Sister Mary Charlanne Travis, O.P.


Sister Mary Charlanne Travis, O.P., who taught academic subjects and music and was an organist, died Sept. 25 at the Dominican Sisters of Hope convent in Newburgh. She was 88. She taught at Dominican Day School in Larchmont, 1941-1948, and St. Mary's School in Newburgh, 1940-1941, and was librarian at Mount St. Mary Academy in Newburgh, 1971-1979. She also taught and led glee clubs in New Jersey and North Carolina; was a school librarian in Connecticut; and was organist and choir director at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh, N.C. After moving to the Center of Hope, the congregation's convent in Newburgh, in 1994, she volunteered in the infirmary and played the organ. Born in Albany, she entered the Dominican Sisters of Newburgh in 1936 and professed final vows in 1944. She held a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Villanova University; a bachelor's in music and a master's in music education from Nazareth College; and a master's in library science from Long Island University. A Funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 29, with burial in the sisters' cemetery in Newburgh.


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