In Memoriam

Sister Marion Coppe, OP


Sister Marion Coppe, formerly known as Sister Rachel Marie Coppe, died on August 28, 2017 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 84 years of age and in the 65th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Chicago to Louis and Eugenie (Comein) Coppe. She graduated from Aquinas High School in Chicago and received a bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Teaching degree in education, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian.  

Sister Marion ministered in elementary, secondary, and adult education for 48 years in Detroit, Gagetown, Wyandotte, Saint Joseph, Saginaw, Port Huron, and Paw Paw, Michigan. This includes teaching for two years at Dominican High School in Detroit, an Adrian Dominican institution. She was principal for five years at St. Mary School in Paw Paw. 

Sister Marion was an adult educator for 19 years for the Port Huron Area School System, and for five years she was an elementary teacher for the Title 1 Government Education Program for Disadvantaged Children. She became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2016.

Sister Marion is survived by two sisters: Rachel Bauwens of Glenview, Illinois, and Irene Schumaker of Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, John and Daniel Coppe.

Welcome of Sister Marion will be on Friday, September 1, 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 Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer 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.


Remembrance for Sister Marion (Rachel Marie):

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Funeral for Sister Marion (Rachel Marie):

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Left: Sister Marion Coppe in her adult education classroom, Port Huron, Michigan

Left:Sisters Mary Louise Putrow, left, and Marion Coppe

From left: 1951 graduation photo from Aquinas High School, Chicago. With Father Ronald DeHondt, pastor of St. Margaret of Scotland, Saint Clair Shores, Michigan. The Coppe family, from left: Irene, Julia (mother), Marion, Everett (father), and Daniel.

Members of the 2011 Christmas Diamond Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Nancy Fischer, Barbara Ann Hehr, Patricia J. Walsh, Mary Louise Head, Joan Weitz, Helen Belsito, Anne Beauvais, and Celeste Mary Bourke; middle row, from left, Sisters Mary Alice Naour, Helen Laier, Thomas Leo Monahan, Patricia Dolan, Angela Susalla, June Racicot, Patricia Spangler, and Attracta Kelly (Prioress); and front row, from left, Sisters Marilyn Foster, Marion Coppe, Betty Lou Myers, Robert Irene Buchanan, Mary Alan Stuart, Mary Catherine Nolan, and Jane Robert Stuckel

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Avatar  Patrick 3 weeks agoReply

Sister Marion was a beautiful soul. Her laughter and love for all people and things was contagious. She truly lived with open arms and heart to the world. She had an amazing capacity to make you feel as if you were the most important in the world- your presence was a gift to her. I will fondly remember so many laughs with Sister. And so many beautiful stories of her life and family. God bless her wonderful, amazing, i pairing spirit.

Avatar  Ruth Heyn 3 weeks agoReply

Marion was my favorite teacher. She taught English and Spanish at St. Joseph Catholic in St. Joseph. Her love of life was always inspiring to me. She became a good friend who I will be forever grateful in having as part of my life.

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