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Sister Noreen Marie George, baptized Mary Elizabeth George, died on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She was 94 years of age and in the 77th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Noreen Marie was born in Flint, Michigan, to Ernest and Margaret (O’Connor) George. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in Latin from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in Latin from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Sister spent 56 years ministering in education in Detroit, Midland, and St. Joseph, Michigan; Georgetown, South Carolina; Cleveland, Ohio; and Wilmette and Westmont, Illinois. These years included six years as principal at Regina High School in Midland; two years in administration at Lake Michigan Catholic High School in St. Joseph; six years as assistant principal at Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette, a sponsored institution of the Congregation; and 19 years as principal at Holy Trinity in Westmont. She also served as elementary librarian for three years in River Grove, Illinois, before retiring in 2001.
Sister Noreen Marie became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters: Margaret “Peg” O’Brien and Miriam Patricia George; and four brothers: Father John “Jack” George, Eugene George, Robert George, and Donald George; and her aunt Sister Miriam Patricia O’Connor, OP, also an Adrian Dominican Sister. She is survived by 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. Monday, November 15, 2021, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 16, 2021. Prayers of Committal will be held in the Congregation Cemetery.
Memorial 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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Left: Sister Noreen Marie with her parents, Ernest and Margaret George. Right: Teaching at Regina High School in Midland, Michigan, in 1965 are: back row, from left, Sisters Mary Fides (Julia) McCarthy, Carl Marie (Jean) Librizzi, and John Helen Doyle, and front row, from left, Sisters Grace Esther Kimer, Noreen Marie George, and Alice Anne Van Acker.
Right: Sister Noreen Marie George poses with a banner made by Sister Carol Fleming on behalf of St. Cletus Parish, LaGrange, Illinois, in honor of her 75-year Jubilee as an Adrian Dominican Sister. Center: Sisters Noreen Marie George (left) and Jean Librizzi
Center: Sister Noreen Marie prepares to blow out the candles on the cake for her 90th birthday.
Left: Sister Mary Soher, left, shares a light moment with Sister Noreen Marie George. Right: Members of the 2014 Double Diamond (70-year) Jubilee Class are: back row, from left Sisters Noreen Marie George and Attracta Kelly (Prioress) and front row, from left, Sisters Rosemary Conlon, Mary Catharina Bereiter, Anne Herringer, and Marie Rosanna Flanagan.
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