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Sister Rina Cappellazzo, formerly known as Sister Jeanne Dominic, died on Thursday, July 14, 2022, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 91 years of age and in the 71st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Rina was born in Detroit High School in Detroit, to Ernest and Adele (Mazzaro) Cappellazzo. She graduated from Our Lady of Mercy High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in English from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
Sister Rina spent more than 25 years ministering in education in Chicago; Escanaba and Detroit, Michigan; Tucumcari, New Mexico; Casa Grande and Phoenix, Arizona; and Santa Cruz, California.
She served seven years as a campus minister at the Arizona State University Catholic Newman Center in Tempe and a year as the Associate Director of Liturgy at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. She ministered four years as Director of Staff Development for the Diocese of Phoenix and four years as Director of Pastoral Formation at the American College, in Leuven, Belgium. She also ministered four years as Vicar for Women Religious for the Diocese of Orange, California, and five years as Vicar for Religious for the Diocese of Tucson, Arizona.
Sister Rina spent the majority of her life in the West and returned to Michigan to reside in the Dominican Life Center in 2019. Sister was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Gino. She is survived by loving 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 services via live stream.
The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 18, 2022, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2022. 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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Center: First Holy Communion; Right: Members of the Cappellazzo family are: back row, from left, Gino and Ernest (father) and front row, from left, Rina and Adele (mother).
Right: Sister Rina Cappellazzo with her parents, Adele and Ernest
Right: Sisters Maria Romero, left, and Rina Cappellazzo
Left: From left, Sisters Marie Noreen Nolan, Mary Jo O’Hanlon, Rina Cappellazzo, and Lois Paha, Dominican Oaks, Santa Cruz, California, July 2016. Right: Sister Rina in Leuven, Belgium, where she ministered as Director of Pastoral Formation for the American College
Members of the 2000 Golden Jubilee August Reception Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Carol Johannes, Mary Mackert, Paul James Villemure, Kathleen Sutherland, Mary Anthony Marelli, Jean Rosaria Fisch, Anne Elizabeth Monahan, Barbara Hubbard, Theodora McKennan, and Michael Claire Wilson; and front row, from left, Sisters Rina Cappellazzo, Joan Marconi, Diane Erbacher, Joan Petz, Anthonita Porta, Charlotte Francis Moser, Virginia Cushing, Michael Thomas Watson, Mary Louise Gass, Barbara Ann Mason, and Mary Jo Sieg. Not pictured are Sisters Joan Kathleen Lorencz, Joseph Eugene Fogarty, and Florence Marie Viaches.
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