In Memoriam


(1939-2017)

Sister Jude Van Baalen, formerly known as Jude Marie Van Baalen, died on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 78 years of age and in the 59th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Detroit to Edward and Susan (Flanagan) Van Baalen. She graduated from Dominican High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in speech from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a Master of Religious Education degree from Seattle University. 

Sister Jude ministered in elementary education for 10 years in Munising and Escanaba, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; and Solen, North Dakota. She also served for 45½ years in a variety of pastoral ministries in Adrian, Detroit, New Baltimore, and Sterling Heights, Michigan; Solen, North Dakota; Sherburn and Tracy, Minnesota; and Prince George, BC, Canada. This includes serving for six years as Director of Candidates for the Adrian Dominican Sisters and five years as a professor at Siena Heights College.

Sister Jude was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Edward, and her Sister Mary. She is survived by brothers Paul of Warren and Marc of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, and two sisters: Ann Bertolini of Hudson, Florida, and Sister Susan Van Baalen, also an Adrian Dominican Sister.

Welcome of Sister Jude will be on Thursday, November 16, 2017, 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 Friday, November 17, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil and the Funeral 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.

 

Left: Gathered together in Prince George, British Columbia in November 2009 are, from left: Bishop Gerald Wiesner, OMI; Sister Kathy Nolan, OP, guest; Sister Jude; Father Richard Beaudette, OMI; and Sisters Tarianne De Yonker, OP, Jean Marie Lehtinen, OP, and Beverly Bobola, OP.


Left: Sister Jude with her brother Paul. Right: Sisters Jude (left) and Susan Van Baalen with their mother 


Left: The Van Baalen family. Right: Sister Jude at her reception, 1959


Left: From left, Sisters Susan Van Baalen, Jude Van Baalen, Beverly Bobola, and Kathy Nolan on the occasion of Sister Kathy’s move to join the community at Prince George, British Columbia. Right: Sister Jude, left, with Sister Eunice Drazba


2017 Diamond Jubilarians, the reception crowd of December 27, 1957, are back row, from left: Sisters Frances Lombaer, Bernitha Glombowski, Evelyn Irene Montez, Patricia Siemen (Prioress), Mary Ann Phillip, Mary Therese Napolitan, and Joella Miller; middle row, from left: Sisters Janet Traut, Jude Van Baalen, Joan Kowalski, Barbara Cervenka, Patricia Brady, and Margaret Ann McGuiness; and front row, from left: Sisters Helen McAllister, Susan Elaine Kresse, Helen Diane McGuirt, Eunice Drazba, and Dorothea Gramlich.

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(1945-2017)

Sister Romona Nowak, formerly known as Sister Jane Lucian Nowak, died on November 8, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 72 years of age and in the 51st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Romona was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Lucian and Jeanette (Wysocki) Nowak. She graduated from Aquinas Dominican High School in Chicago, Illinois, and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, Michigan, and a Master of Science degree from the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. Sister also was certified as a Chaplain by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains and as a Retreat and Spiritual Director by Colombiere Spirituality Center.

Sister Romona spent nine years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Chicago, Illinois, which includes four years at Aquinas Dominican High School, an Adrian Dominican school. She was director of religious education for eight years in Hayward, California; and Joliet and Lansing, Illinois. She served as a chaplain or a pastoral care associate for 13 years in Huntington, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Beech Grove and West Lafayette, Indiana; and as a chaplain for 13 years in nursing care facilities in Dearborn, Detroit, and Adrian, where she was chaplain at Maria Health Care Center for six years. 

Sister was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her brother Robert (Grace) Nowak of Oswego, Illinois. 

The Rite of Committal will be held in the Congregation cemetery on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in the Congregation cemetery. Memorial Mass will be on Friday, November 10, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine’s Chapel followed by the Ritual of Remembering at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Dominican Life Center. The Memorial Mass will be live streamed.

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.

 

Memorial Mass for Sister Romona (Jane Lucian):


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Ritual of Remembering for Sister Romona (Jane Lucian):


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Left: Sisters Charlotte Hoefer and Romona. 


Left: Sister Romona with Theresa Mayrand, left, in the Rec Hall in 1966.


Left: Sister Romona with her parents, Jeanette and Lucian Nowak. Right: Sister Romona entertains Sister Mary Sabina Mack, OP.


Left: Sister Romona, center, with her brother, Robert, and mother, Jeanette, and her niece. Right: Sister Romona and her mother, Jeanette.


Left: From left, Mae Tack, Mary Katherine Homan, Romona Nowak, Marianne O’Neill, and Virginia Corley. Right: From left, Judith Silva and Romona Nowak


Left: Sisters Romona and Marianne O’Neill. Right: Sisters Theresa Mayrand and Romona at their Golden Jubilee in 2016.


Members of the 2016 Golden Jubilee June Crowd are back row, from left, Sisters Durstyne Farnan, Attracta Kelly (Prioress), Theresa Mayrand, Sandra Exley; middle row, from left, Sisters Romona Nowak, Janet Stankowski, Maria del Rey Plain, Frances Nadolny, Barbara Rund; and front row, from left, Sisters Judith Silva, Carol Weber, Kathleen Schanz, Sally Ormsby, Francine Barber, and Mary Trina McCormick.

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(1941-2017)

Sister Patricia Janowicz, formerly known as Sister Mary Sigmund Janowicz, died on October 16, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 76 years of age and in the 57th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Patricia was born in Wyandotte, Michigan, to Sigmund and Frances (Lisek) Janowicz. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a Master of Education degree in Reading from Marygrove College in Detroit; a Master of Arts degree in Learning Disabilities, and a Specialist Arts degree in Administration and Supervision of Special Education, both from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Sister Patricia ministered in education for 43½ years in Michigan: as an elementary teacher for 10½ years in Paw Paw, Adrian, Belding and Detroit; as a reading consultant for seven years in Detroit and Pontiac; and a special education teacher for 26 years in New Baltimore, Petoskey, East Jordan, and Charlevoix. She also served as a transportation assistant for 10 years for the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. 

Sister Patricia became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by cousins, Mary Ann Strzensinski of Petersburg, Michigan, and Mr. and Mrs. R. Winiarski of Prudenville, Michigan.

Welcome of Sister Patricia will be on Thursday, October 19, 2017, 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 Friday, October 20, 2017 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. 

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 (Mary Sigmund):


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Funeral for Sister Patricia (Mary Sigmund):


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From left: At a party at St. Gabriel’s, Detroit, September 1968. Sister Patricia with her mother. Sister Patricia celebrates her Silver Jubilee at Weber Center, Adrian, 1985

From left: Sister Patricia, as an eighth grader, crowns the statue of Mary, 1955, St. Scholastica, Detroit. Sister Patricia with her parents.


From left: Sister Patricia’s senior picture from St. Joseph Academy, Adrian, 1959. First Communion, St. Scholastica, Detroit, May 15, 1949.


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, and Joan Christine Meerschaert, with Sister Donna Markham (Prioress).

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(1934-2017)

Praise the Beloved; Praise be to You in Earth’s sanctuary;
Praise be to You in the mighty firmament.
Give praise with trumpets; give praise with lute and harp.
Give praise with strings and reed.
Give praise with booming drums; give praise with clashing cymbals.
Let everything that breathes praise the Beloved in their lives.

Sister Mary Ann Caulfield, Prioress of the Florida Mission Chapter, used this Scripture passage, Psalm 150, at the Vigil Service for Sister Dolores Daehn to evoke the longtime music teacher’s “love of music and her tenacious spirit.” 

Dolores was born on August 7, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois, the only child of Robert and Lucy (Stoute) Daehn. Robert had no religious affiliation at all and Lucy was a Lutheran.

Lucy died when Dolores was just three years old, and the little girl lived with her grandparents, who although they were not Catholic (and in fact were opposed to the Catholic faith) sent her to parochial school from first grade on and then to Aquinas High School.

Read more about Sister Dolores (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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