In Memoriam


(1933-2021)

Sister Noreen Burke, formerly known as Sister Peter Margaret Burke, died on Thursday, February 18, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 88 years of age and in the 70th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Noreen was born in Detroit to Peter and Marjorie (Reske) Burke. She graduated from Visitation High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. She received master’s degrees in American history, school administration/supervision, and human services and counseling, all from DePaul University in Chicago.

Sister Noreen spent 33½ years ministering in elementary education in Chicago, Hometown, and Elmhurst, Illinois. This includes being principal for 10 years at Our Lady of Loretto in Hometown and seven years at Visitation School in Elmhurst. She was also a guidance counselor for 18 years at Maria High School in Chicago. She later served the Adrian Dominican Congregation in Hometown for one year as an Assistant Retirement Director.

Sister Noreen became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Carole Burkhardt; and two brothers, Lawrence and Donald. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews 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 22, 2021, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Funeral Word Service will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 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.

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(1935-2021)

Sister Patricia McCarty, formerly known as Sister William Francine McCarty, died on Friday, February 12, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 85 years of age and in the 66th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Patricia was born in Detroit to William and Frances (Brinker) McCarty. She graduated from Dominican High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in speech from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in drama/theater from Michigan State University in East Lansing. 

Sister ministered for 15 years in elementary education in Des Moines, Iowa, and Loves Park and Riverdale, Illinois. She was Principal of Queen of Apostles School in Riverdale for three years. In addition, Sister served for five years in Congregation leadership in Hometown, Illinois, as Co-Provincial and Provincial Administrator. 

In Michigan, Sister Patricia was campus minister and Director of Alumni Relations for 11 years at Mercy College (University of Detroit Mercy); Development Director for 11 years and Director of the Ministry Trust for two years for the Adrian Dominican Congregation; and Development Coordinator for one year for the Dominican Consultation Center in Detroit. 

Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2004. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, William J. McCarty. She is survived by a sister, Kathleen Unti, an Adrian Dominican Associate, of Easton, Maryland; loving nieces and nephews; 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 Friday, February 19, 2021, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Funeral Word Service will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 20, 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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(1937-2021)

Sister Leontia (Lee) Cooney, formerly known as Sister Michael Therese Cooney, died on Friday, February 12, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 83 years of age and in the 65th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Detroit to Michael and Elizabeth (Dowdall) Cooney. She graduated from St. Mary Commercial High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in guidance/counseling from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida. 

Sister Lee spent 41 years ministering in many areas of elementary and secondary education in Chicago, Illinois; Nassau, the Bahamas; and Flint, Detroit, Utica, Harper Woods, and Monroe, Michigan. This includes eight years as principal of St. Jude in Detroit, 10 years as counselor and then Guidance Director at Bishop Gallagher High School in Harper Woods, and six years as Guidance Director at Dominican High School in Detroit, an Adrian Dominican institution. She also served the Congregation in Adrian for 13 years as Campus Administrator and Housing Coordinator. 

Sister Lee became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers: Bishop Patrick Cooney of the Diocese of Gaylord, Michigan, and Reverend Michael N. Cooney; and her sister, Mary Alice Cooney. She is survived by 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 Wednesday, February 17, 2021, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Funeral Word Service will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 18, 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 Lee

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Funeral for Sister Lee

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(1927-2021)

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

Worship Aid (PDF)


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Funeral for Sister Patricia

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