Sister Agnes Peplinski, formerly known as Sister Richard Therese Peplinski, died on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 87 years of age and in the 68th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister was born in Forestville, Michigan, to Matthew and Lucy (Zmich) Peplinski. She graduated from Sandusky High School in Sandusky, Michigan, and received a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian.
Sister Agnes spent 30 years ministering in elementary education in Rockwood, Detroit, Harper Woods, and Ubly, Michigan; Cleveland, Ohio; Casa Grande, Arizona; and Los Angeles, California. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2018.
Sister Agnes was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters: Beatrice Husson, Delphine Sertich, Christine Battersby, Sophie Nauszelski, Elizabeth Osantowske, Sabina Moses, and Eleanor Beltowski; and her brothers: Ervin, Bernard, Raymond, Casmir, Benjamin, Lawrence, Sylvester, and Floyd. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Welcome of Sister Agnes will be on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 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 Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Mass of Christian Burial will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery.
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.
From left: From left, Sisters Agnes Peplinski, Marie Elizabeth Doherty, and Maris Stella Beaufait. Posing with Ophelia the camel during a Holy Land retreat at Weber Center in Adrian are, standing, from left, Sisters Jean Annette Rudolph and Sheila Delaney and seated, from left, Sisters Anneliese Sinnott and Agnes Peplinski.
Right: Standing, from left, Sisters Mary Saynay, Mary Helen Smolbrook, Michael Ann Glombowski, Alice Wolski, and Agnes Peplinski, and seated, Sister Joan Liberty
Standing, from left, are Associate Mercedes Fitzsimmons and Sisters Jeanine Boivin, Sheila Delaney, Virginia Beattie, and Mary Ann Konieski and seated, from left, Sisters Agnes Peplinski and Maris Stella Beaufait.
From left: Sister Agnes poses with a mural of the mission statement of the Dominican Literacy Center in Detroit. Sister Agnes with two of her grand nieces
Members of the 2011 Diamond Jubilarian Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Attracta Kelly (Prioress), Julianne Wolny, Jeannine Holway, Anne Liam Lees, Judith Ann Lieder, and Agnes Peplinski; middle row, from left, Sisters Elizabeth Lynch, Rita Brunett, Thérèse Haggerty, Mary Daria Herbella, Catherine Ahern, and Elisa Joan Doherty; and front row, from left, Sisters Dolores Marie Dolan, Dolores Slosar, Nancy Hanna, Celine Marie Regan, Marian Edward Guethlein, and Clara Ann Budenz.
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On December 25, 2019, as the Adrian Dominican Sisters joined with Christians around the world in celebrating Jesus’ birth, Sister Joanne Podlucky was born into new life as she went to meet Jesus face to face.
Joanne Theresa Podlucky was born March 22, 1948, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to Joseph and Julia (Viboch) Podlucky. She was the oldest of five children, with Joseph, Ronald John, Francine, and Carolyn following her into the family.
The Podluckys were a close-knit family in a close-knit community. Like so many Johnstown men, Joseph was a steelworker, while Julia took care of the home and family, and in their Slovak and Italian neighborhood, everyone knew everyone and people looked out for each other.
Sister Joanne and her siblings all attended Sts. Peter and Paul School, where they were taught by the Vincentian Sisters of Charity. She went on to Vincentian Academy, a boarding school in Pittsburgh, for high school. Such a lengthy relationship with the VSC Sisters, plus the fact that an aunt was in that religious community, led Joanne to decide to enter that congregation at the beginning of her senior year, and she finished high school as a postulant. When she was received as a novice in August 1966, she was given the religious name Sister Jessica.
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Someone who loved children, especially babies; friend to those most in need of help; a caring, generous woman with a sense of humor: those were some of the ways in which Sister Mary Ann Ferguson was remembered by other Adrian Dominican Sisters at the time of remembrance held after her passing.
Sister Mary Ann was born on August 10, 1940, in the small Detroit enclave of Hamtramck, in a neighborhood near Detroit City Airport. She was the oldest of eight children born to Edmund and Lydia (Wyborny) Ferguson. After her came Edmund Jr., Ronald, Jacqueline, Thomas (who died as a baby), Kenneth, Gwendolyn, and Timothy.
Edmund, who had come to Detroit from Houghton, Michigan, worked at Garwood Industries, which was owned by the legendary Detroit powerboat racer Gar Wood. Lydia, a Detroit native, was a typist for the R.L. Polk Company, producer of business directories.
Having both parents in the workforce meant that the Ferguson children were often looked after by their grandparents. And, as the oldest child, Mary Ann was expected to help with many of the tasks around the house – which she did not mind one bit. “I was eager to learn household chores from my grandmother and mother,” Sister Mary Ann said in her life story. “’Little Mom’ was my nickname.”
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Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221.
“My fourth grade held a very important incident – I became a full-fledged Dominican nun!”
This line begins a section bearing the title “Today I Am a Dominican!” in the autobiography Sister Joan Unger wrote at age sixteen. A reader puzzled by the assertion that Joan became a Dominican sister in fourth grade – and by the photos included showing the nine-year-old in a white habit – would see the mystery solved in just a few sentences; she went on to explain that she had played a nun in a school play. Still, however, one line from the teenaged Joan’s story about that experience would turn out to be prophetic: “You know, being a nun was fun. I think I’ll try it again sometime!”
Joan Adele Unger was born June 4, 1932, in Seattle, Washington, to Nathan and Ann (Sexton) Unger. She was the youngest of six children: two boys (James and Richard) and three girls (Natalie, Dorothy, and Rosemary) preceded her in the family.
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