Sister Mary Diane McMeekin, formerly known as Sister Robert Lorraine McMeekin, died on Friday, August 10, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 77 years of age and in the 58th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Diane was born in Detroit to Robert and Lorraine (Leduc) McMeekin. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy, Adrian, and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University), Adrian. She also held certificates for religious education from the Orlando Diocese, CPR/First Aid, and a license as a pre-school director from the State of Florida.
Sister Diane spent 27 1/2 years ministering in elementary and kindergarten education in Detroit, Flint, and Clawson, Michigan and Fort Lauderdale and Indialantic, California. She was the Pre-school Director at Good Shepherd Early Child Education Center, Orlando, Florida, for 21 years.
Sister is survived by a loving niece and nephew, and was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Kellie.
Welcome of Sister Diane will be on Monday, August 13, 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, August 14, 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: Sister Diane McMeekin with Father George Gaynor, 1960; Sister Diane, Easter 1941 or 1942
From left: Sisters who lived together at Holy Name of Jesus in Indialantic, Florida, were, from left, Rita McFarland, IHM; Janet Stankowski, OP; Diane McMeekin, OP; Shirley Hinks, IHM; and Lucy Duval, OP. Sister Diane, right, with her younger sister, Kellie
Left: Sister Diane, right, with her sister Kellie’s family, from left, Jim Shankles, Turner Shankles, Kellie Shankles, Steve Shankles, and Jordan Shankles.
Left: Attending a 2011 Christmas party for the Sisters of the Diocese of Orlando, Florida, are, from left: Adrian Dominican Sisters Elizabeth Ann Demirgian and Diane McMeekin; Bishop John Noonan; and Adrian Dominican Sisters Rosemary Thomas Finnegan, Patricia Siemen, Ann Englert, and Clarice Moyle.
Left: Sister Diane, right, with her sister Kellie in Alaska
Members of the 2009 Golden Jubilee June Crowd are, back row, from left, Sisters Rosemarie Kieffer, Peter Anthony Schulte, Christa Marsik, Sean Eileen Allgeyer, Sarah Ann Sharkey, Jo Ann Jauquet, and Helen Wilson; middle row, from left, Sisters Mary Diane McMeekin, Susan Van Baalen, Beverly Bobola, Jean Keeley, Rosemary Zuccaro, and Joan Marie Weithman; and front row, from left, Sisters Joan Krajewski, Mary Emidio Singer, Mary Jean Clemenger, Patricia Janowicz, Delores DeBets, Joan Christine Meerschaert, and Donna Markham (Prioress).
I met Sr. Diane in 1974 at OLQM in 1976 and we became fast friends, I was so surprised to hear about her passing. I would like to send my sympathy to her nephew Steve and her niece Cathy and their families.She spoke of them often and kept me posted on how well they were doing.I will miss our phone calls and seeing her after I moved to the Orlando area. I will also miss her smile when she talked about my son. She enjoyed all the trouble he caused in her kindergarten class. Prayers for her and her family.
My heart aches...I miss you more than you could ever imagine.
I was privileged to work with SrDiane at Good Shepherd Catholic School for all her years there. She was an advocate for all the staff at the GS Preschool. SrDiane taught me the true meaning of Obedience, Deep Catholic Faith and Unconditional love . I will miss her and always remember and love her.
Sister Diane and I worked together for 21 years as Administrators for the children and teachers of Good Shepherd Catholic School. We continued as close friends and prayer partners for the last 8 years. She was a shining example of a loving and caring child of God for hundreds of children, parents and teachers. Many people call her their friend, but she was most proud of being a "SISTER" and "Aunt." We will miss her joyous greeting of ,"How are you?" and her ability to listen to all of us. We counted on her guidance and prayers and we will look to her for help from her heavenly desk.
I have had the privilege of knowing Sister Diane for the past 26 years of my life. She was a constant in a storm as I looked forward to her words of wisdom and willingness to listen as my Mother battled cancer. She was my preschool Director at Good Shepherd in Orlando, FL. My Late Mother Irene worked with Sister as I attended Good Shepherd Preschool. Years later, In 2013, we were reunited. I had the privilege of walking Sister to her car after 6pm mass at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Winter Park, Florida. She will be sorely missed and has meant so much to my family over the years. I take solice in the fact that I know she is with God the Father smiling down upon all of us.
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