Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Helen Thieneman dies

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Helen Thieneman died Jan. 21 at the Sansbury Care Center on the grounds of the St. Catharine Motherhouse in Springfield, Ky. She was 80 and had been a Dominican for 60 years.

Sister Thieneman, a native of Louisville, served as a teacher or principal in schools in Illinois and the Archdiocese of Louisville, including Immaculate Heart of Mary, Saints Simon and Jude and St. Thomas More schools and at Holy Rosary Academy. She also served in parish ministry at St. Margaret Mary Church.

At St. Catharine, Sister Thieneman served as the assistant director of ministry and served on the community’s governing board. She also served as a chaplain at hospitals in Ohio and at hositals and nursing homes around Kentucky, including Jewish Hospital, Sansbury Care Center and Sacred Heart Home.

She is survived by five brothers, William, Clifford, Clinton, Richard and Leo Thieneman and one sister, Martha Stuber. She is also survived by 51 nieces and nephews and 203 great-nieces and nephews.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 25 and burial was in the St. Catharine Motherhouse Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, Ohio, 43219-2098, or online at

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