Sr. Mary Blaise Galloway


SPRINGFIELD - Springfield Dominican Sister Mary Blaise Galloway, 86, died Aug. 1, 2019 at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield.

Visitation was held from 4-6:15 p.m. on Aug. 6 at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Springfield. Visitation began with a prayer service and was followed by a funeral Mass at 6:30 p.m. with Dominican Father Peter Witchousky, celebrant. Morning Prayer, Remembering, and Final Commendation took place at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 7 at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery. Butler Funeral Home-Springfield handled the arrangements.

Sister M. Blaise was born June 30, 1933 in Mendota to Otto and Rita (Cannon) Galloway, who named her Bonnie Jean.

Survivors include her brother, William of Centralia, Mo.; many beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and cousins, and her Dominican Sisters.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Brother Jerry Galloway, CICM.

Sister M. Blaise made her profession of vows in 1952 at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield. Forty-five of her 67 years of profession were devoted to Marian Catholic High School, Chicago Heights, 1965-1983 and 1987-2014. For several years, she was assistant principal but her true gift was teaching calculus and trigonometry, and her true passion was gardening. She also taught and was assistant principal, then co-principal at Sacred Heart Academy, Springfield from 1983-1987. Her earliest years of profession were spent teaching primary and middle grades in Chicago and Newton as well as Richmond, Mich. and Duluth, Minn.

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

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