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Sr. Dolores Doohan, BVM

June 15, 1928 — November 28, 2021

Sister Dolores Doohan, BVM (Sarah James), 93, of Mount Carmel Bluffs, 1160 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, from 1:00-1:30 p.m. in the Mary Frances Clarke Chapel. Rite of Committal for Natural Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery. Virtual Sharing of Memories will be Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Memorial Mass at 10:30 a.m. Services on both days are private due to COVID-19 restrictions. All services may be viewed through live videostream at

Sister Dolores was an elementary teacher in Chicago; Missoula, Mont.; Portland, Ore.; Sacramento, Calif.; and Kauai, Hawaii.

She was born on June 15, 1928, in San Francisco to James and Sarah (Cannon) Doohan. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1946, from St. Paul Parish, San Francisco. She professed first vows on March 19, 1949, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1954.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother John (Marilyn) Doohan. She is survived by a nephew Kevin (Leslie) Doohan, San Carlos, Calif.; a niece Colleen (Bill) Bockholt, Foster City, Calif.; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 75 years.

Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or online at

Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home, 100 N 6th St, Bellevue, IA 52031 is in charge of arrangements.

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