Sister Patrice Eilers, baptized Patricia Mary Eilers and formerly known as Sister Anne Patrice Eilers, died on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, Washington. She was 89 years of age and in the 70th year of her religious profession; 55 years in the Dominican Sisters of Edmonds, Washington and 15 years in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Patrice was born in Seattle to John F. and M. Ethel (Anderson) Eilers. She graduated from Holy Angels Academy in Seattle and received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education, both from Seattle University and a master’s degree in theology from St. Xavier College, Chicago.
Sister Patrice ministered for 18 years in elementary and high school education in Seattle; Hoquiam; and Chehali, Washington, and in San Leandro, California. She was principal for two of those years at St. Joseph School in Chehalis, Washington. Sister served as Postulant Mistress at the Motherhouse in Edmonds for three years and as Director of Vocations/Associates at Rosary Heights, Edmonds for three years.
She also ministered as Co-Director at Siena Center for Women, Seattle, seven years and at Dominican Reflection Center, Edmonds for three years. Sister Patrice was Coordinator of Religious Activities for one year and Apartment Moderator for one year at Marymount College, Los Angeles, California. She was in prison chaplaincy ministry at the King County Jail for 35 years.
Sister Patrice moved to St. Joseph Residence in November 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Edward and Donald. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews.
A Vigil Service will be held on Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. at Hoffner, Fisher & Harvey Funeral Home of Seattle. The Funeral Liturgy will be offered at St. Joseph Residence Chapel in Seattle on Wednesday, March 28 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Seattle.
Memorial 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.
NOTE: A Ritual of Remembering will take place for Sister Patrice on the Adrian Dominican Sisters' campus on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 6:30 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel, Dominican Life Center. A Memorial Mass for Sister Patrice will be held 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2018 in St. Catherine Chapel. Both events will be live streamed.
Left: Sister Patrice Eilers, second from right in the back row, with the 1942 graduating class of St. Anthony Elementary School in Seattle
Right: Sister Patrice Eilers received the Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen Award
Left: Sister Virginia Pearson, left, with Sister Patrice Eilers
Left: Sister Patrice and her brother. Right: Sister Patrice and her mother at Rosary Heights in Edmonds, Washington
Members of the 2007 Diamond Jubilee class are: back row, from left, Sisters Charlotte Hoefer, Marie Damian Schoenlein, Shirley Boettcher, and Patrice Eilers; middle row, from left, Sisters Anne Worcester, Elizabeth Condon, JoAnn Fleischaker, Eileen Meyers, Sarah Cavanaugh, and Mary Cecile Quirke; and front row, from left, Sisters Jacquelyn Murray, Catherine Podvin, Imelda Marie Eckhoff, Alice Anne Van Acker, Noreen O’Connell, Elizabeth Williams, and Helen Dompierre.
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Sister Margaret Karam, formerly known as Sister Raymond Joseph Karam, died March 9, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 93 years of age and in the 69th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister was born in Nogales, Arizona, to Joseph and Ramona (Carreno) Karam. She graduated from Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, California, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from University of California in Berkeley, a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in Social Studies from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, Michigan, and a Master of Arts degree in History from University of San Francisco, in California. Sister was also certified for “Working with Alcoholics” by Arizona University in Tucson, Arizona, and by St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, and certified for Bereavement/Parent Care by the Archdiocese of New York.
Sister Margaret spent 23 years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Detroit, Michigan; Oakland and Oceanside, California; Henderson, Nevada; and Bisbee and Phoenix, Arizona. Sister was the director of religious education for 7 years in Salinas, California, and served as a parish minister for 5 years in Los Angeles, California, and several months in Las Matas, Dominican Republic, and 4 years in Fishkill, New York. She was social worker for 4 years at the Navajo Alcohol-Drug Center in Winslow, Arizona; and was coordinator of Family Planning for 2 years for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, California. She served in ministry with Focalare for 21 years in Hyde Park, New York. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2017.
Sister is survived by a sister, Virginia Frankum of Del Mar, California, and loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; an aunt, Sister Mary Marcelline Karam, also an Adrian Dominican Sister; a sister, Eleanor; and brothers, Ray and Joe.
Welcome of Sister Margaret will be on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center Lobby; the Wake will follow from 6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Dominican Life Center. 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, March 14, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. 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.
Center: Sister Margaret, left, with her aunt, Sister Marcelline Karam.
Left: Sister Margaret at her father's house, 1976. Center: Sister Margaret in the Dominican Republic.
From left, Sisters Margaret Karam, Margaret Ryan, Isabel Marie Jordan, and Marcelline Fouchey.
Members of the 2008 Diamond Jubilee August Crowd are, back row, from left, Sisters Patricia DeMay, Theresa Sinnamon, Angelica McGuire, Dorothy Worthy, Barbara J. Carroll, and Audrey Hull, and front row, from left, Sisters Ann Marie Meagher, Mary Declan Foss, Margaret Ann Reardon, Margaret Karam, Theresia Scheuer, and Ann Benedict Williams.
Sister Molly (baptized Mary Elizabeth) Giller, formerly known as Sister Michael Maureen Giller, died on February 5, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 79 years of age and in the 57th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Molly was born in Columbus, Ohio, to Rowland and Mary Elizabeth (Cotter) Giller. She graduated from St. Ursula Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio, and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in school administration/supervision from University of Cincinnati; and a doctorate of education degree in organization and leadership from University of San Francisco.
Sister spent 12 years ministering in elementary education in St. Petersburg, Florida and Caro, Sturgis, and Davison, Michigan. She served in three Congregation leadership positions: five years as school superintendent for the Adrian Dominican Independent School System; six years as Chapter Prioress of the Pacific West Mission Chapter in Santa Cruz, California; and as a General Councilor for six years in Adrian, Michigan.
Sister Molly ministered as an education consultant for one year for the Diocese of Boise, Idaho; as a reading consultant for one year for the Mount Healthy School System in Cincinnati, Ohio; and as vicar of education for 11 years for the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon. She was a consultant for the adult faith formation program at St. Mary Parish in Adrian for seven years.
Sister Molly became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Ron and Michael, and her sister Maureen. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews.
Welcome of Sister Molly will be on Sunday, February 11, 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 Monday, February 12, 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.
Left: Sister Molly Giller, left, with Sister Donna Markham
Left: From left, Sisters Maureen Comer, Molly Giller, and Anne Cenci attend Gathering 2002. Right: Sister Molly with her friend Mary F. Reardon, December 2016
Left: Members of the 1998-2004 General Council are, from left: Sister Janet Capone, OP, Prioress, and Sisters Maureen Comer, Molly Giller, Barbara Rund, and Kathleen McGrail. Right: Sister Molly in Ireland, 2005
Left: From left, Sisters Patricia Siemen, Julie Hyer, and Molly Giller celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, California, 1992. Right: The Giller children, from left, Maureen, Michael, Ron, and Molly, 1943
Left: From left, Sisters Heather Stiverson, Mary Soher, Molly Giller, and Rose Celeste O'Connell
Members of the 2010 Golden Jubilee Holy Angels crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Kathleen Walli, Kathleen Voss, Mary Katherine Drouin, Molly Giller, Helene Kloss, and Monica Charles Stankus, and front row, from left, Sisters Marie Carleen Maly, Annice Mordenski, Jamie Phelps, Mary Ann Dixon, Maurine Barzantni, Mary Carr, and Donna Markham (Prioress).
Although their education did not extend beyond eighth grade, which included no psychology or parenting classes, our parents provided a loving home environment. Hospitality was one of their special gifts and our home was constantly filled with relatives and friends. Whatever the techniques they used, the six of us all ended up possessing a good self-image and a deep love for one another that exists to this day. We often say that if we were penniless, we would be rich.
Such was the home life with which Dorothy Joanne Budenz and her five siblings – Henry Joseph, Louis William, Lawrence Francis, Jerome Quentin, and Mary Kathryn – were surrounded in their hometown of Terre Haute, Indiana.
Dorothy was the youngest of the six, born on October 25, 1932, to Clara Ann (Massing) Budenz and Henry Joseph Budenz Jr., who worked for the American Can Company. The family lived in Terre Haute until 1945, when Henry was transferred to Chicago.
For the Budenz family, life in Terre Haute in the 1930s and early 1940s was as typically “Americana” as could be, with a tight-knit neighborhood whose children played together, had lemonade stands, and put on theatrical productions in the Budenzes’ three-car garage. Dorothy loaded up her little red wagon with cucumbers to sell and also sold the Saturday Evening Post and the Ladies’ Home Journal. Much of life centered around St. Margaret Mary Parish, where the family attended church and where Dorothy was taught by the Sisters of Providence.
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Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221.
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