SINSINAWA, Wis.—Sister Brideen Fohey, OP, died Dec. 18, 2017. The funeral Mass was held at the Dominican motherhouse, Sinsinawa, Dec. 21, 2017, followed by burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery.
Sister Brideen made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican Oct. 2, 1951, and her final profession Aug. 5, 1956. She ministered in music as a teacher, organist, piano teacher, and accompanist for 50 years. Sister Brideen served as a hospital chaplain for 17 years, a pastoral associate for two years, a liturgist for two years, support staff for one year and nurse aide for one year. Many of her ministries were simultaneous. She served in Illinois, Wyoming, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Canada. in the Archdiocese of Regina, Sister Brideen taught private piano lessons at University of Regina in the Conservancy of the Performing Arts, Regina, Saskatchewan, 1989-1992.*
Sister Brideen was born Feb. 1, 1929, in Milwaukee, the daughter of George and Marie (Quigley) Fohey. Her parents; four sisters, Elizabeth Fohey, Bernadine Zellmer, Rosale Hruska, and Jane Zajac; and two brothers, Gervase Fohey and George Fohey, preceded her in death. She is survived by a sister, Edith Payleitner; nieces; nephews; and her Dominican Sisters with whom she shared 66 years of religious life.
Memorials may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, 53824-9701 or online at www.sinsinawa.org/donate.
Repeat broadcasts of the wake and funeral for Sister Brideen are available online at www.sinsinawa.org/live. Click on the “on demand” tab.