In Memoriam

Sister Marilyn (Mary Loretto) Uline, OP

Sister Mary Kathryn Cliatt, OP(1937-2023)

Sister Marilyn Uline, formerly known as Sister Mary Loretto, died on Monday, July 31, 2023, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 86 years of age and in the 67th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Marilyn was born in Lakewood, Ohio, to Charles and Harriet (Holmes) Uline. She graduated from Mount St. Mary Academy in St Charles, Illinois, and received a bachelor’s degree in speech from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in English from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.; and a Master of Pastoral Study degree in pastoral theology from Loyola University in Chicago. 

Sister ministered for more than 15 years in elementary and secondary education in Detroit and Jackson, Michigan; Cleveland and Conneaut, Ohio; and Chicago. She served nine years in campus ministry at Siena Heights College (now University) in Adrian and at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, and ten years as a pastoral associate and in adult education in Evansville, Indiana, and St. Louis, Missouri. In addition, Sister Marilyn ministered for five years for First Investors Corporation in Chicago, five years for Eighth Day Center in Chicago, and seven years in clerical ministry in Utica and Troy, Michigan, and in Chicago. 

Sister Marilyn became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother, Mary Janet; and her sister, Rosemary Uline. Sister Marilyn is survived by sisters Lois Nugent (Dale) of Antioch, Illinois, Margaret Boyce (Thomas) of Lemont, Illinois, Mrs. Joanne Schutz (James) of Westlake Village, California, and Carol Uline of Jacksonville, Alabama; and a brother, Rev. Cyprian Uline, OFM, of Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, in the gathering space of St. Catherine Chapel. The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 9, 2023, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 10, 2023. Prayers of Committal will be held in the Congregation Cemetery.

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.

Sister's Memorial Card (PDF)


Vigil and Funeral Recordings

Sister Marilyn's Vigil Service - After clicking the link, you may choose to download the recording by clicking on the three dots at the bottom right corner of the screen and choosing "Download." Worship Aid (PDF)

Sister Marilyn's Funeral Mass - After clicking the link, you may choose to download the recording by clicking on the three dots at the bottom right corner of the screen and choosing "Download."


Left: Marilyn Uline as a little girl; Center: Marilyn, left, and her sister Rosie; Right: Marilyn Uline

Left: From left, Sisters Celine Marie Regan, Carol Johannes, Mary Ann Caulfield, and Marilyn Uline; Right: Gathered together in 1997 are: back row, from left, Sister Mary Bartholomew Kitko, Associate Judy Lavelle, and Sisters Joan Lawrence Sustersic and Marilyn Uline, and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Incarnata Hlavac, Mary J. Beaubien, and Wilfred Marie Dusek.

Left: Sisters Marilyn Uline, left, and Margaret Lane; Right: The Uline siblings are, from left, Lois Nugent, Carol Uline, Margaret Boyce, Joanna Schutz, Sister Marilyn Uline, and Rev. Cyprian Uline.

Members of the 2015 Diamond Jubilee December Crowd are back row, from left, Sisters Rosalie Esquerra, Kathleen Waters, Norine Burns, Molly Nicholson, Sheila Delaney, and Nancyann Turner; third row, from left, Sisters Leontia Cooney, Barbara Ann Long, Margaret Manners, Mary Kastens, and Joan Leo Kehn; second row, from left, Sisters Mary Hemmen, Anneliese Sinnott, Joan Mary, Jo Ann Lucas, and Elizabeth Gibbons; and front row, from left, Sisters Esther Ortega, Marilyn Uline, Arlene Seckel, Ann Ziemba, and Jovanna Stein.

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My name is Joanie Hartigan. Sister Marilyn Uline was my eldest aunt. By the time I came along in 1964, my Auntie Marilyn had dealt with countless small children of questionable behavior. Recently, I’ve come across a dozen or so letters written by my grandmother (Harriet Uline) to Marilyn. In the two brief times my Grammy mentioned me, the adjectives “mischievous” and “wild” are noted. I imagine Marilyn was not too impressed by this. She was a seasoned teacher with a solid bag-of-tricks. My first memory of we two together is just relaxing on the couch in the screened in porch at the farm. I was coloring and she was simply conversing with me as if I were a miniature adult. I remember feeling pretty darned grown up.

When I was about nine or ten, Marilyn invited me to bring a friend to stay overnight in her Chicago apartment. How exciting! I couldn’t believe my parents approved of this worldly adventure. The evening was filled with two little girls watching all the television they could ingest as well as a couple of mouth watering authentic Chicago pizzas. Surely, a night to treasure.

At age sixteen, I became the subject of much hand wringing in my family. Besides honors high school classes, I also had a job, car, and quite the boyfriend. I remember Marilyn remained unruffled and treated me the same as always. When the local Octoberfest came around, she slipped me a ten dollar bill and told me to “Go have fun!”. That was a large chunk of change at the time and I was grateful for her generosity.

Marilyn lived a full life and I am certain that she left this planet a better place than when she arrived. Ralph Waldo Emerson defines success in this way,”…to leave the world a bit better… by a redeemed social condition, to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived, that is to have succeeded.” Marilyn truly achieved success and now has gone on to help us in ways we cannot even imagine.

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