Sister Carol Denise Koenig, formerly known as Mary Catherine Koenig, died on Sunday, July 1, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 85 years of age and in the 67th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Carol Denise was born in Ottoville, Ohio, to Carl and Elizabeth (Landwehr) Koenig. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a Bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. She also had training as a hospital chaplain and in pastoral ministry.
Sister spent 23½ years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Detroit, Southgate, and Ypsilanti, Michigan; Mundelein and Hometown, Illinois; Henderson, Nevada; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Cleveland, Ohio. She taught religious education and was pastoral minister for nine years in Ypsilanti, and for 17 years was development and alumnae director for the Dominican Learning Center (St. Joseph Academy) in Adrian.
In 2005, Sister Carol Denise came to reside at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by a brother, Dennis Koenig (Elaine) of Glendale, Arizona.
Welcome of Sister Carol Denise will be on Thursday, July 5, 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 Friday, July 6, 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.
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.
From left: Parents Carl and Bette Koenig with brother Dennis and Mary Catherine (Sister Carol Denise) at her First Communion; High school graduation, June 5, 1950; Sister Carol Denise with her Godfather, her Uncle John Landwehr, at her graduation party
From left: Malcolm Johnson, Holy Cross Seminary candidate, with Sister Carol Denise, his classmate; Sister Carol Denise, bottom row right, has fun with her classmates at St. Joseph Academy.
From left: Sister Rita Crotty and Sister Carol Denise at the wedding of a former Crowd member; Sister Carol Denise, Diane Delano, Sister Kieran Therese Quirke, Sister Rita Crotty, and their guide Evan enjoy the Alps, 1977.
Members of the 2000 Golden Jubilee crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Loretta May, Nora Thomas O’Brien, Sean Morley, Kieran Therese Quirke, Lila Watt, Marion Michalak, Geraldine Maloney, Noreen Burke, and Jeannine Therese McGorray; middle row, from left, Sisters Lucy Ann Quinn, Loretta Jean Hanson, Maria Goretti Browne, Janet Michael Hudspeth, Miriam Mullins, Mary Johanne (Mardi) Keevers, and Ann Rozalia Szabo; and front row, from left, Sisters Marlene Kuhnlein, Joseph Eilese Hukle, Virginia Beattie, Ellen Kennedy, Rita Crotty, Shirley Smith, Carol Denise Koenig, and Genevieve Jeziolkowski.
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I had Sr. Carol Denise for both 3rd and 4th grade at St. Peter’s school, Henderson, Nevada, 1958 - 1960. She’s was the most amazing teacher and made those 2 school years so much fun.. She taught us all her favorite songs from the 40’s and 50’s. I think of her every time I hear “Oklahoma,” and can’t resist breaking into song! I was so happy to reconnect by correspondence a few years ago.
Sister Carol Denise is a Wonderful Sister and friend to me ,She had such a Great Sense of Humor and Always was the life of many of the celebrations of get together for her Community that she lived on We always had so much fun together when I was working on 2 Maria. She will Always be in my memories and Forever in My Heart . Rest In Peace Sister Carol You will be Missed Very Much
Sister Carol Denise was a great family friend and her visits were always memorable. I will miss her and her always positive attitude plus all the fun stories. Peace be with you Sister Carol Denise, with Love, Mike & Judy.
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