In Memoriam


(1936-2019)

Sister Charlene Cote, formerly known as Sister Mary Leonette Cote, died on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 83 years of age and in the 61st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Charlene was born in Chicago to Napoleon J. and Harriet (Martineau) Cote. She graduated from Aquinas High School in Chicago, and received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in art education and administration from Florida State University in Tallahassee. 

Sister spent 49 years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Roy, New Mexico; Winslow, Arizona; Oakland, California; and Pompano Beach, St. Petersburg and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Thirty-one of those years were spent teaching at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, where she continued for another five years as the assistant director of transportation. Sister spent three years serving in ministry to the homebound at Cirrito Home in Plantation, Florida.

Sister Charlene moved to the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2011. She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Harriet Cote. Sister is survived by her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Rite of Committal (burial) for Sister Charlene will be held on Friday, September 13, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in the Congregation Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine’s Chapel. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. Both the Memorial Mass and the Ritual of Remembering 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.

 


From left: Sister Charlene Cote at her graduation from Aquinas High School, Chicago, 1954. Napoleon and Harriet Cote with their daughter, Sister Charlene Cote, and Sister Clara Patricks 

Right: Sisters Clara (Anthony Ann) Patricks and Charlene (Leonette) Cote, Bisbee, Arizona, May 1963


From left: Standing, from left, Sisters Charlene Cote, Diane Odette, and Thomas James Burns and seated, from left, Sisters Jeannine Holway, Kathleen Donnelly, and Margaret Mehigan. From left, Sisters Jeannine Holway, Jodie Screes, Marie Bride Walsh (seated) and Charlene Cote, April 2013


From left: Sister Charlene Cote, left, with Sister Rosa Reyes. Sisters Charlene Cote (left) and Jeannine Holway


Members of the 2008 Golden Jubilee September-February Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Charlene Cote, Mary Rita McSweeney, Kathleen Clausen, and Marilyn Felice Barnett and front row, from left, Sisters Attracta Kelly, Maria Odelia Romero, Annette Marie Sinagra, and Mary Katherine Dolan. Not pictured is Sister Iva Gregory.


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(1931-2019)

Sister Theresia Scheuer, formerly known as Mary Susan Scheuer, died on Friday, September 6, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 88 years of age and in the 71st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Theresia was born in Adrian, Michigan, to Edward and Opal (Ott) Scheuer. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a Master’s of Music Education degree from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. 

Except for six years ministering in elementary education in Harvey, Illinois, Sister Theresia’s ministry was all in Michigan. She spent 21 years in education in Detroit, Ruth, Port Huron, and Adrian, which includes 13 years at St. Joseph Academy, Adrian, an institution of the Adrian Dominican Congregation. She spent 32 years in parish/diocesan ministry in Adrian, Lansing, and Deerfield. 

Sister Theresia became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan in 2008. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Ahlene Elizabeth Wernert; and a cousin, Sister Mary Lorenzo Gillen, OP, an Adrian Dominican Sister. She is survived by a sister, Jo Ann McKelvey of Toledo, Ohio, as well as loving nieces and nephews and her Adrian Dominican sisters.

Welcome of Sister Theresia will be on Wednesday, September 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 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 Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Thursday, September 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.

 

 

Left: Sister Theresia at the age of 8, 1939. Right: Sister Theresia Scheuer on the day of her Reception into the Novitiate, August 10, 1948

Left: Sister Theresia during her Master’s Degree Recital. Right: Sisters Theresia Scheuer, left, and Magdalena Ezoe, Christmas 1974

Left: Sister Theresia Scheuer reads to her niece, 1976. Right: With her grand-niece Susie, Easter 1981

Left: Sister Theresia celebrates her 25th anniversary of ministering at St. Alphonsus Parish in Deerfield, Michigan. Right: Sister Theresia, seated in back, attends a family gathering, August 2019.

Left: Members of the choir singing at the June 23, 2018 Jubilee Mass are, from left, Sisters Barbara Gass, Joella Miller, Theresia Scheuer, and Patricia Walter. Right: Sister Theresia, December 2018


Members of the 2008 Diamond Jubilee August Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Patricia DeMay, Theresa Sinnamon, Angelica McGuire, Dorothy Worthy, Barbara J. Carroll, and Audrey Hull and front row, from left, Sisters Anne Marie Meagher, Mary Declan Foss, Margaret Ann Reardon, Margaret Karam, Theresia Scheuer, and Ann Benedict Williams.


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(1929-2019)

Sister Nancy Hanna, formerly known as Sister Robert Francis, died on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 90 years of age and in the 68th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Nancy was born in Charleston, West Virginia, to Robert and Edith (Dame) Hanna. She graduated from St. Anthony High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida, and a Licentiate of Philosophy degree from Santo Domingo University in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 

Sister Nancy spent 48 years in education ministry in Mundelein, Illinois; Callao, Peru; San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic, and St. Catherine and Springfield, Kentucky. She was a teacher for seven years at Escuela Parroquial in San Juan de la Maguana and librarian for two years at Colegio Santo Domingo, both in the Dominican Republic. Sister Nancy was principal for six years at Santa Maria de Guadalupe in Callao and librarian for eight years at St. Catharine College in St. Catharine and 14 years at Washington County Public Library in Springfield, both in Kentucky. She was a Medical Clinic Coordinator for three years at the Community Action Center and Assistant Administrator for five years at Maria Health Care Center (now Dominican Life Center), both in Adrian, Michigan. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2011.

Sister Nancy was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by loving cousins and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Nancy will be on Wednesday, September 4, 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 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 Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. Both the Memorial Mass and the Ritual of Remembering 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.

 



 

Vigil for Sister Nancy (Robert Francis):


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From left: Sister Nancy’s birth mother; Sister Nancy’s adoptive parents, Edith and Robert Hanna

Sisters Ana Feliz and Nancy Hanna stand in front of Machu Picchu in Peru, July or August 1965. Sisters Ana Feliz, Nancy Hanna, and Teresita Pellerano enjoy their time with a pet llama in the novitiate run by the Maryknoll Sisters in Peru.



Right: Associate Barbara Baumgardner (left) with Sister Nancy Hanna, 1998



Sister Nancy Hanna with a student at St. Catharine College near Springfield, Kentucky. Sister Mary Ann Ennis, left, and Sister Nancy Hanna in Kentucky.


Left: From left, physical therapist Glady Nguyen, Sisters Nancy Hanna and Jovanna Stein (in back) and physical therapist Bonnie Yarbrough, 2017


Members of the 2011 Diamond Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Attracta Kelly (Prioress), Julianne Wolny, Jeannine Holway, Anne Liam Lees, Judith Ann Lieder, and Agnes Peplinski; middle row, from left, Sisters Elizabeth Lynch, Rita Brunett, Thérèse Haggerty, Mary Daria Herbella, Catherine Ahern, and Elisa J. Doherty; and front row, from left, Sisters Dolores Marie Dolan, Dolores Slosar, Nancy Hanna, Celine Marie Regan, Marian E. Guethlein, and Clara Budenz.  

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(1927-2019)

Sister Francis Elizabeth McDonnell, formerly known as Collette Mary McDonnell, died on Monday, August 26, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 92 years of age and in the 74th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Francis Elizabeth was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Frank and Catherine (Harper) McDonnell. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Education degree in Administration/Supervision, both from Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida.

Sister Francis Elizabeth spent 53 years ministering in education in Detroit and Adrian, Michigan; and Hollywood, West Palm Beach, Miami Beach, Jacksonville, Palatka, Gulfport, Fort Lauderdale, Riviera Beach, and Fort Pierce, Florida. She was principal for 22 years at Holy Name School in Gulfport, and for 13 years at St. Anthony School in Fort Lauderdale. She also ministered for seven years in pastoral ministry at St. Mark Parish in Fort Pierce. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan, in 2010.

Sister Francis Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, James McDonnell and Francis McDonnell. She is survived by two sisters, Mary Helen Yunker of Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, and Bernadette Sax of Santa Rosa, California. 

Welcome of Sister Francis Elizabeth will be on Tuesday, September 3, 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 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 Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. The Vigil Service and Funeral 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.

 

Vigil for Sister Francis Elizabeth:


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Funeral for Sister Francis Elizabeth:


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From left: The McDonnell siblings with their father, Bernadette, Sister Francis Elizabeth, Francis, Mary Helen, James, and Frank (father). From left, Sisters Hyacinth Adelson, Francis Elizabeth McDonnell, and Marie Dolores Neckel at St. Anthony Parish in  Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1979.


From left: Standing are Sisters Mary Jean Clemenger, Francis Elizabeth McDonnell, and Ann Rose Kelly with seated Sisters Beatrice Chabie, Margaret Mary McMahon, and Jean Edward Selcke. Sister Francis Elizabeth, center, with her siblings, Francis, Mary Helen, Bernadette, and James. 


From left: Sister Francis Elizabeth, center, with two of her fellow Gulfcoast Mission Group members in 1996, Sisters Mary Jean Clemenger and Frances Barfield. In 2011 in West Palm Beach, Florida, are Sisters Patricia Janowicz, Mary Jean Clemenger, Francis Elizabeth McDonnell, and Anne Liam Lees. 


Double Diamond Jubilarians in 2014 included: front row, Sisters Dolores LaVoy, Margaret Mary McGill, Ruth Rabideau, and Francis Elizabeth McDonnell. Center row, Sisters Alma Marie Messing, Barbara Gass, Mary J. Beaubien, Helen Walsh, and Barbara Hengesbach. Back row, Sisters Jean Annette Rudolph, Mary Ellen Brodeur, Patricia O’Reilly, and Prioress Attracta Kelly. 

 

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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. 


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