Sister Regina Bernadette Wesnofske, OP


Amityville — Sister Regina Bernadette Wesnofske, 94, died Oct. 4. She had dedicated 78 years to religious life as a Sister of St. Dominic.

She was born on Long Island on July 24, 1918. At the time of her entrance into religious life on August 30, 1934, she was a member of St. Hugh of Lincoln Parish, Huntington Station. She received the habit on August 15, 1935 and was given her religious name, Sister Regina Bernadette. One year later, August 18, 1936, she pronounced her religious vows.

Sister Regina Bernadette served as an educator in both the Rockville Centre and Brooklyn Dioceses. Her first assignment was in St. Martin of Tours here. In 1938 she moved to Brooklyn and taught in St. Michael, East New York, and Our Lady of Solace, Coney Island. From 1940-47 she taught in Corpus Christi, Mineola. She also served at St. Pancras, Glendale (1947-49); St. Patrick’s, Huntington (1958-62); Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lindenhurst (1962-65); and St. Catherine of Sienna, Franklin Square (1965-69).

From 1969-1972 she acted as chauffeur to the retired sisters in Villa Maria, Water Mill. Sister Regina Bernadette was able to develop and share her great love for books as assistant librarian in Maria Regina High School, Uniondale (1972-84) and Corpus Christi, Mineola (1984-88). Even when she retired and moved to Rosary Hall here, she volunteered to work in the library of St. Anthony’s High School, Huntington, a few days a week.

Sister Regina Bernadette is survived by her sister, Beatrice Frey, of Huntington Station, and her brother Albert of Commack. The faithfulness of her nephew Eugene and niece Regina and all her nieces and nephews will long be remembered.

Her Mass of Resurrection was celebrated on Oct. 10 in St. Albert Chapel here. Interment in the Sisters’ Cemetery followed.