In Memoriam

Sister Laura Pesick, OP (Mary Norman)


Sister Laura Pesick, formerly known as Sister Mary Norman, died at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian Thursday, June 9, 2022. She was 93 years of age and in the 75th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. 

Sister Laura was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Norman and Margaret (Cummins) Pesick. She graduated from Dominican High School in Detroit, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, and earned a Master of Arts degree in Special Education from Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Sister Laura spent almost 55 years ministering in elementary, secondary, and adult education in Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Port Huron, New Baltimore, and Harrison Township, Michigan; Wickliffe, Ohio; and Alameda and San Diego, California. This includes over five years teaching at Dominican High School in Detroit, an institution of the Congregation. She served for six years as assistant principal and elementary teacher at St. Philip Neri in Alameda, and four years at St. Therese Academy in San Diego. 

Sister Laura was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Norma Pesick. She is survived by a brother, Joseph Pesick of St. Clair Shores, Michigan; other 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 wake and funeral via live stream

The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, 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.

Sister's Prayer Card (PDF)


Vigil for Sister Laura

Worship Aid (PDF)

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Funeral for Sister Laura

Worship Aid (PDF)

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Left: Pesick twins, Laura Mary and Norma; Right: 1946 graduate of Dominican High School, Detroit

Left: On Profession Day

Left: Sister Laura Pesick, 1968; Right: Attending a Dominican High School event are, from left, Sisters Rita Sieg, Adrienne Schaffer, Dorothea Gramlich, Laura Pesick, Laura Smith, and Mary Lisa Rieman.

Left: Sister Laura Pesick celebrates her Silver Jubilee; Right: Margaret Pesick with daughters Laura and Norma Pesick

Members of the 2016 Diamond Jubilee Class are: back row, from left, Sisters Jean Fitzgerald, Laura Pesick, Ann Romayne Fallon, Joan Donovan, Edith Kathleen Zemke, Jean Librizzi, Georgina Luznicky, Beverly McEachin, Helen C. McDaniel, and Mildred Ann Huber; third row, from left, Sisters Anne Richard Baker, Mary L. Russell, Anne Bernadette Stein, Joyce Rybarczyk, Patricia Cecile Slattery, Denise Walsh, Elizabeth Francis Tekaucic, Sheila N. Flynn, Jeri Renner, and Winifred C.M. Lynch; second row, Sisters Ann Patrice Remkus, Therese Groulx, and Jean Irene McAllister; and front row, from left, Sisters Barbara Wetterer, Marie Therese Guigar, Virginia Therese Conway, Jean Anthony Sporer, and Michele Gebhardt. 


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