In Memoriam

Sister Patricia O'Reilly, OP (Charles Thomas)


Sister Patricia O'Reilly, formerly known as Sister Charles Thomas, died on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center. She was 93 years of age and in the 75th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Patricia was born in Toledo, Ohio, to Thomas and Charlotte (Daunhauer) O'Reilly. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy, Adrian, and received a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in vocational education from Michigan State University in East Lansing. She was also certified in Clinical Pastoral Education by the Medical College of Ohio and as a chaplain by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. 

Sister Patricia spent 30 years ministering in elementary and high school education in Detroit, Adrian, and Blissfield, Michigan; Rockford and Chicago, Illinois; and Las Vegas, Nevada. She also taught at Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian for six years. 

She served as chaplain for six years in hospitals in Toledo, Cleveland, and Lima, Ohio, and as Admissions Coordinator for three years at Bixby Hospital in Adrian. She was a pastoral minister for two years at Resurrection Hospital in Chicago and for two years at St. John Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Sister also served the Congregation for four years at Weber Center in Adrian, two years as an executive secretary and two years as the manager of the Weber Shop.

Sister Patricia was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Rev. James E. O’Reilly, SJ. She is survived by a sister, Kathleen O'Reilly, of Clinton Township, Michigan, and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed until further notice to all guests or visitors. 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. on Monday, February 15, 2021, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Word Service Funeral will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Prayers of Committal will be held in the back of St. Catherine Chapel.

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 Patricia

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Funeral for Sister Patricia

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Avatar  Barbara Peddie Smith last weekReply

Sr. Pat was one of my very favorite professors at Siena Heights College(University)! During her time at Siena she was known by us as Sr. Charles Thomas. Sr. Pat was fun, smart, and a terrific influence on my life. She passed on her excellent talents and was a mentor to so many of us as we became Home Economic Teachers under her guidance! As a woman of strong faith she greatly influenced so many lives and I hope she knew how much she meant to all of us! Rest In Peace Sr. Pat!

Avatar  Fran Tarsha last weekReply

Sister Pat was always a positive, prayerful witness to her faith. She shared her joy for life and her faith in the Lord.
May she rest in the peace of her Lord. She will be greatly missed.

Avatar  Nancy Sanbar 2 weeks agoReply

Is there anyway I can find out what high school Sister Patricia ( Charles Thomas) taught at between 1956 and 1960 in Detroit, Mich?

Avatar  Maureen Silver last weekReply

I believe it was St. Theresa HS in Detroit. I know she was there in 1957-60 when I taught there.

Avatar  Editor 2 weeks agoReply

Hi, Nancy. Sister Patricia taught at both Dominican High School and St. Theresa during that time frame.

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