In Memoriam

Sister Jeanne Burns, OP


Sister Jeanne Burns, formerly known as Sister Thomas Raymond Burns, died Thursday, July 18, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 90 years of age and in the 71st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Jeanne was born in Chicago to Thomas and Laura (Mackey) Burns. She graduated from Bishop Muldoon High School in Rockford, Illinois, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida; a Master of Education degree from University of Florida in Gainesville; and a Master of Education degree in Guidance/Counseling from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. She was also certified in Clinical Pastoral Education by Aquinas Theological Institute in Dubuque, Iowa, and as a hospital chaplain by the U. S. Catholic Conference and by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Sister spent 19 years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Jacksonville, Miami Beach, Miami, and West Palm Beach, Florida; and in Cleveland, Ohio. This includes one year at Hoban Dominican High School in Cleveland, Ohio, and three years at Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida, both institutions of the Adrian Dominican Congregation. Sister Jeanne was principal for six years at St. James in Miami, Florida. 

Sister Jeanne served as Vicaress General for the Adrian Dominican Congregation from 1968 to 1978. She was Chaplain at Rochester Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota for one year and Director of Pastoral Care for six years at St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. She also ministered for 18 years at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, California, where she was Chaplain for three years, Vice-President for eleven years, and Patient Relations Representative for four years.

Sister Jeanne became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2013. Sister was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters: Catherine T. Noble, Bette Doherty, Rosemary F. Kerper, Lorraine Suerth and Frances Rooney, and her brothers: James Burns, John Burns, William J. Burns, Thomas R. Burns, Jr. and Robert M. Burns. Sister Jeanne is survived by loving nieces and nephews and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Jeanne will be on Monday, July 22, 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 Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Mass of Christian Burial 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 Jeanne (Thomas Raymond):

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Funeral for Sister Jeanne (Thomas Raymond):

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From left: Sister Jeanne as a flower girl, 1935. Sister Jeanne enjoys her time at the beach in Miami, Florida, December 7, 1932. Sister Jeanne stands in front of the grotto at the Motherhouse on her entrance day.

From left: Sister Jeanne with her parents. Sister Jeanne as a postulant – 1947

From left: Adrian Dominican Generalate Officers from 1968 to 1974 were: front row, from left, Sister Thomas Raymond (Jeanne Burns); Mother Laurence Edward (Rosemary Ferguson), Mother General; and Sister Mary Paul (Noreen McKeough); and back row, from left, Sisters James Therese (Arthemise Cassanova), Mary Julita (Mary DeVault), Christopher (Kathryn Noonan), John Bride (Mary Catherine Jordan), and Margaret Michaella (Dorothy Folliard). From left, Sisters Veronica Kelley, Jeanne Burns, and Mary Margaret Beh celebrate Sister Jeanne’s Golden Jubilee, 1997.

Members of the 1974-1978 General Council were, from left, Sisters Rosemary Ferguson, OP, Prioress General; Cathryn Deutsch, OP, Councilor; Jeanne Burns, OP, Vicaress General; Nadine Foley, OP, Councilor; and Jeanne O’Laughlin, OP, Councilor.

From left: Sisters Dorothy Glaister, left, and Jeanne Burns. Members of Sister Jeanne’s mission group are: front row, Sisters Diana Miller, Anne Russell, and Julie Hyer, and back row, Sisters Hilda Marie Gelegan, Adrienne Piennette, Jeanne Burns, and Molly Giller and Associate Mary Reardon.

Right: Sister Jeanne, left, and Sister Mary Margaret Beh volunteer at St. Francis Soup Kitchen, 2011.

Right: Former members of the General Council gather for a 2006 reunion, from left: Sisters Dorothy Folliard, Rosemary Ferguson, Mary DeVault, Jeanne Burns, and Noreen McKeough.

Members of the 1997 Golden Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Cyrilla Zarek, Margaret Lane, Jean Kathleen Comiskey, Marcine Klemm, Kathleen Therese McCann, Paul Emilia Brown, Shirley Thielk, and Bernadette Mehal; middle row, from left, Sisters Jacquelyn Murray, Theresa Nightingale, Mary Saynay, M. Joan Loeffler, Ann Stephanie Callopy, Janet Persyk, and Margaret Ann Swallow; and front row, seated, Sisters Jeanne Burns, Mary Skender, and Benita Bourne.

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Avatar  Chuck Burns last monthReply

My beautiful aunt
On behalf of my wife Thanhha and my children Darby, Kelly, Marie and Marcus: Lord let perpetual light shine upon Sister Jeanne

Avatar  Louise Gimbel Todd last monthReply

Sr Thomas Raymond was principal at St James in Miami when I was there. She was strict but always fair and friendly. She was very tall

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