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Dorothy Ann Furey was born on February 8, 1925 in Toledo, Ohio, the oldest of Teresa Tillman and Edmond Francis Furey’s four children. Although Dorothy grew up in Toledo, most of her summers were spent in near Houghton Lake in Michigan swimming, boating, horseback riding and frog catching.

In 1930 Dorothy was enrolled in Our Lady of Perpetual Help School. Her parents, however, felt she needed a more challenging curriculum and transferred her to Notre Dame Academy on Bancroft in Toledo in 1937. Sister’s years at NDA and later at Notre Dame College, Cleveland, were filled with activities. She participated in sports, dancing, and, in college, she worked in her aunt’s bookstore and ushered for the Cleveland Opera. Sister Mary Josanne graduated Cum Laude from Notre Dame College in June 1945 and entered the Sisters of Notre Dame on Ansel Road the following September.


At first, Sister Mary Josanne ministered in secondary education in the Cleveland area. In 1960 Sister was transferred to California where she taught at Notre Dame Academy inLos Angeles (1960-1966, 1983-1984), La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks (1966-1983), and St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura (1984-2006). As principal at La Reina Sister Mary Josanne initiated the addition of the seventh and eighth grades.

Mathematics was among Sister Mary Josanne’s first loves. At La Reina Sister started her own mathematics competition for 7th and 8th graders. When she transferred to Saint Bonaventure, she initiated the competition there as well. The following year, the Mathematical Association of America invited her to join a team of 15 mathematicians who gathered once a year to formulate original math problems for 25-question, timed tests for the American Mathematics Competition.

“The problems weren’t simple,” Sister Mary Josanne said, “I had to create the circumstances to make them difficult.”

Another of Sister Mary Josanne’s loves was the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame – an affinity she had acquired in childhood. During football season the children at Our Lady of Perpetual Help sang the Victory March and listened to a recording of Knute Rockne’s famous speech each morning before class and were rewarded with a candy bar every time the team won.

Sister Mary Josanne described herself as “a community person.” As she herself admitted: “By nature I am not a solitary soul…I don’t have a problem making friends.” Sister attended the Congregation’s Centennial celebration in Cleveland (1950) and its Sesquicentennial in California (2000). She also participated in the 1974 General Chapter as and visited both in Toledo and Florida. All were occasions for her to renew important relationships with her family and friends, especially with the sisters in her entrance group with whom she remained very close throughout her religious life.

In 2007 Sister Mary Josanne joined the community at Notre Dame Center where she remained active- helping in the finance and development offices and working jig-saw puzzles, enjoying a good mystery, and cheering for St. Bonaventure’s football team. Sister quietly and peacefully went home to God on Friday, January 29, 2016, just two weeks before her 91st birthday.

Those who wish to pay their respects to Sister Mary Josanne Furey are invited to a wake and liturgy on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The service will take place at Notre Dame Center in Thousand Oaks, California. It will be officiated by Reverend Joseph Shea, Pastor of Saint Rose of Lima Church. Sister will be interred at Assumption Cemetery in Simi Valley, California, on Wednesday, February 10 at 9:30 a.m.


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With sadness in our hearts and gratitude for her friendship and good example, the Sisters of Notre Dame announce the death of Sister Mary Donnamay Weigler on Saturday, October 24, just one month short of her 87th birthday.

Sister Mary Donnamay was an only child whose mother died unexpectedly when she was 11 months old. Although her father eventually remarried, Sister later wrote: “It was my grandmother who raised me and had the greatest influence on me during my early years.”
A devoted educator and musician, Sister Mary Donnamay enjoyed reading the newspaper and working on jigsaw puzzles. Before she passed into eternity last Saturday, a number of residents and nurses at Mary Health of the Sick Nursing Home in Newbury Park commented that Sister never complained about anything. The SNDs who lived with her over the years can attest to her patience and good example.

During her life, Sister always felt especially close to the Blessed Virgin. As she explained: “Three special events in my life happened on a Saturday. I was born on a Saturday, entered religious life on a Saturday, and made Perpetual Vows on a Saturday.” Lastly, Sister Mary Donnamay quietly went home to God on Saturday, October 24.

We thank and praise God for the many graces that she shared with each of us. We can be confident that she will be our powerful intercessor until that day when we see her again. 

Those interested in celebrating the life of Sister Mary Donnamay can join the Sisters of Notre Dame on Saturday, October 31, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Notre Dame Center (1776 Hendrix Avenue, Thousand Oaks 91360) for a visitation. A service will follow at 10:00 a.m. officiated by the Revered Padriac Loftus, Pastor Emeritus at Saint Mel’s Church in Woodland Hills.

Click here to see Sister’s obituary on the Ventura County Star website. 

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Sister Mary Lynn (Ann Patricia Liederbach) was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 6, 1928, the first child of Theodore and Anne Pejsa Liederbach.  Three more children followed: a sister Jean and twin brothers, Theodore, Jr. and Thomas. Following her graduation from Notre Dame Academy, Patricia entered the novitiate of the Sisters of Notre Dame on September 8, 1946, and pronounced her first vows three years later, on August 16, 1949.

After receiving a Master of Arts Degree in Economics from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. as well as a second Masters in Library Science from Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Sister Mary Lynn taught high school in the Cleveland and Elyria areas. In 1960, Sister came to California where she continued her ministry in secondary education.

Sister served first as an instructor and later Director at Pilarica College in Thousand Oaks. From 1965 to 1970 and again from 1975 to 1984 she was assigned to St. Matthias High School in Huntington Park as both a teacher of economics and librarian as well as moderator of the Library Club. In 1984, Sister Mary Lynn joined the provincial house community at Notre Dame Center in Thousand Oaks.

During her years at the Center Sister Mary Lynn became involved in what would become her “passion” – Detention Ministry. Sister made pastoral visits to a number of prisons and/or jails in the area where she became friends with many of the inmates for whom she prayed daily. Several times a year, Sister would compile a newsletter to “my guys in jail” which she laboriously pecked out on a manual typewriter. Although sisters offered to type it for her on a computer, Sister always declined, saying the project was “her labor of love.”

As an extension of her detention ministry, Sister Mary Lynn also became involved in “Get on the Bus”, a program which provides free transportation for children to visit their incarcerated parents for Mother’s or Father’s Day. Each year Sister would add a big straw hat decorated with ribbons to her habit and appeal to the parishioners of St. Paschal Baylon Church as they came out of Sunday Mass for support for the program. Over the years, Sister’s annual appearance made it possible for countless children to celebrate their “Day” with their mother or father.

About five years ago, Sister Mary Lynn’s health began to decline, but it was not until the fall of 2012 that she moved into the skilled nursing wing of the Health Care Center, although she continued to participate in community prayers and meals. When she was no longer able to come to the chapel, Sister continued to attend the daily Mass and to enjoy various religious presentations on EWTN.

Within recent weeks, it had become apparent that Sister Mary Lynn was peacefully entering the final phase of life. On the afternoon of Tuesday, May 27, Sister quietly answered the invitation of her God whom she had faithfully served for the past sixty-five years – “Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world…For I was in prison and you visited me…Whatever you did for the least of my brothers and sisters you did for me.”

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