Sister Janet Capone, formerly known as Sister Mary Leonard Capone, died on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at the Lourdes Senior Community in Waterford, Michigan. She was 80 years of age and in the 61st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Janet was born in New York, New York, to Leonard and Veronica (Hall) Capone. She graduated from Rosarian Academy, West Palm Beach, Florida, and received a bachelor’s degree in French from Barry College (University) Miami, Florida and a master’s degree in guidance/counseling from Siena Heights College (University), Adrian, Michigan.
Sister Janet spent 19 years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Pensacola, West Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, and one year teaching at the college level in Tarrytown, New York. After serving as an Adult Protective Services Counselor for two years, Sister Janet served the Adrian Dominican Congregation as the Administrator of the Dominican Life Center for two years and Prioress of the Congregation for six years.
Sister Janet spent six years in California as the Vice President of Sponsorship at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. In addition, she ministered for 13 years in St. Louis, Missouri, as the Director of Emmaus Community, an inter-congregational center established to assist in the personal growth and development of women religious.
Sister was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Donald. She is survived by a sister, Carole (Terrance) Frechette, of Weston, Massachusetts.
Welcome of Sister Janet will be on Sunday, August 5, 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, August 6, 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.
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 Janet’s First Communion Right: Sister Janet Capone’s parents, Veronica and Leonard
Right: Sister Janet Capone, as Prioress, addresses the Sisters of the Florida Chapter during their Assembly in West Palm Beach on October 24, 1998.
From left: Former Prioresses, from left: Sisters Rosemary Ferguson, Nadine Foley, and Janet Capone, September 2002; Staff members of Emmaus House, circa 1993, from left: Mary Patrick O’Connell, OSF; Eunice Drazba, OP; and Sister Janet Capone, OP.
From left: During the 1998 Transfer of Leadership ceremony, the new General Council takes office: from left, Sisters Barbara Rund, Kathleen McGrail, Maureen Comer, Molly Giller, and Janet Capone. Sisters Janet Capone, left, and Michele Kopp, Prioress of the Edmonds Dominican Sisters, process into Madden Hall during the merger ceremony in Adrian, 2003.
From left: Former Prioresses: front, from left, Sisters Donna Markham and Rosemary Ferguson, and back row, from left, Sisters Patricia Walter, Janet Capone, Carol Johannes, and Nadine Foley; Sister Janet Capone during the sprinkling rite at the First Profession Liturgy of Sisters Mary Soher and Barbara Kelley, August 8, 1999
Former Prioresses, from left: Sisters Rosemary Ferguson, Carol Johannes, Nadine Foley, Patricia Walter, Janet Capone, Donna Markham, and Attracta Kelly
Members of the 2016 Diamond Jubilee Class, September/February Crowds, are: back row from left, Sisters Claudia Morgan, Mina Riggs, Rosalie Bulanda, and Joanne McCauley; fourth row from left, Sisters Joan Christie, Hilda Nadine Sheehan, Ann Englert, and Mary Irene Walker; third row, from left, Sisters Marilee Ewing, Ann Marie Petri, Prioress Attracta Kelly, Janet Capone, and Annette Desloover; second row, from left, Sisters Helen Essa, Dorothy L. Berg, Rosaire McAuliffe, Joanne Spisz, and Ruth Adamites; and seated, from left, Sisters Denise Devitt, Mary Kathleen O’Neill, and Maria Caridad Pinuela.
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Sister Patricia Spangler, formerly known as Sister Anne Robert Spangler, died on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 83 years of age and in the 66th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Patricia was born in Chicago to Robert and Anna (Rezac) Spangler. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a Master of Education degree from DePaul University in Chicago; and a Master of Christian Spirituality degree in Spiritual Theology from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
Sister Patricia spent 21 years ministering in education in Detroit and Newberry, Michigan and in Chicago, Rockford, Wilmette, and Arlington Heights, Illinois. She also spent 20 years in pastoral, spiritual, and adult formation ministries in Adrian, Michigan; Tempe and Phoenix, Arizona; Mountainair and Santa Fe, New Mexico; Santa Ana and Malibu, California; Morehead, Kentucky; and Leawood, Kansas. She served as driver for the Transportation Services at Maria Health Care Center in Adrian for one year and became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2013.
Sister was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, James, Robert, and William; and sisters, Betty and Marianne. She is survived by a brother, Thomas Spangler, of Lemont, Illinois.
Welcome of Sister Patricia will be on Wednesday, August 1, 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 Thursday, August 2, 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.
Far right: Sister Patricia, right, and her friends draw water from the oldest well in Manzano, New Mexico, 1977.
Left photo: From left, Sisters Joan Mary, Patricia Spangler, Jean Keeley, Grace Dougherty, and Mary Rita McSweeney. Right photo: Sister Patricia and friend in Morehead, Kentucky.
Left photo: Sister Patricia takes notes during a Chapter Assembly.Right photo: Sisters Patricia (left) and Eileen Meyers at a Congregational gathering,Transformations ’89.
Members of the 2001 Golden Jubilee class are: front row, from left, Sisters Betty Lou Myers, Robert Irene Buchanan, Marilyn Foster, Marion Coppe, June Racicot, Veronica Gonthier, and Patricia Spangler; middle row, from left, Sisters Mary Alan Stuart, Jane Robert Stuckel, Helen Mantovani, Thomas Leo Monahan, Helen Laier, Patricia Dolan, Diana Marie Pellegrino, Angela Susalla, Mary Catherine Nolan, and Barbara Ann Hehr; and back row, from left, Sisters Anne Beauvais, Joan Weitz, Nancy Fischer, Mary Alice Naour, Helen Belsito, Mary Louise Head, Patricia Eileen Consier, Patricia J. Walsh, and Celeste Mary Bourke.
Sister Irma Gerber, formerly known as Elizabeth Martha Gerber, died on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 97 years of age and in the 79th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Irma was born in Flint, Michigan, to William and Signe (Wallin) Gerber. She graduated from St. Theresa High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.
Sister spent 35 years ministering in education in Detroit and Adrian, Michigan; Cleveland, Ohio; and Chicago, Illinois. She taught at four Congregation institutions: Dominican High School in Detroit; St. Joseph Academy and Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; and Hoban Dominican High School in Cleveland. She was also a teacher for four years at Wayne County/Henry Ford Community College in Detroit.
Sister Irma was Provincial Administrator of Immaculate Conception Province in Detroit for two years and a staff member in the Finance Office of the Adrian Dominican Sisters for ten years, and then she volunteered her services there for an additional 20 years.
In 2010 Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Carl, Benjamin, William, and Bertram; and one sister, Kay. She is survived by two sisters, Margaret Cunningham of Rochester Hills, Michigan and Dolores Boik of Lincoln Park, Michigan, and one brother, George Gerber of Rochester, Michigan.
Welcome of Sister Irma will be on Tuesday, July 31, 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 Wednesday, August 1, 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.
Center: Sister Irma serving at the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Finance Office
From left: Sister Irma with her parents. From left, Sisters Mary Joseph Kennedy, Mary Walter Romaine, and Irma Gerber spend time together during ReMembering, a gathering of the entire Congregation in the summer of 1977.
From left: Gathering at the condo in Venice, Florida in July 1998 are, from left, Sister Beverly Bobola, participating in Clinical Pastoral Education in West Palm Beach, and Sisters Irma Gerber, Marie Bride Walsh, and Mary Jean Walsh, who were vacationing. Sister Helen Sohn, left, with Sister Irma Gerber
From left: Sister Paul James Villemure (left) and Sister Irma Gerber. From left, Sister Paul James Villemure, Sister Irma Gerber, and Sister Paul James’ relatives, Ann Rahilly Nelson and Therese Pigeon Anderson
Celebrating their 75-year Jubilee in 2014 are: back row, from left, Sisters Dorothy Jeanne Burns, Mary Margaret Beh, Maura Phillips, Attracta Kelly (Prioress), and Virginia Marie LaTourelle, and front row, from left, Sisters Marie Amada Garcia, Irma Gerber, Marie Bride Walsh, and Helen Patrick Bartley.
Janet Huvaere was born to Leon and Mary Huvaere on October 11, 1938 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. She attended St. Ambrose School and graduated from St. Ambrose High School.
When she was a teen, Janet suffered the loss of her only sibling, Shirley, who died at 21 of a heart aliment. This loss had a profound effect on Janet.
After high school, Janet worked at Bon Secours Hospital before entering the Adrian Dominican Congregation. After two years, she left the Congregation and finished her degree at Siena Heights College (now University) in 1961.
Soon thereafter, Janet was hired by St. Jude School in Detroit, where she taught third, fifth, and sixth grades for 39 years. She retired from teaching in 2000, but kept in contact with several former students and attended reunions. At her wake and funeral, several of her former students remembered her as a kind, gentle, yet demanding teacher.
After teaching, Janet served as a secretary to St. Francis Parish in New Haven, Michigan, from which she retired eight years ago.
Janet was never far from her Adrian Dominican roots. She enthusiastically joined Associate Life in 1992, and has participated in the Reaching Out Mission Group ever since. She attended Assemblies and gathered with Associates each month at the Roseville Book Club.
A very generous woman, Jan dedicated her entire life to the Church through her teaching and volunteering, assisting whenever needed. She loved to read, do puzzles and organize. Although she never married nor had children, she was a beloved member of several families.
On the occasion of Janet’s retirement, Senator Edward Spencer Abraham (R-Mich.) read the following tribute into the U.S. Congressional Record, Volume 146, Part 6 from May 10-23, 2000: “Ms. Huvaere has been a constant source of light for her students as well as the staff at St. Jude’s School. Her dedication to her students is only surpassed by the love of her family. One of her greatest memories was when her father, who was ill at the time, was able to participate in the celebration of her 25th anniversary at St. Jude’s. Ms Huvaere has been a role model for children in her 39 years of teaching.”
Janet died unexpectedly but peacefully on July 6, 2018 in her home. She now rests with her beloved parents and her sister.
Janet’s funeral was celebrated on July 13, 2018 at St. Isidore Parish in Macomb, Michigan, due to the remodeling of her home parish of St. Louis in Clinton Township. Her pastor, Father Lawrence (Larry) Pettke of St. Louis Parish, was the con-celebrant. Members of her Mission Group were present, as well as several other Sisters and Associates. True to form, Jan had chosen the readings and hymns for her funeral. Her choices reflected her faith and her love for God. Father Ronald Victor, the homilist, spoke of her gentleness, her advocacy for children, and her many dedicated years of service to the Church. During the Presentation of the Gifts, family and friends brought forward symbols of Jan’s life, including a small blackboard, a book, an angel, and the Adrian Dominican logo.
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