Sister Mary Immaculata Assenmacher, formerly known as Gertrude Assenmacher, died on October 6, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 82 years of age and in the 65th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister was born in Highland Park, Michigan, to George and Mary (Schoeb) Assenmacher. She graduated from St. Alphonsus High School in Dearborn, Michigan, and received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s of teaching degree in education, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. She was also certified by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains for pastoral ministry.
Sister Mary spent 19 years ministering in elementary education in Defiance, Medina, and Cleveland, Ohio; Bad Axe, Michigan; Nassau, the Bahamas; and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She also served as pastoral minister for 35 years in Henderson, Nevada; Bardstown, Kentucky; Adrian, Michigan; and The Pas, Manitoba, Canada. Her pastoral ministry includes 15½ years at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, a sponsored institution of the Adrian Dominicans, and seven years as coordinator of Maria Health Care Center in Adrian, also an institution of the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Mary became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2012. She is survived by a sister, Theresa Kotyk, of Dearborn, Michigan, and a brother, Robert Assenmacher, of Brighton, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, George, Leo, Alphonse, and Father Frank Assenmacher; and cousins Sister Harold Assenmacher, OP, and Sister Irene Essenmacher, OP, also Adrian Dominican Sisters.
The Rite of Committal (burial) was held on October 8 in the Congregation cemetery. The Memorial Mass will be on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine Chapel and the Ritual of Remembering will be held that afternoon, 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.
Memorial 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 photo: Gertrude, the future Sister Mary Assenmacher, in her uniform for St. Alphonsus School, Dearborn, Michigan.
Right photo: The summer before her entrance, 1952.
Left: Sister Mary with her parents. Center and right: Sister Mary Assenmacher ministering at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, Henderson, Nevada.
Left photo: Members of the Mountain Valley Mission Group of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter, meeting at the Mexican Manhattan Restaurant in San Antonio, Texas, October 2000: seated, from left, Sisters Mary Assenmacher and Norma Dell and standing, from left: Sisters Betty Kubacki, Janice Brown (then an Associate), and Patricia Spangler.
Right photo: From left, Sisters Mary Assenmacher, Mary Singer, and Joan Dwyer attend the 2002 Gathering.
Members of the 2003 Golden Jubilee Class, August Crowd, are, from left, Sisters Renee Richie, Mary Bernard Lynch, Helen Sohn, Joanne (Jodie) Screes, Patricia Johnson, Joan Zinn, Mary Assenmacher, Mary Tindel, and Bernadette Vozobule.
Sister Hilda Nadine Sheehan, formerly known as Sister Carl Edward Sheehan, died on Thursday, October 4, 2018, while attending a gathering of the Dominican Sisters Conference at the Maryknoll Sisters in Ossining, New York. She was 81 years of age and in the 62nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Nadine was born in Rochester, Michigan, to Edward and Irene (Egan) Sheehan. She graduated from Rochester High School and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in biology from Kansas State College in Pittsburg, Kansas; a Registered Nursing degree from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit; and a Family Practitioner degree from Georgia Southern College in Statesboro.
Sister Nadine spent 11 years ministering in elementary education in Chicago and Oak Park, Illinois, and seven years as assistant principal in Detroit. She was principal for one year at Rosary High School and treasurer for three years at Dominican High School, both Adrian Dominican-sponsored institutions in Detroit.
Sister Nadine was a staff nurse for two years at the Adrian Dominican-sponsored Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, California, and for one year in Statesboro, Georgia. She practiced as a family nurse practitioner for 14 years in Columbia and Olive Hill, Kentucky, and in Saginaw and Adrian, Michigan. She was a primary care clinic nurse for 13 years in Clinton Township and Mount Clemens, Michigan, and was a volunteer in health services for three years at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian.
In 2017, she was appointed Vicaress of the Sisters in the Adrian Dominican Vicariate, where she served until her death.
Sister was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by three sisters: Laurine Jessop of Sterling Heights, Sharon Crisan of Rochester, and Jacqueline Noonan of Utica, all in Michigan, one brother, Carl, of Bozeman, Montana.
Welcome of Sister Nadine will be on Tuesday, October 9, 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 Wednesday, October 10, 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.
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Photo on left: Members of the 2004 General Chapter Secretarial Committee are, from left, Sisters Joan Marconi, Dorothy Guettler, Louise Borgacz, Dorothy Booms, Barbara Hehr, and Nadine Sheehan.
Photo on right: Members of the Lumen Mission Group, gathering in 2004, were: front row, from left, Sisters Bonnie Motto and Jeanine Boivin and Associate Marilyn Glanert; row two, from left, Sisters Jude Van Baalen, Mary Jones, and Rosemary Zuccaro; third row, from left, Sister Janet Schaeffler, Emily Malleis (in formation to be a Sister), and Peg O’Flynn; and back row, from left, Sisters Tarianne DeYonker, Mary Ann Konieski, and Nadine Sheehan.
Photo on right: Enjoying their time together are: back row, from left, Sisters Nadine Sheehan and Mary Louise Gass and front row, from left, Sisters Norma Dell and Mary Kay Homan.
Photo on left: Sister Nadine, left, with Sister Janet Schaeffler.
Photo on right: Sister Nadine Sheehan prepares a Chinese lantern that she released during a picnic with other Dominican Sisters hours before she died on October 4.
Members of the 2006 Golden Jubilee Class, August Reception Crowd, are: back row, from left, Sisters Jean Harlan, Donna Kustusch, Janet Capone, Ann Marie Petri, and Rosalie Bulanda; middle row, from left, Sisters Joan Christie, Annette Desloover, Ann Englert, Denise Devitt, Hilda Nadine Sheehan, and Ruth Adamites; and front row, from left, Sisters Marilee Ewing, Helen Essa, Joanne Spisz, and Maria Caridad Pinuela.
Mary Margaret (Roy-McLernon) Randall Veen, 78, passed away October 1, 2018, at her home in Cheboygan, Michigan, after courageously battling cancer this past year.
Mary was born in Port Huron, Michigan, but grew up in Detroit, attending Our Lady Gate of Heaven Elementary School. “I learned early in life the importance of keeping Christ in my life,” Mary wrote. “I learned to depend on Jesus and myself to achieve my goals.”
Mary entered the Adrian Dominican Congregation in 1957 after graduating from Our Lady of Mercy High School and took her final vows in 1963. She attended Siena Heights College (now University), Adrian; Wayne State University, Detroit; and St. Mary Seminary, Orchard Lake, Michigan.
“I have always been an Adrian Dominican in my heart even though I left the formal structure,” Mary said. “What I learned in Adrian has been carried out through teaching my students, working with others through volunteer work, and service to others wherever and whenever I was asked or saw a need. I may have left Adrian; the Dominicans never left me.”
Always an educator, Mary retired in 2003 and moved to Cheboygan with her new husband, Ward Veen. She continued teaching part-time at Bishop Baraga School, Cheboygan, until 2017.
Mary enjoyed her volunteer work as a Bible study and prayer leader and a catechist at her parish, St. Mary/St. Charles Catholic Church in Cheboygan; at the St. Thomas Food Pantry; and at the Eagles Auxiliary, where she served as Chaplain. She was also installed as a presider at Communion Services and ministered at other parishes near Cheboygan.
Mary was mentored by Associate Joyce Frugé and welcomed as an Associate in August 2016. Although she was not an Associate for long, her commitment was strong and she managed to travel from Cheboygan to Adrian to attend Partners, the annual weekend gathering of Associates, in August 2018. She participated in the weekend and made several new friends.
Mary was the loving mother of Kelley Anne Cashion; step-mother of David Veen and Diane Veen-Price; sister of George P. (Carol) Roy, Carol (Tom) Saunders, Theresa Swift, Karen (Peter) Tambornini, and Phillip Jingozian; grandmother to Dylan Doyle, Alexis Cashion, and Gary (Maria) Veen; and great-grandmother to Dayton Doyle. She had many nieces, nephews, friends, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren through her marriage to Ward.
She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Ward Walter Veen, in 2012; her parents, George and Lois Roy and Malcom and Mary Jingozian; her foster parents, Ivan and Agnes McLernon and Anna Swift; and her brother, Michael Swift.
Mary’s Memorial Mass was held at St. Mary/St. Charles Catholic Church on October 6 after a one-hour visitation. Father Duane Wachowiak, Pastor, officiated. Mary chose the songs and readings to comfort her family and friends. The readings included John 14:1-6: “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
In lieu of flowers, Mary’s wishes are that backpacks filled with school supplies be donated to the local schools. Any monetary contributions may be directed to Bishop Baraga School, 623 W. Lincoln Avenue, Cheboygan, Michigan 49721 or the Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan 49221.
Sister Virginia O’Reilly, formerly known as Sister Joan Patricia O’Reilly, died on September 24, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 91 years of age and in the 75th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Virginia was born in Detroit to George and Alice (Hall) O’Reilly. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida; a master’s degree in mathematics from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC; a master’s degree in guidance from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco.
Sister spent 28½ years ministering in education in Chicago and St. Charles, Illinois; Miami Beach, Florida; Rome, Georgia; and Detroit, Royal Oak, Adrian, and Madison Heights, Michigan. She was Chairperson of the Math Department of St. Dominic College in St. Charles, Illinois, from 1964 to 1967.
Sister Virginia ministered for 15 years as a psychologist and clinical psychologist in Montara, Los Altos, south San Francisco and Oakland, California; Port Huron, Michigan; Scotia, Schenectady, and Albany, New York; and Kensington, South Africa. Sister held the position of Director of Studies for two years and Director of Research for one year for the Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Sister Virginia became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2005 and served for three years as library assistant. She is survived by a sister, Patricia Rush of Schenectady, New York, and was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Joan.
Welcome of Sister Virginia will be on Tuesday, September 25, 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 Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Service and the Funeral Mass will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery.
Right: Sister Virginia in the arms of her grandmother, Detroit, August 1927
Left: Sister Virginia poses with her nieces, Virginia and Kathleen McNamara.
Left: Sister Mary Frances Coleman, left, Director of Education, and Sister Virginia O’Reilly, Regent of Studies, during General Chapter 1968.
From left: From left, Sisters Nelda Klein, Patricia Spangler, Frances Lombaer, and Virginia O’Reilly, probably celebrating Sister Virginia’s PhD. Sister Virginia teaches Sisters Jane Frances and Justina, delegates for their General Chapter, about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator through the use of tinker toys, Bedfordview, South Africa, December 1985.
From left: From left, Sisters Mary Louise Gass, Kathy Erard, and Virginia O’Reilly. Sisters Celeste Bourke, left, and Virginia O’Reilly in California, 2002
Left: Members of the 2002 Diamond Jubilee Class are, back row, from left, Sisters Mary Willard Reagan, Eileen Hussey, and Virginia O’Reilly, and, front row, from left, Sisters Marcella LaKoske, Miriam Joseph Lekan, and Cecilia Marie Brown.
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