In Memoriam


Sister Julie Hyer, formerly known as Sister Ann Warren, died on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at her home in Capitola, California. She was 74 years of age and in the 54th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Julie was born in New York, New York, to Warren and Ann (Lehosky) Hyer. She graduated from Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida, and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, a bachelor’s degree in medical records administration from Mercy College in Detroit, and a Master of Business Administration degree in business from the University of Detroit, now the University of Detroit Mercy.

Sister spent one year ministering in education in Detroit and then began ministering in the health care field. From 1975 to 1976 she was assistant director of medical records at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Detroit. From 1976 to 1985 she ministered at Samaritan Health Center in Detroit, first as director of medical records, then as administrative assistant and vice president of medical services. 

In 1985, Sister Julie became President and CEO of Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, California, serving until 2006. She ministered from 2008 to 2010 as president and administrator of Salud Para La Gente in Watsonville, California. In 2010, she was elected Administrator and General Councilor on the General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. 

Throughout her tenure, she served on many committees and boards, including Catholic Healthcare West/Dignity Health Board of Directors, 2008-2019; CommonSpirit Health Committee, 2019-2022; the Religious Council for the Diocese of Monterey, California; Lifeguard Foundation; Janus Organization; Dignity Health Insurance Trust in the Cayman Islands; Vietnamese Monks Monastery; Cistercian Monastery of our Lady of Grace; and Women in Crisis. She was also consultant to the Live Oak Senior Center in Santa Cruz, California.

Sister Julie was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by two brothers, Warren Hyer Jr. of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and Gregory Hyer of Lawrence Township, New Jersey; a sister, Marianne Hyer of Aptos, California; other loving family members; 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 services via live stream

The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2022, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 5, 2022. Prayers of Committal will be held in the Congregation Cemetery. A Memorial Mass, with Bishop Daniel García presiding, will be celebrated at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at Holy Cross Parish in Santa Cruz, California.

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, MI, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Benito Azzaro Funeral Home, Santa Cruz, California, and Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.

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Vigil for Sister Julie

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Funeral for Sister Julie

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Left: From left, Sisters Anne Herringer, Julie Hyer, Georganne Duggan, Marie Brigid McDonald, and Helen Margaret McGinley. Right: From left, Sisters Linda Bevilacqua and Julie Hyer.

Left: Sister Julie Hyer meets Pope John Paul II. Right: From left, Sisters Julie Hyer and Margaret Mehigan.

Dominicans attending the June 1987 Catholic Health Association Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are: back row, from left, Sisters Linda Bevilacqua, Catherine Camille DeClercq, Maureen Comer, and Jeanne Burns; Father Kevin O’Rourke; and Sister Maureen Fay; and front row, from left, Sisters Julie Hyer, Carol Fleming, Margaret Mehigan, and Joanne Podlucky.

Left: Sister Aneesah McNamee, left, before her entrance into the Congregation, visits with Sister Julie Hyer. Right: Members of the 2017 Golden Jubilee August Reception Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Kathleen Klingen, Marie Skebe, Corinne Mary Florek, and Donna Markham; middle row, from left, Sisters Joanne Podlucky, Mary Jane Lubinski, Ellen Burkhardt, Patricia Siemen (Prioress), and Donna Marie Baker; and front row, from left, Sisters Marie Solanus Reilly, Julie Hyer, Nancy Jurecki, and Nancy Murray.

Left: From left, Sisters Julie Hyer and Mary Jane Lubinski. Right: Members of the 2010-2013 General Council are: back row, from left, Sisters Julie Hyer, Administrator, and Corinne Sanders, General Councilor, and front row, from left, Sisters Kathleen Schanz, General Councilor; Attracta Kelly, Prioress; and Tarianne DeYonker, Vicaress.


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