In Memoriam


Sister Hilda Nadine Sheehan, formerly known as Sister Carl Edward Sheehan, died on Thursday, October 4, 2018, while attending a gathering of the Dominican Sisters Conference at the Maryknoll Sisters in Ossining, New York. She was 81 years of age and in the 62nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Nadine was born in Rochester, Michigan, to Edward and Irene (Egan) Sheehan. She graduated from Rochester High School and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in biology from Kansas State College in Pittsburg, Kansas; a Registered Nursing degree from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit; and a Family Practitioner degree from Georgia Southern College in Statesboro.  

Sister Nadine spent 11 years ministering in elementary education in Chicago and Oak Park, Illinois, and seven years as assistant principal in Detroit. She was principal for one year at Rosary High School and treasurer for three years at Dominican High School, both Adrian Dominican-sponsored institutions in Detroit. 

Sister Nadine was a staff nurse for two years at the Adrian Dominican-sponsored Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, California, and for one year in Statesboro, Georgia. She practiced as a family nurse practitioner for 14 years in Columbia and Olive Hill, Kentucky, and in Saginaw and Adrian, Michigan. She was a primary care clinic nurse for 13 years in Clinton Township and Mount Clemens, Michigan, and was a volunteer in health services for three years at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. 

In 2017, she was appointed Vicaress of the Sisters in the Adrian Dominican Vicariate, where she served until her death. 

Sister was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by three sisters: Laurine Jessop of Sterling Heights, Sharon Crisan of Rochester, and Jacqueline Noonan of Utica, all in Michigan, one brother, Carl, of Bozeman, Montana.

Welcome of Sister Nadine will be on Tuesday, October 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. 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 Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 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.


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Photo on left: Members of the 2004 General Chapter Secretarial Committee are, from left, Sisters Joan Marconi, Dorothy Guettler, Louise Borgacz, Dorothy Booms, Barbara Hehr, and Nadine Sheehan.
Photo on right: Members of the Lumen Mission Group, gathering in 2004, were: front row, from left, Sisters Bonnie Motto and Jeanine Boivin and Associate Marilyn Glanert; row two, from left, Sisters Jude Van Baalen, Mary Jones, and Rosemary Zuccaro; third row, from left, Sister Janet Schaeffler, Emily Malleis (in formation to be a Sister), and Peg O’Flynn; and back row, from left, Sisters Tarianne DeYonker, Mary Ann Konieski, and Nadine Sheehan.

Photo on right: Enjoying their time together are: back row, from left, Sisters Nadine Sheehan and Mary Louise Gass and front row, from left, Sisters Norma Dell and Mary Kay Homan.

Photo on left: Sister Nadine, left, with Sister Janet Schaeffler.
Photo on right: Sister Nadine Sheehan prepares a Chinese lantern that she released during a picnic with other Dominican Sisters hours before she died on October 4.

Members of the 2006 Golden Jubilee Class, August Reception Crowd, are: back row, from left, Sisters Jean Harlan, Donna Kustusch, Janet Capone, Ann Marie Petri, and Rosalie Bulanda; middle row, from left, Sisters Joan Christie, Annette Desloover, Ann Englert, Denise Devitt, Hilda Nadine Sheehan, and Ruth Adamites; and front row, from left, Sisters Marilee Ewing, Helen Essa, Joanne Spisz, and Maria Caridad Pinuela.

Cemetery of the Adrian Dominican Sisters

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