In Memoriam

Sister Barbara J. (James Denise) Carroll, OP


Sister Barbara J. Carroll, formerly known as Sister James Denise, died on Friday, April 7, 2023, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 91 years of age and in the 74th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Barbara was born in Detroit to James and Veronica (Carroll) Carroll. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian.

Sister ministered for 21 years in education in Ft. Wayne, Indiana; Des Moines, Iowa; and Chicago and Mundelein, Illinois. She was a religious education director for nine years at Holy Family Center in Adrian, St. Felix-St. Roch Parish in Caseville, and St. Michael Parish in Port Austin, all in Michigan. In addition, she was a pastoral minister for four years at St. Bernard Parish in Alpena, Michigan, and one year at St. Michael Parish in New Lothrop, Michigan. From 1992 to 2000, Sister Barbara used her talent in her artistic work. 

Sister Barbara became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Edward and Charles. She is survived by a brother, John Carroll of Naples, Florida; other loving family members; and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

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Visitation will be held from 6:30-7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 17, 2023, in the gathering space of St. Catherine Chapel. The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2023, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2023. 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 Memorial Card (PDF)

Vigil for Sister Barbara

Worship Aid (PDF)

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Funeral for Sister Barbara

Worship Aid (PDF)

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Left: Sister Barbara J. Carroll as an infant; Center: The Carroll siblings, from left, Edward, Barbara, and Charles; Right: Sister Barbara J. Carroll

Left: Sister Barbara J. Carroll with her family; Center and Right: Sister Barbara J. Carroll

Sister Barbara J. Carroll with her family

Members of the 2008 Diamond Jubilee August Crowd are, back row, from left, Sisters Patricia DeMay, Theresa Sinnamon, Angelica McGuire, Dorothy Worthy, Barbara J. Carroll, and Audrey Hull, and front row, from left, Sisters Ann Marie Meagher, Mary Declan Foss, Margaret Ann Reardon, Margaret Karam, Theresia Scheuer, and Ann Benedict Williams.

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Avatar  Meg Alli last monthReply

SB loved all of her nieces and nephews -- and her grandnieces and grandnephews - deeply. We all knew it and we loved her back. She was a wonderful, artistic and intuitive woman. God Bless SB.

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