SINSINAWA — Sr. Catherine Lyons, OP, died March 13, 2017, at St. Dominic Villa. Her religious name was Sr. Marie Edmund. The funeral Mass was held at the Dominican motherhouse, Sinsinawa, March 20, 2017, followed by burial of the cremains in the Motherhouse Cemetery.
Sister Catherine made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican Aug. 5, 1948, and her final profession Aug. 5, 1951. She taught for 21 years and ministered as principal for 22 years. Sister Catherine served as pastoral minister for one year, as prioress of the motherhouse for four years, as Camp WeHaKee (now WeHaKee Camp for Girls) finance staff for four years, and volunteer for 16 years.
She served in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, and California. In the Diocese of Madison, Sister Catherine served as principal at St. Jerome, Columbus, 1988-1992; as prioress of the motherhouse, Sinsinawa, 1992-1996; and as volunteer at St. Rose School, Cuba City, 2000-2001.
Sister Catherine was born Aug. 8, 1928, in Chicago, the daughter of Redmund and Bridget (McNamara) Lyons. Her parents; three sisters, Sister Margaret Lyons, OP, Mary McKinney, and Lillian Houghteling; and five brothers, Francis Lyons, Redmund Lyons, Richard Lyons, James Lyons, and Patrick Lyons, preceded her in death. She is survived by a sister, Frances Wasowicz, nieces, nephews and her Dominican Sisters with whom she shared life for 68 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 Catherine are available online at www.Sinsinawa.org/live. Click on the “on demand” tab.