In Memoriam

Sister Catherine Maureen (Marcelle Marie) Podvin, OP(1920 – 2015)
There has never existed a greater American patriot than this small, quiet German girl with the fiery red hair and large dark blue eyes. After finding employment as a waitress, she struck out on her own. 

Sister Catherine Podvin began her autobiography with this tribute to her mother, Marie Magdalena Danziesen, whom she described as “a practical, cautious, frugal” person who traveled alone to the United States at the age of sixteen.
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(Sister Elaine (Joseph Loretta) Lederer, OP1923 – 2015)
Elaine Frances Lederer, known as Sister Joseph Loretta, was born in Chicago on December 2, 1923, the youngest of three children born to her Jewish parents, Arnold and Camille (Pick) Lederer. Her father worked in his father’s business and later worked in Washington, DC, as a representative lobbyist for manufacturers. Elaine described her mother as a “stay-at-home mom.”
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Sister Thomas James Burns, OP(1929 – 2015)
Born June 28, 1929, in Chicago, Sister Thomas James was the youngest of the four girls born to Thomas and Anna (Foley) Burns. She was baptized Ann Elizabeth, but the name by which she is remembered by her family, crowd and friends is TJ.
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Sister Mary Jean (Jane Dominic) Birney, OP(1921 – 2015)
Sister Mary Jean Birney, known as Sister Jane Dominic and born August 4, 1921, in Jackson, Michigan, was the older of two children born to Charles and Jean (Crawford) Birney. When she was three years old, her mother died of an infection contracted during the birth of her younger sister, Elizabeth Ann, now known as Sister Jean Charles. Both girls were cared for by two aunts until their father remarried three years later.
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Cemetery of the Adrian Dominican Sisters

Our Adrian Dominican cemetery with its circular headstones is a beautiful place of rest for women who gave their lives in service to God — and a peaceful place for contemplation and remembrance. 

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