Marie Helen O'Connor passed away peacefully at her home on June 18, 2019, at the age of 83.
Sister Patrice Marie, O.P., Sparkill Dominican was the beloved daughter of the late Patrick and Helen O’Connor (Kenmare, Co. Kerry.). Marie was one of seven siblings, Joseph (deceased), Ann, John, David (deceased) Patrick and Kathleen. Marie is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Patrice served as a missionary in Pakistan for four years, in the 1970s. After Patrice returned from Pakistan, she volunteered at St. Claire’s Hospital in New York City. There she came in contact with Dame Cicely Saunders and they initiated Hospice/Palliative Care at St. Luke’s Hospital. She worked closely with Dame Saunders and was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Hospice/Palliative Care Foundation. She travelled extensively with the foundation and contributed to many publications regarding Hospice/Palliative Care. She then joined August Aichhorn for Adolescent Residental Care.
Marie loved to knit, swim, read, go to operas at the Met and see Broadway plays. She made beautiful stained glass and enjoyed meditating and reading at the Hudson River, near her West End Avenue apartment in New York City.
A Memorial Gathering will be held for Marie on Monday, July 15, 2019 beginning at 2 PM at Saint John the Divine Church, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, New York 10025. Following the gathering, a Memorial Mass will take place at 4PM, followed by the entombment of cremains, also at Saint John the Divine.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her name to godslovewedeliver.org.
Our facility at 732 Yonkers Avenue is independently owned & operated by Richard & Michael Ruggiero. This location is staffed by Michael, Eileen, Michelle & Andrew Ruggiero and Jessica Martins. At this time, this is the only facility owned and operated by the Ruggiero family