Springfield Dominican Sister Marion Sitkiewitz (formerly Sister Peter Claver) died May 14, 2018, at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Chicago in 1928 to Peter and Lucy Bonk Sitkiewitz. She made her profession of vows in 1951 at Sacred Heart Convent.
Sister Marion ministered for most of her life as an educator. First, she was a primary school teacher, then spent many years as a religious education specialist in parishes in central and northern Illinois. She loved her early years in East St. Louis at St. Mary Parish and was happy to return there later in life as librarian at Sister Thea Bowman School. Her final years in active ministry were spent at Marian Catholic High School, Chicago Heights, where she was the speech team’s biggest booster and a frequent participant in alumni activities.
Sister Marion was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Audrey (George) Zieske, Robert Sykes and Paul Sitkiewitz. She is survived by her sister-in-law Carole (Robert) Bison, numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
Cremation accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center. Prayer Service: 4:00 p.m. with visitation until 6:15 p.m., Monday, May 21, Aquinas Center, Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St. Funeral Mass: 6:30 p.m. convent chapel. Morning prayer and final commendation: 10:30 a.m., convent chapel, Tuesday, May 22, Father Peter Witchousky, OP; celebrant. Burial follows, Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL. 62704.
The Dominican Sisters and family of Sister Marion are being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield.