In Memoriam


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)


Download video. Videos will be posted for 4-6 weeks, then removed.

Funeral for Sister Loretta

Worship Aid (PDF)


Download video. Videos will be posted for 4-6 weeks, then removed.

 

 

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). 

Leave your comments and remembrances (if you don't see the comment box below, click on the "Read More" link).

 


Sister Anne Beauvais(1933-2021)

Sister Anne Beauvais, formerly known as Sister Joseph Anthony, died on Saturday, December 25, 2021, at the ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital in Adrian. She was 88 years of age and in the 69th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Anne was born in Libertyville, Illinois, to Erneste and Marian (Hallinan) Beauvais. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and obtained a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in school administration and supervision of schools, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. 

Sister Anne spent more than 38 years ministering in education in Detroit, Michigan; Homewood, Chicago, Loves Park, Harvey, and River Grove, Illinois; and Las Vegas, Nevada. This included nine years as principal at Ascension School in Harvey, 12 years as principal at Our Lady of Westside in Chicago, and three years as administrative secretary at St. Cyprian School in River Grove. She served at Mercy Hospital in Chicago 10 years as receptionist and pastoral care worker and 11 years as a chaplain. 

Sister Anne became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Elizabeth Spokas and Mary Baum; and three brothers, Tom Beauvais, Paul Beauvais and Ernest Beauvais. She is survived by her sister, Cecile Harris of Libertyville, Illinois, and her brother, Rev. David E. Beauvais of Freeport, Illinois, as well as nieces and nephews 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, December 29, 2021, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 30, 2021. 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 Anne

Worship Aid (PDF)

Apologies, the recording starts about 5 minutes into the Vigil


Download video. Videos will be posted for 4-6 weeks, then removed.

 

Funeral for Sister Anne

Worship Aid (PDF)


Download video. Videos will be posted for 4-6 weeks, then removed.

 


Left: Sister Anne with her parents, Marian and Erneste Beauvais. Right: From left, Sister Barbara Ann Hehr, Father Raymond J. H. McTigue, and Sister Anne Beauvais.


Right: Sister Anne Beauvais with her brother, Rev. David Beauvais


Right: From left, Sisters Anne Beauvais, Frances Mary Fitzpatrick, Kathleen Klingen, and Marilee Ewing.


Left: Sisters Mary Rae Waller, left, and Anne Beauvais ride together in the Dominican Life Center elevator. Right: Sisters Kathleen Klingen, left, and Anne Beauvais enjoy a Cubs game, April 2009.


Members of the 2001 Golden Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Anne Beauvais, Joan Hinz, Nancy Fischer, Mary Alice Naour, Helen Belsito, Mary Louise Head, Patricia Eileen Consier, Patricia J. Walsh, and Celeste Mary Bourke; middle row, from left, Sisters Jane Robert Stuckel, Helen Mantovani, Thomas Leo Monahan, Helen Laier, Patricia Dolan, Diana Marie Pellegrino, Angela Susalla, and Barbara Ann Hehr; and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Alan Stuart (standing), Betty Lou Myers, Robert Irene Buchanan, Marilyn Foster, Marion Coppe, June Racicot, Veronica Gonthier,  Patricia Spangler, and Mary Catherine Nolan (standing).

 

Leave your comments and remembrances (if you don't see the comment box below, click on the "Read More" link).
 


Sister Ann Patrice Remkus(1928-2021)

Whatever the future holds for me, one thing is certain: God will be present and will not let me down. I trust He will allow me to use whatever talents He has placed in me to be of service in His work and to bring happiness to myself.

Sister Ann Patrice Remkus wrote this passage to conclude the 1986 edition of her life story. Both it and a later version are a thoughtful, honest look back at what Sister Mary Sue Kennedy described in her homily for Sister’s Memorial Mass as “a life well lived, with its ups and downs and its joys and pains.”

Lucille Judith Remkus was born on July 2, 1928, in Rockford, Illinois, to Frank and Petronella (Stansel) Remkus. In one of her St. Catherine letters to Sister Marcella Gardner, she mused about the date of her birth: “An early firecracker? Hardly, as this letter will attest to; I’ve not been early for much of anything in my life, unfortunately.”

Frank and Pat, as Sister Ann Patrice’s mother was called (and from which name the second part of Sister’s religious name was derived), both came to the U.S. from Lithuania. Frank left his homeland in 1910 at the age of about 21, fleeing under cover of darkness to avoid being conscripted into the Russian army. He walked to the Netherlands and from there sailed to New York. Pat came to the U.S. in 1909, at about age 22, after having had a difficult childhood. Sister wrote in her life story that Pat’s mother had died when Pat was just 18 months old, and because Pat’s stepmother did not accept her and her sister, she had left home at age nine to work on a farm.

Read more about Sister Ann Patrice (PDF)

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

Sister's Prayer Card (PDF)

 

Memorial Mass for Sister Ann Patrice

Worship Aid (PDF)


Download video. Videos will be posted for 4-6 weeks, then removed.

We regret and apologize that the Ritual of Remembrance for Sister Ann Patrice was not recorded due to a human error. 

Leave your comments and remembrances (if you don't see the comment box below, click on the "Read More" link).


Sister Lucy Ann Quinn(1932-2021)

Someone once wrote that the lives we live are like a pebble thrown in a pond which causes ever widening rings and ripples. The ripples in the water can often continue on for a while and will touch everything in its path. It continues even after the stone has disappeared. So, too is this true of those we know and love; they still touch us long after they are gone.

Sister Mary Sue Kennedy wrote these words in her funeral homily for Sister Lucy Ann Quinn, who definitely did her part to touch people’s lives throughout her many years of service in everything from teaching to volunteering at a local hot air balloon festival.

Lucy Ann was born in Detroit on August 31, 1932 – entering the world “during the darkest part of the total eclipse of the sun at three o’clock in the afternoon,” she wrote in her autobiography – as the fourth child of Maurice and Florence (Knill) Quinn. Her siblings were all quite a bit older than she was; Margaret was sixteen, Maurice (known as Bud) was fourteen and John was twelve. As a result, she wrote, her sister and brothers “showered me with much affection.”

The family lived in Visitation Parish, and Lucy Ann’s experience with the Adrian Dominican Sisters began in first grade at the parish school. In addition to the strong role models the Sisters were for her, she had the example of her parents’ faith life as a guiding light. “As I grew I was very impressed with the strong faith of my mother and dad,” she wrote. “Dad was a daily communicant. They both went to confession often and each made a yearly retreat. Nightly they said the rosary together kneeling beside their bed.”

Read more about Sister Lucy Ann (PDF)

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

Sister's Prayer Card (PDF)

 

 

Vigil for Sister Lucy

Worship Aid (PDF)


Download video. Videos will be posted for 4-6 weeks, then removed.

 

Funeral for Sister Lucy

Worship Aid (PDF)


Download video. Videos will be posted for 4-6 weeks, then removed.

 

Leave your comments and remembrances (if you don't see the comment box below, click on the "Read More" link).


Cemetery of the Adrian Dominican Sisters

Our Adrian Dominican cemetery with its circular headstones is a beautiful place of rest for women who gave their lives in service to God — and a peaceful place for contemplation and remembrance. 


Helpful Links

Dominican School Alumnae/Alumni

Become an Adrian Dominican Associate

What do you have to do to become a Sister?

Share our blog, A Sister Reflects

Sign up for the monthly Veritas newsletter (or view our other publications)

Employment opportunities

 


We invite you to meet some of the wonderful women who have recently crossed into eternity.

2021

Recent Posts

Read More »

Previous Years

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014