In Memoriam

Sister M. Joan (Paul Catherine) Loeffler, OPYou are a great book with a hundred chapters; each open to be read at once
Excerpt from Mesa Negra, a poem by M. Joan Loeffler, OP

(1928 – 2015)
Marjorie Joan Loeffler, known as Sister Paul Catherine, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on March 20, 1928. She was the third child of Robert and Augusta (Wadle) Loeffler. In her autobiography, she said this about her ancestry: …
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Sister Margaret Ann (Ann Vincent) Dirkes, OPAs the story continues, I can hardly wait to see our pursuit 
of creative energy and the ultimate life force
A Note from a Nokomis Jubilarian, March 22, 1998, M. Ann Dirkes

(1929 – 2015)
Born July 16, 1929, in Detroit to Vincent and Alma (Yott) Dirkes, Margaret Ann was one of four children. She attended grade school at St. Paul in Grosse Pointe and graduated from Dominican High School. In 1947, Ann entered the postulate and at reception received her religious name, Sister Ann Vincent.
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Sister Kathleen (Raymond Marie) Scanlon, OP(1922 – 2015)
Sister Kathleen Scanlon, baptized Helen Kathleen, was born December 27, 1922, in Detroit. Kitty, as she was known by family and friends, was the eighth of twelve children born to Raymond Joseph and Mary Frances (Long) Scanlon. Her father was of German and Irish ancestry and her mother’s parents both came from Ireland.
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Sister Ann Benedict (Genevieve) Williams, OP(1930 – 2015)
Sister Ann Benedict, baptized Genevieve, was born January 4, 1930, in Rockford, Illinois. She was the second of five children born to Herman and Florence (Hoch) Williams. Her parents were born in Wisconsin. 
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Cemetery of the Adrian Dominican Sisters

Our Adrian Dominican cemetery with its circular headstones is a beautiful place of rest for women who gave their lives in service to God—and a peaceful place for contemplation and remembrance. 

We will post memorial reflections on our faithfully departed Sisters and Associates. If you would like to reflect on a Sister or Associate who has gone before us, please send your reflections – no more than 500 to 600 words – to .

We invite you to meet some of the wonderful women who have recently crossed into eternity.


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