Dominican Sister Mary Therese Janke dies at 91

SINSINAWA, Wis. — Sister Mary Therese Janke, OP, died July 26 at St. Dominic Villa.

The Mass of Resurrection was held in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa July 30 followed by burial in the motherhouse cemetery, according to a press release.

Sister Mary Therese was born Marie Carmel on Jan. 9, 1918, in Salem, S.D., the daughter of Frederick and Genevieve Dolan Janke. She made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican on Aug. 5, 1936, and her final profession Aug. 5, 1939.

She was a teacher for 35 years and a principal for 13 years. She also served as a missioner, as office staff and as a director of religious education.

Sister Mary Therese volunteered at parishes, schools, and the Dominican motherhouse, where she was a pharmacy clerk and switchboard operator. Her other posts included assignments in dioceses in South Carolina, Illinois, Wisconsin, Wyoming, California, Colorado, Texas, Florida, Arizona, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Cochabamba, Bolivia.

In the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., Sister Mary Therese taught at St. Martin de Porres School in Columbia from 1936-1937.

Her parents and four sisters, Mary Alice (Hall) Evans, Mary Federica O’Connor, Camilla Lynch, and Carmel Graham, preceded her in death. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and her Dominican sisters with whom she shared a life for 72 years.

Repeat broadcasts of Sister Mary Therese’s wake and funeral are available online at

Memorials may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, 53824-9701, or on their Web site at by clicking on “Donate to Us,” then “Honors and Memorials.”