In Memoriam

Sister Patricia O'Reilly, OP (Charles Thomas)


Of all the ways that women have come to know and eventually join the Adrian Dominican Sisters, only one of those ways had something to do with it being improper for a young lady to live in the same building as a county jail.

Patricia Ann O’Reilly, the aforementioned young lady, was born on December 6, 1927, in Toledo, Ohio, to Thomas Emmett and Charlotte (Daunhauer) O’Reilly. She was the middle of three children, in between Jim and Kathleen.

Emmett, as he was known, was a bricklayer, and Patricia was very proud of him. “Every year he would march in the union parades and I would march right along with him,” she said in her life story. Charlotte, for her part, “was a very loving, gracious woman. … I think my mother was one of the most caring people that I knew.”

Early in Patricia’s life, the family lived with her grandparents because, in those Depression years, finances were tough and the grandparents had a large home they could all share. Her early schooling all came from the Ursuline Sisters, first at St. Agnes School, then St. Francis de Sales School, and finally St. Angela Merici School, all in Toledo.

Read more about Sister Patricia (pdf)

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Avatar  Barbara Peddie Smith 3 years agoReply

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 3 years agoReply

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 3 years 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 3 years agoReply

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

Avatar  Editor 3 years agoReply

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

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