In Memoriam


(1938-2018)

Sister Molly (baptized Mary Elizabeth) Giller, formerly known as Sister Michael Maureen Giller, died on February 5, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 79 years of age and in the 57th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Molly was born in Columbus, Ohio, to Rowland and Mary Elizabeth (Cotter) Giller. She graduated from St. Ursula Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio, and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in school administration/supervision from University of Cincinnati; and a doctorate of education degree in organization and leadership from University of San Francisco. 

Sister spent 12 years ministering in elementary education in St. Petersburg, Florida and Caro, Sturgis, and Davison, Michigan. She served in three Congregation leadership positions: five years as school superintendent for the Adrian Dominican Independent School System; six years as Chapter Prioress of the Pacific West Mission Chapter in Santa Cruz, California; and as a General Councilor for six years in Adrian, Michigan. 

Sister Molly ministered as an education consultant for one year for the Diocese of Boise, Idaho; as a reading consultant for one year for the Mount Healthy School System in Cincinnati, Ohio; and as vicar of education for 11 years for the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon. She was a consultant for the adult faith formation program at St. Mary Parish in Adrian for seven years. 

Sister Molly became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Ron and Michael, and her sister Maureen. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews.

Welcome of Sister Molly will be on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center lobby; the Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Monday, February 12, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral Mass will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery.

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.

 

Vigil for Sister Molly (Michael Maureen):


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Left: Sister Molly Giller, left, with Sister Donna Markham

Left: From left, Sisters Maureen Comer, Molly Giller, and Anne Cenci attend Gathering 2002. Right: Sister Molly with her friend Mary F. Reardon, December 2016

Left: Members of the 1998-2004 General Council are, from left: Sister Janet Capone, OP, Prioress, and Sisters Maureen Comer, Molly Giller, Barbara Rund, and Kathleen McGrail. Right: Sister Molly in Ireland, 2005

Left: From left, Sisters Patricia Siemen, Julie Hyer, and Molly Giller celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, California, 1992. Right: The Giller children, from left, Maureen, Michael, Ron, and Molly, 1943

Left: From left, Sisters Heather Stiverson, Mary Soher, Molly Giller, and Rose Celeste O'Connell

Members of the 2010 Golden Jubilee Holy Angels crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Kathleen Walli, Kathleen Voss, Mary Katherine Drouin, Molly Giller, Helene Kloss, and Monica Charles Stankus, and front row, from left, Sisters Marie Carleen Maly, Annice Mordenski, Jamie Phelps, Mary Ann Dixon, Maurine Barzantni, Mary Carr, and Donna Markham (Prioress).

 

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(1932-2018)

Sister Clara Ann Budenz, formerly known as Dorothy Budenz, died on February 4, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 85 years of age and in the 66th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Clara Ann was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, to Henry and Clara (Massing) Budenz. She graduated from Lourdes High School in Chicago and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in education from the University of San Francisco. 

Sister Clara Ann spent 27 years ministering in elementary education in Detroit, Michigan; Santa Cruz, Oakland, Castro Valley, and Walnut Creek, California; and Las Vegas, Nevada. In California, after teaching for six years at Holy Cross School in Santa Cruz, she was principal for eight years at St. Lawrence O’Toole in Oakland, for one year at Our Lady of Grace in Castro Valley, and for three years at St. Mary in Walnut Creek. 

Sister was director of religious education for six years in Aptos and for five years in Fresno. For the Diocese of Fresno, she was Director of Ministries for four years and Vicar for Religious for seven years. 

Sister Clara Ann became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2011. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Henry (Bud), Louis William (Bill), Lawrence (Larry), and Jerome (Jerry) Budenz; and a sister, Mary Kathryn Hart. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews.

Welcome of Sister Clara Ann will be on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center lobby. The Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Dominican Life Center. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Thursday, February 8, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral Mass will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. 

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.

 

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Left: Sister Clara Ann shakes the hand of President Lyndon B. Johnson at the Las Vegas Convention Center, 1964. Right: Msgr. Myron Cotta and Sister Clara Ann, Diocese of Fresno, California, 2001


Center: With her mother, Clara (Massing) Budenz


Left: Sister Clara Ann cuts the cake for her Silver Jubilee at St. Lawrence O’Toole in Oakland, California. Right: Dorothy Budenz (the future Sister Clara Ann), front and center, with the rest of her family, July 4, 1936

Members of the 2001 Golden Jubilee Class, August Reception, are, back row, from left, Sisters Elisa Joan Doherty, Dolores Slosar, Celine Marie Regan, Judith Ann Lieder, Anne Liam Lees, and Marie Wiedner; middle row, from left, Sisters Thérèse M. Haggerty, Julianne Wolny, Catherine Ahern, Agnes Peplinski, Jeannine Holway, Clara Ann Budenz, and Elizabeth Lynch; and front row, from left, Sisters Marian Edward Guethlein, Nancy Hanna, Dolores Marie Dolan, Mary Daria Herbella, and Rita Brunett.

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(1935-2018)

Sister Dorita Wotiska, formerly known as Dorothy Ann Wotiska, died on January 26, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 82 years of age and in the 63rd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Dorita was born in Evanston, Illinois, to William and Helen (Bohacek) Wotiska. She graduated from Immaculata High School in Chicago and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in secondary education and a doctorate in college administration, both from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

Sister Dorita spent 23 years ministering as an elementary school teacher in Romeo, Deerfield, Rochester, Southgate, and Saginaw, Michigan and in Des Moines, Iowa. This includes 13 years at St. Stephen School in Saginaw, where she taught for six years and was principal for seven years. She also ministered as superintendent of schools: three years for the Diocese of Gaylord, and 27 years for the Diocese of Lansing, both in Michigan.

Sister Dorita was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Rosemarie. She is survived by her loving nieces and nephew.

Memorial Mass will be on Friday, February 2, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine Chapel, followed by the Rite of Committal (burial) in the Congregation Cemetery. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Friday, February 2, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Dominican Life Center. Both the Memorial Mass and the Ritual of remembering will be live streamed.

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 Funeral Home, Adrian.

 

Funeral for Sister Dorita (Dorothy Ann):


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Right: First Holy Communion, 1944

Left: Dorothy (Sister Dorita), right, with her sister Rosemarie. Center: Sister Dorita at St. Andrew, Rochester, Michigan, in April 1964

Left: Members of the 2014 Diamond Jubilee August Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Ana Feliz, Susan Mary Parker, Joyce Hibbert, and Patricia McCarty; middle row, from left, Sisters Diane Weifenbach, Barbara Gentry, Dorita Wotiska, Mary Trzasko, Dorothy Dempsey, Beth Ellen Butler, and Phyllis Kreiner; and front row, from left, Sisters Jeanine Boivin, Anele Heiges, Yolanda Pomante, and Ruth Anne Kelly. 

 


(1936-2018)

Sister Mary Hemmen, formerly known as Sister Rose Maureen Hemmen, died on January 25, 2018 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 81 years of age and in the 62nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Mary was born in Detroit to Raymond and Ada (Noon) Hemmen. She graduated from Dominican High School in Detroit, and received a Bachelor of Philosophy Degree in English and a Master of Education Degree in Administration/Supervision, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. Sister Mary was also certified in pastoral ministry and in religious education by the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Sister Mary spent 16½ years ministering in elementary education in Iron River, Michigan, and in Joliet, St. Charles, Chicago, and Elmwood Park, Illinois. She was resource director for two years and religious education coordinator for four years at St. Edmund Parish in Warren and religious education coordinator for 15 years at St. Lucy Parish in Saint Clair Shores, both in Michigan. 

Sister Mary was Director of the Siena Literacy Center, a sponsored institution of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, for 11 years in Redford and three years in Detroit. In 2012, she chaired a committee to establish All Saints Literacy Center in Southwest Detroit. The center opened in 2014-15 as a sponsored institution of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. 

Sister Mary became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2017. She was predeceased by her parents and brother, Lawrence Hemmen, and cousins Sisters Loretta Therese Meier, and Anne Mary Kirwin, both in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. She is survived by loving nieces. 

Welcome of Sister Mary will be on Sunday, January 28, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center lobby; the Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Monday, January 29, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery.

 

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.

 

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Left: Shown in All Saints Literacy Center in June 2016 are, from left, Roger Frank, Director; Sister Mary Hemmen, OP; and Chris Verklan, administrative assistant. Right: Sister Mary Hemmen’s graduation photo, 1955, from Dominican High School in Detroit


Left: Sister Mary Hemmen in Las Vegas, 1991. Right: Dominican High School event, 2002


   
Right: Sister Mary Hemmen, third from right, seated, with other faculty members of St. Patrick, Joliet, 19957-1962

 

Members of the 2015 Diamond Jubilee December Crowd are: back row, from left: Sisters Rosalie Esquerra, Kathleen Waters, Norine Burns, Molly Nicholson, Sheila Delaney, and Nancyann Turner; third row, from left: Sisters Leontia Cooney, Barbara Long, Margaret Manners, Mary Kastens, and Joan Leo Kehn; second row, from left: Sisters Mary Hemmen, Anneliese Sinnott, Joan Mary, Jo Ann Lucas, and Elizabeth Gibbons; and front row, from left, Sisters Esther Ortega, Marilyn Uline, Arlene Seckel, Ann Ziemba, and Jovanna Stein.

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