In Memoriam


(1926-2019)

Sister Mary Daria Herbella, formerly known as Ida Mae Herbella, died on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 92 years of age and in the 67th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Mary Daria was born in Springerville, Arizona, to Dario and Eladia (Dominquez) Herbella. She graduated from Round Valley High School in Springerville, Arizona, and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in English from the University of San Francisco; and a master’s degree in religious education from St. Thomas University in Houston, Texas. 

Sister ministered for 30 years in elementary, junior high, and high school education in Detroit, Michigan; Los Angeles, Oakland, and Santa Cruz, California; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Trinidad, Colorado; and Kingman, Douglas, Casa Grande, and Flagstaff, Arizona, including six years as principal in Flagstaff. 

Sister Mary Daria was a pastoral assistant for 17 years in Albuquerque and Los Lunas, New Mexico; and Pinetop, Arizona. She was a physical exercise aide for three years at the Maria Health Care Center in Adrian. 

Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2009. She was preceded in death by her parents; six sisters: Amelia, Elizabeth, Mary, Dolores, Genevieve, and Jacqueline; and two brothers: John Francis and Charley. She is survived by a sister, Barbara Kasner of Huntington Beach, California.

Welcome of Sister Mary Daria and the Viewing will be on Friday, April 5, 2019, at 9:15 a.m. in St. Catherine Chapel in the Dominican Life Center. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Friday, April 5, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in St. Catherine’s Chapel. Both the Mass of Christian Burial and the Ritual of Remembering will be live streamed.

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 Mary Daria:


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Right: From left, Sister Mary Daria, her father Dario, and her sister Barbara (Bobbie Jo)

From left: Sister Mary Daria gives Sister Mary Edwardine Schairer a ride in her wheelchair. Sister Mary Daria in Kingman, Arizona

From left: Sisters Mary Donalda Fredricks, left, and Mary Daria Herbella at Holy Cross Convent, Santa Cruz, California. Sisters Mary Daria Herbella, left, and Charlotte Moser at the General Council farewell celebration, June 2016

From left: Sister Mary Daria and Father Oliver Curran in front of St. Mary of the Angels Church, Pine Top, Arizona. From left, Cathy Moeller, Sister Mary Daria’s student, and Sisters Marie Luisa Vasquez, Maria Daria Herbella, and Marie Carmen Gonzales

From left: Sister Mary Daria serves as Music Director and pastoral minister at Risen Savior Parish, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sister Mary Daria’s crowd: back row, from left, Sisters Mary Daria Herbella, Elisa Joan Doherty, Thérèse M. Haggerty, Agnes Peplinski, Rita Brunett, and former Sister Elaine LeVotte and, seated from left, Sisters Anne Liam Lees, Marian Edward Guethlein, and Catherine Ahern

Members of the 2001 Golden Jubilee August Reception Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Elisa Joan Doherty, Dolores Slosar, Celine Marie Regan, Judith Ann Lieder, Anne Liam Lees, and Marie Wiedner; middle row, from left, Sisters Thérèse M. Haggerty, Julianne Wolny, Catherine Ahern, Agnes Peplinski, Jeannine Holway, Clara Ann Budenz, and Elizabeth Lynch; and front row, from left, Sisters Marian Edward Guethlein, Nancy Hanna, Dolores Marie Dolan, Mary Daria Herbella, and Rita Brunett.

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(1943-2019)

Sister Maureen Fenlon, formerly known as Sister Shaun Paul, died on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 75 years of age and in the 60th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. 

Sister Maureen was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, to James and Noel (Finlan) Fenlon. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, and received a bachelor’s  degree in sociology from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a Master of Social Work degree from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. 

Sister spent ten years ministering in elementary education in Chicago, Mundelein, Homewood, and Riverdale, Illinois. She also ministered for 32½ years in Tallahassee, Florida; San Rafael, San Quentin, Mill Valley, Santa Rosa, Oakland, Petaluma, and Idyllwild, California; Halifax, North Carolina; Arlington, Massachusetts; New York, New York; Washington, D.C.; and New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Her ministries encompassed various aspects of social work, including serving as a farm worker; community organizer; executive director for Centerforce, an organization that provides services for prisoners and their families; and congressional staff member. During these years she was the interim national coordinator for NETWORK in Washington, D.C.; the developer of many visitor centers for families of prisoners; founder of Lydia, a women’s co-op program interchange; and national coordinator for the Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project with Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ. 

Sister Maureen became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Reverend Brian Fenlon. She is survived by a sister, Shauna McCormick of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; and two brothers, Dennis and Paul Fenlon of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Welcome of Sister Maureen will be on Tuesday, April 2, 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 Wednesday, April 3, 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.  

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 Maureen (Shaun Paul) Fenlon:


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Funeral for Sister Maureen (Shaun Paul) Fenlon:


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From left: Sister Maureen with her father. From left, Sisters Elise Garcia, Marilyn Winter, Maureen Fenlon, Kathleen Schanz, Carol Coston, Esther Kennedy, and Rosemary Ferguson, 1998


From left: Sister Maureen, left, with Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, author of Dead Man Walking. Sister Mary Elizabeth Beres, left, with Sister Maureen.

From left: Sister Maureen, in Bali, examines a carving, The Thinking Woman. Sister Maureen Fenlon, front, second from the right, joins her family to celebrate her Uncle Ned’s 100th birthday.


Left: Sister Maureen adjusts the sound at the 2006 Dominican High Schools Preaching Conference, held at Siena Heights University. Right: From left, Sister Maureen Fenlon, Berta Boegel, and Mary Keelty


Members of the 2008 Golden Jubilee, December Reception Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Mary Anne Yanz, Rita Eileen Dean, Margaret Augustine Exworthy, Charlotte Anne Swift, Carol Bollin, Barbara Matteson, Elizabeth Ann Demirgian, and Maureen Fenlon, and front row, from left, Sisters Sharon Beckmann, Patricia Stellmah, Phyllis Duffie, Joan Hinz, Mary Miday, Patricia Ann Dulka, Veronica Kelley, Lorraine Mordenski, and Judith Ann Nelson.

 

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(1920-2019)

Sister Mary K. Duwelius, formerly known as Dorothy Catherine Duwelius, died on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 98 years of age and in the 77th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Mary K. was born in Elkhart, Indiana, to John and Mabel (Ness) Duwelius. She graduated from Elkhart High School in Elkhart and received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a Licentiate of Philosophy degree in Spanish and a doctorate in Spanish, both from Santo Domingo University, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Sister spent 32 years ministering in education in Chicago, Illinois; Havana, Cuba; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and Lima, Peru. She was a teacher for seven years at Colegio Santo Domingo, a Congregation institution, and five years at the University of Santo Domingo, both in Santo Domingo. 

Sister Mary K. also ministered and volunteered for 14 ½ years at Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida, during which time she taught college level Spanish, Barry bestowed upon Sister Mary K. an honorary degree, “Doctor of Laws.” She also taught medical terms in English to doctors in Lima, Peru, at Hospital Central Del Empleado for eight years and Spanish to lawyers at Guadalupe Center in Immokalee, Florida, for one year. Sister was also a pastoral minister in Lima, Peru, where she spent 15 years working with the poor. 

Sister Mary K. became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2002. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Kenneth, and sisters Eileen and Arlene. She is survived by a niece and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Rite of Committal (burial) for Sister Mary K. was held on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in the Congregation Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be on Friday, March 29, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Friday, March 29, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in St. Catherine's Chapel. Both the Memorial Mass and the Ritual of Remembering will be live streamed. 

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 Kenneth Duwelius:


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Funeral for Sister Mary Kenneth Duwelius:


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Left: Sister Mary K. Duwelius, faculty member of the University of Miami School of Medicine, drills Spanish-speaking physicians on medical terms in English. She is shown in the classroom with Dr. Felix S. Arias of Peru, general practitioner; Dr. Ines Olaya of Columbia, internist; Dr. Segismundo Obregon of Cuba, pathologist; and Dr. Mauricio Schitter of Argentina, surgeon. 

Left: Sister Mary K. strolls through the campus of Barry College (now University), Miami Shores, Florida. Right: Sister Mary K., left, with Sister Barbara Cervenka

From left: From left, Sisters Mary Aquiline Pety, Thomas Maynard, Agnes Cecile Prendergast, Mary Kenneth (Mary K.) Duwelius, and Mariana Carrigan. Sister Mary K. Duwelius visits a market in Pamplona Alta, Peru, 1985.

From left: From left, Gizella, sister-in-law; Mary K.; Bud, brother; and Anwar, nephew. Sister Mary K. Duwelius makes a visit in Pamplona Alta, Peru.

Right: Sister Mary K. Duwelius poses with her family, from left: Haleema, grandniece; Debra, niece; Anwar, grandnephew; Bud, brother; Sister Mary K.; and Sister Pam Millenbach.

From left: Members of the 2016 75-Year Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Marie Joannes O’Donnell and Julia Rudolph, and front row, from left, Sisters Anne Marie Snyder, Mary K. Duwelius, Jean Charles Birney, and Irene Marie Kerich. Sisters Pam Millenbach, left, and Mary K. Duwelius in Lima, Peru, 1998

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(1946-2019)

Sister Mary Ellen Plummer, formerly known as Sister Brendan Mary Plummer, died on Monday, March 25, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 72 years of age and in the 54th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Mary Ellen was born in Detroit to Robert and Mary Jo (Pease) Plummer. Sister graduated from St. Ambrose High School in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and received a bachelor’s degree in French from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Preaching and a preaching certificate, both from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St Louis, Missouri. 

Sister spent 10½ years ministering in education in Chicago and Riverdale, Illinois; Southgate and Monroe, Michigan; and Orlando, Florida. She was the Director of Religious Education for two years in Belding, Michigan; Co-Director of the Liturgy Office for the Diocese of Orlando for nine years, and a Retreat Team Member for two years at Marywood Center for Spirituality and Ministry in Jacksonville, Florida. She was also Director of Liturgy for one year at St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Greensboro, North Carolina and a teacher/advisor for two years at Assumption Seminary in San Antonio, Texas. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2003.

Sister Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by two brothers: John Plummer of Telegraph Creek, British Columbia, Canada, and William Plummer of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and four sisters, Elizabeth Presley of Black Hawk, Colorado; Margaret Plummer and Catherine Gatto of Polson, Montana; and Virginia Plummer of Tucson, Arizona.

Welcome of Sister Mary will be on Wednesday, March 27, 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, March 28, 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. 

make a memorial gift

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.

 

 

Vigil for Sister Mary Ellen (Brendan Mary):


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From left: Sister Mary Ellen’s seventh-grade photo at St. Ambrose School, Detroit. Reception Day, August 4, 1964 

From left: Sister Mary Ellen Plummer is shown in Altamonte Springs, Florida, a suburb of Orlando during the 1980s, when she ministered for the Diocese of Orlando. Sister Bridget Maier, left, with Sister Mary Ellen Plummer 

From left: Sister Mary Ellen Plummer, crouching, and Sister Mary Ann Ennis enjoy the outdoors at Kalispell, Montana, during a summer of study in 1974. Sister Mary Ellen, shown with Scott O’Brien, OP, celebrates her Doctor of Ministry graduation from Aquinas Institute of Theology, May 9, 1998.

From left: Sister Mary Ellen poses with a 60th birthday cake that she shared with her friend Margaret at Bill Knapps in Charlotte, Michigan, September 23, 2006. The two had also shared a 30th-birthday cake. Sister Mary Ellen’s family poses for a group photo during her sister Virginia’s wedding in Tucson in the 1980s: standing, from left, Margaret, Elizabeth, Sister Mary Ellen, William, Virginia, Catherine, and John, and seated, their parents, Robert and Mary Jo.

From left: Sister Mary Ellen poses with the first quilt that she made, Fall 2009. Sister Mary Ellen Plummer, left, with Sister Jovanna Stein

Members of the 2014 Golden Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Jacqueline Phillips, Mary Frances Fleischaker, Patricia Millenbach, Attracta Kelly (Prioress), Patricia Walter, Mary Ann Caulfield, and Adrienne Piennette, and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Margaret Pachucki, Judith Friedel, Dianne Koszycki, Myra Jackson, Carmen Rose Alvarez, Rosemary Asaro, and Mary Ellen Plummer.

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