In Memoriam


(1929-2019)

Sister Kay Wejrowski, formerly known as Sister Vincent Ferrer Wejrowski, died on Friday, February 15, 2019, at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle, Washington. She was 89 years of age and in the 69th year of her religious profession: 53 years in the Dominican Sisters of Edmonds, Washington, and 16 years in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Kay was born in Bremerton, Washington, and was the only child of Joseph and Florence (Roberts) Wejrowski. She graduated from Holy Angels Academy in Seattle, and received a Bachelor of Education degree and a Master of Arts degree, both from Seattle University.

Sister spent 18 years ministering in education in Seattle and Hoquiam, Washington; Miles City, Montana; Pittsburg and San Leandro, California; and Cuernavaca, Mexico. She was principal for three years at Sacred Heart School in Miles City, and ministered to the Hispanic community for 13 years at St. John of the Cross Parish in Lemon Grove, California. 

Sister Kay was Associate Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of San Diego, California for five years, and a caseworker and paralegal for many years for Catholic Charities Immigrant and Refugee Services in San Diego, working with immigrants seeking assistance and citizenship.

Sister Kay became a resident at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle in 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents, and is survived by many loving cousins and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

A Vigil Service will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at 7 p.m. at Assumption Convent in Seattle. The Funeral Liturgy will be offered at St. Joseph Residence Chapel in Seattle on Monday, February 25, 2019, at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Seattle. 

A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, February 25, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine Chapel in Adrian.  

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 Hoffner, Fisher & Harvey Funeral Home of Seattle, Washington.

 

Right: Sister Kay Wejrowski receives a service award from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for her work with immigrants and refugees.

From left: Sister Kay Wejrowski with her parents. From left, Sisters Kay Wejrowski, Carolyn Roeber, Kathleen Logan, Lorene Heck, Diana Bader, and Jean Marie Lehtinen attend a 1990 assembly.

Left: Sister Kay Wejrowski with Father Vincent Lamb

Right: From left, Sisters Angelica McGuire, Cele Gorman, and Kay Wejrowski at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle, April 2016

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(1926-2019)

Sister Marie Carmen Gonzales, formerly known as Maria Carmen Gonzales, died on Friday, February 8, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 92 years of age and in the 59th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Marie Carmen was born in Albert, New Mexico, to Desidero and Vincentita (Montano) Gonzales. She graduated from Mosquero High School in Mosquero, New Mexico, received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, and earned a master’s degree in elementary education from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. 

Sister spent 31½ years ministering in education in Kingman, Arizona; Albuquerque and Belen, New Mexico; Las Vegas, Nevada; and El Paso, Texas. She was administrator of Queen of Heaven School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from 1981 to 1983, and director of the Pre-School at Church of the Risen Savior in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from 1984 to 1986. Sister was housekeeper at the Adrian Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., from 1960 to 1967.

Sister Marie Carmen was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Joseph Maestas, Leo, and Victor Arguello; and sisters Cecilia Trujillo, Marie, Amelia, Elvera, and Alice Tafoya. She is survived by two brothers, both from New Mexico: Johnny Arguello of Los Lunas and Eloy Arguello of Logan; and five sisters, all from New Mexico: Annie Bailey of Tucumcari, Tillie Archuleta of Clovis, Corrine Baca of Mosquero, Adelena Lopez of Albuquerque, and Jane Sandoval of Mosquero.

Welcome of Sister Marie Carmen will be on Wednesday, February 13, 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 Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Thursday, February 14, 2019 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 Marie Carmen:


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Left: Sister Marie Carmen’s parents, Vincentita (left) and Desidero Gonzales

Left: Sister Marie Carmen, front row, far left, with other novices, August 1959

Right: Sister Marie Carmen Gonzalez presides at a First Holy Communion program, Wagon Mound, New Mexico, July 1997.

Left: Members of the Red Hat Society are, from left, Sisters Marie Carmen Gonzales, Mary Willard Reagan, and Clara Patricks. 

From left: Sister Marie Luisa Vasquez and Sister Marie Carmen Gonzales. Members of the Rio Grande Mission Group of the Southwest Chapter visit the Black Canyon Monument in Montrose County, Colorado, May 27, 2001. Shown are: back row, from left, Sister Charlotte Anne Swift, Pauline Richter, Sarah Sharkey, Lois Paha, Donna Kustusch, Clara Patricks, and Michael Claire Wilson, and front row, from right, Sisters Mary Anne McElmurry, Anne Baxter, Marie Carmen Gonzales, and Eleanor Stech.

Members of the 2009 Golden Jubilee Class are, back row, from left, Sisters Mary Kay Moran, Teresa Disch, Emilie Petelin, and Mary Ann Ferguson and front row, from left, Sisters Therese Johnson, Dorothy Glaister, Marie Carmen Gonzales, and Jane Zimmerman, with Donna Markham (Prioress).

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(1929-2019)

Sister Monica Kim, formerly known as Sister George Monica Kim, died on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 89 years of age and in the 61st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Monica was born in Yungyou, North Korea, to Lawrence and Monica (Kwak) Kim. She graduated from Soo-Do High School in Seoul, South Korea, and received a Bachelor of Home Economics degree from Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea, and a Bachelor of Home Economics degree and a Master of Education degree, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. She also received a Master of Science degree in Home Economics from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, and a Master of Theology degree in Family Ministry from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.

Sister Monica spent 24½ years ministering in education in Adrian and Detroit, Michigan; West Palm Beach and Miami Shores, Florida; Hayward, Carmel, Mountain View and San Jose, California; Tucson, Arizona; Manhattan, Kansas; and Nassau, Bahamas. This includes six years as professor at Barry College (University) in Miami Shores. She was an office assistant for seven years at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Palo Alto, California. Sister ministered in social work for 13 years at Catholic Charities in Colton and at Mary’s Mercy Center in San Bernardino, both in California. She also served for two years as associate director in the Family Life Office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Sister Monica became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2006. 

Sister Monica was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by a sister, Barbara Choi of Edmonds, Washington.

Rite of Committal (burial) for Sister Monica will be held on Monday, February 11, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. in the Congregation Cemetery. The Memorial Mass will be on Monday, February 11, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. in 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.

 

Memorial Mass for Sister Monica (George Monica):


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Remembrance for Sister Monica (George Monica):


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From left: Sister Monica Kim with her New York parents in December 1959, the day after her reception into the novitiate. Monica packs for her entrance into the Adrian Dominican Congregation from Astoria, New York, 1957

Left: Sister Monica with her school friends at the Seoul Airport, June 1963

From left: Sister Monica conducts a parish leader training session. Sister Monica at Barry College (University)

Left: Sister Monica helps Sister Helen Walsh to celebrate her Golden Jubilee, August 27, 1995 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Right: Sister Monica with her blood sister, Mrs. Barbara Choi

From left: Sisters Kathleen Nolan, Ann Rozalia Szabo, Rosa Monique Peña, Adella Diederich, and Monica Kim. Sisters Teresa Estrada, Mary Catherine Evans, and Monica Kim after a Wellsprings Mission Group meeting, November 1991

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; second 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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1933-2018

Barbara Ann (Renton) Charboneau, 85, of Cheboygan, Michigan, died peacefully at home on December 27, 2018. She was born to George and Helen Renton in Detroit on April 18, 1933. She attended St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and Visitation High School in Detroit. Barbara remembered the Academy fondly, especially Sister Marcella Gardner, OP, who taught her the adage, “Once a Dominican, always a Dominican.” Those words resonated throughout her life.

Barbara married Gerald Charboneau Sr. on April 21, 1951. Together, they raised four children. 

Barbara was a very active member of St. Mary/St. Charles Catholic Church and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cheboygan, serving as a Eucharist minister, sacristan, and lector. She was also active in the Cursillo movement and a member and Past Regent of the Cheboygan Circle of Daughters of Isabella. Barbara attended Mass daily, prayed the Liturgy of the Hours, and enjoyed a silent retreat each year.

Barbara enjoyed visiting with the homebound, being with other people, and spending time with family. She became an Adrian Dominican Associate in 1990, after being mentored by Sister Patricia Janowicz, OP. She was also a good friend of Sister Lucy Ann Quinn, OP.

In the past few years, both Barbara’s husband and son died before her own health began to be of concern.  

Barbara is survived by her daughter Nancy (Charboneau) Reiner of Cheboygan, Michigan; sons Richard (Wendy) Charboneau of Essexville, Michigan, and Chris Charboneau of Madison Heights, Michigan; daughter-in-law Celeste Charboneau of Cheboygan, Michigan; grandchildren Dennis (Abby) Reiner, Rebecca (Eric) Lee, Gerald III, Dan, Amy, and Emily Charboneau, and Mandy and Matt (Liz) Charboneau; five great-granddaughters; numerous nieces and nephews; and countless treasured friends. 

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald; her parents; brother, Donald; and son, Gerald Charboneau Jr. 

Barbara’s funeral was celebrated on December 31, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Online condolences may be made here.


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