In Memoriam

Sister Jeanette (Anesa Marie) Jabour, OP

Sister Jeanette (Anesa Marie) Jabour, OP(1931-2023)

Sister Jeanette Jabour, formerly known as Sister Anesa Marie, died on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She was 91 years of age and in the 73rd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. 

Sister Jeanette was born in Detroit to Kalil and Anesa (Michael) Jabour. She graduated from Dominican High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in mixed science, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. She later earned a diploma in spiritual theology from Regis College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and a master’s degree in religion from The Athenaeum of Ohio, Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary of the West School of Theology in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was also certified as a nursing home administrator by the State of Ohio.

Sister Jeanette spent more than 24 years ministering in education in Chicago; Winslow, Arizona; Cleveland, Ohio; and Detroit. This included several years of service at two sponsored institutions of the Congregation: 10 years at Dominican High School in Detroit and four years at Hoban Dominican High School in Cleveland. She also served the Congregation as Executive Director of Central Services and as Assistant to the Congregation Administrator.

She served as Administrator of St. Theresa Home for the Aged in Cincinnati for seven years; as a social worker for the Cincinnati Archdiocese for eight years; and as Director of Community Relations and a consultant for community outreach services at Bayley Place in Cincinnati a total of 15 years. Sister Jeanette wrote several articles and the book Visiting the Elderly: An Essential Parish Ministry (Twenty-Third Publications, 2007). 

Sister Jeanette became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings: Joseph, Nicholas, Henry, Sam, Nell, Sister Sabina Jabour (also an Adrian Dominican Sister), and two brothers in early childhood. She is survived by other loving family and her Adrian Dominican sisters.

Prayers of Committal will be held at 3:00 p.m. ET on Friday, May 26, 2023, in the Congregation Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. ET Wednesday, June 7, 2023. The Ritual of Remembrance will be held at 1:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, June 7, 2023, in the Rose Room of the Dominican Life Center.  

Those who are not attending services in person are welcome to participate via live stream at

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.


Left: Anesa Jabour stands with her two daughters, Sabina, a postulant, and Jeanette; Left Center: Jeanette at the age of eight; Right Center: Jeanette's First Holy Communion; Right: Kalil Jabour stands with his children, including Jeanette, standing between her father and her brothers.

Left: The three Jabour sisters are, from left, Nellie, Jeanette, and Sabina; Center: Sister Jeanette Jabour; Right: The Jabour brothers, from left, Sam, Joseph, Henry (Hank), and Nicholas.


Left: Sister Jeanette Jabour graduates from Athenaeum of Ohio in Cincinnati; Right: Members of the Sabbath Mission Group, pictured before 2008, are, back row, from left, Sisters Margaret Foley, Joan Christie, Judith Friedel, Jeanette Jabour, and Patricia O’Reilly, and front row, from left, Sisters Patricia Stellmah, Ann Ryan, and Mary Ann Phillip.


Left: Sister Jeanette, right, receives the Hero of Long Term Care Award from Sister Mary Assunta Stang, SC, of the Ohio Health Care Association, November 2003; Right: Sisters Jeanette Jabour, left, and Mary Rae Waller relax during a break in the 2007 Dominican Life Center Retreat.

Members of the 2009 Diamond Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Andrea Broutin, Mary Ann Konieski, Jeanette Jabour, Joan Delaplane, Jean Denomme, and Elizabeth Flaherty; middle row, from left, Sisters Joyce LaVoy, Catherine McKillop, Eleanor Stech, Nelda Ann Klein, Barbara Mary Saynay, and Marie Houle; and front row, from left, Sisters Mae Tack, Mary Sharon Moran, Betty Jenkins, and Donna Markham (Prioress).

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