February 24, 2014


Sister Dorothy Sweeney, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 92, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wis.

Dorothy Elizabeth was born Nov. 27, 1921, to Francis and Angeline (Donovan) Sweeney in Sutherland, Iowa. She entered St. Rose Convent in 1958 and made profession of vows in 1961.

Having been a licensed practical nurse before she entered, Sister Dorothy continued nursing for 14 years in Wisconsin at Sparta, Hillsboro, Villa St. Joseph and St. Francis Hospital, La Crosse. Sister Dorothy ministered in El Salvador for two years as a nurse. She returned to the States to serve as a nurse at St. Anthony Regional Hospital, Carroll, two years before earning certification in pastoral care. She was chaplain at St. Anthony's from 1977-1990. Sister Dorothy returned to St. Rose Convent providing pastoral care for the Sisters for several years both before and after her retirement in 1998. She made the Villa her home in 2005.

Sister Dorothy is survived by her Franciscan community; her sister, Florence Ihry, Royal, Iowa, and nieces and nephews. Her parents, her brother Paul and her sisters Marjorie, Catherine and Frances preceded her in death.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, when her body will be taken to St. Rose Convent. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. The Rev. Richard Tulko, OFM, convent chaplain, will preside at the Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Burial will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse.

Schumacher-Kish Family Funeral Homes is assisting with arrangements.

Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market St., La Crosse, Wis. 54601-4782.