In Memoriam

Sister Anne Beauvais, OP (Joseph Anthony)

Sister Anne Beauvais(1933-2021)

Sister Anne Beauvais, formerly known as Sister Joseph Anthony, died on Saturday, December 25, 2021, at the ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital in Adrian. She was 88 years of age and in the 69th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Anne was born in Libertyville, Illinois, to Erneste and Marian (Hallinan) Beauvais. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and obtained a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in school administration and supervision of schools, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. 

Sister Anne spent more than 38 years ministering in education in Detroit, Michigan; Homewood, Chicago, Loves Park, Harvey, and River Grove, Illinois; and Las Vegas, Nevada. This included nine years as principal at Ascension School in Harvey, 12 years as principal at Our Lady of Westside in Chicago, and three years as administrative secretary at St. Cyprian School in River Grove. She served at Mercy Hospital in Chicago 10 years as receptionist and pastoral care worker and 11 years as a chaplain. 

Sister Anne became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Elizabeth Spokas and Mary Baum; and three brothers, Tom Beauvais, Paul Beauvais and Ernest Beauvais. She is survived by her sister, Cecile Harris of Libertyville, Illinois, and her brother, Rev. David E. Beauvais of Freeport, Illinois, as well as 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. Wednesday, December 29, 2021, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 30, 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 Anne

Worship Aid (PDF)

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Funeral for Sister Anne

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Left: Sister Anne with her parents, Marian and Erneste Beauvais. Right: From left, Sister Barbara Ann Hehr, Father Raymond J. H. McTigue, and Sister Anne Beauvais.

Right: Sister Anne Beauvais with her brother, Rev. David Beauvais

Right: From left, Sisters Anne Beauvais, Frances Mary Fitzpatrick, Kathleen Klingen, and Marilee Ewing.

Left: Sisters Mary Rae Waller, left, and Anne Beauvais ride together in the Dominican Life Center elevator. Right: Sisters Kathleen Klingen, left, and Anne Beauvais enjoy a Cubs game, April 2009.

Members of the 2001 Golden Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Anne Beauvais, Joan Hinz, Nancy Fischer, Mary Alice Naour, Helen Belsito, Mary Louise Head, Patricia Eileen Consier, Patricia J. Walsh, and Celeste Mary Bourke; middle row, from left, Sisters Jane Robert Stuckel, Helen Mantovani, Thomas Leo Monahan, Helen Laier, Patricia Dolan, Diana Marie Pellegrino, Angela Susalla, and Barbara Ann Hehr; and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Alan Stuart (standing), Betty Lou Myers, Robert Irene Buchanan, Marilyn Foster, Marion Coppe, June Racicot, Veronica Gonthier,  Patricia Spangler, and Mary Catherine Nolan (standing).


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Avatar  Bridget Manning 2 weeks agoReply

Will Sister Anne Beauvais' vigil be posted? thank you.

Avatar  Editor 2 weeks agoReply

Yes, the Vigil will be posted within the next day or two.

Avatar  Gary Gordon 3 weeks agoReply

Sister Joseph Anthony was one of the best nuns that I ever knew. So warm and kind. And hilarious! I remember snowball fights where she had a great arm and deadly aim, but also took what she gave out.
Or carrying her books home to the convent when she would lean on you and push the books down with her other hand.. lightly at first, then harder and harder as you struggled to maintain your balance and keep the books from falling! She knew when to stop and then wpuld laugh heartily.

She was a great teacher that I think everyone enjoyed learning from.

RIP Sister Anthony. You made school at St Bridget's fun!

Gary Gordon

Avatar  Michael Beirl 3 weeks agoReply

Sister Joe Tony, as we called her lovingly at St. Bridget School in Loves Park, Illinois, was bright, funny, cool, everything a 12-year-old needs in a teacher. Heaven just got a new angel.

Avatar  Bert Adams 3 weeks agoReply

I fondly remember Sister Joseph Anthony from when i Went to St. Bridget , Sister was My teacher in 1963 and 1964 she was a outstanding teacher and a even better person. needless to say she was my favorite teacher.

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