In Memoriam


(1919-2018)

Sister Marie Amada Garcia, formerly known as Marie Concepta Apodaca Garcia, died on April 10, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 98 years of age and in the 78th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Marie Amada was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Eduardo Apodaca and Ramoncita Luna Apodaca. After the death of her father, Sister Marie Amada’s mother married Charles Garcia and Sister was adopted by him. 

Sister graduated from St. Vincent Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and received a bachelor’s degree in Latin from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in English from the University of Detroit. 

Sister Marie Amada spent 45 years ministering in education in Chicago and Joliet, Illinois; Winslow, Arizona; Tucumcari and Albuquerque, New Mexico; Des Moines, Iowa; Detroit, Michigan; Oakland and Santa Cruz, California; and Las Vegas, Nevada. She was an immigration counselor from 1985 to 2001 in Catholic Community Services of Nevada, in Las Vegas. 

Sister Marie Amada became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2009. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, William; and her sister, Lena. She is survived by a sister, Rita Lawrence of Carrollton, Texas, and loving nephews and a niece.  

The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Friday, April 13, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. Ritual of Remembering will take place in the Rose Room at 1:30 p.m. Both the Funeral 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.

Left: Sisters serving at Queen of Heaven in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1961 were, back row, from left: Sisters Marie Amada Garcia, James Philip (Mary) Carey, Marie Assumpta (Mildred Ann) Huber, and Mary Benignus (Ellen Mary) Ach; and front row, from left, Sisters Ann Philip Cotta, Marie McGowan, Matthew Mary Foley, and Dorothy Marie Beers.

Left: From left, Sister Marie Amada Garcia, Michelle DeCarie, and Sister Leon Grace Faulhaber stand in front of St. Louis Bertrand Church, Oakland, California. 

Left: Sisters Marie Amada Garcia (left) and Ruth Kennedy celebrate their Diamond Jubilee in 1999.

Left: Left to right, Sisters Nelda Ann Klein, Bernice Nofs, Eleanor Stech, Marie Amada Garcia, and Anne Baxter

Left: Sister Marie Amada Garcia (third row, furthest back, right) poses with the Sisters she taught American Literature in the summer of 1963.

Members of the Double Diamond Jubilee Class of 2009 are: back row, from left, Sisters Dorothy Jeanne Burns, Mary Margaret Beh, Maura Phillips, Attracta Kelly (Prioress), and Virginia Marie LaTourelle, and front row, from left, Sisters Marie Amada Garcia, Irma Gerber, Marie Bride Walsh, and Helen Patrick Bartley.

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(1921-2018)

Sister Kathleen Donnelly, formerly known as Sister Charles Mary Donnelly, died on April 2, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 96 years of age and in the 79th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Kathleen was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, to Charles and Kathleen (O’Hare) Donnelly. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, Michigan, and received a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in education, both from Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida.

Sister spent 70 years ministering in elementary education in Detroit, Michigan; Miami Beach, Pensacola, Jacksonville, Hollywood, St. Petersburg, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, Florida; and in Chicago, Illinois. She was principal for six years at Sacred Heart School in Pensacola, seven years at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School in Ft. Lauderdale, and 35 years at St. Hugh School in Miami, all in Florida. Sister Kathleen also volunteered in pastoral ministry for 1½ years at St. Patrick Parish in Miami Beach. 

Sister Kathleen became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2011. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Betty Jane Spencer. She is survived by a sister, Patricia Lechifflard of Lake Worth, Florida, and loving nieces and nephews.

Welcome of Sister Kathleen will be on Monday, April 9, 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 of the Dominican Life Center. 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, April 10, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral 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 Kathleen (Charles Mary):


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Funeral for Sister Kathleen (Charles Mary):


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Left: Sister Kathleen, principal, and Sister Ann Marie Meagher, assistant  principal, worked together at St. Anastasia, Fort Pierce, Florida.


Left: Sister Kathleen Donnelly with her parents. Right: Sister Kathleen, left, helps to celebrate the Double-Diamond Jubilee (70 years) of Sister Joan Marie Meidinger at the Casa Maria Residence in West Palm Beach, Florida, in June 1996.


Right: Sister Kathleen, standing, and Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, OP, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day together, 2014.


Sister Kathleen graduates with her master’s degree from Barry College (University), Miami Shores, Florida, on June 30, 1957.

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(1924-2018)

This was a world

-of Nancy Drew and Therese of Lisieux;
-of Cardinal Mundelein and Father P.J. McGuire;
-of President Roosevelt and Blessed Martin de Porres;
-of chance books and St. Patrick’s Day plays;
-of novenas and May crownings;
-of diagramming participles and memorizing poetry.

This was how Sister Dorothy Folliard, in her life story, remembered her childhood in the Chicago of the 1930s. She was the second oldest of five children – four girls and one boy – born to Michael and Margaret (O’Connor) Folliard, Irish immigrants from County Roscommon and County Kerry, respectively, who met in Chicago and married in 1921. Michael was a street car operator, while Margaret oversaw home and family.

Originally, the Folliards lived in St. Columbanus Parish, but when Sister Dorothy was two years old the family moved to St. Laurence Parish, where they lived next door to the convent and could hear the prayers and laughter of the Adrian Dominican Sisters there. “We went to the store with them as ‘companion.’ We loved them in their black cloaks and in their colorful house dresses for Friday night cleaning. We thrived in their school across the street,” Sister Dorothy recalled.

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make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221.

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(1928-2018)

Although losing my identity as an Edmonds Dominican Sister was a death experience, it was quickly replaced by my resurrection/new life experience of becoming an Adrian Dominican Sister. I have not lost my community, but gained a larger one!

These words were written in Sister Patrice Eilers’ annals for 2004-2005, a year after the merger between the Adrian and Edmonds Dominican communities took effect. And although Sister Patrice spent the rest of her life in Washington – the state where almost all of her seventy years of religious life took place – her writings indicate a constant sense of the new community that becoming an Adrian Dominican Sister had brought her.

Patricia Mary Eilers was born on April 24, 1928, in Seattle, to John (also known as Jim) Fred Eilers and Marie Ethel (Anderson) Eilers. John was born in Le Mars, Iowa, and grew up on a farm in South Dakota. Marie was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and from the age of six lived in Seattle.

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make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. 

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