In Memoriam


(1930-2017)

Sister Diane Erbacher, formerly known as Sister Mary Carlanne Erbacher, died on January 31, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 87 years of age and in the 66th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in San Jose, California to Charles and Anne (Loretta) Foltz Erbacher. She graduated from Holy Cross High School in Santa Cruz, California, and received a bachelor’s degree in music (piano) from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in music education from University of Southern California in Los Angeles. 

Sister Diane spent 54 years ministering in elementary and music education in Harvey, Illinois; Tucumcari, New Mexico; Casa Grande and Tucson, Arizona; and Oakland and San Francisco, California. This includes her service of 40 years as teacher and principal of St. Brendan’s School in San Francisco, California. 

Sister Diane became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in January 2017.

Welcome of Sister Diane will be on Friday, February 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. 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, February 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.

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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Vigil for Sister Diane (Mary Carlanne):


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Funeral for Sister Diane (Mary Carlanne):


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LEFT: Members of the 2010 Diamond Jubilee crowd 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).

 

   
LEFT: Sisters at St. Louis Bertrand Convent, Oakland, California. RIGHT: From left, Sisters Elizabeth Clare Schindler, Diane Erbacher, and Madonna Black

 

   
LEFT: Sisters Diane Erbacher (left) and Christine Ostrowski with the Do family, sponsored by their parish. RIGHT: Sisters Christine Ostrowski (left) and Diane Erbacher

 

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(1920-2017)

Sister Marie Sheila Beatty, formerly known as Mary Arlene Beatty, died on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 96 years of age and in the 71st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Marie Sheila was born in Lansing, Michigan, to Howard and Agnes (Torpey) Beatty. She graduated from St. Mary High School in Saginaw, Michigan, and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. 

Sister spent 26 years ministering in elementary education in Detroit, Munising, Flint, Owosso, and Farmington, Michigan. She served as a librarian for 17 years in Owosso, Saginaw, and Redford, Michigan. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2010.

Sister Marie Sheila is survived by a brother, Thomas Beatty, of Jackson, Michigan, and a loving niece and nephew.  

Welcome of Sister Marie Sheila will be on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center lobby, followed by the Wake 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 Wednesday, January 25, 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.

 

 

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CENTER: Sister Marie Sheila with Bishop Moses Anderson, Detroit, during the dedication of Hope Center for Children, September 23, 1987. RIGHT: From left, Sisters Francis Marie Foley, Marie Sheila Beatty, and Barbara Ann Beerkle

 

       
LEFT: During a mission group meeting, September 1985, at Camp Ozanam, Carsonville, Michigan. CENTER: Sister Marie Sheila during her ministry at St. Paul, Owosso, Michigan, 1971-72. RIGHT: Sister Marie Sheila, center, celebrates her Diamond Jubilee in 2006 with Sisters Ellen Schmitz (left) and Betty Jenkins.

 

       
LEFT: 1923, Saginaw, Michigan. RIGHT: The 2006 Diamond Jubilee crowd: back row, from left, Sisters Marcelline Fouchey, Marie Siena Chmara, Jeanne Marie O’Laughlin, Anne Lindquist, Therese Tighe, Jane Quirk, and Clare O’Connor; and front row, from left, Sisters Sean Therese Halpin, Marie Sheila Beatty, Therese Margaret Roberts, Therese Craig, Donna Wencel, Betty Foster, and Mary Margaret Donnelly. 

 


Members of the Beata Mission Group, meeting at St. Alphonsus Convent in Dearborn, Michigan are, from left: Sisters Mary Helen Smolbrook, Marie Sheila Beatty, Mary Laverne Feeney, Mary Adelaide Eiden, Mary Lisa Rieman, Barbara Ann Beerkle, Joan Sullivan, Joan Baustian, Loretta Ruedisueli, and Marie Gabrielle Courter. Not shown is Sister Helene Burns.

 

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(1923-2017)

Sister Elizabeth Kreiner, formerly known as Sister Catherine William Kreiner, died on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She was 95 years of age and in the 79th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Elizabeth was born in Burnside, Michigan, to William and Cecelia (Nellenbach) Kreiner. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor of philosophy degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master of education degree in social studies from the University of Detroit (Detroit-Mercy). 

Sister ministered for 32 years in education in Chicago, Elmwood Park, Joliet, and Oak Lawn, Illinois and in Detroit, East Lansing, and Escanaba, Michigan. This includes serving as principal of Sacred Heart School in Joliet for six years and at St. Patrick School in Escanaba for two years. 

Sister Elizabeth also ministered in leadership of the Adrian Dominicans as co-provincial for two years and for 14 years as chaplain in Chicago, Maywood, and Wheaton, Illinois, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. She also served as the executive director of Mercy House in Chicago for one year and as research coordinator in Lombard, Illinois, for 11 years.

Sister Elizabeth became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2000. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews and was preceded in death by a cousin, Sister Marie Bernadette Kreiner, also an Adrian Dominican. 

Rite of Committal (burial) was held on January 16 in the Congregation Cemetery. The Memorial Mass will be on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Room. Both the Memorial Mass and the Ritual of Remembering will be live streamed. 

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221.

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LEFT: Sister Elizabeth with one of her sisters. RIGHT: Sister Elizabeth with students, Sacred Heart School, Joliet, Illinois, 1957

 

   
LEFT: Sister Mary Meegan (left) and Sister Elizabeth

 

   
LEFT: Sister Jean Keeley, left, and Sister Elizabeth pose during a break at Transformations, held at the Motherhouse in the summer of 1989.

 


The Kreiner siblings pose during a children’s Christmas party on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, 1984, at Weber Center. Pictured are: back row, from left, Leo, Clare, Don, Paul, Tony, Carl, and Jack; middle row, from left, Regina, Gertrude, Viola Jo, and Mary; and seated, from left, Elizabeth and Loretta.

(1932-2016)

Joyce Frugé, the first of the three children of Roy and Beatrice Grundy, was born on July 3, 1932, in Wyandotte, Michigan. She attended Our Lady of Lourdes grade school and high school.

Joyce was an Adrian Dominican Sister for 25 years, entering the Congregation in 1950 and known by her religious name, Sister Clement Marie. She taught in Chicago; Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; and at St. Theresa in Detroit.

Joyce earned a bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights College (University), in Adrian; a master’s degree from DePaul University; and a master’s in education and Montessori certification from Xavier University.

Joyce was an expert on the Montessori method. She opened the Montessori Children’s House at St. Theresa School in Detroit and, from 1993 to 2004, served as program director for the Michigan Montessori Teacher Education Center. In 2004 she started a Montessori program on Mackinac Island, where she lived with her beloved husband, Derby, for a year. In her retirement, she was involved in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a religious education program for children.

Joyce and Derby Frugé were married for 31 years, from 1978 until his death in 2009. Derby was a widower with six children when he met Joyce, so Joyce was a stepmother, a grandmother of 10, and a great grandmother.

After Derby’s death, Joyce began to search for connectedness. She sought Associate Life and reconnected with many Sisters she knew from when she entered. Sister Janet Wright, OP, was Joyce’s mentor and dear friend.

Joyce attended Chapter Assemblies, the annual Partners gatherings of Associates, weekly prayer group meetings, and monthly meetings of the Great Lakes Associates group. Joyce participated enthusiastically in Associate Life projects, such as signing Christmas cards, and was helping to plan Partners V. She loved to read, pray, and walk, and approached life with enthusiasm and vitality.

Joyce died on January 7 after a brief illness. She will be missed by many.

Joyce’s life was celebrated on January 14. Our Lady of Loretto Church in Redford, Michigan, was packed with family, friends, Sisters and Associates. Father Richard Welsh, a long-time friend of Joyce’s, was overwhelmed and shared his tears and his wisdom. He reminded us that Jesus said, “I am the Resurrection and the Life” and “Joyce’s presence should rise within us so we can continue her good works.

During the luncheon, people shared stories of Joyce. Her stepdaughters, Martine and Cynthia, and Cynthia’s son Victor spoke of how Joyce always made sure they visited museums and points of interest in Detroit. Women still being mentored by Joyce in the Montessori Method, noted that she was meeting with them monthly. Others spoke of her involvement in her parish and how she was still a catechist, twice a week at Gesu Parish, sharing her amazing talents with little ones. At one table were men and women who have been friends with Joyce since they all attended Catholic grade school together many years ago.  Joyce had many circles of friends and it was a true celebration. 

Janet Wright, OP, mentor and dearest friend, spoke of Joyce’s final moments on earth. Joyce knew she was dying and said, Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”  In those words, Joyce, until her final moments, demonstrated a deep spirituality and the gift of sharing it with everyone.

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