In Memoriam


Sister Ann Patrice Remkus(1928-2021)

Whatever the future holds for me, one thing is certain: God will be present and will not let me down. I trust He will allow me to use whatever talents He has placed in me to be of service in His work and to bring happiness to myself.

Sister Ann Patrice Remkus wrote this passage to conclude the 1986 edition of her life story. Both it and a later version are a thoughtful, honest look back at what Sister Mary Sue Kennedy described in her homily for Sister’s Memorial Mass as “a life well lived, with its ups and downs and its joys and pains.”

Lucille Judith Remkus was born on July 2, 1928, in Rockford, Illinois, to Frank and Petronella (Stansel) Remkus. In one of her St. Catherine letters to Sister Marcella Gardner, she mused about the date of her birth: “An early firecracker? Hardly, as this letter will attest to; I’ve not been early for much of anything in my life, unfortunately.”

Frank and Pat, as Sister Ann Patrice’s mother was called (and from which name the second part of Sister’s religious name was derived), both came to the U.S. from Lithuania. Frank left his homeland in 1910 at the age of about 21, fleeing under cover of darkness to avoid being conscripted into the Russian army. He walked to the Netherlands and from there sailed to New York. Pat came to the U.S. in 1909, at about age 22, after having had a difficult childhood. Sister wrote in her life story that Pat’s mother had died when Pat was just 18 months old, and because Pat’s stepmother did not accept her and her sister, she had left home at age nine to work on a farm.

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Memorial Mass for Sister Ann Patrice

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Sister Lucy Ann Quinn(1932-2021)

Someone once wrote that the lives we live are like a pebble thrown in a pond which causes ever widening rings and ripples. The ripples in the water can often continue on for a while and will touch everything in its path. It continues even after the stone has disappeared. So, too is this true of those we know and love; they still touch us long after they are gone.

Sister Mary Sue Kennedy wrote these words in her funeral homily for Sister Lucy Ann Quinn, who definitely did her part to touch people’s lives throughout her many years of service in everything from teaching to volunteering at a local hot air balloon festival.

Lucy Ann was born in Detroit on August 31, 1932 – entering the world “during the darkest part of the total eclipse of the sun at three o’clock in the afternoon,” she wrote in her autobiography – as the fourth child of Maurice and Florence (Knill) Quinn. Her siblings were all quite a bit older than she was; Margaret was sixteen, Maurice (known as Bud) was fourteen and John was twelve. As a result, she wrote, her sister and brothers “showered me with much affection.”

The family lived in Visitation Parish, and Lucy Ann’s experience with the Adrian Dominican Sisters began in first grade at the parish school. In addition to the strong role models the Sisters were for her, she had the example of her parents’ faith life as a guiding light. “As I grew I was very impressed with the strong faith of my mother and dad,” she wrote. “Dad was a daily communicant. They both went to confession often and each made a yearly retreat. Nightly they said the rosary together kneeling beside their bed.”

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Sister Dorothy Guettler(1935-2021)

Sister Dorothy Guettler, formerly known as Sister Marian Vincent, died on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She was 86 years of age and in the 67th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Dorothy was born in Fort Pierce, Florida, to Vincent and Lillian (Heitkamp) Guettler. She graduated from St. Anastasia High School in Fort Pierce, Florida, and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida, and a master’s degree in religious education from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Sister Dorothy ministered in elementary education for 22 years in Detroit and Walled Lake, Michigan; Elmhurst, Illinois; St. Petersburg, Miami Shores, and Fort Walton Beach, Florida; and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Sister also served as Director of Religious Education for five years for the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida. 

Sister Dorothy served the Congregation for 31 years, including six years as Chapter Prioress of the Florida Mission Chapter, two years as Coordinator of Ministry/Life Planning, nine years as the Adrian Campus Administrator, and 14 years as Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Congregation. 

Sister Dorothy became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Langel; brothers Paul and Edward Guettler; and an aunt, Sister Rose Germaine Guettler, also an Adrian Dominican Sister. She is survived by six sisters: Jeanie Lattner and Teresa Mock of Fort Pierce, Margaret Wiencek (Bruno) and Dolores Fortnash (John) of Bushnell, and Kathleen Coney (Jerry) of Tallahassee, all in Florida, and Patricia Shaughnessy of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada; three brothers, Gerald of Bushnell, Bernard of Rutherfordton, North Carolina, and Karl of Port Saint Lucie, Florida; a cousin, Sister Rose Bernadette Hoeffner, an Adrian Dominican Sister; loving nieces and nephews; and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed to all guests or visitors until further notice. All are welcome to participate in Sister’s wake and funeral via live stream

The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday, December 20, 2021, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 21, 2021. Prayers of Committal will be held 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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Funeral for Sister Dorothy

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Left: Vincent and Lillian Guettler, parents of Sister Dorothy. Center: Graduate of St. Anastasia High School, Fort Pierce, Florida.


Left: The Guettler family: back row, from left, Paul, Patricia, Dolores, Betty, and Gerald, and front row, from left, Dorothy, Edward, and Jeanie


Left: Sisters Dorothy Guettler (left) and Rose Celeste O’Connell, September 2000. Right: From left, Sisters Beverly Bobola, Dorothy Guettler, and Rose Celeste O’Connell.


Left: Members of Sister Dorothy’s Mission Group are: back row, from left, Sisters Rose Celeste O’Connell, Mary Pat Dewey, Aneesah McNamee, Durstyne Farnan, Lorraine Réaume, and Mary Alice Naour, and front row, from left, Sisters Patricia Spangler, Dorothy Guettler, Jean Charles Birney, and Nadine Foley. Right: Sisters Carol Johannes, left, and Dorothy Guettler during a visit to Alaska.


Left: Sister Dorothy Guettler at the Office of Ministry/Life Planning in Arian, 1989. Right: Members of the 2013 Diamon Jubilarian December 1953 Reception Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Joan Schroeder, Margaret Ann Roggenbuck, Marie Rose Bauer, Attracta Kelly (Prioress), Dorothy Guettler, Janet Wright, and Carol Fleming; middle row, from left, Sisters Margaret Marie Ringel, Frances Wetzel, Janice Scholl, Patricia Ann McKee, Patricia Sporer, Pauline Richter, and Barbara Chenicek; and front row, from left, Sisters Joan Mary Dwyer, Josephine Gaugier, Margarita Ruíz, Mary Vianne Bayus, Lorraine Brennan, Mary E. Waldron, and Mary Cullen.

 

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Sister Barbara Mary Saynay(1929-2021)

Our sister Barbara Mary waited and waited for God to come. And, not surprisingly, God came … right at the beginning of the Advent season.

So began the funeral homily for Sister Barbara Mary Saynay, preached by Sister Mary Ann Ennis. Sister Barbara Mary died on December 4, 2021, just over three years after the death of her sister Mary, who was also in the Congregation.

Christine, as Sister Barbara Mary was baptized, was born on April 7, 1929, in Detroit to Joseph and Lucille (Rybczynski) Saynay. Joseph’s surname was originally Sajnaj, the Polish spelling, but he changed it in around 1937 and the rest of the family followed suit.

Besides Christine and Mary, nine other children were born to Joseph and Lucille: Charlotte, Mary’s twin, who died shortly after birth; Margaret; Barbara; Lillian; Bernadine; Constance; Rosalie; Joseph; and Lawrence. Rosalie entered the Congregation as well, becoming Sister Lawrence Joseph, but left in 1975.

Christine, whose nickname was Kris, and Mary were next to each other in birth order – Mary was the oldest child, and Kris followed two years later – and the two shared a bed as children. After Sister Mary died, Sister Maria Goretti Browne, then Vicaress for the Adrian Dominican Vicariate, told the following story at Sister Mary’s wake service:

… She and her sister, Kris, would get into their double bed at night, and of course they argued or squabbled. If you ever slept in a double bed with your sister and didn’t squabble, there is something wrong with you. You know, “You are on my side. You’ve got all the covers.” I know from experience. One Christmas, Kris received a powder glove as a present. Each time Mary rolled over on her side of the bed, the powder was shaken out of the glove on her. Dad heard them squabbling and called up the stairway a couple of times. Finally, he had had it. He came up and put the ironing board between them. Kris said she laughed herself to sleep that night and she didn’t remember what Mary did.

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Vigil for Sister Barbara

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Funeral for Sister Barbara

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