Sister Maria DeMonte, Dominican Sister of Peace, 91, died at Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, Ohio on Feb. 8.

Sister Maria was born on Sept. 28, 1929 in Martins Creek, Pa., and in 1956 entered the congregation of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de Ricci, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Sister Maria earned her bachelor’s degree in religious studies from The College of St. Rose, a master’s degree in pastoral ministry and counseling from St. Joseph’s College, a master’s degree in CCD Leadership from Catholic University/Siena College and a Master of Divinity from Immaculate Conception Seminary. She also earned certificates in religious studies and spiritual direction.

Sister Maria served on retreats in Pennsylvania and New York. She worked in religious education in the Diocese of Albany, in the Religious Education Office, and as a parish coordinator. She also worked for several years in the Ministry of Spirituality. Sister Maria was known for her many hours of volunteer work serving those in need and was the recipient of several awards recognizing her many achievements.

Sister Maria was preceded in death by her parents, Antonio and Giovina Coccia DeMonte; her sisters, Ilda DiFelice, Wilamina DeMonte, Lena DeMonte, Mary DeMonte, and Dora Lushis; and her brother, Natale DeMonte. She is survived by nieces and nephews.

Private funeral services and burial were held at St. Joseph Cemetery outside of Columbus. Memorial gifts in Sister Maria’s memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, Ohio, 43219 or submitted securely at