In Memoriam


Lisa was a gentle, humble woman. She had challenges but she always met them head on with noteworthy patience, never complaining, moving forward even if the pace had to be slower. Her self-acceptance gave her the unique perspective and opportunity to be with others where they were.

This description of Sister Mary Lisa Rieman comes from her funeral homily, written by Sister Mary Jane Lubinski about a woman whose family and friends remembered her as loving, generous with her time and talents – and always up for a spirited game of Rummikub.

Elizabeth Louise Rieman was born on July 1, 1941, in Leipsic, Ohio, to Leo and Kathryn (Schroeder) Rieman, the son and daughter of farming families who lived near each other. She was the oldest of five, followed by Dorothy, Donald, Stephen, and Joseph, and the multi-generational home also included Leo’s parents.

Leo farmed 150 acres and raised a variety of animals, and as is typical of farm families, everyone pitched in to do the work. Sister Lisa wrote in her life story that she learned to milk a cow when she was about six years old.

Read more about Sister Mary Lisa (PDF)

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. 



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