Sister Joann Feist found God’s presence in nature

Sister Joann Feist, a Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa, died Dec. 6 at St. Dominic Villa in Hazel Green, Wisconsin. She was 88.

Sister Joann taught for 46 years. From 1968-1973, she was a teacher at the now-closed Dominican High School in north Omaha. She also taught in Wisconsin, Illinois, Montana, Nebraska, Alaska, Alabama and the District of Columbia.

Her Dominican Sisters said she loved science and found God’s abundant presence everywhere in nature.

A funeral Mass was held Dec. 17 at the motherhouse in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. She is buried in the motherhouse cemetery.

Sister Joann was born in 1934 in Bloomington, Ill., to Anthony and Genevieve (Huber) Feist. She made her first religious profession as a Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa in 1954 and her perpetual profession in 1957.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Hilda Feist, Mary Belmar, and Marie Witte; and three brothers, Anthony Feist, Bernard Feist, and Edward Feist. Survivors include her sister, Genevieve Feist; a brother, Bill Feist; nieces; nephews; and her Dominican Sisters.

Memorials may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, 53824-9701, or online at

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