In Memoriam

Sister Ann Seraphim Schenk, OP


Sister Ann Seraphim Schenk, formerly known as Doris Schenk, died on Sunday, June 24, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 100 years of age and in the 81st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Ann Seraphim was born in Belleville, Illinois, to Henry and Linda (Hoff) Schenk. She graduated from Bishop Muldoon High School in Rockford, Illinois, and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and her Master of Education Degree in Administration, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. 

Sister spent 51½ years in the ministry of elementary and music education in Detroit, Deerfield, Chelsea, St. Joseph, Tecumseh, Ann Arbor, and Dearborn, Michigan; Maywood, Chicago, and Loves Park, Illinois; and Casa Grande, Arizona. She was principal at St. Mary School, Chelsea for six years, and at St. Elizabeth School in Tecumseh for one year, both in Michigan; and at St. Brigid School in Loves Park, Illinois for 14 years. 

Sister Ann Seraphim became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2004. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Gene, Floyd, and Henry; and her sisters, Marge, Mary, Dorothy (Sister Francis Henry) and Evelyn. Sister is survived by loving nieces and nephews.

Welcome of Sister Ann Seraphim will be on Wednesday, June 27, 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. 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 Thursday, June 28, 2018, 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 Ann Seraphim:

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Funeral for Sister Ann Seraphim:

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Left: Twin sisters, Dorothy (Sister Frances Henry Schenk, MSBT), left, and Doris (Sister Ann Seraphim Schenk, OP). Right: A member of the marching band for Bishop Muldoon High School, Rockford, Illinois, 1936

Left: Graduation photo, Bishop Muldoon High School, Rockford, Illinois, 1936. Right: Dominican High School, Detroit, 1954

Left: Schenk family reunion – back row, from left: Sister Frances Henry Schenk, MSBT, twin sister; Florence Schenk, sister-in-law; Marie Ellefson, sister; Joann Carlson, niece; and Sister Ann Seraphim; front, from left, Linda Schenk, mother, and Marguerite Meja, sister. Right: Sister Frances Henry Schenk, MSBT, left, and Sister Ann Seraphim Schenk, OP, at Sister Ann Seraphim’s Silver Jubilee in Adrian, August 1963

Left: From left, Sister Frances Henry Schenk, MSBT; Sister Mary Anthony Marelli, OP; and Sister Ann Seraphim Schenk, OP. Right: Sister Ann Seraphim in liturgical ministry at St. Catherine Chapel, Adrian, 2009

Left: Jim Berryman, then Mayor of Adrian, presents the Community Service Award to Sister Ann Seraphim at her 100th birthday party at the Motherhouse, October 25, 2017.

Members of the 1977 Diamond Jubilee Class – front row, from left, Sisters Ann Seraphim Schenk, Rita Noeker, Esther Sitzmann, Margaret Moran, Elizabeth Kreiner, Mary Roche, Jane Edward Schutz, and Marie Elizabeth Doherty; and back row, from left, Sisters Agnes Helen Rabe, Marie Jutte, Rita Anne Moceri, Susanne Hofweber, Merici Valgoi, Cathryn Deutsch, and Michael Mary Madden 


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