Sister Anne Marie Dorff, SSND, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame for 54 years, died of cancer on April 30, at Villa Notre Dame Wellness Center, Wilton, Conn. She was 74.
Born in Brooklyn as Dorothy Anne Dorff, she attended St. Anselm School, Bay Ridge, and the Notre Dame Aspiranture, Fort Lee, N. J. She made her first vows in July 1957. She was a 1965 graduate of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and, in 1975, earned her master’s in reading education from Hofstra University.
She taught at St. Benedict School, Baltimore,1958-68; St. Brigid, Westbury, L.I., 1968-78, and then was principal at St. Catherine of Siena School, Trumbull, Conn., for 31 years.
In retirement, she volunteered as a teacher assistant at St. Catherine Academy, a school serving students with special needs, in Bridgeport, Conn.
Burial followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Bethel, Conn.
She is survived by two sisters, Jeanne Marie Dorff of Brooklyn and Sister John Maureen Dorff, MSBT, of Philadelphia; and a brother, Michael Dorff of Manhattan.
Sister Georgina Altamore, OP, 100, a Sister of St. Dominic, Amityville, for 82 years, died April 22.
Born in Brooklyn, as Gaetana, she entered the congregation from St. Joseph Patron parish, Bushwick, in 1929. On April 30, 1930 she received the habit and her religious name Sister Georgina. On May 2, 1931, she pronounced her religious vows.
She taught at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Jamaica, 1931-35, and St. Joseph Patron, 1935-51; St. Patrick, Bay Ridge, 1951-68; Annunciation, Williamsburg, 1968-69; St. Joseph Patron, 1969-73; and Our Lady of Hope, Middle Village, 1973-1980. She tutored in the Dineen Learning Center, Holy Spirit School, New Hyde Park, in the 1980s while in residence in Notre Dame Convent, New Hyde Park.
She entered Carlin Hall in 2004.
Interment was in the Sisters’ Cemetery in Amityville.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Dolores McNamara, 80, will be celebrated Saturday, May 19, at St. Thomas Apostle Church, Woodhaven, at 11:30 a.m. She died on Mother’s Day, May 13, in Lansing, Mich.
Born in Brooklyn, she attended Blessed Sacrament School, Cypress Hills, and St. Joseph’s Commercial H.S., Downtown Brooklyn.
A long-time resident of St. Thomas Apostle parish, she moderated the parish’s teen center in the 1970s and 1980s.
She is survived by her sons, Richard, Thomas, Jack, Christopher and Patrick, former assistant archivist of the Brooklyn Diocese and a faculty member at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie.
Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Richmond Hill.
The world’s oldest Catholic bishop, Vietnamese Bishop Antoine Nguyen Van Thien, died May 13 in France two months after his 106th birthday.
The former bishop of Vinh Long, Vietnam, celebrated the 80th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood in February. He was ordained a bishop in 1961 and he attended all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council in 1962-65.
The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, said that after seven years as bishop of Vinh Long, in 1968 at the age of 62, he was allowed to resign after “a serious illness.”
He lived in Nice, France, since 1985.
The website catholic-hierarchy.org lists the next oldest bishop as Francis Hong Yong-ho of Pyongyang, North Korea. The Vatican yearbook still lists him as the diocese’s bishop, but says he has “disappeared.” He had been arrested by the communists in 1949. If he is alive, he would be 105.
Retired Bishop Gery Leuliet of Amiens, France, is next at 102.
The oldest living U.S. bishop is sixth on the list: retired Archbishop Peter L. Gerety of Newark, N.J., will be 100 in July.