Sr. Rita Busch O.P.

September 26, 1924 ~ January 25, 2021 (age 96)



Dominican Sister of Peace, Sister Rita Busch, died at Mount Carmel East Hospital, Columbus, OH on Monday, January 25, 2021. She was born in Pittsburgh, PA and in 1956 entered the Congregation of St. Mary of the Springs, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Sister Rita earned her Bachelor’s Degree, majoring in secondary education from Ohio Dominican University and a Master’s Degree in Business Education from Hunter College in New York.  She taught in schools in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.  She served as Treasurer at both Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT and at Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, OH. She served as secretary to Bishop Edward Hermann and was Administrative Assistant in the Department of Religious Education, Diocese of Columbus, OH. She was an Administrative Assistant at St. Mary’s Parish in Lancaster, OH and was the Development Director for the Congregation of St. Mary of the Springs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Othelia Aschenbrenner Busch, and her sisters, Mary Elizabeth Busch and Claire B. Schweibinz Meredith.  She is survived by a niece and nephew, a grandniece and nephew, and her friend, Janice Wilson.

Funeral services and burial at St. Joseph Cemetery are private. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.  Memorial gifts in Sister Rita’s memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219 or submitted securely at


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