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Obituary for Sister Carmen Agbuis, O.P.

April 27, 1942 – May 13, 2023

Sister Carmen Agbuis, O.P., 81, passed away at Siena Center in Racine on Saturday, May 13, 2023.

Sister Carmen Agbuis
Sister Carmen Agbuis

Carmelita Marie was born on April 27, 1942, to Elpidio and Mary Rose (nee: Bussalacci) Agbuis in Milwaukee, Wis. On September 11, 1960, she joined the Racine Dominicans and at her reception in 1961, she was given the religious name Sister Marcelino. She professed her first vows in 1963 and her final vows in 1969. In 1968 she changed her name to Carmen.

Sister Carmen spent many years in service to others in teaching, social work and as a psychotherapist. She began her ministry in 1965 at St. Victor in Monroe, Wis. Other places in Wisconsin where she served were St. Patrick and St. Rita in Racine; SS. Peter and Paul in Green Bay; St. Agnes, Holy Angels, Clinical Services, Milwaukee Indian Health Board, Acacia Clinics, Inc., Sexual Assault Treatment Center, Milwaukee Women’s Center, Lutheran Social Services and Spectrum Healthcare, all in Milwaukee; and DePaul-Lincoln Center in West Allis. She also served in Memphis, Tenn. From 2016 to 2018 she was a Coordinator of Sponsored Ministries for the Racine Dominicans. She became a resident at Siena Center in 2016.

Sister Carmen is survived by the Racine Dominican Sisters and Associates; brother, Juan (Lori) Agbuis; and sisters, Marcelina Agbuis, Connie Veser and Christina Agbuis.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Marcelino and Rizalino Agbuis.


A remembering service will be held at 9 a.m. on May 19, followed by a mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. at the Siena Center Chapel. Interment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials to the Racine Dominican Mission Outreach have been suggested.

The Racine Dominicans would like to extend their thanks to the Supportive Living and the Ascension Franklin staff who cared for Sister Carmen.

Obituary and photo courtesy of Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home.

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