In Memoriam


(1923-2018)

Sister Maureen Therese Masuga, formerly known as Helen Ann Masuga, died on May 25, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She was 94 years of age and in the 75th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Caspian, Michigan, to Paul and Frances (Rucinski) Masuga. She graduated from Stambaugh High School in Stambaugh, Michigan; received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in English from Siena Heights College (University), Adrian, Michigan, and a Master of Arts degree in English from Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois.

Sister Maureen Therese spent 37 years ministering in education in Detroit, Ypsilanti, Iron River, Escanaba, and Tecumseh, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Santa Cruz and Hayward, California; and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sister was principal for six years at St. Elizabeth School in Tecumseh, Michigan. She was also a member of the Activities Staff at Maria Health Care Center, Adrian, Michigan, for eight years, and Ceramics Instructor for 11 years at Rocky Creek Retirement Village in Tampa, Florida. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2001.

Sister Maureen was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Paul, Kenneth, George, John, and Melvin, and sisters Katherine and Wanda.  Sister is survived by a sister Frances Grzeskowiak of Hales Corners, Wisconsin, and loving nephews and nieces.

Welcome of Sister Maureen will be on Tuesday, May 29, 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 Wednesday, May 30, 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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Sister Barbara Hubbard, OP

(1931-2018)

Sister Barbara Hubbard, formerly known as Sister Alice Josepha Hubbard, died on May 18, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 87 years of age and in the 67th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Barbara was born in Royal Oak, Michigan to Joseph and Margaret (Graffy) Hubbard. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Royal Oak, Michigan and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in English from University of Detroit (Detroit-Mercy).

Sister ministered in elementary and secondary school and adult education for 26 years in St. Joseph and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; St. Charles, Illinois; Winslow, Arizona; Belmont, California; and Dedza, Malawi, East Africa, where she taught at Mtendere Secondary School for four years. This includes five years at Mt. St. Mary Academy, an institution of the Adrian Dominican Sisters in St. Charles, Illinois.

Sister Barbara spent 26½ years in retreat and pastoral ministry in Troy, Michigan; Los Altos, California; and Edisto Island, South Carolina. She was a member of the formation team at St. Mary Leadership Center in Kabwe, Zambia, Central Africa for 1½ years.

Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2006. She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by a sister, Elizabeth Giffels, of Rochester Hills, Michigan.

Welcome of Sister Barbara will be on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center lobby; the Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 pm 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 Wednesday, May 23, 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.

Left: Sisters Elizabeth Condon, left, and Barbara Hubbard at Sea of Peace House of Prayer, Edisto Island, South Carolina. Right: Sister Barbara reads to her sister Elizabeth.


Left: Sisters ministering in California posed in this undated photo: back row, from left, Sisters Anne Russell, Una Deasy, Romona Nowak, and Rita Eileen Dean; middle row, from left, Sisters Mary Kathleen O’Neill, Adrienne Piennette, and Marie Wiedner; and front row, from left, Sisters Kay Muzzy, Mary Catherine Snyder, Mary Jacquemain, and Barbara Hubbard. Right: Counter-clockwise: Sisters Dorothea Gagnon, John Dorothy (Helen) Mantovani, Ann Christopher (Diane) Weifenbach, Edward Therese Halloran, Alice Josepha (Barbara) Hubbard, Anthony Irene (Marlene) Kuhnlein, and Bertha Marie O’Reilly


Center: Sisters Barbara Hubbard, left, and Elizabeth Condon in South Africa 


Left: From left, Sister Barbara Hubbard, her sister Elizabeth and Elizabeth’s husband John at Sea of Peace House of Prayer, Edisto Island, South Carolina, April 1999. Right: Sister Barbara Hubbard and her mother stand on the front porch of the convent in Sault Ste. Marie, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, January 1952


Members of the 2010 Diamond Jubilee Class 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 McKennan, Mary Jo Sieg, Florence Marie Viaches, Michael Claire Wilson, Barbara Ann Mason, and Donna Markham (Prioress).

 

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Sister Rose Celeste O'Connell, OP

(1939-2018)

Sister Rose Celeste O’Connell, OP, died on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 79 years of age and in the 62nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Rose Celeste was born Mary Ann O’Connell in Chicago to Thomas and Edna (Dion) O’Connell. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy, Adrian, Michigan, and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science Degree in Guidance, both from Barry College (University), Miami, Florida. She also held certifications in guidance and counseling, substance abuse ministry, and clinical pastoral education and was a certified associate addictions professional.

Sister Rose ministered in education for 28 years in Detroit, Michigan; Miami Shores, West Palm Beach, Fort Pierce, and Riviera Beach, Florida; Rome, Georgia; and Montgomery, Alabama; including nine years as principal in Riviera Beach, West Palm Beach, and Montgomery. Sister Rose was the Pastoral Care Supervisor at Hanley Rehabilitation Center at St. Mary Hospital in West Palm Beach for four years.

Sister Rose served as Secretary of the Adrian Dominican Congregation for 26 years and then was Director of the Congregation Office of Information until her death. For many years Sister Rose organized and facilitated Serenity Retreats at Weber Center and was an active member of the Dominican Sisters Conference and Dominican Leadership Conference.

Sister Rose Celeste was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Thomas. She is survived by her sister, Elinor Kannon, Downers Grove, Illinois, and a loving nephew.

Welcome of Sister Rose will be on Sunday, May 20, 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 Monday, May 21, 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 Rose Celeste:


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Left: Sister Rose Celeste with her parents and her sister Elinor at St. Jude’s in Detroit, 1957.



Left: Sister Rose Celeste, far left, then Secretary of the Congregation, poses with former Secretaries during the 2002 Gathering, from left: Sisters Grace Flowers, Marie Wiedner, Kathleen Walli, Mary Ward, and Helen Sohn. Not shown is Sister Mary Catherine Jordan.



Celebrating Sister Carol Bollin’s Golden Jubilee in 2008 are, from left, Sisters Rose Celeste O’Connell, Dorothy Guettler, Carol Johannes, Carol Bollin, Andrea Broutin, and Helen Sohn.



Left: Sisters Barbara Stanek, left, and Rose Celeste dress as twins for their Jubilee. Right: Sisters Joan Sustersic, left, and Rose Celeste O’Connell



Left: Members of the Hand Bell Choir are, from left, Sisters Mary Alice Naour, Rose Celeste O’Connell, Mary Louise Gass, and Barbara Gass.



Members of the 2015 Diamond Jubilee Class, August Crowd, are: back row, Sisters Marilyn Winter, Rose Celeste O’Connell, Carol Coston, Helen Therese Mayer, and Rita Rose Sieg, and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Ann Ennis, Barbara Ann Stanek, Frances Mary Fitzpatrick, and Therese E. Allgeyer.

 

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(1939-2018)

Sister Judith Ann Seefeld, formerly known as Sister James Charles Seefeld, died on Monday, April 30, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 78 years of age and in the 60th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Judith was born in Pontiac, Michigan, to James and Charlotte (Higgins) Seefeld. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. 

Sister ministered for 39 years in elementary education in St. Clair and Munising, Michigan; Ft. Lauderdale and Miami Shores, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; and Santa Cruz and Monterey, California. Besides classroom teaching, she taught Saturday enrichment classes, started two kindergarten programs, was a Brownie troop leader, coached CYO girls’ basketball, and was director of after-school programs for study time and homework. She became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2009.

Sister Judith was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: James and George; and two of her cousins, Sister Katherine Kenny, OP, an Adrian Dominican Sister, and Anne Kenny (Sister Maura Timothy), a former Adrian Dominican Sister. She is survived by four sisters: Janet Seefeld of Sterling Heights, Michigan; Joan Yingling of Tucson, Arizona; Jean Jackson of St. Louis, Missouri; and Joyce Seefeld of St. Charles, Missouri.

Welcome of Sister Judith Ann will be on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center lobby; the Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 pm 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 Friday, May 4, 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 Judith Ann (James Charles):


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Sister Judith with her family, 1967

Left: Sister Judith Ann Seefeld with her brother George Seefeld, Monterey Bay, California, July 20, 1992

Sister Judith, second row, far left, at her Reception in Adrian, August 1957

Center: Sister Judith with her parents, James and Charles Seefeld, September 1956. Right: With her cat friend, who loved making hospice visits

Members of the 1983 Silver Jubilee class are: back row, from left: Sisters Noella McLeod, Evelyn Inez Montez, Bernitha Glombowski, Roseann Julian, Sharon Culhane, Patricia Ace, and Mary Ann Phillip; second row, from left: Sisters Joanne Evans, Barbara Cervenka, Mary Baier, Jude Van Baalen, and Katherine Kenny; third row, from left, Sisters Mary Ward, Patricia Reno, Victoria Dalesandro, Loretta Glanz, Frances Lombaer, Mary Therese Napolitan, Maria Felicia Moreno, Judith Ann Seefeld, and Patricia Schade; fourth row, from left: Sisters Kathleen Harkins, Helen McAllister, Margaret Anne Faber, Geneal Kramer, Janet Traut, Susan Elaine Kresse, Joella Miller, and Carol Johannes (Prioress); and front row, from left: Sisters Patricia Brady, Eunice Drazba, Mary Celeste Lynch, Dorothea Gramlich, Monica Kim, Margaret Ann McGuinness, Diane McQuirt, and Joan Kowalksi. 

Left: Sister Judith celebrates her Golden Jubilee, 2007

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