In Memoriam

Sister Joan (Joseph Elaine) Marconi, OP

Sister Joan Marconi, OP(1934-2023)

For Joan Ann Marconi, an unhappy experience – her parents’ painful divorce – paved the way for something much better in her life: her introduction to the Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Joan was born in Boston on June 23, 1934, to Armand and Irene (Gagliardi) Marconi. It is not known how Armand, a native of Rome, Italy, and Irene met, but they married in Boston in 1931.

Because of complications during her birth, Joan ended up being her parents’ only child. Still, she was surrounded by extended family; she grew up among many uncles and aunts, and Sunday dinners at her maternal grandparents’ house could easily involve some twenty people. In her March 25, 2019, “A Sister’s Story” video, she told the story of how her grandmother fed not only the family but many neighbors as well. It was Joan’s job as a child to take plates of pasta to these neighbors and then, several days later, go around and pick up the plates in preparation for the next Sunday.

She was in about second grade when her parents divorced, and she lived with her maternal grandparents for several years when her mother was offered a job in Miami, Florida. Then, after eighth grade, she moved to Florida to live with her mother. Irene earned a good wage as a bookkeeper, and “life in the sunny South became both exciting and energizing for me,” Sister Joan wrote. “I was also thrilled to be with my Mom."

Read more about Sister Joan (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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Avatar  Laura Stokes-Gray 7 months agoReply

As a student at Aquinas Dominican, I was privileged to know Sr. Joan. She was my algebra teacher during Freshman year. Also - homeroom for two years. Joan was remarkably kind and possessed a delightful sense of humor.
Her students loved and respected her and I have carried her in my memory for more than 50 years. Sending prayers and warm thoughts...

Avatar  Rosemary Bonadies 7 months agoReply

I was at Rosarian Academy in WPB, in 1975 and worked there three years. Sr. Joan was an affable, fun and loving person. She visited us with her good friend and ours, Sr. Therese Haggerty, a couple of times, when they were in FL visiting.
A Blessed person of the Dominican community. May Sr. Joan and her loved ones and the others of the Adrian Dominican Community who have passed. Rosemary and Bill Bonadies

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