In Memoriam


(1930-2019)

Sister Mary Schmagner, formerly known as Sister John Elizabeth, died on Monday, August 12, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 88 years of age and in the 70th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Mary was born in Chicago to John and Elizabeth (Sorauf) Schmagner. She graduated from Aquinas High School in Chicago  and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian master’s degree in English from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida. She was also certified as a pastoral counselor by St. Joseph Hospital Mental Health Center in Tampa, Florida.

Sister Mary spent 18½ years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Detroit and Flint, Michigan; Miami and West Palm Beach, Florida; and San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic, where she served as principal for six years. Sister also served as pastoral minister for eight years in St. Petersburg, Florida, and in various facets of counseling in Sarasota, Florida for more than 21 years. For two years, she was Vicaress for the St. Rose of Lima Province of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. 

Sister Mary became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by a loving cousin and her Adrian Dominican Sisters. 

Welcome of Sister Mary will be on Thursday, August 15, 2019, 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 Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Friday, August 16, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Mass of Christian Burial 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.

 

Right: Sister John Elizabeth (Sister Mary) as a novice, 1949


From left: Sisters Susanne Hofweber, left, and Mary Schmagner, right, with a Red Cross nurse, leave the troop carrier Wood County at the Port of Cataño, Puerto Rico, during an evacuation of the Dominican Republic, 1965. Sisters Carol Coston, left, and Mary Schmagner with Sister Mary’s parents


From left: Sister Mary Schmagner and her parents pose with people from San Juan de la Maguana, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where Sister Mary was ministering. Sister Mary and Father Brendan Lawler celebrate Sister Mary’s Golden Jubilee, February 15, 1998. Sister Mary worked in Father Brendan’s parish for six years.


Right: Sister Mary, seated, celebrates with friends and co-workers at Senior Fellowship Center, Sarasota, Florida, July 1997.


From left: Sisters Carol Coston, left, and Mary Schmagner at Santuario Sisterfarm, an ecological center in Bourne, Texas. Members of Sister Mary’s Mission Group are, from left, Sisters Mary E. Waldron, Joseph Eilese Hukle, Arlene Scott, M. Joan Loeffler, Grace Henneberry, Carol Jean McDonnell, and Catherine O’Brien.


Right: Members of the 2008 Diamond Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Nora Brady, Marie Geraldine Brownell, Celestine Dunne, Alice Riegel, Patricia Wiley, John Norton Barrett, Mary Schmagner, and Therese DeCanio, and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Helen Mack, Joan Sopha, Mary E. Quinn, Dorothy Thielk, Margaret Urban, Patricia Ann Hurley, Marion O’Connor, and Judith Mary Singer.


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(1939-2019)

Sister Patricia Brady, formerly known as Sister Francis Kevin, died on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. She was 80 years of age and in the 61st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Patricia was born in Chicago to Francis and Mary (Quinn) Brady. She graduated from Aquinas High School in Chicago and obtained a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in English from Michigan State University in East Lansing; and a master’s degree in education administration from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. 

Sister Patricia spent over 36 years ministering in education in Adrian, Ypsilanti, and Lansing, Michigan; Tampa, Florida; Westchester and Chicago, Illinois; and New Orleans, Louisiana, including 10 years as associate principal in Westchester and two years as director of student affairs in Tampa. 

She served 10 years as coordinator/liaison for the Dominican Youth Ministry in Westchester, and as Executive Director of the Dominican Association of Secondary Schools, one year in Westchester and five years in New Orleans. Sister Patricia also ministered for two and a half years as an elementary teacher at St. Joseph Parish School in Adrian, and served the Congregation for six years as Chapter Prioress of the Upper Midwest Chapter.

Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers: Daniel Brady and Francis Brady. She is survived by her sisters: Mary Quinn Brady of Homewood, Illinois, and Colleen McGuire (John) of Plainfield, Illinois.

Welcome of Sister Patricia will be on Sunday, August 11, 2019, 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 Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Monday, August 12, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Mass of Christian Burial 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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Right: Sister Patricia with her sister Colleen, then 6, in 1957



From left: Sister Patricia’s parents, Frank and Mary Brady. Frank and Catherine Brady, Sister Patricia’s brother and sister-in-law. Sister Patricia Brady, OP, and Sister Jane Farrell, IHM, celebrate Sister Patricia’s Golden Jubilee in 2007.



From left: Mary McCormack, left, a teacher, and Sister Patricia, Associate Principal at Immaculate Heart of Mary High School. Serving on the 1992-1993 Leadership Council were, counter-clockwise from top: Sisters Marianne O’Neill, Molly Ann Nicholson, Marcine Klemm, Arlene Seckel, Patricia Brady, Mary Kathryn Cliatt, Virginia Kleckner, Patricia Siemen, Mary Patricia Dewey, Molly Giller, Grace Flowers, Patricia Walter, Christine Matthews, Anne Guinan, Rose Celeste O’Connell, and Nancyann Turner.



From left: Sister Patricia Brady, right, with Dr. Cynthia Thomas, President of St. Mary’s Dominican High School, New Orleans, on the night of Sister Pat’s award ceremony as recipient of the Siena Heights St. Dominic Award, October 2004. From left, Sisters Peggy Brennan, Patricia Brady, Milly Giller, and Marcine Klemm



Members of the 2007 Golden Jubilarian Class are: back row, from left, Sisters Joella Miller, Mary Ann Phillip, Margaret Ann McGuiness, Mary Therese Napolitan, Barbara Cervenka, Sharon Culhane, and Evelyn Montez; middle row, from left, Sisters Joanne Evans, Jude Van Baalen, Janet Traut, Dorothea Gramlich, Eunice Drazba, Frances Lombaer, and Bernitha Glombowski; and front row, from left, Sisters Helen McAllister, Susan Elaine Kresse, Katherine Kenny, Joan Kowalski, Monica Kim, Helen Diane McGuirt, and Patricia Brady. Not pictured is Sister Patricia Reno.


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(1929-2019)

Sister Jeanne Burns, formerly known as Sister Thomas Raymond Burns, died Thursday, July 18, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 90 years of age and in the 71st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Jeanne was born in Chicago to Thomas and Laura (Mackey) Burns. She graduated from Bishop Muldoon High School in Rockford, Illinois, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida; a Master of Education degree from University of Florida in Gainesville; and a Master of Education degree in Guidance/Counseling from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. She was also certified in Clinical Pastoral Education by Aquinas Theological Institute in Dubuque, Iowa, and as a hospital chaplain by the U. S. Catholic Conference and by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Sister spent 19 years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Jacksonville, Miami Beach, Miami, and West Palm Beach, Florida; and in Cleveland, Ohio. This includes one year at Hoban Dominican High School in Cleveland, Ohio, and three years at Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida, both institutions of the Adrian Dominican Congregation. Sister Jeanne was principal for six years at St. James in Miami, Florida. 

Sister Jeanne served as Vicaress General for the Adrian Dominican Congregation from 1968 to 1978. She was Chaplain at Rochester Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota for one year and Director of Pastoral Care for six years at St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. She also ministered for 18 years at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, California, where she was Chaplain for three years, Vice-President for eleven years, and Patient Relations Representative for four years.

Sister Jeanne became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2013. Sister was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters: Catherine T. Noble, Bette Doherty, Rosemary F. Kerper, Lorraine Suerth and Frances Rooney, and her brothers: James Burns, John Burns, William J. Burns, Thomas R. Burns, Jr. and Robert M. Burns. Sister Jeanne is survived by loving nieces and nephews and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Jeanne will be on Monday, July 22, 2019, 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 Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Mass of Christian Burial 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.

 



From left: Sister Jeanne as a flower girl, 1935. Sister Jeanne enjoys her time at the beach in Miami, Florida, December 7, 1932. Sister Jeanne stands in front of the grotto at the Motherhouse on her entrance day.


From left: Sister Jeanne with her parents. Sister Jeanne as a postulant – 1947


From left: Adrian Dominican Generalate Officers from 1968 to 1974 were: front row, from left, Sister Thomas Raymond (Jeanne Burns); Mother Laurence Edward (Rosemary Ferguson), Mother General; and Sister Mary Paul (Noreen McKeough); and back row, from left, Sisters James Therese (Arthemise Cassanova), Mary Julita (Mary DeVault), Christopher (Kathryn Noonan), John Bride (Mary Catherine Jordan), and Margaret Michaella (Dorothy Folliard). From left, Sisters Veronica Kelley, Jeanne Burns, and Mary Margaret Beh celebrate Sister Jeanne’s Golden Jubilee, 1997.


Members of the 1974-1978 General Council were, from left, Sisters Rosemary Ferguson, OP, Prioress General; Cathryn Deutsch, OP, Councilor; Jeanne Burns, OP, Vicaress General; Nadine Foley, OP, Councilor; and Jeanne O’Laughlin, OP, Councilor.


From left: Sisters Dorothy Glaister, left, and Jeanne Burns. Members of Sister Jeanne’s mission group are: front row, Sisters Diana Miller, Anne Russell, and Julie Hyer, and back row, Sisters Hilda Marie Gelegan, Adrienne Piennette, Jeanne Burns, and Molly Giller and Associate Mary Reardon.


Right: Sister Jeanne, left, and Sister Mary Margaret Beh volunteer at St. Francis Soup Kitchen, 2011.


Right: Former members of the General Council gather for a 2006 reunion, from left: Sisters Dorothy Folliard, Rosemary Ferguson, Mary DeVault, Jeanne Burns, and Noreen McKeough.


Members of the 1997 Golden Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Cyrilla Zarek, Margaret Lane, Jean Kathleen Comiskey, Marcine Klemm, Kathleen Therese McCann, Paul Emilia Brown, Shirley Thielk, and Bernadette Mehal; middle row, from left, Sisters Jacquelyn Murray, Theresa Nightingale, Mary Saynay, M. Joan Loeffler, Ann Stephanie Callopy, Janet Persyk, and Margaret Ann Swallow; and front row, seated, Sisters Jeanne Burns, Mary Skender, and Benita Bourne.



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(1934-2019)

Sister Patricia Dolan, formerly known as Sister Kevin Patrice Dolan, died on July 8, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 85 years of age and in the 67th year of her religious profession. 

Sister Patricia was born in Chicago to William and Catherine (Newton) Dolan. She graduated from Aquinas High School in Chicago, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a Master of Earth Science degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut; a Master of Teaching Mathematics degree from the University of Detroit (Detroit-Mercy); and a Master of Library Science degree from Rosary College, now Dominican University, in River Forest, Illinois. 

Sister Patricia spent 25 years ministering in education in Dearborn and Detroit, Michigan; Henderson, Nevada; Mundelein and Wilmette, Illinois; and Oakland, California. Her teaching ministry included two institutions of the Congregation: Dominican High School in Detroit for six years; and Regina Dominican High School in Illinois for five years. 

She was a data resources coordinator for two years for Galvin Library in Chicago and manager for six years for the Milner Library in Normal, Illinois. Sister was an editor for one and a half years at Scott Foresman Company in Glenview, Illinois and for eight years at Addison Wesley Publishing Company in Menlo Park, California. 

Sister Patricia became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2010. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Margaret Zepeda; and her brother, William Dolan, Jr. She is survived by a sister, Maureen Silver, of Santa Rosa, California.

Welcome of Sister Patricia will be on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 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 Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Service and the Mass of Christian Burial 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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Center: The Dolan siblings are, from left, Margaret Zepeda, Maureen Silver, Bill Dolan, and Patricia Dolan. Right: Sister Patricia Dolan, then Sister Kevin Patrice, in a Regina Dominican High School yearbook photo

From left:  Postulants on their Entrance Day are, from left, Sisters Angela Susalla, Mary Catherine Nolan, Marion Coppe, June Racicot, Helen Laier, Diana Marie Pellegrino, Patricia Dolan, and Mary Alice Naour. From left, Sisters Marilyn Foster, Patricia Dolan, and Marion Coppe, June 1991

From left: Sister Patricia at the 2018 Summer Fun event at the Dominican Life Center. Regina Dominican High School science teachers are: front, from left, at microscopes, Sisters Mary Jane Hart and Kevin Patrice (Patricia) Dolan, and in back, from left, Sisters Roberta Marie Havey, Mary Liam Walsh, Stella Joseph (Kathleen) Sutherland, and Joan Edward (Joan) Mehney.

From left: From left, Sisters Mary Alan Stuart, Anne Russell, and Patricia Dolan. Sister Anne Russell, left, and Sister Patricia Dolan 

Right: Members of the 2011 Diamond Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Nancy Fischer, Barbara Hehr, Patricia Walsh, Mary Louise Head, Joan Weitz, Helen Belsito, Anne Beauvais, and Celeste Mary Bourke; middle row, from left, Sisters Mary Alice Naour, Helen Laier, Thomas Leo Monahan, Patricia Dolan, Angela Susalla, June Racicot, Patricia Spangler, and Attracta Kelly (Prioress); and front row, from left, Sisters Marilyn Foster, Marion Coppe, Betty Lou Myers, Robert Irene Buchanan, Mary Alan Stuart, Mary Catherine Nolan, and Jane Robert Stuckel.

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