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Sr. Brideen Fohey, OP, dies Print
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Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 -- 10:03 AM

SINSINAWA, Wis. -- Sr. Brideen Fohey, OP, died December 18, 2017. The funeral Mass was held at the Dominican motherhouse, Sinsinawa, December 21, 2017, followed by burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery.

Sr. Brideen made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican October 2, 1951, and her final profession August 5, 1956. She ministered in music as a teacher, organist, piano teacher, and accompanist for 50 years. Sr. Brideen served as a hospital chaplain for 17 years, a pastoral associate for two years, a liturgist for two years, support staff for one year, and nurse aide for one year. Many of her ministries were simultaneous. She served in Illinois, Wyoming, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Canada.

In the Diocese of Madison, Sr. Brideen taught at Sacred Heart, Reedsburg; St. Mary, Portage; St. Cecilia, Wisconsin Dells, WI; and St. Jerome, Columbus, WI, all 1968-1969, as well as St. Joseph, Baraboo, 1965-1969, and Edgewood College, Madison, 1973-1976. She served as liturgist at the Sinsinawa Dominican motherhouse, Sinsinawa, 1984-1985.

Sr. Brideen was born February 1, 1929, in Milwaukee, the daughter of George and Marie (Quigley) Fohey. Her parents; four sisters, Elizabeth Fohey, Bernadine Zellmer, Rosale Hruska, and Jane Zajac; and two brothers, Gervase Fohey and George Fohey, preceded her in death. She is survived by a sister, Edith Payleitner; nieces; nephews; and her Dominican Sisters with whom she shared 66 years of religious life.

Memorials may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, 53824-9701 or online at

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