(1936-2016) Sister Monica Charles, baptized Donna Mae Stankus, was born at St. Bernard Hospital in Chicago on July 6, 1936. She was the only child of Charles C. and Mercedes (Fair) Stankus. Her mother expected the baby to be a boy and had chosen a boy’s name and even a blue layette. Her parents finally decided to name their baby girl Donna. In her autobiography, Sister Monica shared the following about her early life and the reason her family moved to Henderson, Nevada. When I was five, mother decided that I was too little to go to kindergarten so I began first grade at St. Ethelreda School with the Mercy Sisters. When I was in the sixth grade, the doctor told my mother that she was a prime candidate for TB and the family should consider moving to a warmer climate. I left the 6th grade during Easter break and we started driving west, finally ending up in Las Vegas. Because Dad was a vet we could get temporary housing in Victory Village in Henderson, diagonally across Boulder Highway from St. Rose de Lima Hospital. This was in 1948. The hospital opened in 1947. In a few weeks we bought a home in Las Vegas and Dad got a job as an electrician. Read more about Sister Monica Charles (pdf) Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Vigil for Sister Monica Charles: Download video . Videos will be posted for 4-6 weeks, then removed. Funeral for Sister Monica Charles: Download video .Videos will be posted for 4-6 weeks, then removed. Leave your comments and remembrances (if you don't see the comment box below, click on the "Read More" link).