Sister Barbara COX

Sister Barbara Cox, OP

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Sister Barbara Cox, 69, a Dominican Sister of Springfield for 49 years, died Feb. 19, 2014.

She was born to Tom and Marie Struckmeyer Cox in Aurora, Ill.

As a young Dominican Sister, Sister Barbara taught at these parish schools: Sacred Heart in Granite City; St. Mary in New Berlin; and St. Cabrini in Springfield. From 1973-1985, she taught in the parish catechetical programs via the Springfield Diocesan Confraternity Centers in Arcola, Carlinville and Hillsboro. Then in 1987, she co-founded the Benincasa Dominican Renewal Center in Riverton.

Throughout her life, Sister Barbara had a love for the arts, especially literature and music, and enjoyed creative writing. She delighted in nature and was known for her tender compassion for animals.

Sister Barbara was preceded in death by her father.

She is survived by her mother, Marie of Big Rock; her sisters, Margaret Seifrid of Aurora and Pat Malohn of Shabbona; and by her nephews and nieces.

Cremation was accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center prior to ceremonies.

Visitation: A visitation will be held from 3:15-6:15 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL. A Vigil Service will be held at 4:30 p.m.

Funeral Mass: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at Sacred Heart Convent, the Rev. Peter Witchousky OP, presiding.

Final Commendation: 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, 1237 W. Monroe, Springfield, IL 62704.

The Dominican Sisters and the family of Sister Barbara Cox are being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. Please visit to offer your condolences.

Funeral Home

Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home
900 South Sixth Street Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 544-4646