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Sister Teresa Orozco, OP, dies

She served God’s people for more than half a century

 GREAT BEND -- Sister Teresa Orozco, 76, died Dec. 12, 2017, in the Dominican Sisters’ convent infirmary, Great Bend. Born Oct. 18, 1941, in Lamar, Colo., Teresa was the daughter of the late Pascual and Josephine Jara Orozco. She entered the Dominican Sisters’ Community Aug. 27, 1964, and pronounced her first vows June 13, 1967. She celebrated 50 years of religious life in 2014.

Sister Teresa first worked at the Motherhouse in Great Bend in domestic work before serving as an aide in Saint Catherine Hospital in Garden City, where she also attended classes in nursing education at the local community college. Beginning in 1984, she worked in parish ministry and in the office of Mexican-American Affairs for the Diocese of Dodge City in Elkhart. Later, at the Motherhouse, she served as a translator for the local Spanish-speaking population and as a part time receptionist.

Sister Teresa is survived by her Dominican Sisters of Peace religious community, and one brother, Vincent, and two sisters Susanna (Candie) Stegman and Laura Denise Estep, all of Lamar, Colorado. Sister Teresa’s body was brought to the hospitality area of the Dominican Chapel of the Plains on Dec. 13 where it lay in state until the Mass of Christian Burial Dec. 15, with Father Ted Stoecklein presiding. A wake service was held Dec. 14. Burial was at the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorials in honor of Sister Teresa Orozco may be sent to: Dominican Sisters of Peace, 2320 Airport Dr, Columbus OH  43219-2098 or given securely on line at


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