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Sister Winifred C. M. Lynch, formerly known as Sister Simon Peter Lynch, died on Sunday, October 18, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 97 years of age and in the 73rd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Winifred was born in Morristown, New Jersey, to Patrick and Agnes (Regan) Lynch. Sister graduated from St. Mary High School in Katonah, New York, and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Good Counsel College in White Plains, New York, and a Master of Education degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Sister spent 38½ years ministering in education in West Palm Beach, Miami Beach, Hollywood, Miami Shores, Ft. Lauderdale, and Miami, Florida, and in Cheektowaga and White Plains, New York. She was a driver for the Transportation Department on the Motherhouse Campus for four years.
Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan, in 1998. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Peter, and two sisters: Elizabeth Morgan and Sister Mary Martina Lynch, RDC. She is survived by loving nieces and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed to all guests or visitors until further notice. All are welcome to participate in Sister’s wake and funeral via live stream.
The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 22, 2020. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.
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Sister Edith Kathleen (Katie) Zemke, baptized Catherine Zemke, died on Sunday, October 11, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 93 years of age and in the 73rd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Edith Kathleen was born in Alpena, Michigan, to Boneslaus (Bonnie) and Edith (Foley) Zemke. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in education, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian.
Sister spent 33 years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Adrian, Detroit, and Saginaw, Michigan. In Detroit, she was principal for eight years at St. Gabriel School, for 10 years at St. David School, and one year at St. Juliana School, and assistant principal for four years at St. Matthew School. Sister also ministered in education for five years in Chicago and Rockford, Illinois, and for two years in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was manager for the Dominican High School Convent Complex in Detroit for 10 years.
Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan, in 2003. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Mary Margaret Smith and her brother John Zemke. She is survived by loving nieces, nephews, and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed until further notice to all guests or visitors. All are welcome to participate in Sister’s wake and funeral via live stream.
The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, 2020, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 16, 2020. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery.
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For me, teaching never became boring because each year was a new beginning and each class a special challenge. I will always consider it a real DOMINICAN MINISTRY.
Sister Mary Jo O’Hanlon wrote these words in her autobiography during the last few years of a forty-eight year teaching ministry that took her from one end of the U.S. to another as well as to the Dominican Republic.
Mary Josephine O’Hanlon was born in County Kerry, Ireland, on April 27, 1924. Her parents, Patrick and Julia (O’Sullivan) O’Hanlon, both originally of Ireland, married in America and had a son, Jimmy, but when Julia’s sister became ill and returned to Ireland, Julia accompanied her and remained there after her sister’s death because she loved her homeland and her own health was fragile. Patrick stayed in America to work but traveled as he could to Ireland. Not only Mary Jo, but her younger sister Joan, as well, were born in Ireland.
Julia died in 1929 at the age of just thirty-five, and Mary Jo’s grandparents took in both her and Jimmy while Joan was raised by an aunt. Jimmy died of an infection shortly thereafter; “my uncle carried my brother to the hospital from which he never returned and at that time I didn’t understand why he never came back to us,” Sister Mary Jo wrote in her autobiography.
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In the late-night hours of September 26, 2020, just less than two hours before what would have been her 101st birthday, Sister Marie Bride Walsh went to join her parents and siblings in the presence of God.
Therese Rita Walsh was born September 27, 1919, in Chicago to John and Bridget (Lyons) Walsh. John was a Chicago native whose mother had immigrated to the U.S. from Canada, while Bridget was born in Ireland and came to the U.S. by herself at age sixteen or seventeen. “We think she lied about her age in order to get on the boat,” Sister Marie Bride said in her autobiography.
John and Bridget met when John was in Plattsburgh, New York, serving in the Army. Five children were born into the family: a boy, Joseph, and four girls: Janet, who changed her name to Jean; Mary, who also entered the Congregation and became Sister Mary Jean; Catherine, who changed her name to Kathleen and was nicknamed “Toss,” and Therese, the youngest.
Bridget died in January 1921when Therese was just over a year old, and the children ended up separated. Joseph and Janet went to live with an aunt and her husband on their farm in Rensselaer, New York, and the other three children went to another aunt in Troy, New York. A few years later when John remarried the family was reunited in Chicago, and lived in Our Lady of Sorrows Parish for a short time until John and May, his second wife, bought a home in Maywood, Illinois.
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Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221.
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