In Memoriam


(1947-2017)

Sister Kay Muzzy, formerly known as Sister Angela Patrice Muzzy, died on June 10, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 69 years of age and in the 50th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Kay was born in Iron Mountain, Michigan, to Kenneth and Angela (Quadrani) Muzzy. She graduated from Iron Mountain High School in Iron Mountain, Michigan, and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a Master of Education degree in learning disabilities from Holy Names College in Oakland, California. 

Sister spent 31 years ministering in education in Wilmette and Chicago, Illinois; Des Moines, Iowa; Hayward, California; and Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was a special education Teacher for 17½ years at Duranes Elementary School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Sister Kay became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan in 2000. She is survived by two brothers: Kenneth Muzzy of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Larry Muzzy of Fort Meyers, Florida.

The Ritual of Remembering will occur on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Catherine Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Thursday, June 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.

 

   
RIGHT: Sisters Kay Muzzy, left, and Ann Rozalia Szabo enjoy the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

   
LEFT: Sisters Shirley Cushing, left, and Kay Muzzy in the Sandia Mountains of New Mexico, 1990. RIGHT: Sister Kay has a close encounter with Ophelia the camel during Weber Center’s 2013 Holy Land Pilgrimage.

 

   

 

       
LEFT: Sister Kay’s parents, Kenneth and Angela Muzzy, during Sister Kay’s final profession, Easter 1975.

 


1992 Silver Jubilarians are: back row, from left, Sisters Romona Nowak, Janet Stankowski, Maria del Rey Plain, Durstyne Farnan, Sandra Exley, John Karen Frei, Barbara Rund, Carol Weber, and Lynne Hannum. Front row, from left, are Sisters Sally Ormsby, Frances Nadolny, Shawn Copeland, Kay Muzzy, Kathleen Schanz, and Theresa Mayrand.
 

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(1928-2017)

Sister Joan Sopha, formerly known as Sister Daniel Michael Sopha, died on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 88 years of age and in the 68th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Joan was born in Port Huron, Michigan, to Herbert and Mary (Lynch) Sopha. She graduated from St. Stephen High School in Port Huron and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida and a Master of Education degree in reading from Wayne State University in Detroit. 

Sister spent 26 years ministering in elementary education in Cleveland, Ohio; West Palm Beach, Florida; and Eastpointe, Detroit, New Baltimore, Harper Woods, St. Clair Shores, Harrison Township and Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. She also taught for 20 years at Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods, Michigan, and for three years in adult education in Harrison Township. 

Sister Joan became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2012. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews.

Welcome of Sister Joan will be on Thursday, June 15, 2017, 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 Friday, June 16, 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.

 

   
LEFT: Joan (third from left, seated) with her parents, Herbert and Mary, and siblings.

 

   
LEFT: Celebrating Golden Jubilee in 1998. Left to right, Sisters Nora Brady, Dorothy Thielk, John Norton Barrett, Margaret Urban, and Joan Sopha.

 

   
LEFT: In Ogden, Utah in 1998 are (left to right) Sisters John Norton Barrett, Marie Geraldine Brownell, Judith Mary Singer, Mary Catherine Jordan, Mary Frances Radtke, Margaret Urban, Dorothy Thielk, and Joan Sopha.

 

   
LEFT: Sister Joan with her mother, Mary. RIGHT: Sister Joan with her family.

 


Celebrating Diamond Jubilee in 2008. Back row, left to right: Sisters Nora Brady, Marie Geraldine Brownell, Celestine Dunne, Alice Riegel, Patricia Wiley, John Norton Barrett, Mary Schmanger, and Therese DeCanio. Front row, left to right: 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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(1929-2017)

Sister Nelda Ann Klein, known also as Sister Ellen Dolores, was born in Los Angeles, California, on September 3, 1929. She was the third of four children born to William and Nell (Smith) Klein. 

Her father was born in Pennsylvania to Lutheran parents who were second-generation German-Americans. When his mother died, the family moved to Kingman, Arizona, where he eventually met Nelda’s mother, Nell Smith. Nell’s father, Anson Smith, was one of the founders of Kingman, Arizona.

In her autobiography, Sister Nelda shared these memories of her youth.

I grew up in the small town of Kingman, surrounded by an older brother and sister, Bill Jr. and Mary Alice, and a younger brother, Anson. [In addition, I had] eleven sets of aunts and uncles and many cousins. It was a good time to grow up. We young people used to joke that we were related to half the population and knew the other half, so little supervision was necessary. Before I got home in late afternoon, my parents knew every place I had been and all I had done!

Read more about Sister Nelda Ann (pdf)

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

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(1924-2017)

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Sister Nadine Foley, known also as Sister Thomas Aquin, was born on April 10, 1924, in Newberry, Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula. She was the first of eight children born to Thomas and Ursula (Thompson) Foley. Both parents were born in Michigan and, based on her father’s family, are of Irish/French heritage. Sister Nadine’s mother was given up for adoption at birth and nothing is known about her birth mother. 

Their eight children were born over a period of twenty-eight years. Her mother was about twenty when Sister Nadine was born and when the youngest child, Michael, was born, her mother was forty-seven. 

In her autobiography, Sister Nadine shared the following memory about her mother.

I still think a lot more about my mother since her death [1997]; she was really a remarkable woman. She loved school and she was a very good student [but] she never had the opportunity to attend high school. I realized, as the oldest one, that much of what she wanted for herself she transferred to me. In the course of time she worked at Newberry State Hospital, a mental health institution, and later became a licensed psychiatric nurse by taking courses at Northern Michigan University. When she was 70 she got her high school equivalency from Newberry High School and we were all there for her graduation.

Sister Nadine’s early years were during the Great Depression. Her education began in Newberry Elementary School in 1928 and ended in 1941 when she graduated from Newberry High School.

Read more about Sister Nadine (pdf)

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

 

Additional articles:

Come Wisdom: Remembering Sr. Nadine Foley, written by Sister Elise D. García, published by Global Sisters Report:
http://globalsistersreport.org/news/ministry/come-wisdom-remembering-sr-nadine-foley-46786

Learn more about Sister Nadine in this What's Happening article.

Text of Funeral Homily by Sister Attracta Kelly, OP.

 

Vigil for Sister Nadine (Thomas Aquin):


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Funeral for Sister Nadine (Thomas Aquin):


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