In Memoriam


(1939-2019)

Sister Patricia Brady, formerly known as Sister Francis Kevin, died on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. She was 80 years of age and in the 61st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Patricia was born in Chicago to Francis and Mary (Quinn) Brady. She graduated from Aquinas High School in Chicago and obtained a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in English from Michigan State University in East Lansing; and a master’s degree in education administration from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. 

Sister Patricia spent over 36 years ministering in education in Adrian, Ypsilanti, and Lansing, Michigan; Tampa, Florida; Westchester and Chicago, Illinois; and New Orleans, Louisiana, including 10 years as associate principal in Westchester and two years as director of student affairs in Tampa. 

She served 10 years as coordinator/liaison for the Dominican Youth Ministry in Westchester, and as Executive Director of the Dominican Association of Secondary Schools, one year in Westchester and five years in New Orleans. Sister Patricia also ministered for two and a half years as an elementary teacher at St. Joseph Parish School in Adrian, and served the Congregation for six years as Chapter Prioress of the Upper Midwest Chapter.

Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers: Daniel Brady and Francis Brady. She is survived by her sisters: Mary Quinn Brady of Homewood, Illinois, and Colleen McGuire (John) of Plainfield, Illinois.

Welcome of Sister Patricia will be on Sunday, August 11, 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 Monday, August 12, 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 Patricia (Francis Kevin):


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Funeral for Sister Patricia (Francis Kevin):


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Right: Sister Patricia with her sister Colleen, then 6, in 1957



From left: Sister Patricia’s parents, Frank and Mary Brady. Frank and Catherine Brady, Sister Patricia’s brother and sister-in-law. Sister Patricia Brady, OP, and Sister Jane Farrell, IHM, celebrate Sister Patricia’s Golden Jubilee in 2007.



From left: Mary McCormack, left, a teacher, and Sister Patricia, Associate Principal at Immaculate Heart of Mary High School. Serving on the 1992-1993 Leadership Council were, counter-clockwise from top: Sisters Marianne O’Neill, Molly Ann Nicholson, Marcine Klemm, Arlene Seckel, Patricia Brady, Mary Kathryn Cliatt, Virginia Kleckner, Patricia Siemen, Mary Patricia Dewey, Molly Giller, Grace Flowers, Patricia Walter, Christine Matthews, Anne Guinan, Rose Celeste O’Connell, and Nancyann Turner.



From left: Sister Patricia Brady, right, with Dr. Cynthia Thomas, President of St. Mary’s Dominican High School, New Orleans, on the night of Sister Pat’s award ceremony as recipient of the Siena Heights St. Dominic Award, October 2004. From left, Sisters Peggy Brennan, Patricia Brady, Milly Giller, and Marcine Klemm



Members of the 2007 Golden Jubilarian Class are: back row, from left, Sisters Joella Miller, Mary Ann Phillip, Margaret Ann McGuiness, Mary Therese Napolitan, Barbara Cervenka, Sharon Culhane, and Evelyn Montez; middle row, from left, Sisters Joanne Evans, Jude Van Baalen, Janet Traut, Dorothea Gramlich, Eunice Drazba, Frances Lombaer, and Bernitha Glombowski; and front row, from left, Sisters Helen McAllister, Susan Elaine Kresse, Katherine Kenny, Joan Kowalski, Monica Kim, Helen Diane McGuirt, and Patricia Brady. Not pictured is Sister Patricia Reno.


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(1929-2019)

An era in Adrian Dominican history ended when Sister Jeanne Burns, the last surviving member of the General Council that was elected at the 1968 Chapter of Renewal to serve with Sister Rosemary Ferguson, died on July 18, 2019.

Sister Jeanne was born on March 3, 1929, in Chicago to Thomas and Laura (Mackey) Burns. Thomas worked for the Consumers Ice and Coal Company, and when Jeanne was almost five years old the family moved to Rockford, Illinois, when Thomas was transferred there as manager. She was the youngest of eleven children in the Burns family; her five brothers and five sisters were John, Robert, Thomas, William, James, Frances, Lorraine, Rosemary, Betty, and Catherine.

In an extensive autobiography written as a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) requirement, Sister Jeanne remembered her childhood as a happy one and that she was always aware of her parents’ love even though they were not especially demonstrative in their affection. She said she could only recall being spanked twice: once when three of them were jumping on a bed and broke it, and once when she ate her sister’s Valentine cinnamon hearts.

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make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. 

 


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(1934-2019)

“Tonight, we gather to celebrate the life of a woman who was quiet, gentle, fun to be with, loved nature, and loved her family.”

So began the eulogy for Sister Patricia Dolan delivered by Sister Rosemary Asaro, Holy Rosary Chapter Assistant, at Sister Patricia’s wake service.

Sister Pat was born February 16, 1934, in Chicago to William and Catherine (Newton) Dolan. Both Bill and Catherine were natives of Buffalo, New York; Bill’s ancestors had arrived in the mid-1840s to work on the Erie Canal, while Catherine’s maternal grandmother had arrived alone from Scotland at the age of eighteen. Grandma Newton married and had five children before her husband died when Catherine was just ten years old. Catherine had to leave high school after her first year in order to help with the family finances through her job as a telephone operator. As for Bill, he was a Canisius College graduate who went on to a forty-four year career with the Federal Sign and Signal Company.

Catherine and Bill met at a dance and married in Buffalo in 1928. They moved to Chicago soon thereafter and settled in St. Laurence Parish before moving to St. Ailbe Parish around 1931. Four children came into the family: Margaret in 1929, Bill in 1932, Pat in 1934, and Maureen in 1937.

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make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221.

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(1928-2019)

One of the many young women to enter the Congregation with the “Ambrosian Spirit” – educated by the Adrian Dominicans at St. Ambrose School in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, just outside the Detroit city limits – was Marcelline Fouchey.

Marcelline was born on September 30, 1928, in Detroit to Harvey and Laurette (Bernier) Fouchey. Both Harvey and Laurette were of French stock dating back some five hundred years. Their respective sets of parents both were from Quebec, Canada; Harvey was born in Detroit but Laurette’s birthplace was Bromptonville, (today part of the city of Sherbrooke), Quebec. She came to Detroit at the age of twenty and married Harvey the next year, in 1927.

The couple had five children in all. Sister Marcelline was the oldest of the children; her two sisters were Florence, sixteen months younger, and Annette, four years younger. Two boys died in infancy. Florence would actually follow her big sister, with whom she was very close, into the Congregation, becoming Sister Mary Marcelle, but left in 1970 after twenty-three years in the community.

Read more about Sister Marcelline (pdf)

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. 


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Our Adrian Dominican cemetery with its circular headstones is a beautiful place of rest for women who gave their lives in service to God—and a peaceful place for contemplation and remembrance. 


We will post memorial reflections on our faithfully departed Sisters and Associates. If you would like to reflect on a Sister or Associate who has gone before us, please send your reflections – no more than 500 to 600 words – to Sister Barb Kelley (bkelley@adriandominicans.org).


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