In Memoriam


Sister Adrienne Schaffer, OP (Leo Anthony)

Sister Adrienne Schaffer, OP

(1942-2021)

Sister Adrienne Schaffer, formerly known as Sister Leo Anthony, died on Sunday, November 21, 2021, at Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. She was 79 years of age and in the 60th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Adrienne was born in Detroit to Leo and Hildegarde (Ettinger) Schaffer. She graduated from St. Ambrose High School in Detroit. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a Master of Education in Special Education from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Sister Adrienne spent 31 years ministering in education in Tallahassee, Florida; Adrian and Detroit, Michigan; Toledo, Ohio; and Fairbanks, Alaska. This includes four years as elementary principal at St. Gerard School in Detroit, one year as junior high school research coordinator, and four years as administrative supervisor for the Congregation-sponsored Dominican High School in Detroit, and seven years as an elementary teacher at the Congregation-sponsored St. Joseph Academy in Adrian. She served the Congregation for 16 years in the Development Office and for three years as the Director of the Dominican Center for Religious Development in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Sister Adrienne was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Keith L. Schaffer and Kenneth R. Schaffer. She is survived by her sister-in-law, 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. Tuesday, November 23, 2021, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 24, 2021. Prayers of Committal will be held in the Congregation Cemetery.

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 Adrienne

Worship Aid (PDF)


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Funeral for Sister Adrienne

Worship Aid (PDF)


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Left: Sister Adrienne with her brothers and parents Leo and Hildegarde Schaffer. Right: Postulants Elsa Charles and Adrienne Schaffer.


 

Left: Sister Adrienne in Alaska. Center: Sisters Grace Dennis and Adrienne Schaffer. 

Left: Sisters Adrienne Schaffer and Norma Dell. Right: Sister Adrienne Schaffer presenting a Dominican High Alumni award to Sister Tarianne DeYonker.

Left: Sister Adrienne Schaffer, Carol Rose, and Sister Janet Hudspeth. Right: 2011 Golden Jubilarians Sisters Adrienne Schaffer, Judith Zynda, Mary James Hickey, Mary Keefe, and Attracta Kelly, former Prioress.

 

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Avatar  Gene Delmore,S.J. 3 days agoReply

Dear Sisters, I am saddened by the loss of this dear Adrienne who became a wonderful friend of mine while I was ministering in Fairbanks Alaska. What a treasure she was in my life, and memories are swirrling about our times together from church things to fishing and camping--she really loved Alaska too. But we lost contact with one another, and so this news comes as a shock to me.
If there is any way I can write to her family please let me know. I'm glad that the Fairbanks diocese recognized her service and that Bishop Chad is offering a special mass for her at the Cathedral parish where I served from 77 to 82.
Tomorrow our Jesuit community here in Tacoma Washington (Bellarmine Prep) will offer mass for her and all you wonderful women. I will send a card later.
Grateful for her life,
Gene

Avatar  Bonnie Lou Synett last weekReply

My heart is breaking ,I MET sr, when i was 15 at St. JOSEPH Academy. she was by go to when i got in trouble once even hid me in her closet when mother sperior was after me. when w raided the frig she was their with us. THAN THRU THE YEARS WE RECONNECT. GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER. I CALLED HER MY CONFESSOR. COULD TALL HER ANYTHING ASK HER ANY THING.SHE WAS ALWAYS THEIR FOR ME. WE SPENT TIME AT HER HOUSE WITH SISTER PAT. LOVE SR. PAT SHE IS A HOOT. SHE MADE MANY TRIPS TO THE SOO AND STAYED WITH US. SHE LOVED THE UP. AND COLAR CHANGES. THEY RENTED A CABIN IN OSCODA AND WE WENT DOWN AND SPENT TIME WITH THEM. THEY ALWAYS MADE THE BEST DINNERS FOR MY HUSBAND. WHAT EVER HE WANTED THEY HAD IT.JUST TALKED TO HER 2 WEEKS BEFORE HER PASSINF WITH PLANS FOR THIS SUMMER.IAM A TERRIBLE SPELLER SORRY. BUT MY HEART MEANS WELL.love AND WILL NEVER FORGET YOU sr. Adrain.hoping sr, pat will stay in our lives. BONNIE AND GEORGE SYNETT

Avatar  Carol Ann Gross last weekReply

Adrienne was a great "home" missionary. She did so much to support our Dominican Republic missions by connecting us with donors and being sure that our needs were being met. Her support as development director was gracious and kind.



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