Sister Patricia Spangler, formerly known as Sister Anne Robert Spangler, died on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 83 years of age and in the 66th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Patricia was born in Chicago to Robert and Anna (Rezac) Spangler. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a Master of Education degree from DePaul University in Chicago; and a Master of Christian Spirituality degree in Spiritual Theology from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
Sister Patricia spent 21 years ministering in education in Detroit and Newberry, Michigan and in Chicago, Rockford, Wilmette, and Arlington Heights, Illinois. She also spent 20 years in pastoral, spiritual, and adult formation ministries in Adrian, Michigan; Tempe and Phoenix, Arizona; Mountainair and Santa Fe, New Mexico; Santa Ana and Malibu, California; Morehead, Kentucky; and Leawood, Kansas. She served as driver for the Transportation Services at Maria Health Care Center in Adrian for one year and became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2013.
Sister was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, James, Robert, and William; and sisters, Betty and Marianne. She is survived by a brother, Thomas Spangler, of Lemont, Illinois.
Welcome of Sister Patricia will be on Wednesday, August 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. 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, August 2, 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.
Far right: Sister Patricia, right, and her friends draw water from the oldest well in Manzano, New Mexico, 1977.
Left photo: From left, Sisters Joan Mary, Patricia Spangler, Jean Keeley, Grace Dougherty, and Mary Rita McSweeney. Right photo: Sister Patricia and friend in Morehead, Kentucky.
Left photo: Sister Patricia takes notes during a Chapter Assembly.Right photo: Sisters Patricia (left) and Eileen Meyers at a Congregational gathering,Transformations ’89.
Members of the 2001 Golden Jubilee class are: front row, from left, Sisters Betty Lou Myers, Robert Irene Buchanan, Marilyn Foster, Marion Coppe, June Racicot, Veronica Gonthier, and Patricia Spangler; middle row, from left, Sisters Mary Alan Stuart, Jane Robert Stuckel, Helen Mantovani, Thomas Leo Monahan, Helen Laier, Patricia Dolan, Diana Marie Pellegrino, Angela Susalla, Mary Catherine Nolan, and Barbara Ann Hehr; and back row, from left, Sisters Anne Beauvais, Joan Weitz, Nancy Fischer, Mary Alice Naour, Helen Belsito, Mary Louise Head, Patricia Eileen Consier, Patricia J. Walsh, and Celeste Mary Bourke.
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She was Aunt Pat to me, my favorite memories is when she was a clown. Rest in peace
Aunt Pat's dedication to literacy was commendable. She lived a full life doing what she loved to do - not everyone can say that. I would like to thank her Dominican family for taking care of her in her later years. I will always remember her twinkling eyes (and rolling eyes when my dad would say something corny.) Rainbow Star is looking down on us right now and twinkling.
I remember the joy of Sister Pat's Jubilee celebration at "the Mother House". She was very proud to host us, to walk the grounds and enjoy the flowers and the antics of her two great nephews. I send heartfelt thanks to the Adrian Dominican Sisters and to the staff at the Dominican Life Center. My Aunt Pat often remarked about how lovely it was to be cared for with compassion and respect among her beautiful community. She always enjoyed traveling, and I am grateful for the companionship that allowed her to fulfill on her desire to visit us in Virginia for Thanksgiving, even after she was no longer able to navigate independently. Thank you for the lovely memories. Blessings!
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