In Memoriam



Sister Kathryn has most definitely earned the right to rest in eternal peace after dedicating her life to giving us all peace and a wonderful Catholic education. For five decades she was like another mother for us, no matter how many years passed. … She never forgot the little things about her students, as well as the big things. She was much more than a principal; she was our mother, grandmother, aunt, babysitter, mentor, teacher, and school nurse. She will be sorely missed but also forever remembered and loved.
In this remembrance, Ellen Early was writing about Sister Kathryn Hartnett, who in the time since Ellen had been in school, had become a lifelong friend, even doing a reading at Ellen’s wedding and giving the newlywed couple a piece of art which Sister had framed herself.
Kathryn Marguerite Hartnett, known to most people as Kate, was born on December 21, 1934, in Chicago to James and Claire (Kavanaugh) Hartnett. She was the youngest of three children, following James Michael and Jean. James was born in 1929, Jean arrived about a year and a half later, and then Claire had a number of miscarriages before Kate was born.
“I was treated like I was kind of a miracle, but I felt more like an only child because my brother and sister were so much older than I was,” Sister Kate said in her life story. “I didn’t get to go to many of the places they went to because of the age difference.”

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

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