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Dominican who was oldest religious sister on Long Island dies at 106

December 14, 2017
Catholic News Service

12 Regina Wingenfeld THUMBAMITYVILLE, N.Y. – Dominican Sister Grace Regina Wingenfeld, the oldest Catholic religious sister on Long Island, died Dec. 2 at age 106.

She was a Dominican sister of Amityville for 90 years. Although no formal databases are kept, she may have been the oldest religious sister in the United States, according to her order.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 6 at in St. Albert’s Chapel at the sisters’ Queen of the Holy Rosary Motherhouse in Amityville, followed by burial on the convent grounds.

Sister Grace was well known for her long vitality – being featured this year in Newsday, on the News 12 cable TV channel and in The Long Island Catholic, the magazine of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

She also was known for her big smile, passion for teaching and constant love for God.

Being a Dominican sister – part of the Order of Preachers – she was still spreading God’s message on her 106th birthday, which was Nov. 9. Celebrated with a room full of family, friends and a television crew.

She told the viewers of News 12, “Do the best you can and entrust the rest to God!”

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