Obituaries

Sr. Eleanor Lang, OP

Born into eternal life: 16 Nov 2011

Sr. Eleanor Lang (June 22, 1917 – November 16, 2011)
Obituary by Sr. Margie Davis, OP

Sr. Jane McCaffrey, OP

Born into eternal life: 31 Oct 2011

On Monday, October 31, 2011, Dominican Sister of Peace Jane (Marie James) McCaffrey, OP, died at Mohun Health Care Center (Columbus, OH). She was born in Columbus, OH, on October 4, 1925, to James and Mary (Flaherty) McCaffrey. She entered the Novitiate of the former Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs in Columbus in 1946 and made her Profession of Vows in 1948. Sr. Jane earned a BS from the College of St. Mary of the Springs (now Ohio Dominican University), an MA from Providence College, and a PhD from The Catholic University of America in theology and religious

Sr. Markita Haefling, OP

Born into eternal life: 24 Oct 2011

Sr. Markita Haefling (79) died Monday, October 24, 2011, in the Great Bend Motherhouse Infirmary in her 59th year of religious profession. Born December 14, 1931, in Strong City, Kansas, as Kathryn Haefling, Sr. Markita was the daughter of the late Marion and Mary Anne (Beumer) Haefling. Her family included five sisters and three brothers, one of whom is Father Maurice, a Benedictine priest of the abbey in Atchison, Kansas, and another was Sr. Edna of the Great Bend community. She entered the Dominican Sisters' community of Great Bend September 18, 1949, and pronounced

Sr. Mary Peter Lajoie, OP

Born into eternal life: 19 Oct 2011

Sr. Mary Peter Lajoie (97) died on October 19, 2011, at Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, Kentucky, in her 73 year of religious life. Born Pauline Delphine on June 28, 1914, in Whitman, Massachusetts, to Joseph Louis and Rose Mae (Robichaud), she was one of four children. She entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Catharine of Siena and made her Profession of Vows as Mary Peter on April 30, 1939.

Sr. Malachy O'Brien, OP

Born into eternal life: 25 Sep 2011

It was fitting that Sr. Malachy's going to her eternal reward would be fast because for most of her life she had only one speed…fast! However, in the last three weeks of her earthly dwelling, she was forced to change gears due to an advanced and ultimately fatal lung condition that had gone undetected until it was too late.

Sr. Sue Keene, OP

Born into eternal life: 6 Aug 2011

Sr. Sue (Sr. Catherine James) Keene (75) died on August 6, 2011, at Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, Kentucky, in her 55th year of religious life. She was born on December 18, 1935, in Springfield, Kentucky, to James William and Catherine (Thompson) Keene as one of six children. She entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Catharine of Siena on September 12, 1954, and made her Profession of Vows as Catherine James on August 15, 1956.

Sr. Jeanmarie Gustitus, OP

Born into eternal life: 27 Jul 2011

Sr. Mary Colette Philips, OP

Born into eternal life: 26 Jul 2011

Sr. Mary Colette (Ruth Mary) Philips died July 26, 2011, in New Orleans, Louisiana, in her 55th year of religious profession at age 82. She was one of two girls and seven boys born to Dudley Anthony and Jeanne Guerineau Philips; one of the boys, Roy, was her fraternal twin.

She entered the Dominican Sisters, Congregation of St. Mary, in New Orleans and professed her first vows on June 15, 1957. At her final profession in 1960, she received a gold band inscribed with the motto "My God and My All," a saying that guided her life as a Dominican woman religious.

Sr. Louise Hageman, OP

Born into eternal life: 25 Jul 2011

If anything at all can be said of Sr. Louise Hageman, it was that she was a lover of life! Nature, people, God, the universe - she was passionate about all of them. Nurtured in a small rural community, Willowdale, Kansas, the seasons of the year found her enjoying all the seasons of growth, whether it was in the wide open spaces of the fields or the flowers and vegetables she loved to care for in the garden. She delighted in sitting on the porch in the early morning, Scripture and coffee in hand, catching glimpses of the great variety of birds in the yard.

Sr. Mary Bertrand Turzak, OP

Born into eternal life: 16 Jul 2011

Sr. Mary Bertrand Turzak (87) died on July 16, 2011, in Waterford, Michigan, in her 73rd year of religious life. She was born on April 3, 1924, in Portage, Pennsylvania, to Andrew and Mary Turzak as one of five children. She entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Rose of Lima on August 21, 1938, and made her Perpetual Profession of Vows on August 18, 1947.

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