In Memoriam


Sister Therese DeCanio, formerly known as Sister Thomas Frances, died on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 90 years of age and in the 72nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Therese was born in Chicago to Anthony and Frances (Liana) DeCanio. She graduated from Aquinas Dominican High School in Chicago and received a bachelor’s  degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, a master’s degree in history from DePaul University in Chicago, and a master’s degree in economics from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.  

Sister Therese ministered in elementary education for 14½ years in Rockwood, Detroit, Port Huron, Escanaba, and Iron Mountain, Michigan; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Harvey and Oak Park, Illinois. She ministered in secondary education for 45 years in Elgin, Rockford, Lombard, Wilmette, and Chicago, Illinois, including teaching for five years at Regina Dominican High School, an institution of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, and for 30 years at St. Ignatius College Prep School in Chicago. 

Sister Therese became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Joseph. She is survived by a sister, Loretta Murphy of Crystal Lake, Illinois; loving nieces and nephews; and her Adrian Dominican Sisters. 

Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed until further notice to all guests or visitors. 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. on Monday, March 22, 2021, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Prayers of Committal will be held in the back of St. Catherine Chapel.

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.


Sister's Prayer Card (PDF)


Vigil for Sister Therese

Worship Aid (PDF)

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Funeral for Sister Therese

Worship Aid (PDF)

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