In Memoriam

Sister Mary Mackert, OP


Sister Mary Mackert, formerly known as Sister John Laurence Mackert, died on Tuesday, July 3, 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 Mary was born in Springfield, Ohio, to John and Clara (Wagner) Mackert. She graduated from Dominican High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in elementary education from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida. She also received a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry from Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit.

Sister spent 22 years ministering in elementary education in Detroit, Wyandotte, and Farmington, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, and Jacksonville, Florida; Oceanside, California; and Santurce, Puerto Rico. She was a parish minister for four years at St. Lucy Parish in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, and for 29 years ministered in home care for the elderly in southern Michigan. 

Sister Mary became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2011. She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by a brother, Peter Mackert, of The Villages, Florida.

Welcome of Sister Mary will be on Monday, July 9, 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 Tuesday, July 10, 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 Mary (John Laurence):

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Funeral for Sister Therese (Therese Marcel):

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Center: Sister Mary celebrates her First Communion with her cousin, Florence Van Bergen Wukovich and her aunt, Sister Mary Roch Wagner, OSU. Right: Graduation photo, Dominican High School, Detroit 


From left: From left, Sisters Mary Mackert, Jean Horger, and Theresa Mayrand; Sister Mary, left, enjoys some free time with Sister Joan Petz.

Members of the 2000 Golden Jubilee Crowd, who made reception in August 1950, are: back row, from left: Sisters Carol Johannes, Mary Mackert, Paul James Villemure, Kathleen Sutherland, Mary Anthony Marelli, Jean Rosaria Fisch, Anne Elizabeth Monahan, Barbara Hubbard, Theodora McKennan, and Michael Claire Wilson; and front row, from left, Sisters Rina Cappellazzo, Joan Marconi, Diane Erbacher, Joan Petz, Anthonita Porta, Charlotte Francis Moser, Virginia Cushing, Michael Thomas Watson, Mary Louise Gass, Barbara Ann Mason, and Mary Jo Sieg. Not pictured are Sisters Joan Kathleen Lorencz, Joseph Eugene Fogarty, and Florence Marie Viaches.

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