Sister Dorothy (Irene Patricia) Gaffney, BVM died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, at Caritas Center in Dubuque, Iowa. She was 93.
Sharing of Memories, Virtual Visitation, and funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.
She was born on Jan. 10, 1927, in Chicago to Patrick and Irene (Calt) Gaffney. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1946, from St. Clement Parish in Chicago. She professed first vows on March 19, 1949, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1954. She withdrew in 1970 to care for her parents and reentered the community Sept. 23, 1985.
Sister Dorothy was an elementary teacher at St. Anthony and an administrative assistant at Mount Carmel, both in Dubuque, Iowa. She ministered as an elementary teacher and principal in Des Moines, Iowa, and as a school secretary, administrative assistant, and elementary and secondary teacher in Chicago. She also taught in elementary schools in Omaha, Neb., and Butte, Mont., and a secondary school in San Francisco.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Patricia Kolometz, and a nephew, Patrick Kolometz. She is survived by a niece Dottie Ryan, Schaumburg, Ill.; grandnieces; great-grandnieces; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 74 years.
Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or make an online gift.Watch Memorial Mass and Sharing of Memories Download Eulogy Download Sharing of Memories