Sister Charles Elizabeth O’Brien, OP of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, Ossining, NY, died on Monday, December 29, 2014 at the Wartburg in Mt. Vernon, NY. She was 91 years of age. The daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth Flynn O’Brien, she was born May 19, 1923 in Staten Island, New York.
Sister Charles Elizabeth entered the novitiate of the Dominican Sisters of the Sick Poor September 8, 1947 and made her First Profession June 24, 1949. She professed her final vows on June 24, 1952. Sister Charles Elizabeth’s ministry was in home health care for the Dominican Sisters of the Sick Poor in Springfield, OH (1949-52), New York City (1952-54 and 1964-74), Dayton, OH (1954-56), and Cincinnati, OH (1956-64). She worked in the infirmary of the Dominican Sisters of the Sick Poor in Ossining, NY (1974-78). She provided home care for a family member on Long Island (1978-80). She moved to Denver, CO, where she did home care with the Dominican Sisters of the Sick Poor (1980-85). Sister Charles Elizabeth worked in the Mt. St. Mary Convent Infirmary in Newburgh, NY (1985-86) and volunteered in the Maryknoll Sisters Nursing Home, Maryknoll, NY (1990-95). She has also volunteered to help with mailings for the Dominican Sisters of Hope and the Dominican Sisters Family Health Service.
Sister Charles Elizabeth is survived by a nephew, Chris Pearson of Staten Island, and a niece, Kathleen Spritzl who lives in Delaware. She is predeceased by her sister Helen Pearson.
Sister is buried at the Dominican Sisters’ Cemetery in Ossining, NY.