SINSINAWA -- Sr. Kathleen O'Donnell, OP, died Jan. 10, 2017, at St. Dominic Villa. Her religious name was Sr. Marie Winifred. The funeral Mass will be held at the Dominican motherhouse, Sinsinawa, Jan. 17, followed by burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery.
Sister Kathleen made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican August 5, 1946, and her final profession August 5, 1949. She taught for 24 years, six while also serving as principal, and served as director of the Dominican Education Center for five years, secretary/support staff for 20 years, and pastoral associate for two years. Sister Kathleen served in Oklahoma, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Alabama.
In the Diocese of Madison, Sister Kathleen taught at St. Joseph, Baraboo, 1954-1959, and served as the director of the Dominican Education Center, Sinsinawa, 1968-1973.
Sister Kathleen was born Sept. 1, 1923, in Chicago, the daughter of Michael and Catherine (Maloney) O'Donnell. Her parents; a sister, Rosemary Pattullo; two brothers, the Reverend Francis O'Donnell, SJ, and Joseph O'Donnell, preceded her in death. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and her Dominican Sisters with whom she shared life for 70 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 Kathleen are available online at www.Sinsinawa.org/live. Click on the "on demand" tab.