In Memoriam

Sister Charles Christine Uhnavy, OP


Sister Charles Christine Uhnavy, formerly known as Eunice Uhnavy, died on January 2, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 101 years of age and in the 80th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Charles Christine was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Charles and Olive (Spitzig) Uhnavy. She graduated from St. Mary High School in Royal Oak, Michigan, and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. 

Sister spent 29 years ministering in elementary education in New Baltimore, Dearborn, Detroit, Anchorville, and Royal Oak, Michigan. She taught for five years at St. Mary School in Defiance, Ohio and for one year at St. Nicholas of Tolentine and three years at St. Philip Neri, both in Chicago. She retired in 1977 to care for her sister.

Sister Charles Christine became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Charles (Chuck); and two sisters, Vivian and Arlene. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews, all in Michigan.

Welcome of Sister Charles Christine will be on Friday, January 4, 2019, 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 Saturday, January 5, 2019, 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.


Due to a technical error, the vigil service for Sister Charles Christine was not recorded. We apologize for this.

Funeral for Sister Charles Christine:

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Left: From left, Sisters Pauline Marie Freeman, Agnes Marie Hvizdos, Charles Christine Uhnavy, and Marie Raymond Mossing

Left: Sister Charles Christine Uhnavy in her classroom

Right: Sister Charles Christine cuts cake for her 90th birthday celebration, February 11, 2007.

From left: Sister Charles Christine enjoys birthday cake on her 100th birthday. Sister Ann Romayne Fallon presents Sister Charles Christine with an apostolic blessing from the pope during Sister Charles Christine’s 100th birthday celebration, February 14, 2017.

Members of the 1998 Diamond Jubilarian Class are, back row, from left, Sisters Helen Duggan, Marie Bentz, Evangeline Davis, Julie Ann Burns, Virginia Hafey-Wells, and Diana Miller; middle row, from left, Sisters Virginia Rose Heroux, Dorothy Hemmert, Frances Ellen Bowery, and Charles Christine Uhnavy; and front row, from left, Sisters Thomas Ellen McGowan and John Loretto Bowery.

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