In Memoriam


(1921-2018)

Sister Irma Gerber, formerly known as Elizabeth Martha Gerber, died on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 97 years of age and in the 79th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Irma was born in Flint, Michigan, to William and Signe (Wallin) Gerber. She graduated from St. Theresa High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Sister spent 35 years ministering in education in Detroit and Adrian, Michigan; Cleveland, Ohio; and Chicago, Illinois. She taught at four Congregation institutions: Dominican High School in Detroit; St. Joseph Academy and Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; and Hoban Dominican High School in Cleveland. She was also a teacher for four years at Wayne County/Henry Ford Community College in Detroit. 

Sister Irma was Provincial Administrator of Immaculate Conception Province in Detroit for two years and a staff member in the Finance Office of the Adrian Dominican Sisters for ten years, and then she volunteered her services there for an additional 20 years. 

In 2010 Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Carl, Benjamin, William, and Bertram; and one sister, Kay. She is survived by two sisters, Margaret Cunningham of Rochester Hills, Michigan and Dolores Boik of Lincoln Park, Michigan, and one brother, George Gerber of Rochester, Michigan.

Welcome of Sister Irma will be on Tuesday, July 31, 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, August 1, 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: Sister Irma serving at the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Finance Office


From left: Sister Irma with her parents. From left, Sisters Mary Joseph Kennedy, Mary Walter Romaine, and Irma Gerber spend time together during ReMembering, a gathering of the entire Congregation in the summer of 1977.


From left: Gathering at the condo in Venice, Florida in July 1998 are, from left, Sister Beverly Bobola, participating in Clinical Pastoral Education in West Palm Beach, and Sisters Irma Gerber, Marie Bride Walsh, and Mary Jean Walsh, who were vacationing. Sister Helen Sohn, left, with Sister Irma Gerber


From left: Sister Paul James Villemure (left) and Sister Irma Gerber. From left, Sister Paul James Villemure, Sister Irma Gerber, and Sister Paul James’ relatives, Ann Rahilly Nelson and Therese Pigeon Anderson


Celebrating their 75-year Jubilee in 2014 are: back row, from left, Sisters Dorothy Jeanne Burns, Mary Margaret Beh, Maura Phillips, Attracta Kelly (Prioress), and Virginia Marie LaTourelle, and front row, from left, Sisters Marie Amada Garcia, Irma Gerber, Marie Bride Walsh, and Helen Patrick Bartley.

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(1939-2018)

Janet Huvaere was born to Leon and Mary Huvaere on October 11, 1938 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. She attended St. Ambrose School and graduated from St. Ambrose High School.

When she was a teen, Janet suffered the loss of her only sibling, Shirley, who died at 21 of a heart aliment. This loss had a profound effect on Janet.

After high school, Janet worked at Bon Secours Hospital before entering the Adrian Dominican Congregation. After two years, she left the Congregation and finished her degree at Siena Heights College (now University) in 1961.

Soon thereafter, Janet was hired by St. Jude School in Detroit, where she taught third, fifth, and sixth grades for 39 years. She retired from teaching in 2000, but kept in contact with several former students and attended reunions. At her wake and funeral, several of her former students remembered her as a kind, gentle, yet demanding teacher.

After teaching, Janet served as a secretary to St. Francis Parish in New Haven, Michigan, from which she retired eight years ago.

Janet was never far from her Adrian Dominican roots. She enthusiastically joined Associate Life in 1992, and has participated in the Reaching Out Mission Group ever since. She attended Assemblies and gathered with Associates each month at the Roseville Book Club.

A very generous woman, Jan dedicated her entire life to the Church through her teaching and volunteering, assisting whenever needed. She loved to read, do puzzles and organize. Although she never married nor had children, she was a beloved member of several families.

On the occasion of Janet’s retirement, Senator Edward Spencer Abraham (R-Mich.) read the following tribute into the U.S. Congressional Record, Volume 146, Part 6 from May 10-23, 2000: “Ms. Huvaere has been a constant source of light for her students as well as the staff at St. Jude’s School. Her dedication to her students is only surpassed by the love of her family. One of her greatest memories was when her father, who was ill at the time, was able to participate in the celebration of her 25th anniversary at St. Jude’s. Ms Huvaere has been a role model for children in her 39 years of teaching.”

Janet died unexpectedly but peacefully on July 6, 2018 in her home. She now rests with her beloved parents and her sister.

Janet’s funeral was celebrated on July 13, 2018 at St. Isidore Parish in Macomb, Michigan, due to the remodeling of her home parish of St. Louis in Clinton Township. Her pastor, Father Lawrence (Larry) Pettke of St. Louis Parish, was the con-celebrant. Members of her Mission Group were present, as well as several other Sisters and Associates. True to form, Jan had chosen the readings and hymns for her funeral. Her choices reflected her faith and her love for God. Father Ronald Victor, the homilist, spoke of her gentleness, her advocacy for children, and her many dedicated years of service to the Church. During the Presentation of the Gifts, family and friends brought forward symbols of Jan’s life, including a small blackboard, a book, an angel, and the Adrian Dominican logo.

 


(1935-2018)

Sister Therese Reynolds, baptized Mary Jane Therese, also known as Sister Therese Marcel, died on July 5, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 82 years of age and in the 63rd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Therese was born in Norway, Michigan, to Montague and Therese (Sciez) Reynolds. She graduated from Iron Mountain High School and received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in music education from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.  

Sister spent 22 years ministering in education in Joliet and Hometown, Illinois and in Iron Mountain and Gladstone, Michigan. She was a Music Minister at St. Mary and St. Joseph, Iron Mountain, for six years; the Coordinator for Liturgy and Music at All Saints in Gladstone for 18 years; and a Musician/Liturgist at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Neenah, Wisconsin, for 11 years. 

Sister Therese became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2018. She was preceded in death by her parents and survived by a brother, Marcel Reynolds, of Mint Hill, North Carolina, and a sister, Dorothy Waldbillig of Fairfax, Virginia.

Welcome of Sister Therese will be on Thursday, July 12, 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 Friday, July 13, 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.

 

 

Vigil for Sister Therese (Therese Marcel):


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Center: Sister Therese Reynolds plays the piano for her mother. Right: During her high school years, Sister Therese enjoys one of her favorite pastimes: ice skating.

From left: Sisters Marilyn Francoeur and Therese Reynolds as Junior Professed Sisters; From left, Sisters Therese Reynolds, Peg Fornicola, and Sabina Jabour

From left: Sister Therese celebrates her 80th birthday with parishioners from St. Margaret Mary Parish, Neenah, Wisconsin. Sister Therese in the classroom in Iron Mountain, Michigan

Left: Spending time together at the Iron Mountain, Michigan, convent are Sisters Joyce Rybarczyk (seated), and from left, Lenore Boivin, Theodora McKennan, Ethel Detz, Therese Reynolds, Peg Fornicola, and Jo Ann Jauquet.

Members of the Divine Province Crowd celebrating their Golden Jubilee in 2004 are, back row, from left, Sisters Marianne O’Neill, Ellen Murphy, Marlene Ptaszynski, Marilyn Francoeur, Clarice Moyle, Esther Kennedy, Margaret Andrezik, Rose Ann Schlitt, Jeanne Stickling, Gail Himrod, and Norlee McDonnell, and front row, from left, Sisters Evelyn Piche, Teresita Ruiz, Mary Ann Letzgus, Ellen Schmitz, Therese Reynolds, Rose Irene Calvert, Joan Baustian, Kathleen Watt, Virginia Kleckner, and Janet Capone (Prioress).

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(1932-2018)

Sister Mary Mackert, formerly known as Sister John Laurence Mackert, died on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 85 years of age, and in the 67th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Mary was born in Springfield, Ohio, to John and Clara (Wagner) Mackert. She graduated from Dominican High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in elementary education from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida. She also received a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry from Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit.

Sister spent 22 years ministering in elementary education in Detroit, Wyandotte, and Farmington, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, and Jacksonville, Florida; Oceanside, California; and Santurce, Puerto Rico. She was a parish minister for four years at St. Lucy Parish in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, and for 29 years ministered in home care for the elderly in southern Michigan. 

Sister Mary became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2011. She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by a brother, Peter Mackert, of The Villages, Florida.

Welcome of Sister Mary will be on Monday, July 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 Tuesday, July 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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Center: Sister Mary celebrates her First Communion with her cousin, Florence Van Bergen Wukovich and her aunt, Sister Mary Roch Wagner, OSU. Right: Graduation photo, Dominican High School, Detroit 

 

From left: From left, Sisters Mary Mackert, Jean Horger, and Theresa Mayrand; Sister Mary, left, enjoys some free time with Sister Joan Petz.

Members of the 2000 Golden Jubilee Crowd, who made reception in August 1950, are: back row, from left: Sisters Carol Johannes, Mary Mackert, Paul James Villemure, Kathleen Sutherland, Mary Anthony Marelli, Jean Rosaria Fisch, Anne Elizabeth Monahan, Barbara Hubbard, Theodora McKennan, and Michael Claire Wilson; and front row, from left, Sisters Rina Cappellazzo, Joan Marconi, Diane Erbacher, Joan Petz, Anthonita Porta, Charlotte Francis Moser, Virginia Cushing, Michael Thomas Watson, Mary Louise Gass, Barbara Ann Mason, and Mary Jo Sieg. Not pictured are Sisters Joan Kathleen Lorencz, Joseph Eugene Fogarty, and Florence Marie Viaches.

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