In Memoriam


(1934-2021)

Sister Esther Ortega, formerly known as Sister Consolata Marie Ortega, died on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at the ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital in Adrian, Michigan. She was 86 years of age and in the 65th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. 

Sister Esther was born in Douglas, Arizona, to Jose and Maria (Medrano) Ortega. She graduated from Douglas High School; received a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; and earned a master’s degree in theology from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California. She was also certified in Parent Effectiveness by the Effective Training Association.

Sister Esther spent 14 years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Oak Lawn and Oak Park, Illinois; Tucumcari and Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Winslow, Arizona; and 34 years in pastoral ministry and adult education in Albuquerque and Chama, New Mexico, and El Paso and San Elizario, Texas. 

Sister Esther became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers: Peter, Edward, and George; and her sister, Irene. She is survived by a brother, Raul (Amelia) Ortega of Arlington, Texas; a sister, Connie Gomez of Gilbert, Arizona; loving nieces and 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 Wednesday, January 20, 2021, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Word Service will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 21, 2021. Prayers of Committal will be held in the back of St. Catherine Chapel.

make a memorial giftMemorial 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.

 

Prayer Card (PDF)

 

Vigil for Sister Esther (Consolata Marie)

Worship Aid (PDF)


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Funeral for Sister Esther (Consolata Marie)

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Homily from Monsignor Arturo Bañuelas, recorded for Sister Esther's Funeral

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(1934-2021)

Sister Jeannine Therese McGorray, baptized Annette McGorray, died on Monday, January 11, 2021, at the ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital in Adrian, Michigan. She was 86 years of age and in the 70th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Jeannine Therese was born in Buffalo, New York, to Vincent and Loretta (Kunzelman) McGorray. She graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy in Buffalo, and received a bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian.

Sister Jeannine Therese spent 22 years ministering in education in Detroit, Brighton, and Northville, Michigan; Charlottesville, Virginia; and Miami Beach, Florida. She served as Eucharistic minister for three years in Northville and in pastoral ministry for 24 years in Mesa, Arizona, and as a care giver for two years in Tempe, Arizona. 

Sister Jeannine Therese became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Kenneth McGorray; and her sister, Gladys M. Off. She is survived by her brother, Frank McGorray, of Lyndonville, New York; loving nieces and 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 Monday, January 18, 2021, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Word Service will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Rite of Committal will be held in the Congregation Cemetery.

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. 

Prayer Card (PDF)

 

Vigil for Sister Jeannine Therese

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Funeral for Sister Jeannine Therese

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(1925-2021)

And now Adrian is my home, a very happy one I might add. I often wonder if it had something to do with the evening I met Mother Gerald who asked me, “And when are you coming to Adrian?”

So Sister Mary Scheibel ended her autobiography, in which she explained how an unexpected encounter with Mother Gerald Barry, while out for a walk one spring evening in Chicago, changed her life.

Mary Elizabeth Scheibel was born on March 8, 1925, in Chicago to John and Harriet (Nyren) Scheibel. She was the middle of three children born to the couple, in between June and Patricia.

The family had moved from St. Laurence Parish into St. Philip Neri Parish – in fact, the church was “practically in our front yard,” she wrote – by the time Mary was ready to start school. So it was that she attended first St. Philip Neri School and then Aquinas Dominican High School, educated the whole way by the Adrian Dominican Sisters.

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make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221.

 

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Vigil for Sister Mary (Therese Johanna)

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Funeral for Sister Mary (Therese Johanna)

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(1931-2020)

Sister Jeannine was a special part of our lives and our family for many, many years. She came into our lives when she taught our son Peter, in third grade, at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic School in Ft. Lauderdale in 1969. She was truly an amazing teacher, nun, and a beautiful spiritual, kind, caring woman and dear friend. We all loved her very much. We are so blessed that she became part of our family and shared in all of our life experiences; the joys and the sorrows over the years.

These words came from the Sheridan family of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in a remembrance sent to Adrian when they heard of the passing of Sister Jeannine Holway. The Sheridans went on to share several memories of Sister Jeannine, and then added, “There aren’t enough words for us to express our love and feelings for Sister Jeannine. She was such a special part of our lives and we will truly miss her.”

Jeannine was born on January 28, 1931, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to Charles and Mildred (Joneness) Holway. According to her autobiography, she and a twin brother were born at an aunt’s house in Montreal because they arrived six weeks early. Her twin died a week after birth.

The Holways split their time between Long Island, New York, and a number of different cities in Florida for the winter months. In 1938, the family moved to Miami permanently.

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make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. 

 

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