Sister Mary Adelaide Eiden, formerly known as Sister Marie Henry Eiden, died on December 29, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 99 years of age and in the 81st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Mary Adelaide was born in Detroit, Michigan to Henry and Mary Agnes (Hickey) Eiden. She graduated from St. Theresa High School in Detroit, Michigan and received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in Social Studies from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, Michigan, and a Master of Arts degree in Education from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She also was certified for Pastoral Ministry by the Archdiocese of Detroit.
Sister spent 32½ years ministering in education in Grosse Pointe Farms, Detroit, and Midland, Michigan; Chicago and Homewood, Illinois; and West Palm Beach, Florida. During that time, she was principal at two Detroit, Michigan schools: Presentation School from 1953-1959 and Rosary High School from 1962-1968. She was Councilor/Co-Provincial in Immaculate Conception Province in Detroit from 1969 to 1973. Beginning in 1973 Sister was Chaplain at Detroit General Hospital and at Detroit Receiving Hospital for a total of 10½ years. She was a volunteer Pastoral Minister at St. Theresa Parish and Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Detroit from 1984 to 2004. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2004.
Sister Mary Adelaide is survived by a nephew, Peter Graham, of Goose Creek, South Carolina. She was predeceased by her parents, Henry and Mary Agnes (Hickey) Eiden, a brother, Edward Eiden and sisters Ann Delores Eiden, and Sister Mary Rita Eiden, also an Adrian Dominican Sister.
Welcome of Sister Mary Adelaide will be on Monday, January 1, 2018, 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 January 2, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery.
Memorial 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: From left, Sisters Rita Eiden, Adelaide Eiden, and Laverne Feeney during their ministry together at St. Theresa’s, Detroit, October 1991
Left: Sisters Adelaide Eiden (left) and Rita Eiden participate in the entrance procession for the Tri-Chapter Golden Jubilee celebration at St. Anastasia Church in Troy, Michigan. Right: Sisters Rita Eiden (left) and Adelaide Eiden
Left: Sisters Adelaide Eiden (left) and Laverne Feeney each receive the Groundwork Discipleship Award for their work for racial justice from Groundwork for a Just World during a 1998 testimonial dinner on May 5, 1998. Right: Sister Adelaide with Sister Joan Baustian (left)
Right: From left, Sisters Adelaide Eiden, Laverne Feeney, and Dorothy Worthy
Left: The Eiden sisters, from left, Adelaide, Dorothy, and Rita
Members of the 1995 Diamond Jubilarian Class are: back row, from left, Sisters Mary Adelaide Eiden, Marie Carol Hurley, Mary Rita Gleason, and Catherine Ann Burke; middle row, from left, Sisters Clare Nicolai, Rita McDonough, Dorothy Burdett, Catherine Mann, Mary Roseen Maier, Ann Judith Provancher, Rita Joseph Haas, and Imelda Patrice Marx; front row, from left, Sisters Mary Marcella Gardner, Ann Carolyn Schmit, Georgina Marie Bowers, Marie Joyce Smith, Margaret Ellen Gordon, and Celine Marie McKay; and seated, from left, Sisters Rita James Waldron, Eileen Burke, and Jean Antoinette Briggs.
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