In Memoriam


(1941-2021)

Lisa was a gentle, humble woman. She had challenges but she always met them head on with noteworthy patience, never complaining, moving forward even if the pace had to be slower. Her self-acceptance gave her the unique perspective and opportunity to be with others where they were.

This description of Sister Mary Lisa Rieman comes from her funeral homily, written by Sister Mary Jane Lubinski about a woman whose family and friends remembered her as loving, generous with her time and talents – and always up for a spirited game of Rummikub.

Elizabeth Louise Rieman was born on July 1, 1941, in Leipsic, Ohio, to Leo and Kathryn (Schroeder) Rieman, the son and daughter of farming families who lived near each other. She was the oldest of five, followed by Dorothy, Donald, Stephen, and Joseph, and the multi-generational home also included Leo’s parents.

Leo farmed 150 acres and raised a variety of animals, and as is typical of farm families, everyone pitched in to do the work. Sister Lisa wrote in her life story that she learned to milk a cow when she was about six years old.

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(1939-2021)

I doubt that Dorothea ever sang in the Schola. She, like many of us, was always consigned to the pews. She usually took on the less prestigious tasks – no service on the altar or in offices of the council. But she always had a simple and joyful heart. She loved being in the community; she loved being a postulant; she loved Sister Margaret Philip, the Postulant Mistress (while many of us maintained a more nuanced assessment of those years). Dorothea was open-hearted and generous, quick to laugh and guileless.

Sister Barbara Cervenka’s funeral homily for Sister Dorothea Gramlich, from which this quote comes, spoke of Sister Dorothea’s life as a reflection of David’s prayer in Scripture – which had been turned long ago by Sister Denise Mainville into a song sung by the community at daily Mass – “Lord God, in the simplicity of my heart, I have joyfully offered you all things.”

Sister Dorothea was born July 29, 1939, in Wyandotte, Michigan, the first child of Lester and Dorothea (LaCourse) Gramlich. A brother, Charles, followed. Lester died of lung cancer when the children were two years and six months old, respectively, and their maternal grandmother came to live with the family to help care for the children. When little Dorothea was in second grade, however, their grandmother became ill, and Dorothea was sent to St. Mary Academy in nearby Monroe, Michigan.

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(1932-2021)

Anne lived and shared life with the poor and needy in many cultures. She brought to life the words of Scripture: God is near to the brokenhearted and God hears the cry of the poor.

Sister Peggy Coyne, Adrian Crossroads Mission Chapter Prioress, concluded her eulogy for Sister Anne Liam Lees with these words, describing a woman who had spent much of her life in ministry in places such as inner-city Detroit, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.

Sister Anne Liam was born January 23, 1932, in Decatur, Illinois, and baptized Margaret Frances. She was the second of six children born to William and Anne (Hines) Lees, along with Mary Anne, Robert, Paul, Michael, and Richard.

William was a proud son of Wisconsin, with a great love for fishing and ice-skating and other winter sports. While the family lived in Decatur, he delivered Hostess Cake products and milk in a horse-drawn wagon, often singing made-up songs as he drove. Anne, an Illinois native, was trained as a beautician and for many years operated a beauty shop in the family home.

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(1934-2021)

I heard the word TRUTH. Truth has always touched my soul and it was then that I realized I would be an Adrian Dominican Sister.

This passage from Sister Esther Ortega’s autobiography describes the moment, while on a summer retreat, that she knew she had been called to religious life.

Born in Douglas, Arizona, on March 24, 1934, to Jose and Maria (Medrano) Ortega, Sister Esther was part of a large family of seven children: Peter, Irene, Connie, George, Edward, herself, and Raul. Jose was a carpenter who owned his own business, while Maria raised chickens (studying farm journals so she could raise the best birds) for sale and took in laundry as well.

Sister Esther’s multicultural heritage included great-grandparents who were Belgian and Aztec and a grandmother from Spain. Both her parents were born in Mexico; her paternal grandparents fled to the U.S. during the Mexican Revolution, while her grandparents on her mother’s side came to the U.S. when Maria was eight years old. The families both settled in El Paso, Texas, and eventually Jose and Maria met and married.

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

 

 

Homily from Monsignor Arturo Bañuelas,
recorded for Sister Esther's Funeral

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