In Memoriam

Sister Adrienne Schaffer, OP


Sister Adrienne Schaffer, formerly known as Sister Leo Anthony, died on Sunday, November 21, 2021, at Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. She was 79 years of age and in the 60th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Adrienne was born in Detroit to Leo and Hildegarde (Ettinger) Schaffer. She graduated from St. Ambrose High School in Detroit. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a Master of Education in Special Education from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Sister Adrienne spent 31 years ministering in education in Tallahassee, Florida; Adrian and Detroit, Michigan; Toledo, Ohio; and Fairbanks, Alaska. This includes four years as elementary principal at St. Gerard School in Detroit, one year as junior high school research coordinator, and four years as administrative supervisor for the Congregation-sponsored Dominican High School in Detroit, and seven years as an elementary teacher at the Congregation-sponsored St. Joseph Academy in Adrian. She served the Congregation for 16 years in the Development Office and for three years as the Director of the Dominican Center for Religious Development in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Sister Adrienne was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Keith L. Schaffer and Kenneth R. Schaffer. She is survived by her sister-in-law, 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. Tuesday, November 23, 2021, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 24, 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.

Sister's Prayer Card (PDF)


Vigil for Sister Adrienne

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Funeral for Sister Adrienne

Worship Aid (PDF)

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Left: Sister Adrienne with her brothers and parents Leo and Hildegarde Schaffer. Right: Postulants Elsa Charles and Adrienne Schaffer.


Left: Sister Adrienne in Alaska. Center: Sisters Grace Dennis and Adrienne Schaffer. 

Left: Sisters Adrienne Schaffer and Norma Dell. Right: Sister Adrienne Schaffer presenting a Dominican High Alumni award to Sister Tarianne DeYonker.

Left: Sister Adrienne Schaffer, Carol Rose, and Sister Janet Hudspeth. Right: 2011 Golden Jubilarians Sisters Adrienne Schaffer, Judith Zynda, Mary James Hickey, Mary Keefe, and Attracta Kelly, former Prioress.


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