SINSINAWA — Sr. Dorothy Wreisner, OP, died Dec. 17, 2016, at St. Dominic Villa. Her religious name was Sister Cosmas. The funeral Mass was held in Gathering Place Chapel at Sinsinawa Dec. 20, 2016, followed by burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery.
Sister Dorothy made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican Aug. 7, 1941, and her final profession Aug. 7, 1944. She taught music for 30 years and elementary students for 10 years. Sister Dorothy served as director of religious education for one year, pastoral minister for 16 years, and volunteer for 17 years. She served in Illinois, New Jersey, Montana, Minnesota, New York, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Washington.
In the Diocese of Madison, Sister Dorothy volunteered from 2003 to 2015 at the motherhouse, Sinsinawa, with liturgical ministry, the Office of Development, and the “Tracing a Journey” historical exhibit about Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP.
Sister Dorothy was born Jan. 22, 1921, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Richard and Winifred (Gleason) Wreisner. Her parents; a sister, Winifred Jefferies; and a brother, the Rev. Hugh Wreisner, OP, preceded her in death. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and her Dominican Sisters with whom she shared life for 75 years.
Memorials may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 CR Z, Sinsinawa, WI, 53824-9701 or online at www.sinsinawa.org by clicking on "Donate Now." Repeat broadcasts of the wake and funeral for Sister Dorothy are available online at www.Sinsinawa.org/live. Click on the “on demand” tab.