Sisters Celebrate Jubilees
This year 12 Racine Dominican Sisters will celebrate special anniversaries in ministry. On June 24, the Dominican community will honor these women who together have served Racine and other communities in Wisconsin and beyond for a total of 685 years.
Celebrating 80 years
Sister Gertrude (Mary Ambrose) Geigle was born in Kaukauna, WI, and earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Norbert College, DePere, and masters degrees from St. Xavier College, Chicago, and Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI. She taught elementary grades and served as principal in schools around Wisconsin and Michigan for over 30 years. S. Gertrude then taught religious education and served in parish ministry for 30 years. Since 2002, she has lived at Siena Center in Racine at the Dominican community motherhouse, volunteering for her community in various ways.
Celebrating 70 years
Sister Virgine Lawinger was born in Mineral Point, WI, and earned a bachelor's degree from the Barat College, Lake Forest, IL, and a master's degree from Notre Dame University. She taught primary, elementary, high school and served as principal in schools around Wisconsin and Michigan for over 50 years. Since 2002, S. Virgine has devoted herself to advocating for justice and human rights locally and globally. She traveled to Iraq and Palestine with peace delegations. S. Virgine lives in Germantown, WI, and continues to volunteer her service.
Celebrating 60 years
Sister Yvonne (Rose Stephen) Arnoldi was born in Zachow, WI. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Dominican College, Racine, and taught for 44 years in Wisconsin schools. Her last 18 years before retiring in 2004 to care for mother were at St. Bernard in Green Bay. S. Yvonne still lives in Green Bay, dedicating herself to tutoring and community outreach.
Sister Lorene (Laverne) Haas was born in Roxbury, WI, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Dominican College, Racine, and a master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She taught in schools around Wisconsin, New Mexico and Michigan for 30 years. Since 2003, S. Lorene has lived in Sauk City, WI, and continues to volunteer in community efforts.
Sister Betty (Gregory Ann) Olley was born in Racine, graduated from St. Catherine’s class of 1951 and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Dominican College. She taught in schools around Wisconsin for nearly 40 years, including Sacred Heart and Holy Trinity in Racine. For 27 years, she taught in three inner-city parish schools in Milwaukee. For many years S. Betty served as videographer for the Racine Dominicans. She lives in Racine and continues to volunteer with various efforts.
Sister Joyce (Felice) Quintana was born in Denver, CO, but grew up in Santa Fe, NM. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Dominican College in Racine and a master’s degree from New Mexico Highlands University. She taught in schools in Wisconsin, Michigan and New Mexico. S. Joyce She served as director of the Adult Learning Program at Siena Center, on the Milwaukee Archdiocesan Committee of Justice for Immigrants and currently serves on the Immigration Task Force of Racine Interfaith Coalition (RIC). She lives at Siena Center and serves on various committees.
Sister Rose (Gretchen) Stietz was was born in Gratiot, WI, and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Dominican College, Racine, a master’s from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, and a CNA from Blackhawk Technical Institute, Monroe, WI. She taught in Wisconsin and Michigan, including at St. Edward and Holy Trinity school, Racine. Since 1993, S. Rose has ministered in parish human concerns and neighborhood outreach in central city Milwaukee, where she lives.
Sister Carla Mae (Clement Rose) Streeter was born in Milwaukee, WI, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Dominican College, Racine, master’s degrees from St. John University, Collegeville, MN, and Regis College, Toronto, Canada, and a doctorate in theology and a licentiate in theology, both from Regis. S. Carla Mae taught in Wisconsin elementary schools, including St. Lucy, Racine, while pursuing advanced degrees. Since 1986, she has lived in St. Louis, MO, teaching theology at Aquinas
Sister Jean (Jean Raymond) Verber was born in Racine and earned a bachelor’s degree from Dominican College and a master’s degree from Indiana’s Notre Dame University. She taught in Wisconsin and Michigan schools and was principal at Holy Name, Racine. S. Jean served as vice president of the Racine Dominicans, was the administrative coordinator of the Women & Poverty Public Education Initiative, Milwaukee, and is now Justice Outreach coordinator and Mission Fund administrator for the Racine Dominicans. She lives in Racine.
Sister Mary Ann (Robert) Weyker was born in Belgium, WI, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Dominican College, Racine, and a master’s degree from UW-Milwaukee. She taught and served as principal in Wisconsin schools, including Racine’s St. Rose, St. Edward and Sacred Heart. For the past 26 years, S. Mary Ann has been the business office manager for the Racine Dominicans. She lives at the Eco-Justice Center in Racine.
Celebrating 40 years
Sister Peg Gabik was born in Racine and earned a bachelor’s degree from Carthage College, Kenosha, a master’s degree from Seattle University, WA, and master’s degree from UW-Oshkosh. S. Peg was a parish liturgist, musician, and pastoral minister in parishes of the Green Bay diocese. She also served in the Green Bay diocesan office as director of adult faith formation, young adult ministry and a counselor with Catholic Charities. She lives in Racine where she has served as a community counselor in a variety of settings, including the HOPES Center. She now ministers as director of liturgy and music at Siena Center.
Celebrating 15 years
Sister Ann Pratt was born in Dubuque, IA, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University, Normal, and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, and Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. Her Racine ministries include teaching at St. Catherine’s High School and serving as the HOPES Center’s first executive director. Since 2011, S. Ann has lived in Washington State, ministering in various social service capacities.