In Memoriam


(1928-2018)

Sister Mary Ellen Brodeur, formerly known as Sister Ann Edward Brodeur, died on Monday, September 10, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 90 years of age and in the 72nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Mary Ellen was born in Detroit to Edward and Ann (Ternes) Brodeur. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Detroit (University of Detroit Mercy). 

Sister Mary Ellen spent 50 years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Detroit, Harper Woods, and Utica, Michigan; Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This includes her ministry of 35 years in secondary education at two of the Congregation’s schools: six years at Hoban Dominican High School in Cleveland, Ohio; and 29 years at Dominican High School in Detroit. 

Sister Mary Ellen became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2010. She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, Donald, Norm, Charles and Robert and four third cousins: Sisters Evangeline, Mary Michael and Lambertine Theisen and Sister Mary Leonilla Barlage, all Adrian Dominican Sisters. Sister Mary Ellen is survived by loving nieces and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Mary Ellen will be on Sunday, September 16, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center lobby; the Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Monday, September 17, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral Mass will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal 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.

 

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Right: Sister Mary Ellen Brodeur with her parents


Left: Sister Mary Ellen Brodeur in her classroom at Dominican High School, 1972


From left: Sister Mary Ellen in her classroom, 1984. Sister Mary Ellen enjoys a Jubilee dinner at the Motherhouse.


Left: From left, Sisters Ruth Rabideau, Mary Ellen Brodeur, and Gloria Kelly in the lobby of Madden Hall, Adrian


Members of the 1995 Golden Jubilee Crowd are, front row, from left: Sisters Dorothy Jehle, Joellen Reis, Catherine Henry Schmid, Therese Mary Foote, Mary Ellen Brodeur, Ruth Rabideau, Kathryn Lumbrezer, Mary T. Meegan, and Collette Madden; second row, from left, Sisters Connie Kelly, Lois Spear, Margaret Mehigan, Nadine Foley, Marilyn Brown, Margaret Flores, and Adrianna Emery; third row, from left, Sisters Shirley Ruder, Madeleine Sophie McLeod, Anne Gallagher, Mary Therese Golden, and Christine Hoffman; fourth row, from left, Sisters Marie Immaculata Hebestreit, Jean Annette Rudolph, Patricia O’Reilly, Barbara Gass, Gloria Kelly, Joan Murphy, June Marie Howard, and Irene LeDuc; fifth row, Sisters Francis Elizabeth McDonnell and Mary Reilly; and back row, from left, Sisters Catherine Riegel,  Helen Walsh, Dolores LaVoy, Alma Marie Messing, Marjorie Ann McEntee, Mary J. Beaubien, and Barbara Hengesbach.

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(1932-2018)

Sister Jean Rosaria Fisch, formerly known as Rita May Fisch, died on September 8, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center, Adrian, Michigan. She was 86 years of age and in the 68th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Jean Rosaria was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, to Ervin and Helen (Umland) Fisch. She graduated from Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida, and received a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in administration/school supervision, both from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida. 

Sister spent 29 years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan; Miami Shores, Florida; the Dominican Republic; and Puerto Rico. This includes 15 years as principal at St. Rose of Lima School in Miami Shores. She also served in pastoral ministry for 37 years in Miami Shores and Plantation, Florida, which includes 26 years at St. Gregory Parish in Plantation.

Sister Jean Rosaria was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Jean Rosaria will be on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center lobby; the Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral Mass will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. 

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Memorial 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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Center: Sister Jean Rosaria in the school office, 1966 or 1967

From left: Sisters Jean Rosaria Fisch (left) and Joan Leo Kehn. Sister Jean Rosaria, right, with her good friend, Annette Thornton

Members of the Sandpiper Mission Group, shown in this 1997-1998 photo, are, back row, from left, Sisters Beverly Bobola, Frances Madigan, Anne Gallagher, Jean Rosaria Fisch, Joan Leo Kehn, Elizabeth Ross, and Joan Mary Dwyer. In the middle row, from left, are Sisters Mary Rose Hochanadel, Joan Petz, and Kathleen Therese McCann; Associate Christa Rusch; and Sisters Mary Reilly and Joan Marconi. In the front row, from left, are Sisters Eleanor Dougherty, Mary L. Russell, Mary Dougherty, and Lorraine Sinn.

Back row, from left, Sisters Jean Rosaria Fisch and Frances Madigan, Associate Patricia O’Neill, and Sisters Joan Lee Kehn and Mary Therese Napolitan, and front row, from left, Sisters Lorraine Sinn and Elizabeth Ross

From left: From left, John Usyk, Sister Jean Rosaria Fisch, the late Monsignor Noel Fogarty, Adrian Dominican Associate Patricia O’Neill, and Patricia Usyk at St. Gregory the Great Church in Plantation, Florida. Sister Jean Rosaria celebrates her 85th birthday on May 24, 2017, at St Gregory Parish in Plantation, Florida.

Members of the 2000 Golden Jubilee Class – those who made reception on August 8, 1950, are: back row, from left, Sisters Carol Johannes, Mary Mackert, Paul James Villemure, Kathleen Sutherland, Mary Anthony Marelli, Jean Rosaria Fisch, Anne Elizabeth Monahan, Barbara Hubbard, Theodora McKennan, and Michael Claire Wilson; and front row, from left, Sisters Rina Cappellazzo, Joan Marconi, Diane Erbacher, Joan Petz, Anthonita Porta, Charlotte Francis Moser, Virginia Cushing, Michael Thomas Watson, Mary Louise Gass, Barbara Ann Mason, and Mary Jo Sieg. Not pictured are Sisters Joan Kathleen Lorencz, Joseph Eugene Fogarty, and Florence Marie Viaches.

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Sister Mary Diane McMeekin, OP

(1941-2018)

Sister Mary Diane McMeekin, formerly known as Sister Robert Lorraine McMeekin, died on Friday, August 10, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 77 years of age and in the 58th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Diane was born in Detroit to Robert and Lorraine (Leduc) McMeekin. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy, Adrian, and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University), Adrian. She also held certificates for religious education from the Orlando Diocese, CPR/First Aid, and a license as a pre-school director from the State of Florida.

Sister Diane spent 27 1/2 years ministering in elementary and kindergarten education in Detroit, Flint, and Clawson, Michigan and Fort Lauderdale and Indialantic, California. She was the Pre-school Director at Good Shepherd Early Child Education Center, Orlando, Florida, for 21 years.

Sister is survived by a loving niece and nephew, and was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Kellie.

Welcome of Sister Diane will be on Monday, August 13, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center lobby; the Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral Mass will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal 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.

 

Vigil for Sister Mary Diane:


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From left: Sister Diane McMeekin with Father George Gaynor, 1960; Sister Diane, Easter 1941 or 1942


From left: Sisters who lived together at Holy Name of Jesus in Indialantic, Florida, were, from left, Rita McFarland, IHM; Janet Stankowski, OP; Diane McMeekin, OP; Shirley Hinks, IHM; and Lucy Duval, OP. Sister Diane, right, with her younger sister, Kellie


Left: Sister Diane, right, with her sister Kellie’s family, from left, Jim Shankles, Turner Shankles, Kellie Shankles, Steve Shankles, and Jordan Shankles. 


Left: Attending a 2011 Christmas party for the Sisters of the Diocese of Orlando, Florida, are, from left: Adrian Dominican Sisters Elizabeth Ann Demirgian and Diane McMeekin; Bishop John Noonan; and Adrian Dominican Sisters Rosemary Thomas Finnegan, Patricia Siemen, Ann Englert, and Clarice Moyle.


Left: Sister Diane, right, with her sister Kellie in Alaska


Members of the 2009 Golden Jubilee June Crowd are, back row, from left, Sisters Rosemarie Kieffer, Peter Anthony Schulte, Christa Marsik, Sean Eileen Allgeyer, Sarah Ann Sharkey, Jo Ann Jauquet, and Helen Wilson; middle row, from left, Sisters Mary Diane McMeekin, Susan Van Baalen, Beverly Bobola, Jean Keeley, Rosemary Zuccaro, and Joan Marie Weithman; and front row, from left, Sisters Joan Krajewski, Mary Emidio Singer, Mary Jean Clemenger, Patricia Janowicz, Delores DeBets, Joan Christine Meerschaert, and Donna Markham (Prioress).


(1924-2018)

Sister Jean Charles Birney, formerly known as Elizabeth Ann Birney, died on Friday, August 3, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 94 years of age and in the 76th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Jackson, Michigan, to Charles and Jean (Crawford) Birney. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, Michigan, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, Michigan, and a Master of Arts degree in History from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.

Sister spent over 39 years ministering in education in Detroit and Dearborn, Michigan; Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio; Elmwood Park, Oak Park and Chicago, Illinois; and Jacksonville and Miami Shores, Florida. She was Pastoral Minister at St. Jude Parish in Saint Petersburg, Florida from 1981-1999. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 1999. 

Sister Jean Charles is survived by a half brother, Charles Birney, Jr. of Flint, Michigan, and two half sisters, Mrs. Charlene Sundquist of Farmington, Michigan, and Mrs. Patricia Lane of Ramona, California. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Sister Mary Jean Birney, also an Adrian Dominican Sister. 

Welcome of Sister Jean Charles will be on Monday, August 6, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center Lobby; the Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Dominican Life Center. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at 10:30am. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral Mass will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal 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.

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From left: The future Sisters Mary Jean Birney, left, and Jean Charles Birney; Sisters Mary Jean Birney (left) and Jean Charles Birney before they entered the Adrian Dominican Congregation; Sisters Mary Jean Birney, left, and Jean Charles Birney


From left: Sister Jean Charles disembarks from the “Love Boat.” Sister Jean Charles Birney at Assumption, Jacksonville, Florida, 1976


Right: From left, Sisters Jean Charles Birney, Francis Assisium Proulx, Mary Jean Birney, and Maureen Gallagher enjoy a Golden Jubilee dinner together.


From left: Sister Jean Charles Birney, left, with Racine Dominican Sister Suzanne Noffke; Sister Mary Jane Lubinski, left, and Sister Jean Charles Birney


Members of the 2001 Diamond Jubilee Class are, back row, from left, Sisters Clara Patricks, Anne Marie Snyder, Agnes Carmel Dziak, and Mary Paula Connor and front row, from left, Sisters Marie Joannes O’Donnell, Jean Charles Birney, Mary Annette Glendening, and Loretta Ann Walsh. Not pictured are Sisters Marie Michel Allain and Virginia Mullins.

 

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