In Memoriam

Sister Mary Ellen Brodeur, OP


Sister Mary Ellen Brodeur, formerly known as Sister Ann Edward Brodeur, died on Monday, September 10, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 90 years of age and in the 72nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Mary Ellen was born in Detroit to Edward and Ann (Ternes) Brodeur. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Detroit (University of Detroit Mercy). 

Sister Mary Ellen spent 50 years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Detroit, Harper Woods, and Utica, Michigan; Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This includes her ministry of 35 years in secondary education at two of the Congregation’s schools: six years at Hoban Dominican High School in Cleveland, Ohio; and 29 years at Dominican High School in Detroit. 

Sister Mary Ellen became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2010. She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, Donald, Norm, Charles and Robert and four third cousins: Sisters Evangeline, Mary Michael and Lambertine Theisen and Sister Mary Leonilla Barlage, all Adrian Dominican Sisters. Sister Mary Ellen is survived by loving nieces and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Mary Ellen will be on Sunday, September 16, 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 Monday, September 17, 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 Ellen:

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Funeral for Sister Mary Ellen:

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Right: Sister Mary Ellen Brodeur with her parents

Left: Sister Mary Ellen Brodeur in her classroom at Dominican High School, 1972

From left: Sister Mary Ellen in her classroom, 1984. Sister Mary Ellen enjoys a Jubilee dinner at the Motherhouse.

Left: From left, Sisters Ruth Rabideau, Mary Ellen Brodeur, and Gloria Kelly in the lobby of Madden Hall, Adrian

Members of the 1995 Golden Jubilee Crowd are, front row, from left: Sisters Dorothy Jehle, Joellen Reis, Catherine Henry Schmid, Therese Mary Foote, Mary Ellen Brodeur, Ruth Rabideau, Kathryn Lumbrezer, Mary T. Meegan, and Collette Madden; second row, from left, Sisters Connie Kelly, Lois Spear, Margaret Mehigan, Nadine Foley, Marilyn Brown, Margaret Flores, and Adrianna Emery; third row, from left, Sisters Shirley Ruder, Madeleine Sophie McLeod, Anne Gallagher, Mary Therese Golden, and Christine Hoffman; fourth row, from left, Sisters Marie Immaculata Hebestreit, Jean Annette Rudolph, Patricia O’Reilly, Barbara Gass, Gloria Kelly, Joan Murphy, June Marie Howard, and Irene LeDuc; fifth row, Sisters Francis Elizabeth McDonnell and Mary Reilly; and back row, from left, Sisters Catherine Riegel,  Helen Walsh, Dolores LaVoy, Alma Marie Messing, Marjorie Ann McEntee, Mary J. Beaubien, and Barbara Hengesbach.

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Avatar  Jeannie Boyce 3 months agoReply

Sending my prayers & condolences....

Avatar  Lynn (Pasternak) Gazo 3 months agoReply

My deepest sympathy.

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