Sister Ann Romayne Fallon, baptized Mary Patricia Joan Fallon, died on Sunday, October 6, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She was 91 years of age and in the 72nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Ann Romayne was born in Detroit to Joseph and Ann (Gough) Fallon. She graduated from Immaculata High School in Detroit and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics and a Master of Education degree, both from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida.
Sister Ann Romayne spent 56 years ministering in education in Chicago, Rockford, Flossmoor, and Wilmette, Illinois; Fort Walton Beach and West Palm Beach, Florida; Detroit and Farmington, Michigan; and Anchorage, Alaska. This includes her ministry for Congregation institutions: 13 years at Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette, six years as principal and seven years as president; two years at Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach; and one year at Dominican High School and Academy in Detroit.
She also served the Detroit Catholic School System as associate superintendent for seven years and the Archdiocese of Anchorage for 5½ years as an educational consultant. Her service to the Congregation includes serving as treasurer for two years; four years at Weber Center, Adrian; and two years as director of annual giving at the Adrian Dominican Development Center based in Detroit.
Sister Ann Romayne became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Gerald Fallon; and her cousin, Sister Mary Margaret Fallon, OP, an Adrian Dominican Sister. She is survived by her sisters, Margaret E. Fallon and Kathleen Fallon, both of Venice, Florida, and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Welcome of Sister Ann Romayne will be on Wednesday, October 9, 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, October 10, 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.
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.
From left: Sister Ann Romayne at six months. The future Sister Ann Romayne celebrates her First Communion with her sister Margaret.
From left: Sister Ann Romayne Fallon with her parents on Reception Day, December 30, 1946. Sister Ann Romayne Fallon as Treasurer of the Congregation
Right: Sister Ann Romayne Fallon celebrates her 80th birthday with a special Mass celebrated by Archbishop Roger L. Schwietz, OMI, third from left, and priests from Mat-Su Valley, Archdiocese of Anchorage.
From left: From left, Sister Marie Arthur, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, and Sister Ann Romayne Fallon at the 25th Jubilee celebration of Regina Dominican High School, Wilmette, Illinois, 1984. Members of the Formation House community are, from left: Sisters Arlene Scott, Carol Weber, Patricia Erickson, Ann Romayne Fallon, and Gloria Lerro.
From left: From left, Sisters Anne Worcester, Claudia Hinds, Lorraine Morin, and Ann Romayne Fallon line up for refreshments during the annual leaf-raking party at Oakwood House, Adrian, November 3, 2002. Members of the Anchorage community are, from left, Sisters Lorraine Réaume, Jackie Stoll, Ann Romayne Fallon, and Josephine Gaugier.
From left: Sisters Nadine Foley, left, and Ann Romayne Fallon. Members of the 2006 Diamond Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Jean Fitzgerald, Laura Pesick, Ann Romayne Fallon, Joan Donovan, Edith Kathleen Zemke, Jean Librizzi, Georgina Luznicky, Beverly McEachin, Helen McDaniel, and Mildred Ann Huber; middle row, from left, Sisters Anne Richard Baker, Ann Patrice Remkus, Mary L. Russell, Anne Bernadette Stein, Joyce Mary Rybarczyk, Patricia Cecile Slattery, Denise Walsh, Therese Groulx, Elizabeth Francis Tekaucic, Sheila N. Flynn, Jean Irene McAllister, Jeri Renner, and Winifred Lynch; and front row, Sisters Barbara Wetterer, Marie Therese Guigar, Virginia Therese Conway, Jean Anthony Sporer, and Michele Gebhardt.
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Sister Remedios Basilio, known as Sister Medz, died on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the Dominican Sisters’ convent, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines. She was 60 years of age and in the 30th year of her religious profession: 22 years in the Sisters of Our Lady of Remedies and in her 8th year in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. She joined the Congregation on October 26, 1986, entered the novitiate on November 7, 1987; made first profession of vows on November 11, 1989; and made final profession of vows on March 13, 1994.
Sister Medz was born in San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines, to Elias and Belen (Deraco) Basilio. She graduated from Jose Abad Santos High School in San Fernando, Pampanga, and received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture/crop science from Pampanga Agricultural College, a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from the Institute of Formation and Religious Studies, and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Assumption, all in the Philippines.
Sister Medz served in pastoral work for six years, including one year in Kaohsiung, Taiwan She taught catechetics for almost a year and was involved with social action for over three years. She served the Congregation for over 18 years in various roles: co-formator; formator; assistant treasurer for the Our Lady of Remedies Mission Chapter, and in prayer ministry.
Sister was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her siblings: Cristina Basilio, Dolores Sabile, Edgardo Basilio and Jesua Patiu.
The Mass of Christian Burial and Rite of Committal (burial) will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Holy Mary Memorial Park in Angeles City, Philippines.
Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221.
Sister Charlene Cote, formerly known as Sister Mary Leonette Cote, died on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 83 years of age and in the 61st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Charlene was born in Chicago to Napoleon J. and Harriet (Martineau) Cote. She graduated from Aquinas High School in Chicago, and received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in art education and administration from Florida State University in Tallahassee.
Sister spent 49 years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Roy, New Mexico; Winslow, Arizona; Oakland, California; and Pompano Beach, St. Petersburg and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Thirty-one of those years were spent teaching at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, where she continued for another five years as the assistant director of transportation. Sister spent three years serving in ministry to the homebound at Cirrito Home in Plantation, Florida.
Sister Charlene moved to the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2011. She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Harriet Cote. Sister is survived by her Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Rite of Committal (burial) for Sister Charlene will be held on Friday, September 13, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in the Congregation Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine’s Chapel. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. Both the Memorial Mass and the Ritual of Remembering will be live streamed.
From left: Sister Charlene Cote at her graduation from Aquinas High School, Chicago, 1954. Napoleon and Harriet Cote with their daughter, Sister Charlene Cote, and Sister Clara Patricks
Right: Sisters Clara (Anthony Ann) Patricks and Charlene (Leonette) Cote, Bisbee, Arizona, May 1963
From left: Standing, from left, Sisters Charlene Cote, Diane Odette, and Thomas James Burns and seated, from left, Sisters Jeannine Holway, Kathleen Donnelly, and Margaret Mehigan. From left, Sisters Jeannine Holway, Jodie Screes, Marie Bride Walsh (seated) and Charlene Cote, April 2013
From left: Sister Charlene Cote, left, with Sister Rosa Reyes. Sisters Charlene Cote (left) and Jeannine Holway
Members of the 2008 Golden Jubilee September-February Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Charlene Cote, Mary Rita McSweeney, Kathleen Clausen, and Marilyn Felice Barnett and front row, from left, Sisters Attracta Kelly, Maria Odelia Romero, Annette Marie Sinagra, and Mary Katherine Dolan. Not pictured is Sister Iva Gregory.
As Sister Theresia Scheuer’s funeral Mass drew to a close, those gathered in St. Catherine Chapel sang a closing song that surely summed up Sister Theresia’s life: Robert Lowry’s “How Can I Keep from Singing?”
Music was intertwined with Sister Theresia’s life from her earliest days as a piano teacher’s daughter all the way to her last years, during which she shared her gifts as a singer, cantor, pianist, and organist with her Congregation. In between, she taught music at several schools in Ohio and Michigan, and her last twenty years in active ministry were spent as the music director at St. Alphonsus Parish, Deerfield, Michigan.
Sister Theresia was born Mary Susan Scheuer in Adrian on March 28, 1931, to Edward and Opal (Ott) Scheuer. She was a twin, but the other baby, also a girl, did not survive.
Despite her baptismal name, from early on she was known simply as Susie. She was the youngest of three Scheuer daughters, after Ahlene, the eldest, and JoAnn.
Ahlene “did not at first fancy the idea of another one in the family,” Sister Theresia wrote in an autobiography that dates back to her early high school years. “But gradually she became accustomed to the idea and didn’t think me quite so bad after all. JoAnn, who is between Ahlene and me in age, was quite thrilled.”
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