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Sister Janet Marie Pfile, OP

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Visitors are welcome; masks required.

Visitation: 4:00-5:00 p.m., Monday, July 12, 2021, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704. Visitation begins with a prayer service.

Funeral Mass: 6:30 p.m., July 12; Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Father Joseph Molloy, Father David Beauvais, and Dominican Father Michael DeTemple, concelebrants.

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Burial: Calvary Cemetery, 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 13.

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Springfield Dominican Sister Janet Marie Pfile, OP, died peacefully, Wednesday July 7 at Sacred Heart Convent in the 60th year of her religious profession. She was born in Decatur, Ill., in 1941 to William H. and Violanta (Vi) Kocher Pfile. She joined the Dominicans in 1959 and professed her vows in 1961 at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield, Ill.

Sister Janet Marie, who for a time was known as Sister Maria del Rey, was an elementary school teacher and principal. She taught in Chicago, and Duluth, Minn., and was both teacher and principal at schools in East Moline, New Berlin, Hampshire, and Cary, Ill. She was a full-time principal in Quincy. She briefly taught math at Rosary High School, Aurora, then began ministry as a pastoral associate, dedicating 12 years to the parishioners at St. James Parish, Rockford, and 14 at Holy Family Parish, Decatur, until recently.

In preparation for the celebration of her 60th profession anniversary Sister Janet Marie wrote that her call to Dominican life was nurtured by God and the blessing of the “faith-filled people who have journeyed with me.”

Sister Janet Marie was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her sisters, Sister Judith Pfile, OP, at Sacred Heart Convent, and Donna (Stu) Sorensen, Round Rock, Texas; brother Larry (Pat) Pfile, Kirkwood, Mo.; her loving aunt, cousins, nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, many dear friends.

Visitors are welcome; masks required. Visitation: 4:00-5:00 p.m., Monday, July 12, 2021, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704. Visitation begins with a prayer service. Funeral Mass: 6:30 p.m., July 12; Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Father Joseph Molloy, Father David Beauvais, and Dominican Father Michael DeTemple, concelebrants. Burial: Calvary Cemetery, 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 13.

Memorials to honor the memory of Sister Janet Marie may be made to the Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL, 62704. The Dominican Sisters and family of Sister Janet Marie are served by Butler Funeral Homes.

5 thoughts on “Sister Janet Marie Pfile, OP”

  1. prayers for your family you will be greatly missed by everyone including holy family parish you will leave a lot of empty hearts 🥰 behind god has gained another angel till we meet again will miss your beautiful smile and seeing you at Sunday mass standing in back of the church and greeting everyone after church you will never be forgotten god bless you love always a friend in Christ Gary brenda Jamie brown

  2. till we meet again sister Janet god has gained another angel god bless everyone love in Christ and friends always and forever Gary brenda Jamie brown

  3. Cindy Fitzgerald

    Thank you Sister Janet for all you gave to us! Thank you to your family for loaning her to so many people that you loved and cared for throughout your years of service. Thank you to your Dominican Sisters for caring for all of your needs. You, your family and your Dominican Sisters are all in our prayers. Rest In Peace.

  4. Mary ann Hettel

    My prayers are sent you way at this time, I always found Sister Janet to be filled with optimism and love as she was a Servant Leader in the Rockford Diocesan Schools.

  5. Sister Janet, you have touched so many of us and we were always so happy to see you when you came back to visit us at St. James in Rockford!. In the 12 years you Blessed our parish in so many ways and your love, compassion and beautiful smile will always remain in our hearts and minds!
    Rose McCulloh

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