In Memoriam


(1936-2017)

Sister Mary Ann Zakrajsek, formerly known as Sister Marian Richard Zakrajsek, died on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 81 years of age and in the 65th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Matt and Antonia (Perko) Zakrajsek. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, Michigan; and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. 

Sister Mary Ann spent 53 years ministering in elementary education in Charlottesville, Virginia; Detroit, Dearborn Heights, and Brighton, Michigan; and Cleveland and Garfield Heights, Ohio. She was principal at Our Lady Gate of Heaven School in Detroit for two years, from 1977 to 1979, and served as pastoral minister for four years at Our Lady of Victory and Presentation parishes in Detroit. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2017.

Sister Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Harry, Matthew, Joseph, and John. She is survived by three brothers: Albert Zak of Walton Hills, Richard Zakrajsek of Garfield Heights, and Lawrence Zak of Medina Township, all in Ohio. She is also survived by a cousin, Sister Miriam Joseph Lekan, also an Adrian Dominican Sister. 

Welcome of Sister Mary Ann will be on Sunday, December 17, 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 Monday, December 18, 2017, 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 Mary Ann (Marian Richard):


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Funeral for Sister Mary Ann (Marian Richard):


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Right: The Cleveland Sisters are, from left: Sisters Anne Marie Snyder, Rita Anne Moceri, Mary Ann Zakrajsek, Marianne Supan, Mary Ann Dardy, Miriam Joseph Lekan, and Mary Hrovat.

From left: Sister Mary Ann Zakrajsek, left, on her Golden Jubilee and her cousin Sister Miriam Joseph Lekan on her Diamond Jubilee pose with Father William Krizner at the chapel of Holy Name High School, Parma Heights, Ohio, 2002; Posing with Father Timothy Radcliffe, OP, former Master of the Dominican Order, during a talk at John Carroll University are, from left, Sisters Mary Ann Zakrajsek, Mary Ann Phillip, Patricia Stellmah, and Judith Friedel.

From left: Sister Mary Ann and her twin brother Richard; Sister Mary Ellen Youngblood, left, with Sister Mary Ann; Sister Mary Ann, then a novice, with her parents, August 4, 1952

The Zakrajsek family: back row, from left, Sister Mary Ann’s brothers Lawrence Zak, Harold Zakrajsek, Albert Zak, Joseph Zak, and John Zakrajsek; middle row, her mother Antonia Zakrajsek and Sister Mary Ann; and front row, brother Matthew Zakrajsek and her twin brother, Richard Zakrajsek.

The 2012 Diamond Jubilee Class, August Crowd: back row, from left: Sisters Marion O’Loughlin, Diane Odette, Diana Bader, Norma Dell, Mary Ann Zakrajsek, and Attracta Kelly (Prioress) and front row, from left: Sisters Marie Quenneville, Mary Nugent, Jean Horger, Philomena Perreault, Barbara Bieker, and Mary Giacopelli

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(1944-2017)

Sister Christine Ostrowski, formerly known as Sister Ann Leonard Ostrowski, died on Thursday, November 23, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 73 years of age and in the 54th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Detroit to Leonard and Helen (Wolkiewicz) Ostrowski. She graduated from Rosary High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights University (College) and a master’s degree in education from San Francisco State University.   

Sister Christine ministered for 53½ years in elementary education in Detroit and Ruth, Michigan; Toledo, Ohio; and San Francisco and Burlingame, California. This includes her service as a teacher for 36 years at St. Brenden School in San Francisco, and for 11 years at Our Lady of the Angels School in Burlingame. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2017.

Sister Christine was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Kathleen, and is survived by her sister Sharon (Bill) Di Giovanni of Sterling Heights, Michigan, and brothers, Michael (Linda) who lives in Florida and Richard (Linda) who lives in Oklahoma.  

Welcome of Sister Christine will be on Wednesday, November 29, 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 Thursday, November 30, 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.

 

Funeral for Sister Christine (Ann Leonard):


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Left: Pictured during a mission group meeting in August 1991,  Hollister, California, are, from left: Sisters Helen Walsh, Christine Ostrowski, Francis John Rzeppa, and Jane Celeste Fries. Right: Christine holds her baby sister Sharon, May 1949

 

   
Left: From left, Sister Diane Erbacher; Sharon Di Giovanni, Sister Christine’s sister; Sister Christine; and Pam, Sister Christine’s niece

 

   
Left: The Do family, an immigrant family welcomed by St. Brendan Parish in San Francisco, pose with Sisters Diane Erbach (left) and Sister Christine. Right: Celebrating Sister Christine’s Jubilee are, from left, Sharon DiGiovanni, her sister; Sister Diane Erbacher; Sister Christine; and Bill DiGiovanni, Sharon’s husband. 

 

Members of the 2012 Golden Jubilee crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Mary Rae Waller, Mary Hrovat, Mary Ellen Youngblood, Attracta Kelly (Prioress), and Mary Alice Hoff; middle row, from left, Sisters Janet Schaeffler, Christine Ostrowski, Mary Ann Dardy, Marianne Supan, and Marie Breitenbeck; and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Lisa Rieman, Lorraine Morin, Bonnie Motto, and Lenore Boivin. Not pictured are Sisters Linda Bevilacqua and Marie Michaella Siplak.

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(1944-2017)

Patricia Jean Seckel was born December 7, 1944 in Detroit, the middle child of seven.  Her parents, Robert and Ruth LaBell Seckel, lived in Detroit their entire lives. Both of her parents worked hard to provide for their family. 

Patty attended Our Lady Queen of Peace School and Madison High School, graduating in 1964. She felt a calling to work in the healthcare field. She worked for more than 25 years in nursing homes and with mentally and physically challenged children and adults.  

After her father died very suddenly in 1981, Patty lived with her mother in Clinton Township, Michigan. She cared for her mother and worked full time in nursing homes, urgent care facilities, and doctor’s offices. After taking classes for years, Patty graduated from the Carnegie Institute in 1988, earning a certificate as a medical assistant.

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(1939-2017)

“We come with awfully heavy hearts this evening to celebrate the life of Jude, our sister, our friend, our aunt, our cousin. She was one of us for a long time, and she was taken very quickly.”

So began the remembrance of Sister Jude Van Baalen by her Chapter Prioress, Sister Kathleen Klingen, at the Vigil Service held in Adrian on November 16, 2017. The “heavy hearts” to which Sister Kathleen referred had been made even more so by the unexpected and sudden circumstances of Sister Jude’s passing: only days before, she had suffered a brain bleed and been taken to a Chicago emergency room. From there, she was brought to Adrian, where she died on November 14.

Born Judy Marie Van Baalen on November 6, 1939, in Detroit, Jude, as she always preferred to be known, was the second child of Edward and Susan Lucille Flanagan Van Baalen. She had an older brother, Paul, and over time four more children – Susan, Marc, Edward, Mary, and Ann – were born into the family. As more little Van Baalens came into the world, the family moved to successively larger houses around the city, and as a result, Sister Jude attended four parochial schools: Gesu, Blessed Sacrament, St. John the Apostle, and St. Philip Neri.

Her high school years, however, were spent at Dominican High School, which brought her into contact with the Adrian Dominicans and planted the seeds of religious life. She wrote to Mother Gerald Barry on March 3, 1957, near the end of her senior year at Dominican High, requesting entrance into the Congregation, and became a postulant that June. When she was received into the novitiate in December, it was with the religious name Sister Jude Marie. One of her sisters, Susan, followed her into the Congregation in 1959.

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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 Jude (Jude Marie):


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