Dolores Ann Therasse, SCN

Posted by Kacie Emmerson

May 2, 2024

Dolores Ann Therasse, SCN, 92, (formerly Sister Aloysius) was born July 9, 1931, in the small town of Bridgewater, PA, to Raymond Therasse and Ann Shovlin. She died on April 26, 2024, in Nazareth, Kentucky.

Growing up the youngest of four children, Sister Dolores Ann attended St. Joseph School in West Aliquippa, staffed by the Vincentian Sisters. During her junior year at St. Veronica’s High School, Sister Dolores Ann was invited to visit the Vincentian Motherhouse in Pittsburgh. That summer, she served with the Sisters in Alabama, caring for the people in that rural community. This experience nurtured her desire to become a Vincentian Sister of Charity.

Sister Dolores Ann entered the Vincentian Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1948, making first vows in August 1951 and professing final vows on August 12, 1954. In 2008, when the Vincentian Sisters of Charity merged with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, she transferred her vows. 

Sister Dolores Ann earned a BA from Duquesne University and furthered her studies in Elementary and Special Education at Cardinal Stritch College in Wisconsin. 

After serving as an aide at Vincentian Home for two years, Sister Dolores Ann began her teaching career at St. Dominic School in Donora, PA. For over 20 years, she served as a primary school teacher. From 1968-1974, she was assigned as principal of St. Denis School in Versailles, PA. In August of 1974, she began serving as the Director of Religious Education for St. Thomas A Becket Parish in Pittsburgh, PA. Sister Dolores Ann established and directed the preschool program at the parish until her retirement. She continually responded to the various needs of the parish for 45 years.

She is survived by her extended family, her longtime friends: Sister Mary Judith Seman, SCN, Gloria Otroba, Ann D’Antonio and Barbara Pitts, her beloved staff and parishioners of St Thomas A Becket and her religious community, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

Sister Dolores Ann’s funeral Mass will be on Tuesday, May 7, at 10:30 a.m., and her wake service at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 6. The funeral and wake will be celebrated in Saint Vincent Church, Nazareth, Ky.

Funeral Arrangements are being handled by Houghlin Greenwell Funeral Home, 1475 New Shepherdsville Road, Bardstown, Kentucky. 40004. Memorials may be offered to the Office of Mission Advancement, PO Box 9, Nazareth, Kentucky, 40048.  

10 Comments

  1. Carol Marraccini

    I just wanted to say the funeral Mass for Sister Delores Ann was most elegant and beautiful the story of her life the music and the singing was so lovely Just perfect hymns for her Thank you Sisters in a beautiful send off for our special Sister Delores Ann. I am still trying to accept that’s she gone My heart aches

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  2. Denise Champe

    Dearest cousin,
    Rest in the loving arms of our Lord Jesus Christ, Sister Dolores Ann.

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  3. Bill Cepull

    Dearest Cousin, I’m glad that we were able to re-connect over the last 10 years or so. I hope you shared grandma’s gaulletes with your sisters and didn’t keep them all to yourself all those years. Always enjoyed our talks and will miss seeing that quirky smile. Until we meet again … God bless you and rest in peace.

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  4. Carol Marraccini

    My dear sister Dolores, Ann I miss you so much we are lost without you. You have been such a wonderful friend and support through the years for me and I remember all the good times we shared with father, Kelly, and Sister
    Judith. Those will be the memories I will always be thankful for, you are so loved by so many and you will be so missed by all. I feel such a loss now
    without you we talked a few months ago and then we were to talk again and we didn’t. I love you sister I wish you all the happiness, the Lord could give you you are so deserving , my love always Carol I will keep singing your praises

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  5. Dolores OTOOLE

    So Glad I got to see you last June! What a Great Teacher, Family Friend and Lady! You will be missed by many but we all know you are in a much Better Place!! Heaven gained one of the Best Sisters!! 🥰❤️❤️🙏🙏

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  6. GLORIA OTROBA

    IT’S NOT WHERE YOU GO IN LIFE……BUT WHO YOU TRAVEL WITH!!!!!!!!
    MY LIFE WAS DEFINITELY BLESS’D WITH YOU IN IT♥️
    WILL MISS AND LOVE YOU LADY

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  7. Carole Succop

    Remembering all of the good times we shared at STAB. Your job is done here.
    Now it is time to enjoy your eternal vacation in the sunshine up above.
    It was a blessing to work as your secretary. You are truly missed!

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  8. cathy greer

    Rest in peace dear Sister, it was a pleasure working with you and always seeing your smiling eyes. Heaven has gained an angel…💞

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    • Sandi Como

      Sister Dolores ,
      In this life you are blessed when God brings into your life a person , filled with the love of God , joy, and a desire to reach the hearts of his people.
      Deacon Gerry & I were so blessed to have you on our paths in life .
      Deacon Gerry , though he has passed , was grateful for your friendship and words of wisdom . He enjoyed your humor , so much like his.

      I was grateful for your friendship and our telephone conversations . I know there wasn’t a conversation , I didn’t hang up feeling joy and smiling .
      I’m sorry these last years were difficult. You still found the joy and hope in each day .
      You have touched so many lives and hearts.
      Thank you , faithful servant .
      Thank you Lord, for the gift of this wonderful Sister in our lives .
      We were blessed .
      Be at Peace Sister , your seeds of Faith , Hope , and Love of God have been planted in many hearts .

      Eternal rest grant unto you , May God’s perpetual light shine upon you .
      May your soul be at peace .
      You are missed .

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  9. Connie Dorsey

    Rest in peace, Buddy! It was an honor to work with you for 41 years! Ill miss our talks but know that you are smiling at the face of Our Lord!

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