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Sister Therese Dery

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Sister  Therese Dery Obituary
DERY, Sister Therese DELHI TOWNSHIP, OHIO Sept. 14, 2018 Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Therese (Terry) Dery died Sept. 11, 2018, at the age of 78 in Mother Margaret Hall, the nursing facility of the Sisters of Charity. Sister Terry was born on May 12,1940, to Leo E and Ida (Grandbios) Dery in Lowell, Massachusetts. She was one of two children. She was a Sister of Charity for 61 years. Sister Terry was raised in a French Canadian neighborhood in Lowell; she attended Ste. Jeanne d'Arc grade school and St. Joseph High School. She was inspired by and taught by the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa, a French-Canadian congregation, entering their community in 1957. Sister Terry earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Regis College, Weston, Massachusetts in 1968 and she received a Master of Arts in Spanish from St. Mary College, Winona, Minnesota in 1972. She earned a Master of Science in counseling from Loyola College, Columbia, Maryland in 1986. Sister Terry's ministries brought her to classrooms, missionary endeavors and behavioral counseling over a span of 54 years. While a Sister of Charity of Ottawa she taught in Haverhill and Lowell, Massachusetts. In 1973 she transferred to the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati after feeling a change in direction of her values and views of religious life. "It was a leap of faith, all in God's hands," she recalled. "I was attracted to the SCs who showed vision, leadership, who were involved in social justice issues and who were risk-takers meeting the needs of the time. It was among them that I heard the cries of the poor." Following her transfer S. Terry continued as a teacher, working at Chaminade-Julienne High School, Dayton, Ohio (1973-'74) and Resurrection grade school, Cincinnati, Ohio (1974-'75) before looking in a new direction. From 1976 to 1983 she served as a missionary among the Quechua people in the Andes Mountains of Peru. This ministry taught her much about the poor and oppressed, making this experience her greatest challenge as well as her greatest joy. When she returned to the States S. Terry received a master's degree in counseling, preparing her for yet another direction in her life working among the most vulnerable as a mental health therapist at Samaritan Behavioral Health, a counseling center connected to Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. After serving there for 28 years she retired in 2015, but remained living in Dayton, volunteering as a counselor at St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelter for Women and Families as her health allowed. Her friend S. Noreen Ellison remembers how much S. Terry enjoyed their SC reunion last year. " I believe Terry had a way of embracing what came next and seemed able to grow with each challenge. Terry, rest in peace and be an advocate for us as we move into the future. Thank you for your life and love among us." S. Terry is survived by her brother Victor as well as nieces and nephews. Sisters and friends will greet visitors in the Heritage Room of the Sisters of Charity from 2 3 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 17, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 3 p.m. in the Motherhouse Chapel. Burial will be in the Sisters of Charity cemetery. Memorials may be made in Sister Therese (Terry) Dery's name to the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Retirement Fund, 5900 Delhi Rd., Mount St. Joseph, Ohio 45051.
Published in Dayton Daily News on Sept. 15, 2018
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