In Memoriam


(1938-2022)

Sister Grace Dougherty, baptized Mary Elizabeth, died on Friday, June 10, 2022, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 84 years of age and in the 65th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Chicago to Grace (Bowling) and Albert Dougherty. She graduated from Aquinas High School in Chicago, received a bachelor’s degree in home and family life from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida, and earned a master’s degree in counseling from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. Sister was also certified for pastoral ministry by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.

Sister Grace ministered over 14 years in elementary education in Detroit, Michigan; Montgomery, Alabama; and Saint Petersburg, Florida. She served as counselor/pastoral minister at the Cathedral of St. Jude in St. Petersburg before being elected to a six-year term in congregational leadership as Co-Provincial of St. Rose of Lima Province, based in West Palm Beach, Florida. She also served the Congregation for six years as Director of Pastoral Care. She ministered for more than 18 years at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago, where she served as hospital chaplain and director of spiritual care. 

Sister Grace became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers: Albert Dougherty and Charles Dougherty. She is survived by brothers Patrick Dougherty of Michigan City, Indiana, and Robert Dougherty of Chicago; 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 wake and funeral via live stream

The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 16, 2022, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 17, 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.

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Vigil for Sister Grace

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Funeral for Sister Grace

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Right: The Dougherty siblings, from left, Charles, Albert, Sister Grace, Patrick, and Robert


Left: Sister Grace with her parents, Albert and Grace Dougherty


Right: Back row, from left, Sisters Rosemary Abramovich, Carol Johannes, Rita Schaefer, Mary Sue Kennedy, and Mary Ward, and front row, from left, Sisters Grace Dougherty, Helen Sohn, Mary Margaret Pachucki, Nadine Donnelly, and Janet Schaeffler


Left: From left, Sister Grace Dougherty, her brother Bob Dougherty, and Sister Catherine McKillop; Right: Sisters Joella Miller (left) and Grace Dougherty


Left: From left, Sisters Jean Hughes, Jamie Phelps, and Grace Dougherty; Right: Sisters Catherine McKillop, left, and Grace Dougherty


Members of the 2016 Diamond Jubilee June Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Margaret O’Flynn, Catherine Camille DeClercq, Jean Crane, Grace Dougherty, and Grace Henneberry; fourth row, from left, Sisters Mary Margaret Mannard, Mary Plunkett, Marian Castelluccio, Attracta Kelly (Prioress), and Donna Joan Mehney; third row, from left, Sisters Jeanne Lefebvre, Patricia Downey, Maureen Gallagher, and Mary Kathryn Cliatt; second row, from left, Sisters Marie Luisa Vasquez, Mary Catherine Gagliano, Jean Tobin, and Rosario Martin; and seated in front, from left, Sisters Pauline Opliger and Sarah Ann Fergus.

 

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(1928-2022)

Sister Laura Pesick, formerly known as Sister Mary Norman, died at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian Thursday, June 9, 2022. She was 93 years of age and in the 75th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. 

Sister Laura was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Norman and Margaret (Cummins) Pesick. She graduated from Dominican High School in Detroit, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, and earned a Master of Arts degree in Special Education from Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Sister Laura spent almost 55 years ministering in elementary, secondary, and adult education in Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Port Huron, New Baltimore, and Harrison Township, Michigan; Wickliffe, Ohio; and Alameda and San Diego, California. This includes over five years teaching at Dominican High School in Detroit, an institution of the Congregation. She served for six years as assistant principal and elementary teacher at St. Philip Neri in Alameda, and four years at St. Therese Academy in San Diego. 

Sister Laura was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Norma Pesick. She is survived by a brother, Joseph Pesick of St. Clair Shores, Michigan; 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 wake and funeral via live stream

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

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Funeral for Sister Laura

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Left: Pesick twins, Laura Mary and Norma; Right: 1946 graduate of Dominican High School, Detroit


Left: On Profession Day


Left: Sister Laura Pesick, 1968; Right: Attending a Dominican High School event are, from left, Sisters Rita Sieg, Adrienne Schaffer, Dorothea Gramlich, Laura Pesick, Laura Smith, and Mary Lisa Rieman.


Left: Sister Laura Pesick celebrates her Silver Jubilee; Right: Margaret Pesick with daughters Laura and Norma Pesick


Members of the 2016 Diamond Jubilee Class are: back row, from left, Sisters Jean Fitzgerald, Laura Pesick, Ann Romayne Fallon, Joan Donovan, Edith Kathleen Zemke, Jean Librizzi, Georgina Luznicky, Beverly McEachin, Helen C. McDaniel, and Mildred Ann Huber; third row, from left, Sisters Anne Richard Baker, Mary L. Russell, Anne Bernadette Stein, Joyce Rybarczyk, Patricia Cecile Slattery, Denise Walsh, Elizabeth Francis Tekaucic, Sheila N. Flynn, Jeri Renner, and Winifred C.M. Lynch; second row, Sisters Ann Patrice Remkus, Therese Groulx, and Jean Irene McAllister; and front row, from left, Sisters Barbara Wetterer, Marie Therese Guigar, Virginia Therese Conway, Jean Anthony Sporer, and Michele Gebhardt. 

 

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Sister Anita Chiappetta(1942-2022)

Sister Anita Chiappetta, formerly known as Sister Jean Vincent, died on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 79 years of age and in the 61st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Anita was born in Chicago to Vincent J. and Mary (Cavoto) Chiappetta. She graduated from Aquinas High School in Chicago and obtained a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in theology from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Sister Anita spent more than nine years ministering in education in Defiance and Cleveland, Ohio, and Utica, Port Huron, and St. Clair Shores, Michigan. She served three years as a catechist/teacher trainer at St. Malachy Parish in Sterling Heights, Michigan. 

Sister Anita ministered 12 years as the business office manager at Human Growth Center, Inc., and 14 years as a social work assistant for the University of Michigan Hospital, both in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She also served the Congregation for more than 16 years as executive secretary in Central Services and to the General Council, Co-Provincial of St. Catherine of Siena Province, and office assistant for the Dominican Midwest Chapter Office. 

Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2022. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Jean L. Chiappetta. She is survived by 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 wake and funeral via live stream

The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 2, 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 Anita


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Funeral for Sister Anita

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Left: At the age of 3. Right: Taking part in their December 28, 1960 Reception are: back row, from left, Sisters Anita Chiappetta, Cynthia Smitko, Kathleen Hogan, Kathleen Corley, and Carolyn Marron, and front row, from left, Sisters Juliann Flynn, Mary Fadden, Patricia Benson, Lorraine Corley, and Jeanne Pilat.


Left: The Chiappetta family enjoys a meal together: from left, Jean, Mary (mother), Anita, and Vincent James (father). Right: Siblings Anita and Jean


Left: Sister Anita Chiappetta in her ministry as social work assistant for Oncology Services, University of Michigan Hospital. Right: Celebrating Sister Anita’s Golden Jubilee in 2010 are, from left, Sisters Marilee Ewing, Patricia Ann Dulka, Anita Chiappetta, Gene Poore (Dominican Sister of Peace), and Mary Emidio Singer.


Left: From left, Sisters Ann Kelly; Ardie Cloutier, OSF; Margaret Mehigan; and Anita Chiappetta. Right: Sisters Anita Chiappetta, left, and Mary Margaret Beh


Left: Standing, from left, Sisters Anita Chiappetta, Patricia Ann McKee, and Noreen Marie George and, seated in front, Sister Alma Marie Messing. Right: Enjoying a bike riding trip together in August 1988 are: back row, from left, Sisters Patricia Leonard, Mary Emidio Singer, Catherine Ormond Olds, and Gene Poore (Dominican Sister of Peace), and front row, from left, Sisters Anita Chiappetta and Diane Burgermeister.


Members of the 2010 Golden Jubilee Perpetual Help Crowd (June 1960) are: back row, from left, Sisters Patricia Fischer, Joann Plumpe, Barbara Jean Quincey, Joanne Wimmer, Anita Chiappetta, June Mary Deswysen, and Mary Helen Smolbrook; middle row, from left, Sisters Diane Pitera, Patricia Benson, Joanne Peters, Mary Katherine Homan, Grace Gianella, Kathleen Erard, Catherine Ormond Olds, and Helen Faiver; and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Elizabeth Gaiss, Joan Lawrence Sustersic, Juliann Flynn, Susan Marie Ouwerkerk, Maryetta Churches, Janet Marie Fulgenzi, Patricia Erickson, and Donna Markham (Prioress).

 

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(1922-2022)

Sister Mary Catharina Bereiter, baptized Mary Bereiter, died on Monday, May 23, 2022, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She was 100 years of age and in the 77th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Mary Catharina was born in Chicago to Edward and Mary (Orzali) Bereiter. She graduated from Amundsen High School in Chicago and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, a master’s degree in mathematics from University of Detroit (Detroit Mercy), and a doctorate in mathematics from Wayne State University, Detroit. 

Sister spent 29 years ministering in education in Detroit and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and Oakland, California. This includes six years at Dominican High School in Detroit and ten years as a professor at Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, both sponsored institutions of the Congregation. 

She served two years as a religious education coordinator for the Holy Family Center in Adrian, four years as a pastoral minister at St. Leo Parish in Detroit, and four years as the program administrative assistant at F.O.C.U.S., Inc. in Detroit. 

Sister Mary Catharina became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters: Barbara Harrell, Virginia Bereiter and Catherine Speirs; and a brother, Edward Bereiter. She is survived by 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 wake and funeral via live stream

Rite of Committal (burial) for Sister Mary Catharina was held on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in the Congregation Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be on Friday, May 27, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Friday, May 27, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Room at the Dominican Life Center.

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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Funeral for Sister Mary Catharina

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Left: Members of the Bereiter family are, from left, Edward, the father, and siblings Edward, Mary, Mary Barbara Emma (Sister Mary Catharina), Virginia, Catherine, and Barbara. Right: As a postulant


Left: Sister Mary Catharina Bereiter and Bishop Thomas Gumbleton celebrates her Diamond (60-year) Jubilee with Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, April 17, 2004. Right: Sister Mary Catharina Bereiter, front and center, sings with the Metropolitan Catholic Gospel Choir of Detroit.


Left: Members of the Nokomis Mission Chapter include, from left, Associate Janet Thomas and Sisters Aneesah McNamee, Mary James Hickey, Gloria Korhonen, Barbara Chenicek, Diane Burgermeister, Ritz Schiltz, Mary Catharina Bereiter, and Magdalena Ezoe. Right: Celebrating their Golden Jubilee together in 1994 are, from left, Sisters Mary LaMantia, Mary Catharina Bereiter, Florence Gibbons, and Anna Rita Sullivan.


Sister Christa Marsik, left, congratulates Sister Mary Catharina on her 100th birthday after her special Mass, April 20, 2022. Right: Sister Mary Catharina with her nieces, from left, Joanne Littlefield, Patricia Meyer, Mary Caye Speirs, and Lizanne Speirs.


Members of the 2014 Diamond (60-year) Jubilee Crowd are, back row, from left, Sisters Anna Rita Sullivan, Francis John Rzeppa, Elizabeth Clare Schindler, Marie Rosanna Flanagan, Rosemary Conlon, Noreen Marie George, Mary Catharina Bereiter, and Mary LaMantia, and in front, Sister Lorraine Marie Mackin.


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