In Memoriam

Sister Geraldine (William Patrice) Maloney, OP

Sister Geraldine Maloney, OP(1932-2023)

Sister Geraldine Marie Maloney, Sister Gerry to all who knew her, was born on May 11, 1932, in Chicago to an Irish-American father and an Italian-American mother – so “I have the best of both worlds!” she said in her June 24, 2019, “A Sister’s Story” video.

Sister Gerry’s parents were William and Mary (Jannotta) Maloney, both Chicago natives who lived on the city’s South Side. William was a Chicago police officer, while Mary was a homemaker. Gerry was the oldest of the couple’s four children, with William, Mary Ellen, and Patricia joining the family over time.

Her elementary-school years were spent at Our Lady of Peace School, which was staffed by the Kentucky Dominican Sisters. When it came time for high school, Gerry enrolled at Aquinas Dominican, where she got involved in many activities, including the National Honor Society, the volleyball team, and several clubs. She also had a busy social life that included trips to the movies with her friends every Friday, no matter what was playing.

All of her extracurricular activities at Aquinas brought her into contact with the Sisters who advised those various organizations, so she got to know them on a deeper level than she ever had the Kentucky Sisters. As early as her sophomore year, she began considering entering religious life. She knew that if she did, it would be with the Adrian Dominican Sisters because they were such joyful, happy women. Then, during her senior year, she visited Adrian for the reception of several Aquinas graduates, and that sealed the deal for her.

Read more about Sister Geraldine (PDF).


make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. 

Sister's Memorial Card (PDF)

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