In Memoriam


Sister Grace Gianella(1941-2022)

Sister Grace Gianella, formerly known as Sister Susan Angela, died on Thursday, January 13, 2022, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 80 years of age and in the 61st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Grace was born in Jackson, Michigan, to Angelo and Sadie (Morell) Gianella. She graduated from St. John High School in Jackson and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian.

Sister spent 23 years ministering in elementary education in Chicago and Mundelein, Illinois; Los Angeles, California; and Grand Junction, Colorado. She served one year as a pastoral associate and 13 years as a billing accountant technician at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California. Sister also ministered five years as an administrative secretary at Holy Family School in Grand Junction, Colorado. 

Sister Grace became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Donna Jean. She is survived by her brother, Michael Gianella of Riverside, California, other loving family, friends 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, January 20, 2022, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 21, 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 Grace

Worship Aid (PDF)


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Left: The Gianella family includes Angelo and Sadie, parents; Sister Grace; her brother Michael; and her sister Donna Jean.


Right: Sister Grace with her parents, Sadie and Angelo Gianella


Left: From left, Sisters Janice Scholl, Teresa Estrada, Grace Gianella, and Lorraine Brennan


Members of the 2010 Golden Jubilee Crowd 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, 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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Sister Ann Kelly(1933-2022)

Sister Ann Kelly, OP, formerly known as Sister Neal Joseph, died on Thursday, January 13, 2022, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 88 years of age and in the 69th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Ann was born in Chicago to John and Anne (Galvin) Kelly. She graduated from St. Thomas the Apostle High School in Chicago and received a bachelor’s degree in Latin from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in Latin and a master’s degree in pastoral theology, both from Loyola University in Chicago.

Sister spent 42 years ministering in elementary education in Detroit, Albion, Dearborn, and Jackson, Michigan, and in Chicago and Blue Island, Illinois. She also served as a chaplain for one year at the Dominican Life Center and as an assistant in Weber Center in Adrian. 

Sister Ann became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Neal and Joseph. She is survived by loving family, friends, 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. Wednesday, January 19, 2022, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 20, 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 Ann

Worship Aid (PDF)


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Funeral for Sister Ann

Worship Aid (PDF)


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Left: From left, John C. Kelly, Jr.; Ann Kelly; and Joseph Galvin Kelly. Right: Sister Joella Miller, right (in front) takes a ride with Sister Ann Kelly.


Right: Sisters Margaret Mehigan, left, and Ann Kelly


Left: Sister Ann Kelly, 1980. Right: Members of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Dorothy Booms, Lorraine Pepin, Carolyn Nelson, Reta Drexler, Arlene Marie Kosmatka, Frances Madigan, and Attracta Kelly (Prioress); middle row, from left, Sisters Kathryn Hartnett, Marguerite Renuart, Maureen Keeler, Lorraine Sinn, and Cora Marie Campbell; and front row, from left, Sisters Anne Cenci, Ann Kelly, Joann Weigang, and Magdalena Ezoe.

 

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Sister Loretta May(1933-2022)

Sister Loretta May, formerly known as Sister Ann Elizabeth May, died on Monday, January 3, 2022, at the ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital in Adrian. She was 88 years of age and in the 71st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Loretta was born in Monroe, Michigan, to Charles and Leona (Bruck) May. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in education, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian.

Sister spent 36 years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Utica, Ruth and Adrian, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; and Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, and Gates Mills, Ohio. This includes five years at Hoban Dominican High School in Cleveland and six years at the Dominican Learning Center in Adrian, both institutions of the Congregation; six years as principal of St. Antoninus in Cincinnati; and over eight years as elementary administrator at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills. She was also the Congregation treasurer for eight years and ministered for seven years as Associate Superintendent for the Archdiocese of Detroit and five years as Coordinator of Special Projects for the Office of Catholic Schools in Detroit. 

Sister Loretta became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, A. Joseph May, Charles May and Brother John May, CSC; and two cousins, Sister Leona Bruck, OP and Sister Marie Dolores Neckel, OP, who were both Adrian Dominican Sisters. She is survived by loving family 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, January 6, 2022, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial and Prayers of Committal will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 7, 2022. Burial will be 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 Loretta

Worship Aid (PDF)


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Funeral for Sister Loretta

Worship Aid (PDF)


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Three photos of Sister Loretta May, OP, as a young girl and woman

Sister Loretta May at the age of three (left), her First Communion (center), and in 1950 as a graduate of St. Joseph Academy, Adrian (right).

Three photos of Sister Loretta May, OP, during her time as an Adrian Dominican Sister.

Left: With her brother Jack. Right: Sister Loretta May, Elementary Administrator, sits in her office at Gilmour Academy, an independent Catholic school in Gates Mills, Ohio.

Two photos of Sister Loretta May, one with family and one with fellow Diamond Jubilarians

Left: Members of the May family at the 25th anniversary of their parents are: back row, from left, John, CSC, Charles, Charles (father) and Joseph, and front row from left, Sister Loretta and her mother, Leona. Right: Celebrating their Diamond (60-year) Jubilee are, from left, Sisters Patricia Leonard, Loretta May, and Phyllis Kreiner.

Sister Loretta May with friends at Gilmour Academy

Celebrating the dedication of the Dominican Dining Room at Gilmour Academy are, from left, Sisters Loretta May, Patricia Stellmah, Phyllis Kreiner, and Joan Christie.

Sister Loretta May with other members of the 1982-1986 General Council

Members of the 1982-1986 General Council are: back row, from left, Sisters Rose Ann Schlitt, Mary Ward (Secretary), and Catherine Camille DeClercq and front row, from left, Sisters Loretta May (Treasurer), Miriam Mullins, Helen Sohn, and Carol Johannes (Prioress). 

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