In Memoriam

Sister Helen Laier, OP (Thomas Albert)


Sister Helen Laier, formerly known as Sister Thomas Albert Laier, died on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 88 years of age and in the 69th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Chelsea, Michigan, to Gustave and Rose (Merkel) Laier. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, and received a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. She was also certified as a Licensed Practical Nurse by the Michigan Board of Nursing.

Sister Helen spent 19 years ministering in elementary education in Utica, Rockwood, Dearborn Heights, Brighton, Dearborn, and Owosso, Michigan and in Chicago, Illinois. She served in nursing care at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian and at Memorial Hospital in Owosso, Michigan. Sister also ministered in caring for her mother and her brothers for 37 years. 

Sister Helen became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers: Carl, Edward, Thomas, Lawrence, Robert, and Donald Laier. She is survived by her sister, Teresa Trumbull (George) of Spring Hill, Florida; her sister-in-law, Penny Laier of Chelsea, Michigan; loving nieces and nephews; and her Adrian Dominican Sisters. 

Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed until further notice to all guests or visitors. 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. on Friday, February 5, 2021, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Word Service will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2021. Prayers of Committal will be held in the back of St. Catherine Chapel.

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 Helen

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Funeral for Sister Helen

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Avatar  Steve & Diane last monthReply

We miss you Aunt Helen. Be at peace with our Lord. In hopes we will see you again one day. Thank you for all of the great spreads and fond memories.

Avatar  Gretchen Moffett last monthReply

Sister Helen was a cousin of mine and a dear friend. I entered the Grand Rapids Dominicans and she was my support system for the time I was there. When I left, she continued to keep in touch and encourage me. Sister Helen was one of a kind and I was blessed to have her in my life and will miss her sweet smile and positive attitude.

Avatar  Velma Markins last monthReply

I enjoyed listening to Sister's talk. I grew up in Sister Helen's neighborhood. My folks were neighbors with them. I went to the same country school she did. I was a classmate of her brother, Don. I always felt that she was a very special person as it had to have been a challenge taking care of all the challenges she had to face taking care of her family. She was truly a blessing to them.

Avatar  mary trumbull last monthReply

Just want to say, I love you sis, and will miss you greatly. Thank you for your being such a part of my life. Keep all of us in prayer when it becomes our time to enter our journey, Love now and always, Teresa

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