In Memoriam

Sister Ann Benedict (Genevieve) Williams, OP(1930 – 2015)
Sister Ann Benedict, baptized Genevieve, was born January 4, 1930, in Rockford, Illinois. She was the second of five children born to Herman and Florence (Hoch) Williams. Her parents were born in Wisconsin. 
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Sister Susan Marie Ouwerkerk, OP(1942 – 2015)
Sister Susan Marie Ouwerkerk was born on May 8, 1942, the only child of Arnold Ouwerkerk from Leyden, Holland, the Netherlands, and Edna Irene Anderson, from Bay City, Michigan. After trying for ten years to have a child, her parents had gone to see Father Solanus who blessed her mother and said she would bear one child. After Susan’s birth her father became a Catholic because he believed they needed to be united in faith as a family. 
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Sister Therese (Marie Immaculate) Groulx, OPFor everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven
Book of Ecclesiastes, 3:1

(1924 – 2015)
Sister Therese Groulx, known as Sister Marie Immaculate, was born on December 8, 1924, in Sarnia, Ontario, to Alexander and Marie Louis (Ladouceur) Groulx. She and her brother Roger would have had three other siblings had they lived.
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Sister Jean Agnes (Helen) Klemm, OP“Weave Truth with Trust” 
- Motto on the coat of arms of a 12th century weaver’s guild 

(1918 – 2015)
Sister Jean Agnes, baptized Helen Josephine, was born on June 30, 1918, in Des Moines, Iowa, to John and Agnes (Rose) Klemm. She was the eighth of twelve children. Three of the Klemm girls entered the Congregation: Sisters Jeannine, Jean Agnes, and Marcine. 
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Cemetery of the Adrian Dominican Sisters

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 (

We invite you to meet some of the wonderful women who have recently crossed into eternity.


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