Sister Regina Marie's Services
Private Mass of Resurrection at Sacred Heart Convent, Monday, January 18; private burial, Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Tuesday, January 19. A memorial mass will be held at Sacred Heart Convent at a later date.
Memorials to honor the memory of Sister Regina Marie may be made to the Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL, 62704. The Dominican Sisters and family of Sister Regina Marie are served by Butler Funeral Homes.
Springfield Dominican Sister Regina Marie Bernet, OP, died suddenly, Thursday, January 14, 2021, at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Springfield in 1934 to Albert and Jennie (Otto) Bernet and baptized Marilyn Ann. She joined the Dominicans in 1954 and professed her vows in 1955 at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield, Ill.
With her customary gentleness and patience Sister Regina Marie influenced countless children and adults over a lifetime of ministry as an educator, art therapist, counselor, and spiritual guide. For 35 years she taught in or administered parochial schools in Chicago, Evergreen Park, Decatur, Irwin, Elgin, Algonquin, and Springfield, Ill. For 5 years she was regional director for Rainbows for All God’s Children and spent several of those years as director of sisters in temporary vows. She then employed her art therapy degree and certification in gerontology to counsel and guide her own Dominican Sisters who were transitioning to retirement and to accompany women and men incarcerated in central Illinois prisons.
Sister Regina Marie was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Robert and Richard Bernet. She is survived by her brother Eugene (Kathie) Bernet, and her sisters-in-law, Betty (Robert) Bernet, and Rita (Richard) Bernet, all of Springfield. She will be missed as well by her many nieces, nephews, friends, and Dominican Sisters.