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Sister Joanne O'Connor, OP

placeholder March 20, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 6   •   Oakland, CA

Sister Joanne O'Connor, OP

Sister Joanne O'Connor, a longtime educator, chaplain and a former co-provincial for her congregation, died March 8 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 96 years of age and in the 78th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

A native of Chicago, Sister O'Connor was formerly known as Helen Susan O'Connor and, in religious life, as Sister Mary Joannes. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, received a bachelor of philosophy degree in English from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida; and a master of fine arts degree from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. Sister O'Connor also was certified for pastoral care by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.

Sister O'Connor spent 32 years ministering in education in Florida, Michigan and Illinois. She was a nuclear medicine technician in California at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz for five years (1973-1978); co-provincial for Holy Cross Province in Oakland for three years (1979-1982), and tribunal advocate for the Archdiocese of San Francisco for 14½ years (1982-1997). Sister O'Connor became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, in 2012.

Sister O'Connor is survived by a sister, Joan Panaro of Santa Rosa. She was predeceased by another sister, Sister Helene O'Connor, also an Adrian Dominican Sister.

The Rite of Committal (burial) was held March 9 in the Congregation Cemetery. A Memorial Mass was held March 13 in St. Catherine's Chapel.

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