In Memoriam

Ethel Detz(1946-2015)

Sister Ethel Detz was born on July 19, 1946, in Detroit. She was the second oldest of six children born to Nicholas and Doris (Walkowski) Detz. She wrote the following about her childhood and family in her autobiography. 

I have an older sister Fran, a younger sister Dolores and three younger brothers, Nicholas, Richard and Michael. I was in scouting for ten years before I entered. I loved the trips we took and especially enjoyed the overnight camping trips. In the summers, my sisters and I along with a few of our neighbors would put on plays in the basement.  We had a great time creating these skits. Sundays were special in our house. My dad was an usher and usually ushered at the 6:30 Sunday Mass. I remember he would hurry home after mass so that my mom could take the older kids to church and he would stay home with the younger ones. My dad would cook breakfast for us and we often took a Sunday drive into “the country” which of course is now Livonia, Michigan, with houses and stores.


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Sister Mary Rita Gleason, born August 29, 1919, in Clayburg, New York, was the third of eight children born to William and Kathryn (Moore) Gleason. She began her autobiography by correcting a misconception that she was a “Floridian.” She wrote:

To many of my acquaintances I am known as a “Floridian,” but actually I started my life as a “snowbird.” My earliest years were spent near the Canadian border in Clayburg, New York. I was the third child of William and Kathryn Gleason. In the summer of 1926 my parents, my two older brothers, Thomas William and Robert Joseph, a younger brother Francis Patrick and I moved to Florida. In Florida, before I entered the convent, my mother gave birth to three more children. We then had the “Florida crackers and the snowbirds.”

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Bety Lou Myers(1932-2015)

Born on May 9, 1932, in Lansing, Michigan, Sister Betty Lou Myers was the first of three children born to Frederick and Lucille (Koehler) Myers. Both parents traced their ancestry to Germany. They were married in Bowling Green, Ohio. 

Sister Betty was educated at Resurrection and St. Mary Schools in Lansing.  Because of the fierce rivalry between these two schools, it seemed strange that she attended both schools. In her biography, she explained that one of the two religious sisters on her mother’s side of the family was a member of the Sisters of Charity from Cincinnati who staffed St. Mary School.

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Sister Evangeline Davis OP(1917-2015)

Sister Evangeline Davis was born on September 23, 1917, in Detroit, one of five children born to Samuel and Edna (Mills) Davis. Her two sisters died as infants, and her younger brother died after an accident at the age of twelve. After graduating from a public high school, Evangeline attended Wayne State University in Detroit for a year. It was there she met Mildred Connelly, an English professor, who as a friend of Mother Gerald Barry. Mildred who invited her to attend a retreat at Sacred Heart Convent located near Visitation Parish. This became a pivotal experience in Sister Evangeline's life.

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