Dominican Sister Noel Boggs, 97, dies at Sinsinawa motherhouse

SINSINAWA, Wis. — Sister Noel Boggs, OP, died March 9 at the Sinsinawa Dominican motherhouse nursing facility, St. Dominic Villa. She was 97.

The Mass of Resurrection was held in the motherhouse chapel March 13, followed by burial in the cemetery.

Sister Noel was born Feb. 4, 1911, in Fort Wayne, Ind., the daughter of Owen and Monica Mast Boggs. Her parents and two sisters, Dolores Olech and Rita Boggs, preceded her in death.

Sister Noel made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican Aug. 5, 1932, and her final profession Aug. 5, 1935.

She served in elementary education for 37 years as a teacher or principal; as a religion teacher or director of religious education for 10 years; as sub-prioress at St. Dominic Villa, which was formerly in Dubuque, Iowa; as director of Camp We Ha Kee in Winter, Wis., for 12 summers; and in inter-faith ministry for 22 years.

She lived in New Jersey, Illinois, New York, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Iowa, Maryland, Florida, California, South Carolina and Israel.  

In the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., Sister Noel worked with the interfaith community of Columbia from 1988 to 1990.

Sister Noel is survived by nieces, nephews, and her Dominican sisters, with whom she shared life for 76 years.

The Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters are dedicated to preaching and teaching the Gospel, according to their Web site.

Today, more than 600 Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters are located in the United States and abroad. Their international missions include Mexico, Bolivia, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Memorials may be made to Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, 53824-9701, or visit and click on “Donate to Us,” then “Honors and Memorials.”