In Memoriam


(1926-2020)

Sister Ruth Rabideau, formerly known as Sister Joan Francis Rabideau, died on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 93 years of age and in the 75th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Ruth was born in Unionville, Michigan, to Francis and Josephine (LaFave) Rabideau. Sister graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in guidance/counseling, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. 

Sister spent 33 years ministering in education in Munising, Ruth, Detroit, Grosse Pointe Farms, Ypsilanti, Royal Oak, Flint, and Dearborn Heights, Michigan; Chicago, Elgin, and Oak Park, Illinois; and Satellite Beach and West Palm Beach, Florida. She was principal for two years at St. Luke School in Flint and six years at St. Mary School in Elgin. Sister Ruth was a pastoral minister for 19 years in Vero Beach, Stuart, Fort Pierce, and West Palm Beach, Florida. 

Sister Ruth became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2004. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Vernice Fontaine; and brothers Thomas, Robert, and Richard.  She is survived by a sister, Joan Mendicino (Anthony) of San Antonio, Texas; loving nieces and nephews; and her Adrian Dominican Sisters. 

Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed until further notice to all guests or visitors who live outside of Lenawee County. All are welcome to participate in Sister Ruth’s wake and funeral via live stream.

Welcome of Sister Ruth will be on Monday, March 16, 2020, 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 Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. 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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Funeral for Sister Ruth (Joan Francis) 

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Left: Sister Ruth Rabideau with her mother. Right: Sister Ruth with her nephews, Danny and Tim, 1954


From left: Sister Ruth Rabideau with her father at SS. Peter and Paul Church. From left, Sisters Joan Francis Rabideau, Charles Annine Fitzmaurice, Michael Bridget Ward, Marlene Winter, and Anale Baustian at St. Mary in Elgin, Illinois. 


From left, Sisters Ruth Rabideau, Mary Ellen Brodeur, and Gloria Kelly in the lobby of Madden Hall, Adrian. From left, Sisters Peg Donohue, Marcella LaKoske, Ruth Rabideau, and Anne Marie Snyder at the Old Casa, West Palm Beach, Florida 


From left: Sister Ruth sits at her desk at St. Joseph Parish in Stuart, Florida, where she served as pastoral minister. Members of the 1995 Golden Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Catherine Riegel, Helen Walsh, Dolores LaVoy, Alma Marie Messing, Marjorie Ann McEntee, Mary J. Beaubien, and Barbara Hengesbach; second row, from left, Sisters Francis Elizabeth McDonnell and Mary Reilly; third row, from left, Sisters Marie Immaculata Hebestreit, Jean Annette Rudolph, Patricia O’Reilly, Barbara Gass, Gloria Kelly, Joan Murphy, June Marie Howard, and Irene LeDuc; fourth row, from left, Sisters Shirley Ruder, Madeleine Sophie McLeod, Anne Gallagher, Mary Therese Golden, and Christine Hoffman; fifth row, from left, Sisters Connie Kelly, Lois Spear, Margaret Mehigan, Nadine Foley, Marilyn Brown, Margaret Flores, and Adrianna Emery; and front row, from left, Sisters Dorothy Jehle, Joellen Reis, Catherine Henry Schmid, Therese Mary Foote, Mary Ellen Brodeur, Ruth Rabideau, Kathryn Lumbrezer, Mary T. Meegan, and Colette Madden.


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(1928-2020)

Sister Anastasia McNichols, formerly known as Sister John Leo McNichols, died on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 91 years of age and in the 70th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Anastasia was born in Chicago to John and Stasia (Ryan) McNichols. She graduated from Trinity High School in River Forest, Illinois, and received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in English and a Master of Teaching degree in Education, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. She also was certified as a pastoral counselor by the Cardinal Meyer Institute in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Sister ministered for 20 years in elementary education in Detroit and Walled Lake, Michigan; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Tucson and Scottsdale, Arizona; and in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she was principal for three years. 

She ministered for 10 years in Congregation leadership: three years as Co-Provincial for the Holy Cross Province in Oakland, California; six years as Chapter Prioress for the Upper Midwest Chapter in Hometown, Illinois; and one year as administrator of retired Sisters in Wilmette, Illinois. Sister Anastasia also served for an additional 23 years in various pastoral positions in Phoenix, Arizona and in St. Charles, Chicago, Palos Park, and Evergreen Park, Illinois. 

Sister Anastasia became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by loving cousins and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Rite of Committal (burial) for Sister Anastasia will be held on Friday, March 6, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. in the Congregation Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be on Monday, March 9, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Monday, March 9, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Room at the Dominican Life Center. 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. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.



 

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Left: The young Anastasia with her parents


From left: Sister Anastasia’s high school photo, Trinity High School, River Forest, Illinois, Class of 1947. Sister Anastasia (Sister John Leo) in her classroom, 1952


From left: Sister Anastasia checks out the broadcast log in the transmission control room of the Educational Television Center of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Sister Anastasia spends time in Monument Valley, Arizona, during her 1991 sabbatical. 


From left: As Chapter Prioress, Sister Anastasia makes a visit in 1990 to Sister Joan Schroeder at Villa St. John, Downingtown, Pennsylvania. From left, Sisters Jeanne O’Laughlin, Peg Albert, and Anastasia McNichols 


From left: Sister Anastasia, left, with Sister Sharon Weber. Sisters Carolyn Nelson, Joan Marie Weithman, and Anastasia McNichols.


From left: Sister Anastasia serves as photographer during Transformations ’89. Members of the 2009 Diamond Jubilee Crowd are, back row, from left, Sisters Aileen McClain, Geraldine Megel, Mary Elizabeth Crimmins, Grace Flowers, Jean Jeziolkowski, and Madeline Mary Dervin and front row, from left, Sisters Thomas James Burns, Anastasia McNichols, Frances Barfield, Jane Irene Hutton, and Donna Markham (Prioress).


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(1928-2020)

Sister Laura Marie Smith, baptized Ruth Dolores Smith, died on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 91 years of age and in the 67th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to William and Laura (Dunn) Smith. She graduated from St. Peter High School in Cleveland, Ohio, and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a Master of Education degree in Administration from Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida.

Sister spent 47 years ministering in elementary education in Detroit, New Baltimore, and Romeo, Michigan; St. Petersburg, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Miami Beach, Miami, and Miami Shores, Florida; Wickliffe and Rocky River, Ohio; and Alameda and San Diego, California. 

She was principal at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Wickliffe, for six years and at St. Christopher School in Rocky River, for three years. Sister was also principal at St. Philip Neri in Alameda from 1974 to 1986 and at St. Therese Academy in San Diego from 1986 to1990. From 2002 to 2012, Sister Laura Marie worked in communications and public relations in the Adrian Dominican Development Office in Detroit and later Eastpointe, Michigan.

Sister Laura Marie became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan, in 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters, Willlaura Smith and Mary Lee Fink. She is survived by a loving niece and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Laura Marie will be on Thursday, March 5, 2020, 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 Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Friday, March 6, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Mass of Christian Burial 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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Left: At her sister Norma’s wedding, April 10, 1948


From left: Dolores, the future Sister Laura Marie Smith, with her mother, 1930. Attending an October 2002 Dominican High School event are, from left, Sisters Rita Sieg, Adrienne Schaffer, Dorothea Gramlich, Laura Pesick, Laura Marie Smith, and Mary Lisa Rieman. 


Right: Attending the wedding of the niece of Sister Laura Marie Smith are, from left, Sisters Clara Ann Budenz, Joanne O’Connor, and Laura Marie Smith; Laura Lee and her husband Joseph Soto; and Sister Laura Pesick.


Enjoying a game of Mexican Train are, from left, Sisters Thérèse M. Haggerty, Norma Dell, Joan Murphy, Laura Marie Smith, and Jeannine Holway.


Right: Members of the 2002 Golden Jubilee, August crowd are, back row, from left Sisters Diane Odette, Norma Dell, Elizabeth Ross, Mary Giacopelli, and Marie Quenneville and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Nugent, Claudia Hinds, Jean Horger, Mary Ann Zakrajsek, Kathleen Buechele, and Laura Marie Smith.


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(1936-2020)

Sister Mary Trzasko, formerly known as Sister Mary Beata, died on February 20, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 83 years of age and in the 65th year of her religious profession: 18 years in the Felician Sisters in Livonia, Michigan, and in her 47th year in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Mary was born in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, to Joseph and Anna (Stelmach) Trzasko. She graduated from the Felician Academy in Detroit, and obtained a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Madonna College in Livonia and a master’s  degree in home economics from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Sister Mary spent 25 years ministering in education in Detroit, Livonia, Manistee, Wyandotte, and Hamtramck, including one year as education coordinator in Mount Clemens, all in Michigan, and eight years in Beaufort, South Carolina. She served as parish minister for two years in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. 

She ministered 10 years as a pastoral team member, political activist and advocate, and community coordinator in various agencies in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sister served as community organizer for one year in Jackson, Tennessee and eight years in Port Royal, South Carolina. She ministered 12 years in an enrichment program for children with special needs in Port Royal.

Sister Mary became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by a sister, Joan Smigiel, and two brothers, Joseph Trzasko and Raymond Trzasko, all of Sterling Heights, Michigan; loving nieces and nephews; and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Rite of Committal (burial) for Sister Mary will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the Congregation Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be on Monday, February 24, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine’s Chapel. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Monday, February 24, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Room at the Dominican Life Center. 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. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.


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Center: Sister Mary Trzasko, CSSF, was a Felician Sister before she transferred to the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Right: Sister Mary at her investiture as a Felician Sister with her parents, Anna and Joseph, August 14, 1954 


From left: Sisters Beverly Stark and Mary Trzasko minister to inner-city residents at the Franciscan-on-the-Rhine Mission in Cincinnati. Sisters Beverly Stark and Mary Trzasko begin a new ministry together. 


Left: Sister Mary with Nicholas


From left: Sister Mary Trzasko at a family Christmas gathering. From left, Sisters Mary Trzasko, Ellen Schmitz, Esther Kennedy, Anele Heiges, and Yolanda Pomante enjoy the Mid-Atlantic Chapter’s 50th Jubilee celebration. 


Members of the 2014 Diamond Jubilee August Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Ana Feliz, Susan Mary Parker, Joyce Hibbert, and Patricia McCarty; middle row, from left, Sisters Diane Weifenbach, Barbara Gentry, Dorita Wotiska, Mary Trzasko, Dorothy Dempsey, Beth Ellen Butler, and Phyllis Kreiner; and front row, from left, Sisters Jeanine Boivin, Anele Heiges, Yolanda Pomante, and Ruth Anne Kelly. Not pictured are Sisters Louise Borgacz and Alice Marie Schmid.

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