In Memoriam


(1922-2019)

Sister Marie Joannes O’Donnell, formerly known as Mary Elizabeth O’Donnell, died on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 96 years of age and in the 78th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Marie Joannes was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Henry and Eva (Leppert) O’Donnell. She graduated from Visitation High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a doctorate chemistry from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Sister ministered for one year at Dominican High School in Detroit, and eight years at Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, Michigan, both Congregation institutions. She also taught for two years at St. Paul High School in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. 

Sister Marie Joannes began her service to Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida, as assistant professor in 1958 and served in that capacity for one year. In 1960 she was promoted to associate professor and also became Chair of the Chemistry Department; upon her retirement, she was given the honor of Professor Emerita. From 1996 to 2009, she was a volunteer tutor at St. Mary School in Miami, Florida. 

In 2009, Sister Marie Joannes became a resident of Weber Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Harry; and a sister, Elizabeth. She is survived by her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Rite of Committal for Sister Marie Johannes will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in the Congregation Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. in the Rose Room at the Dominican Life Center. Both the Memorial Mass and the Ritual of Remembrance 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.

 

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From left: Sister Marie Joannes’ mother; Sister Marie Joannes with her father

From left: Sister Marie Joannes in her laboratory at Barry; Members of the 2001 Diamond Jubilee January Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Clara Patricks, Anne Marie Snyder, Agnes Carmel Dziak, and Mary Paula Connor and, front row, from left, Sisters Marie Joannes O’Donnell, Jean Charles Birney, Mary Annette Glendening, and Loretta Ann Walsh. 

From left: Joining in a couples gathering of the Science and Math Department at Barry College are Sisters Marie Joannes O’Donnell, back row, second from right, and Paul James Villemure, back row, right. Religious Sisters celebrate completing their doctorates at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. in June 1947. Among them, in the back row, are Sisters Marie Joannes O’Donnell, left, and Helen Duggan, right.

From left: Sister Marie Joannes works with a Barry student, March 1982. Celebrating the 75-year Jubilee of Sister Marie Joannes O’Donnell in 2016 are, from left, Sisters Anne Liam Lees, Marie Joannes, Peg O’Flynn, and Lucy Ann Quinn.

From left: Sister Marie Joannes in her kitchen at the Barry University Villa, December 2002; Members of the 2005 North Miami Mission Group are: back row, from left, Associate Lloyd Van Bylevelt and Sisters Pam Millenbach, John Norton Barrett, Jeanne O’Laughlin, and Sarah Cavanaugh; middle row, from left, Sisters Kathleen Donnelly, Peg Albert, Marie Carol Hurley, Jeannine Holway, and Helen Faiver; and front row, from left, Sisters Marie Joannes O’Donnell, Therese Margaret Roberts, Dorothy Jehle, Mary Arnold Benedetto, and Myra Jackson.

 

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(1934-2019)

Sister Lorraine Pepin, formerly known as Sister Johneda Pepin, died on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the ProMedica Bixby Hospital in Adrian, Michigan. She was 84 years of age and in the 66th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Lorraine was born in Escanaba, Michigan, to John and Edna (Dubord) Pepin. She graduated from St. Joseph High School in Escanaba and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in special education from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. She was also licensed as a pastoral counselor by the Cardinal Meyer Institute in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Sister Lorraine spent 29 years ministering in elementary education in Chicago; Detroit, Newberry, Sault Ste. Marie, Norway, Iron Mountain, and Escanaba, Michigan; Des Moines, Iowa; and Vero Beach, Melbourne, and Tequesta, Florida. 

She was director of religious education and pastoral minister at St. Jude Parish in Tequesta from 1986 to 2004, and pastoral minister for one year at St. Helen in Vero Beach, Florida. She also was the director of physical exercise at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian for 1½ years.

Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2005. She was preceded in death by her parents; nine brothers: Henry, Victor, Raymond, Wilfred, Francis, Lester, Donald, Lenard, Ernest; and two sisters, Rita Shannon and Therese Rathfoot. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Lorraine will be on Wednesday, June 12, 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, June 13, 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.

 

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Center: First Holy Communion




From left: Sister Lorraine Pepin with her nephew, Father Darryl Pepin, son of Donald; Sister Lorraine Pepin, left, and Sister Reta Drexler


Celebrating their Golden Jubilees in 2002 are, from left: Sisters Lorraine Sinn, Lorraine Pepin, Mary Ann Caulfield (Chapter Prioress), Reta Drexler, and Frances Madigan.


From left: Sisters Lorraine Pepin, left, and Reta Drexler; Sister Lorraine, left, with her sister Rita


Members of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Class are: back row, from left, Sisters Dorothy Booms, Lorraine Pepin, Carolyn Nelson, Reta Drexler, Arlene Marie Kosmatka, Frances Madigan, and Attracta Kelly (Prioress); middle row, from left, Sisters Kathryn Hartnett, Marguerite Renuart, Maureen Keeler, Lorraine Sinn, and Cora Marie Campbell; and front row, from left, Sisters Anne Cenci, Ann Kelly, Joann Weigang, and Magdalena Ezoe.

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(1920-2019)

Sister Dorothy Jeanne Burns, formerly known as Sister James Marie Burns, died on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 98 years of age and in the 80th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Dorothy Jeanne was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to James and Josephine (Rano) Burns. Sister graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in education, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. 

Sister spent 50 years ministering in education in Munising, Utica, Alpena, Port Huron, Detroit, Saginaw, Walled Lake, East Lansing, Harper Woods, Monroe, and Dearborn, Michigan; Chicago and Elmwood Park, Illinois; Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio; and Gilbert, Arizona. She was principal for seven years at St. Alphonsus School in Dearborn and three years at St. Michael School in Monroe, both in Michigan, and two years at Blessed Sacrament School in Toledo, Ohio. She was the Christian Service Coordinator for 15 years at St. Alphonsus Parish in Dearborn. 

Sister Dorothy Jeanne became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan, in 2005. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews.

Welcome of Sister Dorothy Jeanne will be on Monday, June 10, 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 Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil 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 Dorothy Jeanne (James Marie):


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Center: First Holy Communion; Right: Sister Dorothy Jeanne Burns on a home visit in 1944


From left: Sister Dorothy Jeanne poses with her parents during her first home visit in 1941. Sister Dorothy Jeanne Burns receives Communion from Pope John Paul II during Mass at the Silverdome in Detroit, September 19, 1987.


Postulants on Entrance Day – June 23, 1938 – are, from left, Sisters Mary Agnes Brennan, Ruth Thome, Agnes Stewart, Dorothy Jeanne Burns, Elizabeth Gerber, and Ruth Kennedy.


From left: Sister Dorothy Jeanne Burns cuts the cake for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of St. Alphonsus Parish, Dearborn, Michigan, 2004. Sisters Dorothy Jeanne Burns, left, and Betty Dolan stand in front of Stella Maris Church in Rome.


From left: From left, Sister Diane Odette, Gertrude Onderbeke from the parish, Father Eugene Fedewa, and Sister Dorothy Jeanne Burns celebrate Halloween at St. Alphonsus Parish, Dearborn, Michigan. Members of the 2014 75-year Jubilee crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Dorothy Jeanne Burns, Mary Margaret Beh, Maura Phillips, Attracta Kelly (Prioress) and Virginia LaTourelle, and front row, from left, Sisters Marie Amada Garcia, Irma Gerber, Marie Bride Walsh, and Helen Patrick Bartley.

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(1924-2019)

Sister Irene Marie Kerich, formerly known as Mary Louise Kerich, died on Monday, May 27, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 94 years of age and in the 77th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Irene Marie was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Harry and Irene (Dugas) Kerich. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, and received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, and a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was also certified as a pastoral minister by SS Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan. 

Sister Irene Marie spent twenty-six years ministering in education in Chelsea, Bad Axe, and Detroit, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Conneaut, Ohio. She also served in congregational leadership for eight years as Councilor and Co-Provincial in St. Catherine Province in Detroit. She was plant manager for the Dominican High School convent in Detroit for one year and served for 23 years in pastoral ministry at St. Ambrose Parish in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. 

Sister Irene Marie became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2003. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Douglas and William Kerich. She is survived by loving nieces and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Irene Marie will be on Wednesday, May 29, 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, May 30, 2019, 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.

 

Vigil for Sister Irene Marie:


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From left: Sister Irene Marie before entrance, 1940; Profession Day, August 19, 1942; Sister Irene Marie Kerich, OP, taken in Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 1950

From left: With her father and brother Douglas, 1932; Sisters Helen Duncan, left, and Irene Marie Kerich working for homebound seniors, Christmas 1977

Gathered outside the monastery in Prouille, France, 1994, are: standing, from left, Sisters Patricia Consier, Theresa Mayrand, Barbara Hengesbach, Romona Nowak, Irene Marie Kerich, and Clare O’Connor, and seated, from left, Sisters Marilyn Winter, Patricia Dolan, Marianne O’Neill, Lois Spear, Dorothy Dempsey, Marion Coppe, and Patricia Stellmah.

Left: Enjoying their Mission Group Christmas party are, from left, Sisters Marion Coppe, Irene Marie Kerich, and Therese Craig.

Members of the 2001 Diamond Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Thomas Josephine Lawler, Celeste Beauregard, Gertrude Sitzmann, Theresa Martin Pigott, and Mary Jane Schallert; middle row, from left, Sisters Agnes Edward McGill, Irene Marie Kerich, Marie Therese Creighton, Kathleen Scanlon, and Lucian Marie Dusseau; and front row, from left, Coletta Slatter and Marie Urban Schwartz. 

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