Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Sister Therese Maher, OP, dies May 27 

Published July 6, 2023

SINSINAWA, Wis.—Sister Therese Maher, OP, died May 27, at St. Elizabeth Manor, Footville, Wisconsin. Her religious name was Sister Michaelita. The funeral Mass was at the Dominican motherhouse, Sinsinawa, June 2, followed by burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery. 

Sister Therese Maher

Sister Therese made her first profession as a Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa Aug. 5, 1953, and her perpetual profession Aug. 5, 1956. She served students, often simultaneously, as teacher for 29 years and counselor for 26 years. Sister Therese worked in support roles for three years, as pastoral assistant for four years and as parish visitor for four years. Sister Therese reached out in faith to those around her. She served in Wisconsin, South Dakota, Montana, Texas, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Georgia, and Washington. 

In the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Sister Therese served as attendance officer at St. Pius X High School from 1986 to 1988. 

Sister Therese was born July 27, 1929, in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of Michael and Marie (Jacobs) Maher. Her parents and two brothers, Donald Maher and James Maher, preceded her in death. She is survived by a sister, Marianne Houch; a brother, Michael Maher; nieces; nephews; and her Dominican Sisters with whom she shared 69 years of religious life. 

Memorials may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, 53824-9701 or at online.