In Memoriam


(1945-2024)

Sister Dianne Koszycki, formerly known as Sister Mary Robertann, died on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 79 years of age and in the 59th year of her religious profession: 11 years as a Felician Sister of Livonia, Michigan, and in her 48th year of profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. 

Sister Dianne was born in Toledo, Ohio, to Francis and Helen (Wozniak) Koszycki. She graduated from Central Catholic High School in Toledo and received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Madonna College (University) in Livonia, Michigan, and a master’s degree in pediatric nursing from the University of California-San Francisco. She was licensed as a registered nurse by the Michigan Board of Nursing and was a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. 

Sister ministered for four years in elementary education in South Bend, Indiana; four years in college education in Livonia and Dearborn, Michigan; and more than 29 years in a variety of nursing positions in Livonia, Detroit, Royal Oak, Pontiac, Southfield, Dearborn, Warren, Fraser, Riverview and Monroe, Michigan; and Toledo, Maumee, Sylvania, and Swanton, Ohio. 

Sister Dianne became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2010. She was preceded in death by her parents. Sister is survived by a brother, Robert Koszycki (Connie); other loving family members; and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Visitation will be from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in the gathering space of St. Catherine Chapel. The Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 6, 2024, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 7, 2024. Prayers of Committal will be held in the Congregation Cemetery. 

Those who are not attending services in person are welcome to participate via live stream at https://adriandominicans.org/Live-Stream.

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, MI, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.

Sister's Memorial Card (PDF)

 

Vigil and Funeral Recordings

Recording of Sister Dianne's Vigil Service - After clicking the link, download the recording by right-clicking on the video choosing "Save video as." Worship Aid (PDF)

Recording of Sister Dianne's Funeral Mass - After clicking the link, download the recording by right-clicking on the video choosing "Save video as." Worship Aid (PDF)

 

Photo Middle-Left: Visit with Santa, 1949. Photo Middle-Right: 1963 graduate of Central Catholic High School, Toledo. Photo Right: Sister Mary Robertann, professed as a Felician.

Photo Left: The Koszycki family: back row, Robert and Dianne, and front row, parents Frank and Helen. Photo Middle-Left: Sister Mary Robertann, then with the Felician Sisters. Photo Middle-Right: Sister Mary Robertann teaching at Holy Family School in South Bend, Indiana, 1966. Photo Right: Sister Dianne, after her transfer to the Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Photo Left: Sister Dianne at her 50th birthday party with her sister-in-law Connie. Photo Right: Sister Dianne with her parents, Frank and Helen Koszycki, at the transfer of her vows to the Adrian Dominican Congregation, 1976. 

Members of the 2014 Golden Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Jacqueline Phillips, Mary Frances Fleischaker, Patricia Millenbach, Attracta Kelly (Prioress), Patricia Walter, Mary Ann Caulfield, and Adrienne Piennette; and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Margaret Pachucki, Judith Friedel, Dianne Koszycki, Myra Jackson, Carmen Rose Álvarez, Rosemary Asaro, and Mary Ellen Plummer. Not pictured are Sisters Judith Bisignano and Viviana Custo.

 


(1935-2024)

Cora Marie Campbell was four years old when she met her first Adrian Dominican Sisters: the group teaching catechism at St. Gregory Parish in Newberry, Michigan. Incidentally, Newberry, which in the year of Cora Marie’s birth,1935, had only some 2,500 residents, give or take, produced three members of the Congregation: Sisters Nadine Foley, Paul James Villemure, and of course Cora Marie.

Baptized Genevieve Anne after her mother and grandmother, Cora Marie was born in Newberry, located in the eastern half of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, to William and Genevieve (MacDonald) Campbell on November 1, 1935 – her father’s birthday. William, who worked as a firefighter, was a Newberry native, while Genevieve was born in Grand Marais, Michigan, on the Lake Superior side of the U.P.

The couple had fourteen children in all, five of whom were born after Genevieve entered the Congregation. First came William, then Genevieve, then her sister Cara, then ten boys in a row – Peter, Kay Michael, Alexander, James, Thomas, Matthew, John, Paul, Mark, and Charles – and finally Mary. Kay Michael died of pneumonia when he was only about three and a half years old.

All of the children had their own assigned household chores, but it also fell to Genevieve and Cara to take care of their younger siblings. The two girls took turns being “assigned” a brother as each boy was born, and Genevieve also tutored her brothers in math, the subject which would later be her teaching specialty.

Read more about Sister Cora (PDF)

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, MI, 49221. 

Sister's Memorial Card (PDF)

Enjoy this video exploring the life and ministry of Sister Cora Marie.

 

 

Vigil and Funeral Recordings

Recording of Sister Cora Marie's Vigil Service - After clicking the link, download the recording by right-clicking on the video choosing "Save video as." Worship Aid (PDF)

Recording of Sister Cora Marie's Funeral Mass - After clicking the link, download the recording by right-clicking on the video choosing "Save video as." Worship Aid (PDF)

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(1929-2024)

Sister Gloria Korhonen might well have not become an Adrian Dominican Sister at all were it not for the five Sisters she met while a student at Wayne State University. In fact, she probably would not have even been a Catholic.

Gloria Virginia Korhonen was born on March 8, 1929, in Astoria, Oregon, to Arvo and Maemi (Matson) Korhonen. Arvo, a native of Finland, was a Lutheran minister and served as a missionary to the Finnish-immigrant community in Astoria. The family moved to Superior, Wisconsin, where Arvo served several Finnish parishes, when Gloria was about three.

She became “a proud Yooper” (as residents of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, or U.P., are known), as she described herself in her Sister’s Story video, in about fifth grade when the Korhonens moved to a home just outside of Baraga, Michigan. She attended Baraga High School and graduated in 1946.

Her considerable talents in music earned her a scholarship to the University of Michigan. She completed her bachelor’s degree in 1950, taught music at a school in Ohio for a year, and then moved to Detroit to teach at a public grade school.

Because she needed to take classes in order to stay accredited, she enrolled at Wayne State, deciding to earn a master’s degree in special education because she admired the work the special-education teacher at her school was doing and thought it would be a good career for herself. And this is where the Adrian Dominican Sisters become part of her story.

Read more about Sister Gloria (PDF)

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, MI, 49221. 

Sister's Memorial Card (PDF)

 

Enjoy these videos that explore the life and ministry of Sister Gloria (Jonathan) Korhonen.

 

 

 

Vigil and Funeral Recordings

Recording of Sister Gloria's Vigil Service - After clicking the link, download the recording by right-clicking on the video choosing "Save video as." Worship Aid (PDF)

Recording of Sister Gloria's Funeral Mass - After clicking the link, download the recording by right-clicking on the video choosing "Save video as." Worship Aid (PDF)

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(1938-2024)

I would suggest that Pat recognized the Divine in all she encountered, whether the deer gathered around the bird feeder in the yard, her family, or the neighbors she knew and loved in Shelbyville. Although her death came as such a shock to all of us who will miss her loving and caring presence in this life, we trust that nothing will separate us from the love of God or the love that Pat shared with all she encountered.

Sister Maureen O’Connell shared these words as part of the funeral homily for her friend Sister Pat Reno. Sister Pat’s death on April 5, 2024, at a hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, stunned everyone who knew her, including staff and clients at the Centro Latino, the organization in Shelbyville, Kentucky, where she served as executive director.

Patricia Ann Reno, born on January 21, 1938, in Detroit, was the oldest child of William and Madeline (LeGere) Reno. The couple had eight children in all; Pat had four sisters (Kathleen; Marilyn, later known as Madeline; Molly; and Teresa) and three brothers (Michael, William, and Dennis). Marilyn followed Pat into the Congregation in 1963, taking the religious name Sister Mary Madeline. She withdrew in 1976 and chose to keep the name Madeline.

Pat’s first four years of school were spent at St. Agnes School, followed by two years at Visitation School where she met the Adrian Dominican Sisters for the first time. She then attended St. Mary Academy in Monroe, Michigan, for a year, and completed her elementary education back at Visitation.

Even at a very young age, her sense of fairness and desire to make things better for other people seems to have been quite well-developed. According to a story her sister Molly told at the memorial service for Sister Pat held at the Church of the Annunciation in Shelbyville when Pat was just ten years old and about to welcome a new sibling into the world, she decided the house was too small for so many children and that she, as the oldest, needed to leave to make room for the new baby. And so, she convinced a friend to join her in moving to Canada and getting jobs to support themselves.

Read more about Sister Pat (PDF)

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Centro Latino, 120 Main Street, Shelbyville, KY 40065 or Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221.

Sister's Memorial Card (PDF)

Enjoy this video of Sister Pat Reno at her ministry in Shelbyville, Kentucky. 
 

Vigil and Funeral Recordings

Recording of Sister Pat's Funeral Mass - After clicking the link, download the recording by right-clicking on the video and choosing "save video as." Worship Aid (PDF)

Recording of Sister Pat's Rite of Remembrance - After clicking the link, download the recording by right-clicking on the video and choosing "save video as."

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