In Memoriam


Sister Shirley Thielk, OP (Joyce Edward)

(1929-2022)

Sister Shirley Thielk, formerly known as Sister Joyce Edward, died on Sunday, September 11, 2022, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 93 years of age and in the 74th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Shirley was born in Highland Park, Michigan, to Edward and Hilda (Wellnitz) Thielk. She graduated from St. Ambrose High School in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in counseling, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Detroit (Detroit Mercy); and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Dayton.  

Sister spent 24 years ministering in education in Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Utica, Michigan; and Malawi, East Africa. This includes 11 years at Hoban Dominican High School in Cleveland, an institution of the Congregation. 

Sister Shirley was also an administrative assistant for two years at St. Theresa Home for the Aged in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was provincial administrator for four years for St. Catherine of Siena Province in Detroit and ministered for twelve years in the Finance Office of the Dominican Motherhouse in Adrian. She spent 14 years in the Computer Services Department and medical staff offices at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, California. 

Sister Shirley became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2009. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Thomas and David Thielk; and five sisters, Elizabeth Mitchell, Geraldine Jordan, Joyce Opromalla, Joanne Mackris and Jacqueline Kunysz. She is survived by seven siblings: Kathryn Warras (Bryan) of West Bloomfield, John Thielk (Mouy) of Fair Haven, and Sister Dorothy Thielk – also an Adrian Dominican Sister – all in Michigan; Edward Thielk of San Fernando, California; Margaret Zukowski (Daniel) of Amherst, Virginia; Rose Marie Popowitz of Porter, Texas; and Donald Thielk of Kula, Hawaii; 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 services via live stream

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

Worship Aid (PDF)


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Funeral for Sister Shirley

Worship Aid (PDF)


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Left: Sisters Shirley Thielk, left, and Dorothy Thielk, right, pose with their parents, 1970.


Right: From left, Sisters Jeanne Burns, Shirley Thielk, and Veronica Kelley at Dominican Hospital, Santa Cruz, California


Left: From left, Sisters Karen Fisk, Linda Bevilacqua, Nadine Foley, Shirley Thielk, and Winifred Lynch participate in Transformations 1989, a gathering at the Motherhouse. Right: Sisters Shirley Thielk, left, and Joan Leo Kehn celebrate Christmas.


Left: Sisters Shirley Thielk, left, and Kathleen Therese McCann. Right: Sisters Marcine Klemm, left, and Shirley Thielk


Members of the Pilgrim People Mission Group in 2008-2009 are: back row, from left, Sister Madeline Mary Dervin; Associates Nancy McNulty and Caroline Manildi; Sisters Marion O’Loughlin, Mina Riggs, Jean Fitzgerald, and Jeri Renner; and front row, from left, Sisters Marie Wiedner, Judith Silva, Shirley Thielk, Mary Margaret Beh, and Veronica Kelley.


Left: Sisters Jean Fitzgerald, left, and Shirley Thielk. Right: Members of the 2017 Double Diamond December Reception Crowd are, back row, from left, Sisters Shirley Mary Heymes, Patricia Siemen (Prioress), Jeanne Burns, Shirley Thielk, Mary Saynay, and Marcine Klemm, and front row, from left, Sisters Theresa Nightingale, Margaret Lane, Kathleen Therese McCann, Janet Persyk, and Cyrilla Zarek.

 

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Avatar  Annie Miller 6 days agoReply

Sister Shirley was my Aunt Shar. She left an indelible impression on me from a very young age. She was always incredibly kind, thoughtful, and her smile made you feel all the goodness of the world was right there in the room with you. Her travels and service to other communities meant that I saw her very infrequently in my adult years, but that did nothing to lessen my affection for her. We'd remind each other of our memories from my early childhood whenever we had the opportunity to visit. I'm so glad I was able to visit with her before the pandemic began. I'll miss her so much. I took great comfort knowing her goodness was in the world with us, but now I take great comfort knowing she's with God, whom she loved and served her entire life.

Avatar  Nancy Kuminski Olsen 6 days agoReply

I am a 1969 graduate of Hoban Dominican High School in Cleveland, Ohio. I remember Sister Joyce Edward. She was such a wonderful teacher & always so kind and sweet. So sorry for your loss and glad she was able to live such a long and fulfilling life. May she Rest In Peace with Our Lord.



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