In Memoriam

Sister Jane Quirk, OP


Sister Jane Quirk, baptized Jean Ellen Quirk, died on Monday, August 8, 2022, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 95 years of age and in the 76th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Jane was born in Harvey, Illinois, to Eugene and Jane (Monckton) Quirk. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, a master’s degree in history from John Carroll University in Cleveland, and a master’s degree in special education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. 

Sister ministered for more than 53 years in elementary and special education in Dearborn, Detroit, and New Baltimore, Michigan; Shaker Heights, Medina, and Toledo, Ohio; Satellite Beach, Florida; Bartlett, Tennessee; and Bartlett, Illinois. She was principal for six years at St. Francis Xavier School in Medina and five years at Blessed Sacrament School in Toledo, and for two years at Holy Name School in Satellite Beach. 

Sister Jane became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2006. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Robert, Francis, and George. She is survived by loving family members 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 services via live stream

The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 15, 2022, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 16, 2022. 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.

Vigil for Sister Jane

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Funeral for Sister Jane

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Center: Eighth grade graduation from Ascension School in Harvey, Illinois. Right: High school graduation from St. Joseph Academy, Adrian, Michigan.

Left: Sister Jane Quirk with her brothers Frank, Robert, and George. Right: Sister Jane with her mother at St. Alphonsus School, Dearborn, Michigan, 1948.

Left: From left, Sisters Jane Quirk and Jeanne Marie O’Laughlin. Right: From left, Sisters Joan Mary, Jane Quirk, and Jean Keeley.

Left: Sister Jane Quirk works in a classroom at Bartlett Learning  Center, 1993. Right: Back row, from left, Sisters Jane Quirk, Rosemary Conlon, and Joan Donovan and seated, Sister Anastasia McNichols.

Members of the 2006 Diamond Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Marcelline Fouchey, Marie Siena Chmara, Jeanne Marie O’Laughlin, Anne L. Lindquist, Therese Tighe, Jane Quirk, and Clare O’Connor, and front row, from left, Sisters Sean Therese Halpin, Marie Sheila Beatty, Therese Margaret Roberts, Therese Craig, Donna Wencel, Betty Foster, and Mary Margaret Donnelly.


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Avatar  Gregory Schultz last monthReply

RIP Sister Jane. Many of us are who we are today due to Sister Jane! She was principle at Blessed Sacrament when I entered the 1st grade back in the Sixties! Sister Jane was stearn, but always fair and always used a pleasant voice, even when scolding us, which unfortunately she had to do quite a bit. :-). We owe Sister Jane much more than we could ever payback, in this lifetime, or our eternal one, which she now gets to enjoy. I can see you with that wonderful smile of yours! Rest In Peace Sister Jean! v/r Greg Schultz

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