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February 01, 1957
May 19, 2006
Sally Monahan counceled deaf St. Rita students
Was signing interpreter at churches
By Rebecca Goodman
Cincinnati Enquirer staff writer (without permission)
GOLF MANOR - St. Rita School for the Deaf will be closed today so students can attend the furneral of Sally Monahan, the school's guidance councelor for 16 years. (editor's note: LaSalle High School where Dan teaches was also closed).
"Sally worked tirelessly with anyone that asked for assistance," said Gregory Ernst Sr., executive director of St. Rita. "She was always willing to listen and offer advice for those in need."
Mrs. Monahan died Friday at Hospice of Cincinnati in Blue Ash of uterine leiomyosarcoma - a rare cancer - that spread to her lungs. The Golf Manor resident was 49.
"The kids loved her," said Angela Frith, a St. Rita spokeswoman. "Mrs. Monahan took the students on skiing and caving trips. She also interpreted 'A Christmas Carol' for them at Playhouse in the Park."
An American Sign Language interpreter, Mrs. Monahan directed the Hands of Love choir at St. Rita and developed a course to teach American Sign Language as a foreign language at Xavier University. She also interpreted for the deaf at Mother of God Church in Covington and her parish, Nativity of Our Lord Church in Pleasant Ridge.
"Everybody knew her for her smile," said her sister Molly Barth of Fort Thomas. "She was just a wonderful, giving person. She was a very faith-filled person. She believed strongly in God. It permeated her life."
In 2004, Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills, Mrs. Monahan alma mater, named her a "Woman Making a Difference."
She received a bachelor's degree in social work from Morehead State University and a master's degree in audiology from the University of Cincinnati.
She was an audiologist for Cincinnati Speech and Hearing before joining ST. Rita.
Mrs. Monahan was a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo.
She was a member of the relay team that carried the Olympic torch through Cincinnati in 1996. That year she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was diagnosed with the uterine cancer in summer 2004.
She recently visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France.
Other survivors include her husband, Dan Monahan; parents, John and Mary Lee McGinnis of Cresent Springs; two sons, Kyle, 21, and John, 18; a daughter, Diane, 14; four sisters, Connie Flynn of Villa Hills, Kathleen Tucker of Campbellsville, Ky., Mary Eilerman of Ludlow and Erin Cline of West Chester Township; and two brothers, John McGinnis of Edgewood and Joe McGinnis of Hebron.
Mass of Christian burial was 10 a.m. Tuesday 23 May 2006 at Nativity of Our Lord Church, 5935 Pandora Ave., followed by a gathering in the Nativity cafeteria. Her body will be cremated.
Dan Monahan's Journal at http://www.caringbridge.com
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