In Memoriam


(1936-2019)

Sister Marie Quenneville, formerly known as Sister Madonna Joseph, died on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 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 Marie was born in Detroit to George and Marie (Bonten) Quenneville. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in Latin from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a Master’s degree in children’s literature from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Sister spent 44 years ministering in elementary education in Harvey, Chicago, and Mundelein, Illinois; Harper Woods, Detroit, Riverview, and Hamtramck, Michigan; Toledo, Ohio; and Oakland, California. She also was the associate director for the Adrian Dominican Development Office for nine years in Detroit and Eastpointe, Michigan. 

Sister Marie became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2009. She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers: Charles, Thomas, William, Edward, Patrick, and John; and three sisters: Elaine Young, and Rita and Donna Quenneville. She is survived by a brother, Donald of Columbia, Tennessee, and loving nieces and nephews. 

Welcome of Sister Marie will be on Monday, July 1, 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, July 2, 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 Marie (Madonna Joseph):


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Funeral for Sister Marie (Madonna Joseph):


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From left: Sister Marie’s eighth-grade graduation photo from St. Edward School, Detroit; Sister Marie’s parents, George and Marie (Bonten) Quenneville 


From left: Sister Marie attends the 50th class reunion for the Dominican High School Class of 1953, September 2003. From left, Associate Mercedes Fitzsimmons and Sisters Helene Burns, Patricia Sporer, Sheila Delaney, and Marie Quenneville


Right: Members of the 2002 Golden Jubilee, August Reception Crowd are, back row, from left, Sisters Diane Odette, Norma Dell, Elizabeth Ross, Mary Giacopelli, and Marie Quenneville, and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Nugent, Claudia Hinds, Jean Horger, Mary Ann Zakrajsek, Kathleen Buechele, and Laura Marie Smith. 


From left: Sister Marie cuts the cake for her Silver Jubilee celebration at St. Pius X in Toledo, May 7, 1978. Sister Janet Schaeffler, left, and Sister Marie attend an event at Dominican High School in Detroit, October 2002.


Right: Sister Dorothy Booms, left, and Sister Marie Quenneville celebrate Sister Marie’ Golden Jubilee, June 2002.

 

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(1926-2019)

A music lover, a reader, a puzzle-doer, someone who worked at living simply, and a woman who was faithful to prayer: this was how Sister Jane Irene Hutton was described after her death by Sister Rosemary Asaro, Holy Rosary Chapter Assistant, at Sister Jane Irene’s wake service.

Sister Jane Irene was born Irene Jane Hutton on October 31, 1926, in Chicago to William and Irene (Beck) Hutton. Bill, as he was called, was a Chicago native who worked as a certified public accountant, first for the Chicago World’s Fair and then for the largest bank in the city at the time, the Northern Trust Company.

“I remember how hard he worked and provided for the family. … He would work as a cashier during the day and audit the books after the bank closed,” Sister Jane Irene said in her life story. “He would get home very late each night but I can still see my mother sitting near the window looking for him to be coming up the street so she could have a hot meal ready when he walked in the door.”

Irene, for her part, was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, of French parents who had come to the United States before World War I. She worked as a nurse in a doctor’s office when she first came to Chicago, before she married Bill. “She was a gentle person and a wonderful cook,” Sister Jane Irene said of her mother. “All our meals were great family affairs.”

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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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(1929-2019)

When Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin transitioned away from the Presidency of Barry University in 1994, she was honored at a celebratory luncheon as “a durable woman who went ahead of us leading the way often through uncharted waters.”

Several memories of Sister Jeanne’s tenure at Barry are found in those luncheon remarks. Found there is a mention of the creative ways in which she got donors to contribute toward a capital project on Barry’s “west forty” acreage – singing a song, accepting a bet regarding learning to ballroom dance – and an accounting of all the people she had helped to get a Barry education, ranging from countless underprivileged students to hundreds of refugees.

In all, Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin spent twenty-three years as Barry’s president. That ministry was part of a long life of service to the field of education as well as to the Congregation itself.

Sister Jeanne was born on May 4, 1929, in Detroit to Thomas Anthony and Mary Margaret (Croak) O’Laughlin. She had very few memories of her mother, who died of complications from childbirth not long after Sister Jeanne turned six years old. Sister Jeanne wrote in her autobiography that she remembered her father taking the children to the hospital and having them stand outside watching the window of the room where her mother was. “I recall the picture vividly of a man holding a woman in his arms as she waved at us,” she wrote. “That was the end of my life with my mother.”

Read more about Sister Jeanne (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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(1922-2019)

“God has given me the grace of knowing that I want, more than anything else, to be a Sister of St. Dominic. Will you say that I may?”

The seventeen-year-old Mary Elizabeth O’Donnell, later to be known in religion as Sister Marie Joannes, was writing to Mother Gerald Barry on April 30, 1940, expressing her desire to enter the Congregation. At the time, Mary was less than two months away from graduating from Visitation High School in Detroit, and the Adrian Dominican Sisters who staffed the school had surely shaped her dream of religious life.

Mary was born on November 18, 1922, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Henry and Eva (Leppert) O’Donnell. Henry was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, while Eva was born in New York City. The couple had three children: Mary; Elizabeth, who was born in 1925; and Harry, born in 1928.

It seems that the family came to New York City at some point in 1928, for Mary attended St. Monica’s Parish school there in 1928-29 and was confirmed at the church in March 1929. By the time the 1929-30 school year began, the O’Donnells were in Michigan; Mary attended Visitation School for the rest of her elementary and secondary education. At least at the time she entered the Congregation, the family lived in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park and Henry was working at the Bower Roller Bearing Company factory in Detroit.

Read more about Sister Marie Joannes (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. 


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