In Memoriam


(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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Funeral 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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(1924-2019)

Sister Philomena Perreault, formerly known as Marie Therese Perreault, died Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 94 years of age and in the 67th year of her religious profession: 51 years in the Dominican Sisters of Edmonds, Washington, and 16 years in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, to Arthur and Marie (Arel) Perreault. She graduated from Holy Angels Academy in Seattle, Washington, and received a Licensed Practical Nursing degree from Gray’s Harbor Community College in Aberdeen, Washington.

Sister Philomena spent nine years ministering in environmental services in Everett and Edmonds, Washington, and in Menlo Park, California. She returned to Washington State and served as a nurse for seven years at St. Helen Hospital in Chehalis, one year at St. Joseph Hospital in Aberdeen and four years at St. Alphonsus Convent in Seattle. 

Sister ministered for 10 years at the Mexican Mission Clinic in Acolman, Mexico, serving the people and orphans by fulfilling the role of mother, nurse, and care-giver for the children, staff, and volunteers. In 1997 she began her ministry in Haiti and served for 11 years at Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos Orphanage, where she was in charge of the infants and toddlers. Sister Philomena then moved to Pere Damien Hospital in the mountains of Kenscoff, Haiti, where she ministered to the orphans for four years. 

Sister Philomena became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2010. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Irene DiPietro and Rita Perreault; and a brother, Lucian Perreault. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Rite of Committal (burial) for Sister Philomena will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in the Congregation cemetery.  A Memorial Mass will be on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine’s Chapel. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Room at the Dominican Life Center. 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.

 

Memorial Mass for Sister Philomena:


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From left, Sister Philomena, Father Richard Frechette, who worked with her at the orphanage in Haiti, and Mother Teresa of Calcutta with a baby from the orphanage. Sister Philomena enjoys a light moment at the 2018 Fall Family Fest, held in the Dominican Life Center courtyard for Co-workers and their families.

From left: The last Sisters to reside at Rosary Heights in Edmonds, Washington are, from left: Sisters Dorothy L. Berg, Michele Kopp, Mary White, Philomena Perreault, and Judy Byron. Sister Philomena at an audience with Pope John Paul II

From left, Sister Fidelis Halpin; Father William Wasson, founder of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos Orphanage in Haiti; and Sister Philomena Perreault, January 17, 1983. Members of the 2012 Diamond Jubilarians August Crowd are: 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.

Sister Philomena with her family: from left, Kathy; her father, Arthur; Sister Philomena; Rita; Frank; Richard; Andrew; and her mother, Marie.

 

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(1928-2019)

Sister Beverly McEachin, formerly known as Sister Marie Neil McEachin, died on Friday, April 26, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 90 years of age and in the 72nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Beverly was born in Detroit to Neil and Mildred (Piche) McEachin. She graduated from St. Paul High School in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in guidance from University of Detroit (Detroit-Mercy). 

Sister spent 30 years ministering in elementary and secondary education and school counseling in Chicago, Elmhurst and Elgin, Illinois; Casa Grande, Arizona; and St. Clair, Paw Paw, Detroit, and Port Huron, Michigan. This includes 12 years at Dominican High School in Detroit, a sponsored institution of the Adrian Dominican Congregation. Sister Beverly was also financial director for 11 years at Samaritan Health Center in Detroit, and the Director of Annual Donations for the Adrian Dominican Sisters Development Office for four years. 

Sister Beverly became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan, in 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Gail, and a cousin, Sister Mary Helen Mack, OP, who was a member of the Congregation. She is survived by two sisters: Marilyn Helhowski of Mesa, Arizona, and Susan Nichols of Clinton Township, Michigan, and two brothers: Patrick McEachin of Connelly Springs, North Carolina, and Robert McEachin of Caseville, Michigan, and a cousin, Sister Evelyn Piche, OP, a member of the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Welcome of Sister Beverly will be on Thursday, May 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 Friday, May 3, 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 Beverly (Marie Neil):


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Center: First Holy Communion; Right: Beverly and Robert


Right: Sister Beverly poses with her family, from left, her father and mother, Sister Beverly, Robert, Patrick, Marilyn, Susan, and Gail.

From left: Sister Marie Neil (Beverly) and Robert. From left, Sisters Karen Lietz, Beverly McEachin, and Ann Nicolae Kotwica


From left, Sisters Ann Nicolae Kotwica, Joan Weitz, and Beverly McEachin. Sister Beverly with a service dog, May 5, 2016


From left: Sister Beverly focuses on a project, June 25, 2008. From left, Sister Rita Noeker, music; Mary Quigley, office; Pam Riddel, science; and Sister Beverly McEachin, academic counselor 


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 C. McDaniel; and Mildred Ann Huber; third row, from left, Sisters Anne Richard Baker, Mary L. Russell, Anne Bernadette Stein, Joyce Rybarczyk, Patricia Cecile Slattery, Denise Walsh, Elizabeth Francis Tekaucic, Sheila N. Flynn, Jeri Renner, and Winifred C.M. Lynch; second row, from left, Sisters Anne Patrice Remkus, Therese Groulx, and Jean Irene McAllister; and front row, from left, Sisters Barbara Wetterer, Marie Therese Guigar, Virginia Therese Conway, Jean Anthony Sporer, and Michele Gebhardt.  

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