Saturday, December 20, 2008

Sister Margaret (John Dominic) Baumgartner, O.P.

Sister Margaret Baumgartner, O.P., 94, passed away at Golden Living Center, Kenosha on Saturday December 20, 2008.

Margaret Catherine Baumgartner was born June 17, 1914, to Lawrence and Hedwig (nee: Beier) Baumgartner in Warren, Michigan. On August 31, 1931, she joined the Racine Dominicans and at her reception in 1932 she was given the religious name Sister John Dominic. She professed her first vows in 1934 and her final vows in 1940. In 1968 she returned to using her baptismal name Margaret.

Sister Margaret spent many years in service to others in teaching. She began her ministry in 1934 at St. Victor, Monroe, Wisconsin. Other places in Wisconsin where she served were St. Rita, Racine; St. Augustine, Wausaukee; St. Mary, Belgium; St. John, Little Chute; St. Sebastian, Sturtevant; and St. Mary, Tomah. She also served in Michigan at St. John, Hubbardston; and Nativity and Patronage of St. Joseph, Detroit. When she moved to Siena Center in 1972 she served in the Sisters Infirmary and the Retreat Department. She became a resident at Golden Living Center, Kenosha, in March 2005.

Sister Margaret is survived by the Racine Dominican Sisters and Associates; her sisters Mary (Edward) Mikolowski, Sister Marie Imelda Baumgartner, O.P., Cecilia Ann (Andrew) Wiegand, and Imelda Rose Connell; sisters-in-law Helen Baumgartner, Phyllis Baumgartner, and Virginia Rinke; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; her brothers Anthony, Joseph, Mello and Vincent; and her sister, Catherine Bukari.

Visitation will be in the Siena Center Chapel on Tuesday Dec. 23, beginning at 9 a.m. with a Remembering Service at 2 p.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 4 p.m. Interment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery Hwy 32. Memorials to the Racine Dominican Mission Fund have been suggested.

The Racine Dominicans would like to extend their thanks to the staff that cared for Sister Margaret at Golden Living Center.

803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888

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