May 27, 1923 ~ November 22, 2010
Sister Maryagnes Slattery OP (Sister M. Robert) died at the age of 87 in her 67th year of religious profession on Monday November 22 at Regina Health Center in Richfield OH. She was born in Akron and was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Slattery. She entered the Sisters of St. Dominic of Akron on June 20 1941 from St. Paul Parish. She graduated from Our Lady of the Elms High School in 1942. On July 25 1943 she made religious profession. Sister Maryagnes received her BSE from St. John College Cleveland in 1955. For thirty-two years Sister Maryagnes spent most of her teaching career as a primary teacher at the following schools: St. Joseph Alliance; St. Augustine Barberton; St. Hilary and Our Lady of the Elms Akron; SS. Peter & Paul Doylestown; and St. Felicitas Cleveland. After leaving the classroom in 1975 she worked with the elderly in the inner city of Cleveland as service director at St. Martin dePorres Center. In 1977 Sr. Maryagnes moved to Denver CO where she ministered in the capacity of activities director for senior citizens at City Park Manor. After becoming certified as a pastoral minister she was one of a fifteen member pastoral team at St. Anthony Hospital for ten years. She was also involved with the hospital's bereavement program with cancer patients. She was honored there for outstanding service. In 1989 she became chaplain at Mercy Medical Center in Denver. Returning to Akron in 1996 she volunteered at the Elms Wellness Center and at Rockynol. Due to poor health she was transferred to Regina Health Center in 2002. Sister Maryagnes is survived by sister Dorothy Lange and half-brothers William and Richard Zimmerman nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by sisters Rose and Patricia; brothers Robert David Francis and Lawrence. Calling hours will be held at Our Lady of the Elms Convent 1230 W. Market St. Akron on Friday November 26 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. with a Wake Service at 4:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at the Convent chapel on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations in memory of Sister Maryagnes can be made to Dominican Sisters of Peace 2320 Airport Drive Columbus OH 43219-2098.