In Memoriam


(1934-2019)

Sister Lorraine Pepin, formerly known as Sister Johneda Pepin, died on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the ProMedica Bixby Hospital in Adrian, Michigan. She was 84 years of age and in the 66th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Lorraine was born in Escanaba, Michigan, to John and Edna (Dubord) Pepin. She graduated from St. Joseph High School in Escanaba and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in special education from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. She was also licensed as a pastoral counselor by the Cardinal Meyer Institute in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Sister Lorraine spent 29 years ministering in elementary education in Chicago; Detroit, Newberry, Sault Ste. Marie, Norway, Iron Mountain, and Escanaba, Michigan; Des Moines, Iowa; and Vero Beach, Melbourne, and Tequesta, Florida. 

She was director of religious education and pastoral minister at St. Jude Parish in Tequesta from 1986 to 2004, and pastoral minister for one year at St. Helen in Vero Beach, Florida. She also was the director of physical exercise at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian for 1½ years.

Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2005. She was preceded in death by her parents; nine brothers: Henry, Victor, Raymond, Wilfred, Francis, Lester, Donald, Lenard, Ernest; and two sisters, Rita Shannon and Therese Rathfoot. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Lorraine will be on Wednesday, June 12, 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 Thursday, June 13, 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.

 

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Center: First Holy Communion




From left: Sister Lorraine Pepin with her nephew, Father Darryl Pepin, son of Donald; Sister Lorraine Pepin, left, and Sister Reta Drexler


Celebrating their Golden Jubilees in 2002 are, from left: Sisters Lorraine Sinn, Lorraine Pepin, Mary Ann Caulfield (Chapter Prioress), Reta Drexler, and Frances Madigan.


From left: Sisters Lorraine Pepin, left, and Reta Drexler; Sister Lorraine, left, with her sister Rita


Members of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Class are: back row, from left, Sisters Dorothy Booms, Lorraine Pepin, Carolyn Nelson, Reta Drexler, Arlene Marie Kosmatka, Frances Madigan, and Attracta Kelly (Prioress); middle row, from left, Sisters Kathryn Hartnett, Marguerite Renuart, Maureen Keeler, Lorraine Sinn, and Cora Marie Campbell; and front row, from left, Sisters Anne Cenci, Ann Kelly, Joann Weigang, and Magdalena Ezoe.

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(1924-2019)

Sister Irene Marie Kerich, formerly known as Mary Louise Kerich, died on Monday, May 27, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 94 years of age and in the 77th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Irene Marie was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Harry and Irene (Dugas) Kerich. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, and received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, and a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was also certified as a pastoral minister by SS Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan. 

Sister Irene Marie spent twenty-six years ministering in education in Chelsea, Bad Axe, and Detroit, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Conneaut, Ohio. She also served in congregational leadership for eight years as Councilor and Co-Provincial in St. Catherine Province in Detroit. She was plant manager for the Dominican High School convent in Detroit for one year and served for 23 years in pastoral ministry at St. Ambrose Parish in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. 

Sister Irene Marie became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2003. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Douglas and William Kerich. She is survived by loving nieces and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Irene Marie will be on Wednesday, May 29, 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 Thursday, May 30, 2019, 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.

 

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From left: Sister Irene Marie before entrance, 1940; Profession Day, August 19, 1942; Sister Irene Marie Kerich, OP, taken in Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 1950

From left: With her father and brother Douglas, 1932; Sisters Helen Duncan, left, and Irene Marie Kerich working for homebound seniors, Christmas 1977

Gathered outside the monastery in Prouille, France, 1994, are: standing, from left, Sisters Patricia Consier, Theresa Mayrand, Barbara Hengesbach, Romona Nowak, Irene Marie Kerich, and Clare O’Connor, and seated, from left, Sisters Marilyn Winter, Patricia Dolan, Marianne O’Neill, Lois Spear, Dorothy Dempsey, Marion Coppe, and Patricia Stellmah.

Left: Enjoying their Mission Group Christmas party are, from left, Sisters Marion Coppe, Irene Marie Kerich, and Therese Craig.

Members of the 2001 Diamond Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Thomas Josephine Lawler, Celeste Beauregard, Gertrude Sitzmann, Theresa Martin Pigott, and Mary Jane Schallert; middle row, from left, Sisters Agnes Edward McGill, Irene Marie Kerich, Marie Therese Creighton, Kathleen Scanlon, and Lucian Marie Dusseau; and front row, from left, Coletta Slatter and Marie Urban Schwartz. 

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(1924-2019)

Sister Philomena Perreault, formerly known as Marie Therese Perreault, died Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 94 years of age and in the 67th year of her religious profession: 51 years in the Dominican Sisters of Edmonds, Washington, and 16 years in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, to Arthur and Marie (Arel) Perreault. She graduated from Holy Angels Academy in Seattle, Washington, and received a Licensed Practical Nursing degree from Gray’s Harbor Community College in Aberdeen, Washington.

Sister Philomena spent nine years ministering in environmental services in Everett and Edmonds, Washington, and in Menlo Park, California. She returned to Washington State and served as a nurse for seven years at St. Helen Hospital in Chehalis, one year at St. Joseph Hospital in Aberdeen and four years at St. Alphonsus Convent in Seattle. 

Sister ministered for 10 years at the Mexican Mission Clinic in Acolman, Mexico, serving the people and orphans by fulfilling the role of mother, nurse, and care-giver for the children, staff, and volunteers. In 1997 she began her ministry in Haiti and served for 11 years at Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos Orphanage, where she was in charge of the infants and toddlers. Sister Philomena then moved to Pere Damien Hospital in the mountains of Kenscoff, Haiti, where she ministered to the orphans for four years. 

Sister Philomena became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2010. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Irene DiPietro and Rita Perreault; and a brother, Lucian Perreault. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Rite of Committal (burial) for Sister Philomena will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in the Congregation cemetery.  A Memorial Mass will be on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine’s Chapel. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 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.

 

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Remembrance for Sister Philomena:


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From left, Sister Philomena, Father Richard Frechette, who worked with her at the orphanage in Haiti, and Mother Teresa of Calcutta with a baby from the orphanage. Sister Philomena enjoys a light moment at the 2018 Fall Family Fest, held in the Dominican Life Center courtyard for Co-workers and their families.

From left: The last Sisters to reside at Rosary Heights in Edmonds, Washington are, from left: Sisters Dorothy L. Berg, Michele Kopp, Mary White, Philomena Perreault, and Judy Byron. Sister Philomena at an audience with Pope John Paul II

From left, Sister Fidelis Halpin; Father William Wasson, founder of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos Orphanage in Haiti; and Sister Philomena Perreault, January 17, 1983. Members of the 2012 Diamond Jubilarians August Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Marion O’Loughlin, Diane Odette, Diana Bader, Norma Dell, Mary Ann Zakrajsek, and Attracta Kelly (Prioress) and front row, from left, Sisters Marie Quenneville, Mary Nugent, Jean Horger, Philomena Perreault, Barbara Bieker, and Mary Giacopelli.

Sister Philomena with her family: from left, Kathy; her father, Arthur; Sister Philomena; Rita; Frank; Richard; Andrew; and her mother, Marie.

 

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(1936-2019)

Sister Ellen Murphy, formerly known as Sister Marie Aquino Murphy, died on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 82 years of age and in the 64th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Ellen was born in Detroit to Joseph and Cecilia (Kenney) Murphy. She graduated from Dominican High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in European history from De Paul University in Chicago. 

Sister spent 35½ years ministering in elementary education in Detroit, Michigan; Chicago, Homewood, Elmhurst, Wilmette, and Oak Lawn, Illinois; and Fort Wayne, Indiana. This includes seven years as principal of Queen of Angels, Chicago; three years as principal of St. Joseph, Wilmette; and nine years as principal of St. Catherine of Alexandria, Oak Lawn, all in Illinois. She also spent five years as principal of St. Vincent de Paul in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

Sister Ellen was the administrative assistant for a short time for the Dominican Midwest Chapter of the Adrian Dominican Sisters in Burbank; ministered in spiritual development for CenterPointe in South Holland for three years; was program coordinator for Women’s Center Project, Westchester for one year, all in Illinois. She was also regional coordinator for Catholic Association of Student Councils at Notre Dame, Indiana, for one year. 

Sister Ellen became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents and a first cousin, Sister Celine Therese McMahon, OP, also an Adrian Dominican Sister. She is survived by her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Ellen will be on Tuesday, April 16, 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 Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 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.

 

 

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Left: Sister Ellen Murphy with her parents

From left: Sisters Joyce Rybarczyk, left, and Ellen Murphy in Watervliet, Michigan, where Sister Joyce ministered on a reservation. Staff members of St. Catherine of Alexandria School and Parish, Oak  Lawn, Illinois are, from left, Sisters Helen Sorich and Ellen Murphy; Father Mark Walter; Father Joseph O’Brien, Pastor; Byrnie Smierciak, Director of Religious Education; and Sister Kathleen Harkins.

Sisters Patricia Walter (left) and Ellen Murphy stand in front of CenterPointe Women’s Center. Sisters Norlee McDonnell (left) and Ellen Murphy

From left: Members of the Sophia Mission Group celebrate Christmas, early 2000s. Shown are, standing, from left, Sisters Ellen Murphy, Peter Anthony Schulte, and Mary Alice Hoff and seated, from left, Sisters Jean Keeley, Sally Fergus, and Juliann Flynn. Standing in the Dominican Midwest Chapter Office are, from left, Sisters Louise Borgacz, Helen Therese Mayer, and Ellen Murphy.

Chatting in the Dominican Life Center lobby, from left, are: Sisters Mary Singer, Mary Ellen Youngblood, Theresa McCall, Joan Sustersic, Peter Anthony Schulte, and Ellen Murphy.

Members of the 2004 Golden Jubilee June Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Marianne O’Neill, Ellen Murphy, Marlene Ptaszynski, Marilyn Francoeur, Clarice Moyle, Esther Kennedy, Margaret Andrezik, Rose Ann Schlitt, Jeanne Marie Stickling, Gail Himrod, and Norlee McDonnell and front row, from left, Sisters Evelyn Piche, Teresita Ruiz, Mary Ann Letzgus, Ellen Schmitz, Therese Reynolds, Rose Irene Calvert, Joan Baustian, Kathleen Watt, Virginia Kleckner, and Janet Capone (Prioress).

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