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Sr. Christina Cegelske, OP, dies Print
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Friday, Mar. 16, 2018 -- 2:30 PM


Sr. Christina Cegelske, OP, died March 7, 2018, at St. Dominic Villa. A Memorial Mass will be held at the Dominican motherhouse, Sinsinawa, March 22, 2018. Burial of the cremains will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Fairmont, Minn., at a later date.

Prior to entering the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation, Madeline Jean Cegelske served in the U.S. Navy, 1944-1946. She was a nurse at the U.S. National Naval Hospital, Bethesda, MD, and at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Norman, OK. Madeline obtained the rank of pharmacist mate, second class.

Sister Christina made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican August 5, 1949, and her final profession August. 5, 1952. She taught for 28 years, specializing in kindergarten; cared for family members for nine years; served as director and teacher for a day care center for six years; and volunteered for 11 years. Sister Christina served in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

In the Diocese of Madison, Sister Christina taught at Edgewood Campus School, Madison, 1952-1974. She volunteered in the Archives Department at the motherhouse, Sinsinawa, 1994-2003.

Sister Christina was born June 1, 1924, in Fairmont, Minn., the daughter of Peter and Mollie (Kuntz) Cegelske. Her parents and sister, Elisabeth Kammerer, preceded her in death. She is survived by her Dominican Sisters with whom she shared 68 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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