In Memoriam


… People have blood running through their veins. I am wondering if Mary did not have an equal amount of MUSIC running through hers. She was one with her music, her students and her piano. Music brought life to Mary – life that she passed on to students and colleagues alike.

Sister Mary Ann Caulfield, Florida Mission Chapter Prioress, was referring in this quote to Sister Mary Tindel, an accomplished musician who spent her entire life as an Adrian Dominican showing others the power of music to lift spirits and to bring people and God closer together.

Mary Edith Tindel was born on April 28, 1934, in Miami, Florida, to John and Carolyn (Gach) Tindel. She was the couple’s oldest child, followed by her brother John.

Her father, who died of cancer when Mary was just nine years old, was a painter and her mother a housekeeper for a family that traveled to Fishers Island, New York, in the summers, so the Tindel children spent time in either Florida or New York depending on the time of year. Mary attended St. Mary School in Miami for her first four years of school and then went to St. Patrick School in Miami Beach for the rest of her primary and secondary education.

Read more about Sister Mary (pdf, updated with photos 7/7/21)

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