In Memoriam


(1926-2018)

Sister Anne Bernadette Stein, formerly known as Ruth Marie Stein, died on November 1, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 92 years of age and in the 71st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Anne Bernadette was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Anthony and Frances (Stibich) Stein. She graduated from St. Paul High School in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Sister spent 25 years ministering in secondary education in Santa Cruz, California; St. Charles, Chicago, Wilmette, and Elgin, Illinois; and Farmington, Michigan. This includes 18 years at Congregation institutions: Mt. St. Mary in St. Charles, Aquinas High School in Chicago, and Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette, all in Illinois. 

From 1973 to 1986, Sister Anne Bernadette was a secretary at University Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and in 1987, she began her 11-year position as bookkeeper at the Ann Arbor Credit Bureau. She became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2012.

Sister Anne Bernadette is survived by a sister, Barbara Pendolino (Gilbert). She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Eugene; a sister, Dorothy; and cousins: Sister Shirley Ruder, Sister Coronata Stein, and Sister Marie Elizabeth Doherty, also Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Anne Bernadette will be on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Adrian Room of Madden Hall; the Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. in the Adrian Room. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. in Holy Rosary Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in Holy Rosary Chapel on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Service 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.

 


 

Vigil for Sister Anne Bernadette:


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From left: Sister Anne Bernadette’s parents, Anthony and Frances (Stibich) Stein. Ruth Marie (Sister Anne Bernadette), left, and her sister Donna


From left: Sister Anne Bernadette and other faculty members visit a research lab during a field trip for chemistry students of Mount St. Mary Academy, St. Charles, Illinois, 1952. Sisters Elaine Scanlon, Kathleen Scanlon, and Anne Bernadette Stein, October 1969


From left: Sisters Joann Weigang, Jean Charles Birney, and Anne Bernadette Stein enjoy the 2002 Gathering in Adrian. Sister Anne Bernadette Stein, Nurse’s Aide Kelly Houghton, and Larry the Cow


Members of the 2006 Diamond Jubilee class are: back row, from left, Sisters Jean Fitzgerald, Laura Pesick, Ann Romayne Fallon, Joan Donovan, Edith Kathleen Zemke, Jean Librizzi, Georgina Luznicky, Beverly McEachin, Helen McDaniel, and Mildred Ann Huber; middle row, from left, Sisters Anne Richard Baker, Mary L. Russell, Anne Bernadette Stein, Joyce Mary Rybarczyk, Patricia Cecile Slattery, Denise Walsh, Elizabeth Francis Tekaucic, Sheila N. Flynn, Jeri Renner, Winifred Lynch, Ann Patrice  Remkus, Therese Groulx, and Jean Irene McAllister; and front row, from left: Barbara Wetterer, Mary Therese Guigar, Virginia Therese Conway, Jean Anthony Sporer, and Michele Gebhardt.


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(1927-2018)

Sister Mary Saynay, formerly known as Sister Michael Celeste Saynay, died on Sunday, October 21, 2018, 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 Mary was born in Detroit to Joseph and Lucille (Rybczynski) Saynay. She graduated from Dominican High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in education from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida.

Sister Mary ministered for 40½ years in education in Lansing, Grosse Pointe Farms, and Detroit, Michigan; Chicago and Rockford, Illinois; Miami Shores, Florida; and Cleveland, Ohio. She was principal at Hoban Dominican High School in Cleveland for three years, and assistant principal at Bishop Muldoon High School in Rockford for four years. This period included her service as principal of Hoban Dominican High School in Cleveland for three years, assistant principal of Bishop Muldoon High School in Rockford for four years, and bookkeeper at Dominican High School in Detroit for 22 years.

Sister Mary served as administrative assistant for Congregation Central Services in Adrian for four years, and as secretary/councilor for St. Catherine of Siena Province in Detroit for two years. After retirement, she was a volunteer for 17 years at the Dominican Literacy Center in Detroit. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2013.

Sister Mary was preceded in death by her parents and a twin sister Charlotte. She is survived by two brothers: Joseph Saynay (Elaine) of Dearborn and Lawrence Saynay (Rosaria) of Shelby Township; and seven sisters: Margaret Rogers of Clinton Township, Barbara Barba (Charles) of Warren, Lillian Grochowski (David) of Alpena, all in Michigan; and Bernadine Eschrich of Fort Meyers, Florida, Constance Saynay of Bloomington, Minnesota, Rosalie Spellecy of Hornell, New York, and Sister Barbara Mary Saynay, also an Adrian Dominican.

Welcome of Sister Mary will be on Thursday, October, 25. 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the lobby of Madden Hall; the Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. in the Adrian Room. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. in Holy Rosary Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in Holy Rosary Chapel on Friday, October 26, 2018, 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.

 

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Center photo: Mary, 9, and her sister Barbara, 7, dressed for a school play, 1936. Far right photo: First Communion, June 6, 1937.


Far right photo: Sister JoAnn Fleischaker, standing, with Sister Mary Saynay.

Left photo: Adrian Dominican Sisters who ministered at the Dominican Literacy Center, Detroit, in 2005 include, standing, from left, Sisters Marie Damian Schoenlein and Marlene Lieder, and seated, from left, Sisters Agnes Peplinski, Mary Saynay, and Ann Ziemba. Right photo: Sisters Mary Saynay, left, and Barbara Saynay.

The Saynay siblings, from left, Sister Mary, Christine (Sister Barbara Mary), Margaret, Lillian, Barbara, Connie, Rosalie, Bernadine, Joseph, and Larry, June 24, 2007.

Members of the 2007 Diamond Jubilarian Class are: front row, from left, Sisters Jacquelyn Murray, Theresa Nightingale, Janet Persyk, Mary Saynay, Kathleen Therese McCann, M. Joan Loeffler, and Donna Markham (Prioress); second row, from left, Sisters Marcine Klemm, Catherine Podvin, Shirley Mary Heymes, Shirley Thielk, Margaret Swallow, Alice Anne Van Acker, Noreen O’Connell, and Helen Dompierre; third row, from left, Sisters Anne Worcester, Elizabeth Condon, Margaret Lane, Jean Kathleen Comiskey, Imelda Marie Eckhoff, Paul Emelia Brown, Eileen Meyers, and Elizabeth Williams; and back row, from left, Sisters Charlotte Hoefer, Marie Damian Schoenlein, JoAnn Fleischaker, Shirley A. Boettcher, Patrice Eilers, Jeanne Burns, Sarah Cavanaugh, and Mary Cecile Quirke.



Sister Mary Immaculata Assenmacher, OP

(1936-2018)

Sister Mary Immaculata Assenmacher, formerly known as Gertrude Assenmacher, died on October 6, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 82 years of age and in the 65th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Highland Park, Michigan, to George and Mary (Schoeb) Assenmacher. She graduated from St. Alphonsus High School in Dearborn, Michigan, and received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s of teaching degree in education, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. She was also certified by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains for pastoral ministry.

Sister Mary spent 19 years ministering in elementary education in Defiance, Medina, and Cleveland, Ohio; Bad Axe, Michigan; Nassau, the Bahamas; and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She also served as pastoral minister for 35 years in Henderson, Nevada; Bardstown, Kentucky; Adrian, Michigan; and The Pas, Manitoba, Canada. Her pastoral ministry includes 15½ years at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, a sponsored institution of the Adrian Dominicans, and seven years as coordinator of Maria Health Care Center in Adrian, also an institution of the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Mary became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2012. She is survived by a sister, Theresa Kotyk, of Dearborn, Michigan, and a brother, Robert Assenmacher, of Brighton, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, George, Leo, Alphonse, and Father Frank Assenmacher; and cousins Sister Harold Assenmacher, OP, and Sister Irene Essenmacher, OP, also Adrian Dominican Sisters.

The Rite of Committal (burial) was held on October 8 in the Congregation cemetery. The Memorial Mass will be on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine Chapel and the Ritual of Remembering will be held that afternoon, 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.

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 photo: Gertrude, the future Sister Mary Assenmacher, in her uniform for St. Alphonsus School, Dearborn, Michigan.
Right photo: The summer before her entrance, 1952.



Left: Sister Mary with her parents. Center and right: Sister Mary Assenmacher ministering at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, Henderson, Nevada.



Left photo: Members of the Mountain Valley Mission Group of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter, meeting at the Mexican Manhattan Restaurant in San Antonio, Texas, October 2000: seated, from left, Sisters Mary Assenmacher and Norma Dell and standing, from left: Sisters Betty Kubacki, Janice Brown (then an Associate), and Patricia Spangler. 
Right photo: From left, Sisters Mary Assenmacher, Mary Singer, and Joan Dwyer attend the 2002 Gathering.



Members of the 2003 Golden Jubilee Class, August Crowd, are, from left, Sisters Renee Richie, Mary Bernard Lynch, Helen Sohn, Joanne (Jodie) Screes, Patricia Johnson, Joan Zinn, Mary Assenmacher, Mary Tindel, and Bernadette Vozobule.


(1937-2018)

Sister Hilda Nadine Sheehan, formerly known as Sister Carl Edward Sheehan, died on Thursday, October 4, 2018, while attending a gathering of the Dominican Sisters Conference at the Maryknoll Sisters in Ossining, New York. She was 81 years of age and in the 62nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Nadine was born in Rochester, Michigan, to Edward and Irene (Egan) Sheehan. She graduated from Rochester High School and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in biology from Kansas State College in Pittsburg, Kansas; a Registered Nursing degree from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit; and a Family Practitioner degree from Georgia Southern College in Statesboro.  

Sister Nadine spent 11 years ministering in elementary education in Chicago and Oak Park, Illinois, and seven years as assistant principal in Detroit. She was principal for one year at Rosary High School and treasurer for three years at Dominican High School, both Adrian Dominican-sponsored institutions in Detroit. 

Sister Nadine was a staff nurse for two years at the Adrian Dominican-sponsored Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, California, and for one year in Statesboro, Georgia. She practiced as a family nurse practitioner for 14 years in Columbia and Olive Hill, Kentucky, and in Saginaw and Adrian, Michigan. She was a primary care clinic nurse for 13 years in Clinton Township and Mount Clemens, Michigan, and was a volunteer in health services for three years at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. 

In 2017, she was appointed Vicaress of the Sisters in the Adrian Dominican Vicariate, where she served until her death. 

Sister was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by three sisters: Laurine Jessop of Sterling Heights, Sharon Crisan of Rochester, and Jacqueline Noonan of Utica, all in Michigan, one brother, Carl, of Bozeman, Montana.

Welcome of Sister Nadine will be on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 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 Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 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.

 

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Photo on left: Members of the 2004 General Chapter Secretarial Committee are, from left, Sisters Joan Marconi, Dorothy Guettler, Louise Borgacz, Dorothy Booms, Barbara Hehr, and Nadine Sheehan.
Photo on right: Members of the Lumen Mission Group, gathering in 2004, were: front row, from left, Sisters Bonnie Motto and Jeanine Boivin and Associate Marilyn Glanert; row two, from left, Sisters Jude Van Baalen, Mary Jones, and Rosemary Zuccaro; third row, from left, Sister Janet Schaeffler, Emily Malleis (in formation to be a Sister), and Peg O’Flynn; and back row, from left, Sisters Tarianne DeYonker, Mary Ann Konieski, and Nadine Sheehan.



Photo on right: Enjoying their time together are: back row, from left, Sisters Nadine Sheehan and Mary Louise Gass and front row, from left, Sisters Norma Dell and Mary Kay Homan.



Photo on left: Sister Nadine, left, with Sister Janet Schaeffler.
Photo on right: Sister Nadine Sheehan prepares a Chinese lantern that she released during a picnic with other Dominican Sisters hours before she died on October 4.



Members of the 2006 Golden Jubilee Class, August Reception Crowd, are: back row, from left, Sisters Jean Harlan, Donna Kustusch, Janet Capone, Ann Marie Petri, and Rosalie Bulanda; middle row, from left, Sisters Joan Christie, Annette Desloover, Ann Englert, Denise Devitt, Hilda Nadine Sheehan, and Ruth Adamites; and front row, from left, Sisters Marilee Ewing, Helen Essa, Joanne Spisz, and Maria Caridad Pinuela.


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