In Memoriam

Sister Mary Ann Zakrajsek, OP


Sister Mary Ann Zakrajsek, formerly known as Sister Marian Richard Zakrajsek, died on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 81 years of age and in the 65th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Matt and Antonia (Perko) Zakrajsek. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, Michigan; and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. 

Sister Mary Ann spent 53 years ministering in elementary education in Charlottesville, Virginia; Detroit, Dearborn Heights, and Brighton, Michigan; and Cleveland and Garfield Heights, Ohio. She was principal at Our Lady Gate of Heaven School in Detroit for two years, from 1977 to 1979, and served as pastoral minister for four years at Our Lady of Victory and Presentation parishes in Detroit. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2017.

Sister Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Harry, Matthew, Joseph, and John. She is survived by three brothers: Albert Zak of Walton Hills, Richard Zakrajsek of Garfield Heights, and Lawrence Zak of Medina Township, all in Ohio. She is also survived by a cousin, Sister Miriam Joseph Lekan, also an Adrian Dominican Sister. 

Welcome of Sister Mary Ann will be on Sunday, December 17, 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 Monday, December 18, 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.


Right: The Cleveland Sisters are, from left: Sisters Anne Marie Snyder, Rita Anne Moceri, Mary Ann Zakrajsek, Marianne Supan, Mary Ann Dardy, Miriam Joseph Lekan, and Mary Hrovat.

From left: Sister Mary Ann Zakrajsek, left, on her Golden Jubilee and her cousin Sister Miriam Joseph Lekan on her Diamond Jubilee pose with Father William Krizner at the chapel of Holy Name High School, Parma Heights, Ohio, 2002; Posing with Father Timothy Radcliffe, OP, former Master of the Dominican Order, during a talk at John Carroll University are, from left, Sisters Mary Ann Zakrajsek, Mary Ann Phillip, Patricia Stellmah, and Judith Friedel.

From left: Sister Mary Ann and her twin brother Richard; Sister Mary Ellen Youngblood, left, with Sister Mary Ann; Sister Mary Ann, then a novice, with her parents, August 4, 1952

The Zakrajsek family: back row, from left, Sister Mary Ann’s brothers Lawrence Zak, Harold Zakrajsek, Albert Zak, Joseph Zak, and John Zakrajsek; middle row, her mother Antonia Zakrajsek and Sister Mary Ann; and front row, brother Matthew Zakrajsek and her twin brother, Richard Zakrajsek.

The 2012 Diamond Jubilee Class, August Crowd: back row, from left: Sisters Marion O’Loughlin, Diane Odette, Diana Bader, Norma Dell, Mary Ann Zakrajsek, and Attracta Kelly (Prioress) and front row, from left: Sisters Marie Quenneville, Mary Nugent, Jean Horger, Philomena Perreault, Barbara Bieker, and Mary Giacopelli

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Avatar  Tim Zakrajsek 2 months agoReply

We know you will be resting in peace with all the other family members that have gone before us. We will all miss you very much here on earth. All our love, The Zakrajsek’s (Tim, Anita, Brandon & Spencer)

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