In Memoriam


Sister Marianne (David Frances) O'Neill

(1937-2017)

Sister Marianne O’Neill, formerly known as Sister David Frances O’Neill, died on January 13, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 80 years of age and in the 62nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Marianne was born in Chicago to David and Frances (Whitty) O’Neill. She graduated from Aquinas High School in Chicago and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in library science degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 

Sister spent 31½ years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Wyandotte, Jackson, Detroit, and Madison Heights, Michigan; and Chicago, Rockford, Wilmette, and Arlington Heights, Illinois.  

Sister Marianne was driver for Maria Health Care Center in Adrian for three years, and Chapter Prioress for six years for the Sisters of the Motherhouse Mission Chapter (Holy Rosary Mission Chapter) in Adrian. In addition, she was pastoral care coordinator for four years for Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters in Huntington, Indiana. 

Sister Marianne became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2008. She is survived by a loving sister-in-law, Janet O’Neill of Williams Bay, Wisconsin, and loving nieces and nephews. 

Welcome of Sister Marianne will be on Monday, January 16, 2017, 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, January 17, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral 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 Funeral Home, Adrian.

 

 

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(1929-2016)

Sister Sheila Flynn, formerly known as Sister John Damian Flynn, died on December 29, 2016, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 87 years of age and in the 69th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan to Edward Patrick and Marie Agnes (Aeno) Flynn. She graduated from Dominican High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in Latin from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in Latin from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; and a Master of Theology degree from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. 

Sister Sheila spent 34½ years ministering in education in Ypsilanti, Sault Ste. Marie, Farmington, Detroit, St. Joseph, and Madison Heights, Michigan, and Assumption (Swanton), Ohio. This includes two years as principal at St. Joseph High School in St. Joseph. In addition, Sister served for 23 years in chaplaincy and pastoral work in Detroit, Walled Lake, and Redford, Michigan. 

Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2010. She is survived by a sister-in-law, Phyllis Flynn, of Tampa, Florida.  

Welcome of Sister Sheila will be on Monday, January 2, 2017, 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, January 3, 2017, 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 Funeral Home, Adrian.

 

   
LEFT: Sister Sheila with Sister Mary Ellen Plummer, OP (left), 2012. RIGHT: Sister Constance (Carol Anne) Studer, left, with Sister Sheila, at the lake at New Baltimore, Michigan.

 

   
LEFT: With her brother Jack, 1975. RIGHT: Sister Sheila, left, on her Diamond Jubilee day in 2006, with Sister Jo Gaugier, OP.

 

   

 

   
LEFT: Fanjeaux Mission Group, early 1990s: back row, from left, Sisters Carol Jean Kesterke, Theresa Mayrand, Mary Louise Putrow, Diana Bader, Donna Markham, and Sharon Weber; middle row, from left, Sister Renee Richie, Associate Deb Regal, Sisters Josephine Gaugier and Maribeth Howell; front row, from left, Sisters Joyce LaVoy, Sheila Flynn, and Patricia Harvat. RIGHT: November 2002

 

   
LEFT: Serving on the video crew for the 1986 General Chapter. RIGHT: Serving on the bell choir for the 2002 Gathering – from left, Sisters Mary Fran Fleischaker, Anneliese Sinnott, Catherine Olds, Lorraine Reaume, and Sheila Flynn 

 

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Monica Charles Stankus

(1936-2016)

Sister Monica Charles Stankus, formerly known as Donna Mae Stankus, died on December 26, 2016, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 80 years of age and in the 56th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Monica Charles was born in Chicago to Charles and Mercedes (Fair) Stankus. She graduated from Las Vegas High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, and received a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from the College of St. Mary-of-the-Wasatch in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a master’s degree in medical technology from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Sister Monica ministered for one year in elementary education in Assumption (Swanton), Ohio. She served as medical technologist and chief medical technologist for 12½ years at Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital and Sisters Hospital in Santa Cruz, California, and for twenty-one years at National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. She was the coordinator of nursing services for three years at the Dominican Life Center and was vice president of sponsorship and mission for ten years at St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson, Nevada.

Sister Monica became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2012. She is survived by loving cousins.

Welcome of Sister Monica Charles will be on Wednesday, December 28, 2016, 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 Thursday, December 29, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral 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 Funeral Home, Adrian.

 

   
Left: Accepting the Collaboration Award in the early 2000s are, from left, Sisters Michael Thomas Watson, Beverly Bobola, and Monica Stankus

 

   
Left: Sister Monica, right, with her secretary, Beverly Coletti, at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, Feast of St. Rose of Lima 2001. Right: Sister Monica with her parents.

 

   
Left: Sister Amy Hoey, RSM, left, and Sister Monica celebrate Mardi Gras at the Ritz Carlton in Henderson, Nevada, March 1, 2003.

 

   

 

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Michael Claire Wilson

(1933-2016)

Sister Michael Claire Wilson, formerly known as Barbara Lynn Wilson, died at the Dominican Life Center on December 25, 2016. She was 83 years of age and in the 66th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Michael Claire was born in Detroit to Joseph and Evelyn (Schulte) Wilson. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, Michigan, and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in guidance from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian.

Sister spent 55 ½ years ministering in elementary and secondary education, and pastoral ministry in Homewood, Illinois; Medina, Ohio; New Baltimore, Ruth, and Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan; and in Winslow, Tucson, and Chinle, Arizona. She was assistant principal at St. Peter and Paul High School in Ruth, Michigan for four years and assistant principal at St. Joseph School in Winslow, Arizona for two years.

Sister did pastoral work in St. Joseph Parish, and pastoral ministry and tutoring on the Indian Reservation for five years in Winslow. She ministered for the Winslow Unified School District on the Indian Reservation from 1976 to 2005.

Sister Michael Claire became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, in 2012. She is survived by two sisters, Kathy Foster of Franklin, Tennessee, and Donna Wilson of Douglasville, Georgia.

Visitation is from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m, on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, in the Rose Room of the Dominican Life Center, followed by Vigil Prayer at 7:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral will be live streamed. 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 Funeral Home, Adrian.

 

Funeral for Sister Michael Claire:


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LEFT: with her parents. RIGHT: Sister Michael Claire enjoys nature during the time that she ministered with American Indians in a federal program in Winslow, Arizona, 1987.

 

LEFT: at a pow wow in Winslow, Arizona, 1988.

 

LEFT: Sister Michael Claire (left) celebrates Christmas 1988 with her cousin Carol Schulte in Tempe, Arizona. RIGHT: From left, Sisters Mary Eileen Sullivan, Lorraine Sinn, and Michael Claire Wilson.

 

Members of the 2000-2001 Southwest Chapter Rio Grande Mission Gruop visited the Black Canyon Monument, Montrose County, Colorado. Pictured are, back row, from left: Sisters Charlotte Swift, Pauline Richter, Sarah Ann Sharkey, Lois Paha, Donna Kustusch, Clara Patricks, and Michael Claire Wilson, and front row, from left: Sisters Mary Anne McElmurry, Anne Baxter, Marie Carmen Gonzales, and Eleanor Stech. Not pictured are Sisters Judith Bisignano and JoAnn Fleischaker.

 

2010 Diamond Jubilarians are, back row, from left: Sisters Carol Johannes, Rina Cappellazzo, Joseph Eugene Fogarty, Barbara Hubbard, Mary Mackert, and Mary Louise Gass; middle row, from left: Sisters Joan Marconi, Diane Erbacher, Paul James Villemure, Charlotte Francis Moser, Mary Anthony Marelli, and Kathleen Sutherland; and front row, from left: Sisters Theodora MeKennan, Mary Jo Sieg, Florence Marie Viaches, Michael Claire Wilson, Barbara Ann Mason, and Donna Markham (Prioress).

 

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