In Memoriam

Sister Joanne "Jodie" Screes, OP


Sister Joanne “Jodie” Screes, formerly known as Sister Margaret Eugene, died on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 92 years of age and in the 70th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Jodie was born in Painesville, Ohio, to E. Russell and Valerie (Murphy) Screes. She graduated from John Adams High School, South Bend, Indiana, and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in English from the University of Detroit (University of Detroit Mercy); a master’s degree in theology from Manhattan College in The Bronx, New York; and a master’s degree in transpersonal studies from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, California.

Sister served for more than 27 years in education and various other ministries in Farmington, Royal Oak, Inkster, Detroit, Lansing, Warren, and Brighton, Michigan; Mishawaka and Notre Dame, Indiana; Bronxville, New York; Washington, D.C.; and Morristown, New Jersey. In addition, she spent more than 14 years ministering in institutions of the Adrian Dominican Sisters in Adrian, including Weber Center, Siena Heights University, and the Formation Office. 

Sister Jodie became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2000. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother William. She is survived by other loving family members and her Adrian Dominican Sisters. 

Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in the gathering space of St. Catherine Chapel. The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2024. Prayers of Committal will be held in the Congregation Cemetery. 

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

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, MI, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.

Sister's Memorial Card (PDF)

Enjoy these videos with Sister Jodie


Vigil and Funeral Recordings

Recording of Sister Jodie's Vigil Service - After clicking the link, download the recording by right-clicking on the video choosing "Save video as." Worship Aid (PDF)

Recording of Sister Jodie's Funeral Mass - After clicking the link, download the recording by right-clicking on the video choosing "Save video as." Worship Aid (PDF)



Photo Left: Joanne at the age of 5, 1937. Photo Middle Left: First Communion, 1939. Photo Middle Right: 1949 graduate of John Adams High School, South Bend, Indiana. Photo Right: Sister Joanne as a postulant, teaching at Our Lady of Sorrows School in Farmington Hills, Michigan, 1952

Photo Left: From left, Joanne, her mother Valerie Screes, and her brother Bill Screes. Photo Middle: Sister Joanne poses at Weber Retreat and Conference Center, which she directed from 1987 to 1994. Photo Right: The Screes family: from left, brother Bill, parents Valerie and E. Russel, and Joanne.

Photo Left: Formation Directors include, back row, from left, Sisters Margaret Lane, Joanne Screes, and Shirley Cushing and, front row, from left, Sisters Rosemary Ferguson and Ruth Steiner. Photo Right: Enjoying some quiet time together are, from left, Sisters Ban Saeed, Mary Soher, Joanne Screes, Norma Dell, and Mary Alice Naour.

Photo Left: From left, Sisters Tarianne DeYonker and Joanne Screes. Photo Right: Enjoying an 80th birthday celebration in 2012, are, from left, Sisters Helen Sohn, Joanne Screes, and Patricia Johnson.

Members of the 2013 Diamond Jubilee Crowd are, back row, from left, Sisters Attracta Kelly (Prioress), Joan Zinn, Renee Richie, Mary Bernard Lynch, and Joanne Screes; and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Tindel, Helen Sohn, Bernadette Therese Vozobule, Patricia Johnson, and Mary I. Assenmacher.

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Avatar  Erin Thier 2 weeks agoReply

Sr. Jodie was a beautiful soul. She was a dear friend of my great aunt (Sr. Rosemary Ferguson) and I think I speak for all of us when I say she was a part of our family too. Her charm and wit were a joy to experience, but her kindness truly set her apart. Even after my great aunt died she didn't hesitate to invite me up to Adrian, which has served as a haven of sorts over the years. My thoughts are with her loved ones during this difficult time, and I hope she has reunited with those nearest and dearest to her in the afterlife.

Avatar  Emily Malleis 3 weeks agoReply

I’m heartbroken.💔 Sr. Jodie was my mentor, sponsor, and close friend. I was blessed to have the relationship we had. I have so many wonderful memories with her. I feared the day she would die and I would no longer have her. I told her I would love something to remember her by. She gave me a small silver bell. Whenever I needed her, all I had to do was ring the bell and her spirit and memory would be with me. She was so wise and such a Godly woman. Jodie was an angel heaven sent. When God took her back he said, “Hallelujah, you’re home!” ❤️ 😢

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