Sr. Stephana Garvey, OP, dies Print
Religious obituaries
Tuesday, Jan. 02, 2018 -- 2:27 PM

SINSINAWA, Wis. -- Sr. Stephana Garvey, OP, died Dececember 28, 2017, at St. Dominic Villa. The funeral Mass was held at the Dominican motherhouse, Sinsinawa, January 4, 2018, followed by burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery.

Sister Stephana made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican August 5, 1947, and her final profession August 5, 1950. She taught for 38 years and served as religious education coordinator for seven years. Sister Stephana volunteered with young children in a hospital and early childhood education centers for 19 years. She served in Wis., Ill., Minn., and Fla.

In the Diocese of Madison, Sister Stephana taught at Queen of Peace, Madison, 1953-1957.

Sister Stephana was born September 29, 1926, in La Crosse, Wis., the daughter of Francis and Elizabeth (Kane) Garvey. Her parents; a sister, Mary Tafelski; and four brothers, Tom Garvey, Bernard Garvey, the Rev. Francis Garvey, and Larry Garvey, preceded her in death. She is survived by a sister, Margaret "Peggy" Nedzi; a brother Kay Garvey; and her Dominican Sisters with whom she shared 70 years of religious life.

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

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