Sister Mary Diane McMeekin, formerly known as Sister Robert Lorraine McMeekin, died on Friday, August 10, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 77 years of age and in the 58th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Diane was born in Detroit to Robert and Lorraine (Leduc) McMeekin. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy, Adrian, and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University), Adrian. She also held certificates for religious education from the Orlando Diocese, CPR/First Aid, and a license as a pre-school director from the State of Florida.
Sister Diane spent 27 1/2 years ministering in elementary and kindergarten education in Detroit, Flint, and Clawson, Michigan and Fort Lauderdale and Indialantic, California. She was the Pre-school Director at Good Shepherd Early Child Education Center, Orlando, Florida, for 21 years.
Sister is survived by a loving niece and nephew, and was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Kellie.
Welcome of Sister Diane will be on Monday, August 13, 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 Tuesday, August 14, 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.
From left: Sister Diane McMeekin with Father George Gaynor, 1960; Sister Diane, Easter 1941 or 1942
From left: Sisters who lived together at Holy Name of Jesus in Indialantic, Florida, were, from left, Rita McFarland, IHM; Janet Stankowski, OP; Diane McMeekin, OP; Shirley Hinks, IHM; and Lucy Duval, OP. Sister Diane, right, with her younger sister, Kellie
Left: Sister Diane, right, with her sister Kellie’s family, from left, Jim Shankles, Turner Shankles, Kellie Shankles, Steve Shankles, and Jordan Shankles.
Left: Attending a 2011 Christmas party for the Sisters of the Diocese of Orlando, Florida, are, from left: Adrian Dominican Sisters Elizabeth Ann Demirgian and Diane McMeekin; Bishop John Noonan; and Adrian Dominican Sisters Rosemary Thomas Finnegan, Patricia Siemen, Ann Englert, and Clarice Moyle.
Left: Sister Diane, right, with her sister Kellie in Alaska
Members of the 2009 Golden Jubilee June Crowd are, back row, from left, Sisters Rosemarie Kieffer, Peter Anthony Schulte, Christa Marsik, Sean Eileen Allgeyer, Sarah Ann Sharkey, Jo Ann Jauquet, and Helen Wilson; middle row, from left, Sisters Mary Diane McMeekin, Susan Van Baalen, Beverly Bobola, Jean Keeley, Rosemary Zuccaro, and Joan Marie Weithman; and front row, from left, Sisters Joan Krajewski, Mary Emidio Singer, Mary Jean Clemenger, Patricia Janowicz, Delores DeBets, Joan Christine Meerschaert, and Donna Markham (Prioress).
Sister Jean Charles Birney, formerly known as Elizabeth Ann Birney, died on Friday, August 3, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 94 years of age and in the 76th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister was born in Jackson, Michigan, to Charles and Jean (Crawford) Birney. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, Michigan, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, Michigan, and a Master of Arts degree in History from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.
Sister spent over 39 years ministering in education in Detroit and Dearborn, Michigan; Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio; Elmwood Park, Oak Park and Chicago, Illinois; and Jacksonville and Miami Shores, Florida. She was Pastoral Minister at St. Jude Parish in Saint Petersburg, Florida from 1981-1999. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 1999.
Sister Jean Charles is survived by a half brother, Charles Birney, Jr. of Flint, Michigan, and two half sisters, Mrs. Charlene Sundquist of Farmington, Michigan, and Mrs. Patricia Lane of Ramona, California. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Sister Mary Jean Birney, also an Adrian Dominican Sister.
Welcome of Sister Jean Charles will be on Monday, August 6, 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 of the Dominican Life Center. 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 Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at 10:30am. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral Mass will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery.
From left: The future Sisters Mary Jean Birney, left, and Jean Charles Birney; Sisters Mary Jean Birney (left) and Jean Charles Birney before they entered the Adrian Dominican Congregation; Sisters Mary Jean Birney, left, and Jean Charles Birney
From left: Sister Jean Charles disembarks from the “Love Boat.” Sister Jean Charles Birney at Assumption, Jacksonville, Florida, 1976
Right: From left, Sisters Jean Charles Birney, Francis Assisium Proulx, Mary Jean Birney, and Maureen Gallagher enjoy a Golden Jubilee dinner together.
From left: Sister Jean Charles Birney, left, with Racine Dominican Sister Suzanne Noffke; Sister Mary Jane Lubinski, left, and Sister Jean Charles Birney
Members of the 2001 Diamond Jubilee Class 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. Not pictured are Sisters Marie Michel Allain and Virginia Mullins.
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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.
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.
In all the history of St. Nicholas of Tolentine School in Chicago, there have likely not been many instances of a three-and-a-half-year-old attending kindergarten. But when little Patricia Spangler proved herself so determined to follow her older siblings to school that her brother Jim was late to class because he was the one taking her back home, putting her into kindergarten was the solution devised by the principal, Sister Leone Therese Morrin. That way, Sister Leone Therese reasoned, Jim would have no excuse for missing class every time his baby sister decided to tag along. This did not mean, however, that Pat was officially in school a year early; the next year, she was enrolled in kindergarten along with the other children her age.
Sister Pat was born on December 31, 1934, to Robert and Anna (Rezac) Spangler. She was the sixth child and the third girl born into the family – following Marianne, Bob, Bill, Jim, and Betty Jo – and the first of the Spangler children to be born in Chicago; the family had previously lived in Kansas and Oklahoma. The youngest, Thomas, whom the family called “Timmy” because his godfather nicknamed him “Tiny Tim,” was born just before Sister Pat’s third birthday.
Thomas’ fourth birthday, December 7, 1941, coincided with the day Pearl Harbor was attacked and the U.S. was plunged into World War II. Bob was already in the Navy as part of the V-12 Program, through which men took college classes in order to become officers, and was at the University of Notre Dame. Marianne, who had been working as a secretary and stenographer in downtown Chicago, quit her job and joined the WAVES, where she became a secretary for an admiral at the Great Lakes Naval Base. Bill left school and joined the Navy as well, eventually serving in the South Pacific aboard the (second) aircraft carrier USS Yorktown.
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