SINSINAWA, Wis.—Sister Mary Frances Lennartz, OP, died April 5, 2016, at St. Dominic Villa. Her religious name was Sister Marie Anne. Natural burial took place April 6, 2016, in the Motherhouse Cemetery. The funeral Mass will be held in the Gathering Place at Sinsinawa Wednesday, April 13, 2016.
Sister Mary Frances made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican Aug. 5, 1944, and her final profession Aug. 5, 1947. She taught for 15 years and served as librarian/audio-visual director for 30 years, pastoral minister for 15 years, support staff for one year and assistant director of the Dominican Education Center for two years. Sister Mary Frances served in Minnesota, Wisconsin, California, Illinois, Texas, Iowa and Oklahoma as well as Trinidad and Tobago.
In the Diocese of Tulsa, Sister Mary Frances served as pastoral minister at St. Joseph Parish, Muskogee, 1995-2008.
Sister Mary Frances was born March 31, 1923, in Chicago, the daughter of George and Anna (McGrath) Lennartz. Her parents; stepmother, Louise Lennartz; and a brother, George Lennartz, preceded her in death. She is survived by a sister, Sister Constance Lennartz; a stepsister, Bernice Santilli; nephews; and her Dominican Sisters with whom she shared life for 71 years.
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