In Memoriam

Sister Loretta May(1933-2022)

Sister Loretta May, formerly known as Sister Ann Elizabeth May, died on Monday, January 3, 2022, at the ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital in Adrian. She was 88 years of age and in the 71st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Loretta was born in Monroe, Michigan, to Charles and Leona (Bruck) May. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in education, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian.

Sister spent 36 years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Utica, Ruth and Adrian, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; and Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, and Gates Mills, Ohio. This includes five years at Hoban Dominican High School in Cleveland and six years at the Dominican Learning Center in Adrian, both institutions of the Congregation; six years as principal of St. Antoninus in Cincinnati; and over eight years as elementary administrator at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills. She was also the Congregation treasurer for eight years and ministered for seven years as Associate Superintendent for the Archdiocese of Detroit and five years as Coordinator of Special Projects for the Office of Catholic Schools in Detroit. 

Sister Loretta became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, A. Joseph May, Charles May and Brother John May, CSC; and two cousins, Sister Leona Bruck, OP and Sister Marie Dolores Neckel, OP, who were both Adrian Dominican Sisters. She is survived by loving family 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. Thursday, January 6, 2022, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial and Prayers of Committal will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 7, 2022. Burial will be 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.

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Vigil for Sister Loretta

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Funeral for Sister Loretta

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Three photos of Sister Loretta May, OP, as a young girl and woman

Sister Loretta May at the age of three (left), her First Communion (center), and in 1950 as a graduate of St. Joseph Academy, Adrian (right).

Three photos of Sister Loretta May, OP, during her time as an Adrian Dominican Sister.

Left: With her brother Jack. Right: Sister Loretta May, Elementary Administrator, sits in her office at Gilmour Academy, an independent Catholic school in Gates Mills, Ohio.

Two photos of Sister Loretta May, one with family and one with fellow Diamond Jubilarians

Left: Members of the May family at the 25th anniversary of their parents are: back row, from left, John, CSC, Charles, Charles (father) and Joseph, and front row from left, Sister Loretta and her mother, Leona. Right: Celebrating their Diamond (60-year) Jubilee are, from left, Sisters Patricia Leonard, Loretta May, and Phyllis Kreiner.

Sister Loretta May with friends at Gilmour Academy

Celebrating the dedication of the Dominican Dining Room at Gilmour Academy are, from left, Sisters Loretta May, Patricia Stellmah, Phyllis Kreiner, and Joan Christie.

Sister Loretta May with other members of the 1982-1986 General Council

Members of the 1982-1986 General Council are: back row, from left, Sisters Rose Ann Schlitt, Mary Ward (Secretary), and Catherine Camille DeClercq and front row, from left, Sisters Loretta May (Treasurer), Miriam Mullins, Helen Sohn, and Carol Johannes (Prioress). 

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