In Memoriam


(1925-2019)

Sister Nora Brady, formerly known as Sister Marie Phelim Brady, died on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 93 years of age and in the 70th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in County Cavan, Ireland, to Mathias and Annie (Shierdan) Brady. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in administration/supervision, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. 

Sister Nora spent 39 years ministering in elementary education in Detroit, Jackson, Pinckney, and Greenville, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; and Carmel, California. This includes nine years as principal and teacher at St. Mary School in Pinckney, Michigan. In Chicago, Sister ministered at St. Denis Parish for 32½ years: 19 years as elementary teacher, and 13½ years in the hospitality ministry. She also served as Prioress of the Dominican Motherhouse Campus for three years. 

Sister Nora became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Hugh; and four sisters: Anne, Mary, Susan and Brigid. She is survived by a nephew, Mathew Kane of County Caven, Ireland, and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Rite of Committal (burial) was held on Monday, January 7, 2019, in the Congregation cemetery. The Memorial Mass will be on Friday, January 18, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Dominican Life Center.

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.

 

 

From left: From left, Sisters Nora Brady and Elizabeth Lynch. From left, Sisters Nora Brady, Diane Miller, and Thomasita Moran in front of the St. Denis convent in Chicago, October 1983

From left: From left, Sister Nora Brady; Father Larry Dowling, pastor of St. Dens Parish in Chicago; and Sister Elizabeth Lynch. Standing, from left, Sisters Helen Patrick Bartley, Elizabeth Lynch, Nora Brady, Patricia Dolan, and Carolyn Nelson, and seated from left, Sisters Patricia McCarty and Georgina Luznicky

Members of the 2008 Diamond Jubilee Class are: back row, from left, Sisters Nora Brady, Marie Geraldine Brownell, Celestine Dunne, Alice Riegel, Patricia Wiley, John Norton Barrett, Mary Schmagner, and Therese DeCanio, and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Helen Mack, Joan Sopha, Mary E. Quinn, Dorothy Thielk, Margaret Urban, Patricia Ann Hurley, Marion O’Connor, and Judith Mary Singer.

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(1923-2019)

Sister Cecilia Marie Brown, formerly known as Barbara Jane Mary Brown, died on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 95 years of age and in the 76th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Cecilia Marie was born in Rockford, Illinois, to William and Grace (Taylor) Brown. She graduated from Bishop Muldoon High School in Rockford and received a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in guidance, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. 

Sister ministered for 18 ½ years in elementary education in Detroit, Flint, Grosse Pointe Farms, Rockwood, and Walled Lake, Michigan; 11 years in elementary education in Chicago, Elgin, Joliet, Loves Park, Oak Lawn, Oak Park, and Rolling Meadows, Illinois; and two years as elementary school principal in Jefferson and two years as elementary school principal in Darlington, both in Wisconsin. Sister also ministered for 18 years in several programs for senior citizens in Rockford, Bartlett, and Sycamore, Illinois. 

Sister Cecilia Marie became a resident at Weber Center in Adrian, in 2009. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Cecilia Fay and Marilyn Brown, OP (Adrian Dominican Sister William Marie); and two brothers, Gordon and Robert. She is survived by a sister, Rosemary Naill of Winnebago, Illinois, and loving nieces and nephews.

Rite of Committal (burial) was held on Monday, January 7, 2019, in the Congregation cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Dominican Life Center.

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.

 

 

Funeral for Sister Cecilia Marie:


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Remembrance for Sister Cecilia Marie:


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Center: First Holy Communion. Right: Discerning her vocation


Left: The Brown family: standing, from left, Sister Marilyn Brown, Gordon Brown, Rosemary Naill, Cecilia Fay, Bob Brown, and Sister Cecilia Marie Brown; and seated, from left, Grace and William Brown, the parents


From left: From left, Sisters Joan Marie Weithman, Jane Quirk, Cecilia Marie Brown, and Alice Anne Van Acker, Diocese of Rockford, Illinois, circa 1980s. Sister Cecilia Marie entertains Sisters at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian during a special program in 2013.


Left: Celebrating 75 years of religious life in 2017 are: Standing from left, Sisters Patricia Siemen (Prioress), Maureen Therese Masuga, Cecilia Marie Brown, and Miriam Joseph Lekan; and seated, from left, Sisters Carol Louise Hiller, Virginia O’Reilly, and Mary Willard Reagan.

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(1917-2019)

Sister Charles Christine Uhnavy, formerly known as Eunice Uhnavy, died on January 2, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 101 years of age and in the 80th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Charles Christine was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Charles and Olive (Spitzig) Uhnavy. She graduated from St. Mary High School in Royal Oak, Michigan, and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. 

Sister spent 29 years ministering in elementary education in New Baltimore, Dearborn, Detroit, Anchorville, and Royal Oak, Michigan. She taught for five years at St. Mary School in Defiance, Ohio and for one year at St. Nicholas of Tolentine and three years at St. Philip Neri, both in Chicago. She retired in 1977 to care for her sister.

Sister Charles Christine became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Charles (Chuck); and two sisters, Vivian and Arlene. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews, all in Michigan.

Welcome of Sister Charles Christine will be on Friday, January 4, 2019, 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 Saturday, January 5, 2019, 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.

 

Due to a technical error, the vigil service for Sister Charles Christine was not recorded. We apologize for this.

Funeral for Sister Charles Christine:


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Left: From left, Sisters Pauline Marie Freeman, Agnes Marie Hvizdos, Charles Christine Uhnavy, and Marie Raymond Mossing


Left: Sister Charles Christine Uhnavy in her classroom


Right: Sister Charles Christine cuts cake for her 90th birthday celebration, February 11, 2007.


From left: Sister Charles Christine enjoys birthday cake on her 100th birthday. Sister Ann Romayne Fallon presents Sister Charles Christine with an apostolic blessing from the pope during Sister Charles Christine’s 100th birthday celebration, February 14, 2017.


Members of the 1998 Diamond Jubilarian Class are, back row, from left, Sisters Helen Duggan, Marie Bentz, Evangeline Davis, Julie Ann Burns, Virginia Hafey-Wells, and Diana Miller; middle row, from left, Sisters Virginia Rose Heroux, Dorothy Hemmert, Frances Ellen Bowery, and Charles Christine Uhnavy; and front row, from left, Sisters Thomas Ellen McGowan and John Loretto Bowery.

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(1931-2018)

Sister Catherine McKillop, formerly known as Sister James Anita McKillop, died on December 30, 2018, 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 Wishaw Lanark, Scotland, to James and Catherine (Buchanan) McKillop. She graduated from St. Paul High School in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, and received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in elementary education, both from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida. 

Sister Catherine spent 25 years ministering in elementary education in Chicago; Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and St. Petersburg, Florida; Montgomery, Alabama; and Guayama, Puerto Rico. This includes six years as principal and teacher at St. Bede School in Montgomery, two years as principal at St. Ann School in West Palm Beach, and five years as principal at St. Jude School in St. Petersburg. 

Sister Catherine also served the Adrian Dominican Sisters: four years as Co-provincial for St. Rose of Lima Province in Florida, eight years as director of retirement in Adrian, and nine years as activity assistant for the Dominican Life Center. She later ministered as Coordinator of Volunteer Services for St. Leonard’s Ministries in Chicago, which provides temporary housing and other services for formerly incarcerated men and women. 

Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2017. She is survived by two sisters, Patricia Young of Clinton Township and Marguerite DeJaeghere of Sterling Heights, and a brother, Joseph McKillop of Roseville, all in Michigan. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers James and John.

Welcome of Sister Catherine will be on Thursday, January 3, 2019, 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 Friday, January 4, 2019 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.

 

Due to a technical error, the vigil and funeral services for Sister Catherine McKillop were not recorded.
We sincerely apologize to those who had hoped to view those recordings.

 


Left: From left, Sisters Catherine McKillop and Grace Dougherty, June 2011

Right: From left, Sisters Catherine McKillop, Grace Dougherty, Emmy Chelagat Choge, and Joyce LaVoy


Left: Sister Catherine McKillop, standing, left, with her family, from left, Joseph McKillop, Patricia Young, and Marguerite DeJaeghere. Seated is Grandmother McKillop. 


Members of the 2009 Class of Diamond Jubilarians are, back row, from left: Sisters  Andrea Broutin, Mary Ann Konieski, Jeanette Jabour, Joan Delaplane, Jean Denomme, and Elizabeth Flaherty; middle row, from left, Sisters Joyce LaVoy, Catherine McKillop, Eleanor Stech, Nelda Ann Klein, Barbara Mary Saynay, and Marie Houle; and front row, from left, Sisters Mae Tack, Mary Sharon Moran, Betty Jenkins, and Donna Markham (Prioress, standing).

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