In Memoriam

Sister Dorothy Guettler, OP (Marian Vincent)

Sister Dorothy Guettler(1935-2021)

Sister Dorothy Guettler, formerly known as Sister Marian Vincent, died on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She was 86 years of age and in the 67th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Dorothy was born in Fort Pierce, Florida, to Vincent and Lillian (Heitkamp) Guettler. She graduated from St. Anastasia High School in Fort Pierce, Florida, and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida, and a master’s degree in religious education from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Sister Dorothy ministered in elementary education for 22 years in Detroit and Walled Lake, Michigan; Elmhurst, Illinois; St. Petersburg, Miami Shores, and Fort Walton Beach, Florida; and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Sister also served as Director of Religious Education for five years for the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida. 

Sister Dorothy served the Congregation for 31 years, including six years as Chapter Prioress of the Florida Mission Chapter, two years as Coordinator of Ministry/Life Planning, nine years as the Adrian Campus Administrator, and 14 years as Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Congregation. 

Sister Dorothy became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Langel; brothers Paul and Edward Guettler; and an aunt, Sister Rose Germaine Guettler, also an Adrian Dominican Sister. She is survived by six sisters: Jeanie Lattner and Teresa Mock of Fort Pierce, Margaret Wiencek (Bruno) and Dolores Fortnash (John) of Bushnell, and Kathleen Coney (Jerry) of Tallahassee, all in Florida, and Patricia Shaughnessy of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada; three brothers, Gerald of Bushnell, Bernard of Rutherfordton, North Carolina, and Karl of Port Saint Lucie, Florida; a cousin, Sister Rose Bernadette Hoeffner, an Adrian Dominican Sister; 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. Monday, December 20, 2021, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 21, 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 Dorothy

Worship Aid (PDF)

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Funeral for Sister Dorothy

Worship Aid (PDF)

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Left: Vincent and Lillian Guettler, parents of Sister Dorothy. Center: Graduate of St. Anastasia High School, Fort Pierce, Florida.

Left: The Guettler family: back row, from left, Paul, Patricia, Dolores, Betty, and Gerald, and front row, from left, Dorothy, Edward, and Jeanie

Left: Sisters Dorothy Guettler (left) and Rose Celeste O’Connell, September 2000. Right: From left, Sisters Beverly Bobola, Dorothy Guettler, and Rose Celeste O’Connell.

Left: Members of Sister Dorothy’s Mission Group are: back row, from left, Sisters Rose Celeste O’Connell, Mary Pat Dewey, Aneesah McNamee, Durstyne Farnan, Lorraine Réaume, and Mary Alice Naour, and front row, from left, Sisters Patricia Spangler, Dorothy Guettler, Jean Charles Birney, and Nadine Foley. Right: Sisters Carol Johannes, left, and Dorothy Guettler during a visit to Alaska.

Left: Sister Dorothy Guettler at the Office of Ministry/Life Planning in Arian, 1989. Right: Members of the 2013 Diamon Jubilarian December 1953 Reception Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Joan Schroeder, Margaret Ann Roggenbuck, Marie Rose Bauer, Attracta Kelly (Prioress), Dorothy Guettler, Janet Wright, and Carol Fleming; middle row, from left, Sisters Margaret Marie Ringel, Frances Wetzel, Janice Scholl, Patricia Ann McKee, Patricia Sporer, Pauline Richter, and Barbara Chenicek; and front row, from left, Sisters Joan Mary Dwyer, Josephine Gaugier, Margarita Ruíz, Mary Vianne Bayus, Lorraine Brennan, Mary E. Waldron, and Mary Cullen.


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A beautiful lady from a loving and caring family.

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