In Memoriam

Sister Anastasia McNichols, OP (John Leo)


Sister Anastasia McNichols, formerly known as Sister John Leo McNichols, died on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 91 years of age and in the 70th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Anastasia was born in Chicago to John and Stasia (Ryan) McNichols. She graduated from Trinity High School in River Forest, Illinois, and received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in English and a Master of Teaching degree in Education, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. She also was certified as a pastoral counselor by the Cardinal Meyer Institute in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Sister ministered for 20 years in elementary education in Detroit and Walled Lake, Michigan; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Tucson and Scottsdale, Arizona; and in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she was principal for three years. 

She ministered for 10 years in Congregation leadership: three years as Co-Provincial for the Holy Cross Province in Oakland, California; six years as Chapter Prioress for the Upper Midwest Chapter in Hometown, Illinois; and one year as administrator of retired Sisters in Wilmette, Illinois. Sister Anastasia also served for an additional 23 years in various pastoral positions in Phoenix, Arizona and in St. Charles, Chicago, Palos Park, and Evergreen Park, Illinois. 

Sister Anastasia became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by loving cousins and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Rite of Committal (burial) for Sister Anastasia will be held on Friday, March 6, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. in the Congregation Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be on Monday, March 9, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Monday, March 9, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Room at the Dominican Life Center. Both the Memorial Mass and the Ritual of Remembering will be live streamed.

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.


Remembering for Sister Anastasia (John Leo):

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Memorial Mass for Sister Anastasia (John Leo)::

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Left: The young Anastasia with her parents

From left: Sister Anastasia’s high school photo, Trinity High School, River Forest, Illinois, Class of 1947. Sister Anastasia (Sister John Leo) in her classroom, 1952

From left: Sister Anastasia checks out the broadcast log in the transmission control room of the Educational Television Center of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Sister Anastasia spends time in Monument Valley, Arizona, during her 1991 sabbatical. 

From left: As Chapter Prioress, Sister Anastasia makes a visit in 1990 to Sister Joan Schroeder at Villa St. John, Downingtown, Pennsylvania. From left, Sisters Jeanne O’Laughlin, Peg Albert, and Anastasia McNichols 

From left: Sister Anastasia, left, with Sister Sharon Weber. Sisters Carolyn Nelson, Joan Marie Weithman, and Anastasia McNichols.

From left: Sister Anastasia serves as photographer during Transformations ’89. Members of the 2009 Diamond Jubilee Crowd are, back row, from left, Sisters Aileen McClain, Geraldine Megel, Mary Elizabeth Crimmins, Grace Flowers, Jean Jeziolkowski, and Madeline Mary Dervin and front row, from left, Sisters Thomas James Burns, Anastasia McNichols, Frances Barfield, Jane Irene Hutton, and Donna Markham (Prioress).

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Avatar  Karl Chavez last monthReply

Sister John Leo (Anastasia) McNichols
She was the Principal of Queen of Heaven Parochial School in the late 1960's to the early 1970's approximately 3 years in Albuquerque, New Mexico. One day, She one caught all the 5th Grade boys trashing the bathroom back in 1969. She had all the boys line and slapped everyone of us to make her point clear to have respect for the school facility. She was an awesome Educator and I will never forget her. Lets keep her in our prayers where she can seat at table of Our Lord Jesus who sits at the right hand of the Father Almighty and with the Holy Spirit who reigns over the Universe forever as one GOD.

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