Sister Genevieve James, OP, 96, died on March 20, 2017 at St John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. Sister was born in Newark, NJ on June 15, 1920. She is predeceased by parents, George James and Genevieve Turbott James, and her brother, George. As a child, she developed polio which curtailed her lifestyle a bit.
With time and perseverance, she relearned walking, running, dancing and her favorite ping pong.
With her commercial training, Sister worked as secretary and office manager in several firms in Manhattan, before entering the Dominican Monastery of Corpus Christi in the South Bronx, in 1949. Here, she worked primarily in the maintenance of the large building and grounds, including two major renovations of the structure. She helped build up the Monastery Auxiliary, friends of the Monastery, with her letters to the various people who wrote for prayers and for special intentions.
In 1989, Sister transferred to the Monastery of Mary the Queen in Elmira, NY, where she did
data processing and computer work; addresses for the various Monastery mailings.
Later, she developed post-Polio syndrome, gradually becoming less mobile. She eventually became a patient at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Elmira. When the community translocated to Springfield, IL, sister was cared for in the infirmary of the Dominican Sisters.
The reception of the body will be on Friday, March 24th at 10:45 am, followed by Mass at 11:25 am in the Mother-House Chapel.
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