CookeAMITYVILLE – Amityville Dominican Sister Edna Cooke, who taught at St. Agnes Cathedral High School, Rockville Centre as well as at a number of Catholic schools in the Brooklyn Diocese, died November 17, 2012. She was 96 years of age and had dedicated 77 years to religious life as a Sister of St. Dominic.
Sister Edna, whose religious name was Sister Mary Brendan, started her teaching ministry at St. Joseph School, Long Island City, 1936-1961. She then taught on the secondary level in Dominican Commercial High School, 1961-1965; St. Agnes Cathedral High School, 1965-1968, and St. Agnes Academic High School, College Point, 1968-1971.
She taught music at elementary schools in Brooklyn, Bayside, Springfield Gardens, Middle Village, Elmhurst, New Hyde Park and Queens Village from 1973-2006. Beside regular music lessons in the classroom, it was music with the band, with the orchestra, with the choir, with the glee club.
Sister Edna is survived by many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Albert Chapel on November 21. Interment in the Sisters’ Cemetery followed.

Sister Kathleen Steadman, OP

SteadmanAMITYVILLE — Sister Kathleen Thomas Steadman, who entered the Sisters of St. Dominic in Amityville from her home parish of St. Frances de Chantal, Wantagh in 1956, died November 11, 2012. She was 74 years old and had been a Sister of St. Dominic for 56 years.
Sister Kathleen taught at schools in the Brooklyn Diocese from 1958-1977: St. Joseph’s School, Long Island City, St. Margaret, Middle Village), St. Barbara’s, Brooklyn, St. Thomas Apostle in Woodhaven, and Most Holy Trinity School, Brooklyn. She later served in parish ministry in St. Sebastian, and as Director of Religious Education in St. Michael’s Parish in Flushing.
She moved to St. Ignatius Martyr in Long Beach in 1994 and lived there until 2007.She ministered in Incarnation Parish, Queens Village and studied in Weston School of Theology in Massachusetts during these years.
In 1999 Sister Kathleen was appointed Vocation Director for the Congregation, a post she until 2003. Her next mission was as the parish receptionist at Sacred Heart in North Merrick. She retired in 2011 and moved to the Motherhouse here.
She is survived by her brother Martin and his wife Peggy from Garden City, and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian burial was held in St. Albert Chapel on November 15. Burial in the Sisters Cemetery in Amityville followed.


Father Stephen Schenck, S.D.B.

SchenckPORT CHESTER, NY – Salesian Father Stephen Charles Schenck, pastor of Holy Rosary Church in Port Chester, NY who was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Malverne, died on November 10, 2012. He was 59.
He and his family were parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes in Malverne, where he also attended the parish school.
Ordained in Columbus, Ohio, in May 1981, Father Schenck devoted much of his ministry to Catholic youth, teaching at Salesian Preparatory School in Cedar Lake, IN, and at Don Bosco Technical High School in Paterson, NJ, where he later served as the school’s director; and serving various parish and Salesian youth ministry programs
Father Schenck served as an associate pastor at St. Kieran Church in Miami FL, and as pastor at the Church of the Nativity in Washington, DC before returning to Holy Rosary as pastor in 2009.
He is survived by his sisters Eileen Gavigan and Patricia Schenck, brothers William and Mark, eight nephews and nieces, and three grandnephews.
Cardinal Edward Egan presided at his funeral Mass at Holy Rosary Church on November 14. Burial followed at Salesian Cemetery in Goshen.

Sister Marie Julie Condon, SSND

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WILTON, CT — Sister of Notre Dame Marie Julie Condon (born Gerardine Marie Condon), whose more than 20 years of teaching included seven years in the Brooklyn Diocese and two in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, died Nov. 3, 2012, at Lourdes Health Care Center in Wilton, Conn. She was 83 years old and had been a professed member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame for 63 years. Sister Marie taught at St. Rita School in Brooklyn from 1957-64, and at St. Brigid School in Westbury, 1974-76 before adopting a pastoral ministry focusing on the elderly.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Nov. 6 in the Chapel at Villa Notre Dame in Wilton. Burial followed at St. Mary Cemetery in Bethel, Conn.


Sister Mary Beata, RSM

WHITESTONE — Sister of Mercy Mary Beata, 70, who taught at St. Mary’s, Roslyn as well as at several schools in the Brooklyn Diocese, died in Winthrop Hospital, Mineola, on October 27, 2012. She taught elementary school at St. Mary’s in 1968-69, and in Brooklyn at .St. Patrick’s, Kent Avenue (1962-63) , St. Therese of Lisieux (1963-68) and St. Agatha’s (1969-81). From 1981-1991 she taught Music at St. John’s Prep High School in Astoria.
In 1991 until her illness forced her hospitalization, she was the beloved Liturgist/Organist at Blessed Trinity Parish in Breezy Point. Sister Mary Beata is survived by her sister, Eileen Feeney, and brother, Brian Gerrity, and by many loving nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on All Saints Day at the Sisters of Mercy Convent, Whitestone. Interment was in St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale.


Sister Therese Schnurr, SC

WELLESLEY HILLS, MA — Sister Therese Schnurr, SC (Sister Cecilia Therese), who taught at two schools in the Diocese of Rockville Centre and also ministered in the Brooklyn Diocese, died October 23, 2012 at Mount Saint Vincent, Wellesley Hills at the age of 85. A Sister of Charity (Halifax) for 62 years, Sister Therese was missioned at St. Barnabas, Bellmore from 1954-56 in Grade 2 and Music; and St. Aidan, Williston Park from 1970-93 in Grade 2, Music Ministry, tutoring, choir and RCIA. She also ministered in Rego Park, Woodside, and Jamaica in the Brooklyn Diocese, as well as in Canton, NY and in Massachusetts, retiring to Mount Saint Vincent, Wellesley, Massachusetts in 1993.
Her funeral Mass was celebrated October 27 in Mt. St. Vincent chapel. Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Needham, MA.

Sister Sheila Hughes, OP

HughesAMITYVILLE – Amityville Dominican Sister Sheila Hughes, who’s 76 years of religious life included decades in Catholic education and pastoral care in the Dioceses of Rockville Centre and Brooklyn, died October 22, 2012. She was 94.
Sister Sheila (born Margaret Hughes) taught for almost 30 years in the elementary schools of St. Michael, East New York; Holy Family, Brooklyn; St. Bartholomew, Elmhurst; Notre Dame, New Hyde Park; and Cure of Ars, Merrick. From 1959-1965 she acted as principal and superior of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Roosevelt. After a term as Superior at Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse, Amityville (1967-1970), she moved to St. Agnes High School, College Point, as a teacher of English. Poor health caused her to leave the classroom and become part of the elementary school staff at St. Patrick, Huntington, 1981-1982, and St. Hugh, Huntington Station, 1982-1983. She retired in 1983. In 1984 Sister Sheila moved to St. Rose of Lima convent, Massapequa, and volunteered in pastoral service until 2005. She then moved to Cabrini Residence in the ministry of Intercessory Prayer until 2007, where she continued to offer her prayer and suffering in Carlin Hall.
She is survived by her sister Joan Lombard of Florida, sister-in-law Ruth Hughes of Babylon, and numerous nieces and nephews. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Albert Chapel, Amityville, on October 25. Interment in the Sisters’ Cemetery followed.

Sister Maria Victoria Aldea, OP

AldeaAMITYVILLE – Amityville Dominican Sister Maria Victoria Aldea, a native of Puerto Rico who served for many years on Long Island, died on October 18, 2012. She was 82 years of age and had dedicated 60 years to religious life as a Sister of St. Dominic.
Sister Maria Victoria rendered service in both the United States and Puerto Rico. From 1954-1955, she did the hidden domestic work in the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington and from 1955-1959 in Cathedral College, Brooklyn. She then returned to Puerto Rico, where she served for 27 years before returning to Long Island in 1986. She acted as Domestic Assistant at the Motherhouse here until 1999, when she retired.
Sister Maria Victoria is survived by her sisters Georgina and Rafaela and her brother Carlos, all of Puerto Rico, her sisters Lydia of Alabama and Carmen of Yonkers, her brother Ernesto of Texas, as well as nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Albert Chapel, Amityville, on October 22. Interment followed in the Sisters’ Cemetery.

Sister Sara Mooney, OSU

MooneyBLUE POINT — Ursuline Sister Sara Mooney, who taught at several Catholic schools on Long Island, died October 12, 2012 at Brookhaven Hospital. Sister Sara’s extensive teaching ministry included St. William the Abbot, Seaford, from 1966-1968 and St. Francis de Sales School, Patchogue, from 1975-1977. She also taught in the Brooklyn Diocese at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ozone Park (1943-1945 and 1968-1969) and at Our Lady of Grace in Howard Beach (1945-1953), as well as at various schools in the Bronx and in Connecticut. She also ministered for several years as a home healthcare aide. In 1998, Sister Sara retired in Blue Point where she continued in a ministry of prayer.
She is survived by two sister-in-laws and several nieces and nephews.
Her funeral Mass was celebrated October 15 at the St. Ursula Center Chapel in Blue Point, followed by interment at the cemetery of the Ursuline Sisters in Blue Point.