Sister Anne Marie Snyder, formerly known as Sister John Vianney Snyder, died on March 30, 2017, 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 Anne Marie was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Frank and Mary (Sadar) Snyder. She graduated from Ursuline Academy in Cleveland and received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in English, and a Master of Education degree in administration, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. Sister Anne Marie also was a chaplain, certified by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.
Sister ministered for 31½ years in education in Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Toledo, Wickliffe, and Cincinnati, Ohio; and Gilbert, and Casa Grande, Arizona. She was principal for five years at Nativity School in Cleveland. Sister was also a staff member for four years at St. Theresa Home in Cincinnati, Ohio, and four years at Casa Maria Retirement Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Sister Anne Marie was a pastoral-care worker for 12 years at St. Alexis Hospital in Cleveland and a staff member and driver for seven years in the Florida Chapter Office in West Palm Beach.
Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan, in 2001. She is survived by two brothers, Joseph Snyder of Sagamore Hills, and Paul Snyder of Brecksville, and a sister, Jean McGrath of Cleveland, all in Ohio. She was preceded in death by an aunt, Sister Regina Clare Sadar, also an Adrian Dominican.Welcome of Sister Anne Marie will be on Monday, April 3, 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 of the Dominican Life Center. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 pm in St. Catherine Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Tuesday, April 4, 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.
Memorial 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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Sister Joanne O’Connor, formerly known as Helen Susan O’Connor and, in religious life as Sister Mary Joannes, died on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 96 years of age and in the 78th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Joanne was born in Chicago to Daniel and Corinne (Barry) O’Connor. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in English from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. Sister was also certified for pastoral care by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.
Sister Joanne spent 32 years ministering in education in Miami Beach and Miami Shores, Florida; Detroit and Adrian, Michigan; and Chicago, Illinois. She ministered in higher education for nine years at Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida, and for 11 years at Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, Michigan. She also taught at Dominican High School and Rosary High School, both in Detroit, for a total of six years.
Sister was a nuclear medicine technician at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, California, for five years; Co-Provincial for Holy Cross Province in Oakland, California for three years; and Tribunal Advocate for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, California, for 14½ years.
Sister Joanne became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2012. She is survived by a sister, Joan Panaro, of Santa Rosa, California. She was predeceased by a sister, Sister Helene O’Connor, also an Adrian Dominican Sister.
Rite of Committal (burial) was held on March 9 in the Congregation Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine Chapel, followed by the Ritual of Remembering at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Dominican Life Center. Both the Memorial Mass and the Ritual of Remembering will be live streamed.
Sister Donna Wencel, formerly known as Sister Frederick Mary Wencel, died on March 3, 2017 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 88 years of age and in the 71st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Donna was born in Wayne, Michigan, to Frederick and Martha (Klebba) Wencel. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a Bachelor of Home Economics degree from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a Master of Arts Education degree in classroom teaching from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant.
Sister Donna ministered for 51 years in elementary education in Chicago, Illinois; Sturgis, Iron River, Ubly, and Ruth, Michigan; Marblehead, Ohio; Des Moines, Iowa; and La Jolla, California. She was principal for five years at St. John School in Ubly.
Sister Donna became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2014. She is survived by a grand-nephew, Randy Wencel, of Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Welcome of Sister Donna will be on Monday, March 6, 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, March 7, 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.
Sister Diane Erbacher, known also as Sister Mary Carlanne, was born in San Jose, California, on January 29, 1930. She was the oldest of three children born to Charles and Anne (Foltz) Erbacher. Her two younger brothers were Bill and Jimmy, who was born with a genetic chromosome disorder known as Down Syndrome. Her father was born in Covington, Kentucky, and her mother in Spencer, Nebraska.
The family moved several times and, as a result, Sister Diane was educated in several schools: St. Francis School in Baker, Oregon, and St. Mary School in Bedford, Oregon.
When Sister Diane was in the seventh grade at St. Mary, her family moved to Santa Cruz, California, and she finished her elementary and secondary education in Santa Cruz at Holy Cross School. This was her first contact with the Adrian Dominican Sisters, who staffed the grade school and the high school.
During her high school years, Sister Diane also worked at Sisters’ Hospital, located on West Cliff Drive. According Sister Christine Ostrowski, Sister Diane spoke fondly of her days working at the hospital and getting to know the Sisters.
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