In Memoriam


(1933-2017)

Sister Diana Bader, formerly known as Gloria Bernadine Bader, died on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Assumption Convent in Seattle, Washington. She was 83 years of age and in the 65th year of her religious profession: 51 years in the Dominican Sisters of Edmonds, and in her 14th year in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. 

Sister Diana was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to Martin and Marjorie (Hartney) Bader. She graduated from St. Patrick High School in Vancouver and received a bachelor of education degree from Seattle University and a doctor of philosophy degree in theology from St. Mary College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Sister Diana was also certified in post-doctoral studies by Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.

Sister spent five years ministering in secondary education at St. Dominic High School in Everett, Washington and Holy Angels High School in Seattle; nine years as a professor at the College of Sister Formation in Issaquah, Washington, and at Seattle University; one year as postulant mistress; five years as Juniorate Mistress in Edmonds, Washington; and 21 years in religious education and adult faith formation in the Archdiocese of Seattle. 

Sister Diana also served for five years as senior associate in clinical ethics for the Catholic Health Association in St. Louis, Missouri, and for seven years as Senior Vice-president of Mission for Catholic Health Initiatives in Denver, Colorado. She ministered for the Sisters of Providence Health System in Seattle for nine years as Director of Health and Human Values and Vice President of Mission Leadership. Since 2004,  Sister Diana has served on numerous Catholic healthcare boards and committees in the United States.

Sister Diana is survived by a brother, John Bader, of Vancouver, and a sister, Betty Matthews, of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

A Vigil Service will be held on Monday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick Church in Seattle. The Funeral Liturgy will be offered at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16 at St. Patrick Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Seattle.

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 Hoffner, Fisher and Harvey Funeral Home of Seattle.   

 

   
LEFT: At a Jubilee celebration, from left: Sisters Jeri Renner, Diana Bader, Judith Rimbey, Jean Fitzgerald, and Barbara Matteson. RIGHT: Sister Diana, left, with Sister Sheila Lemieux, CSJP

 

   

 

   
LEFT: Sister Diana and Sister Patrice Eilers, OP

 

   
LEFT: Sister Diana receives her PhD from Notre Dame, 1961 

 


Final Profession, June 14,1957, from left: Sisters Joan Unger; Diana Bader; Mary White; Philomena Perreault; Jean Frances Fiffe, Novice Mistress; Barbara Bieker; and Joanne Fitzgerald
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(1920-2017)

NOTE: The Ritual of Remembering for Sister Helen (Rose Micaeleen) will be held Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. The Memorial Mass will be held Monday, June 26, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine Chapel of the Dominican Life Center. Both celebrations will be live streamed.

Sister Helen Walsh, formerly known as Sister Rose Michaeleen Walsh, died on May 10, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 96 years of age and in the 72nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Helen was born in Chicago to William and Rosemary (O’Sullivan) Walsh. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; a master’s degree in English from Loyola University, Chicago; and a Master of Education degree in special education from Wayne State University, Detroit. 

Sister Helen ministered for ten years in elementary and secondary education in Adrian, Detroit, and Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, including six years as principal/teacher; for eight years in elementary education in Chicago, Illinois; and four years as elementary school principal/teacher in Defiance, Ohio. She taught for three years at Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida.

Sister also ministered in social work and pastoral work for seven years in Toledo, Ohio, and was chaplain and teacher of women prisoners for four years in Detroit and Warren, Michigan. She ministered in adult religious education for five years in Oakland and San Anselmo, California and taught in the Upward Bound Program for half a year in Oakland. She was Activities Director for three years at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, and for one year at Villa Serra in Salinas, California. 

Sister Helen became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2010. She was preceded in death by cousins Sister Michael Joseph Connery, Sister Marie Camilla Connery, and Sister Ellen Richard McTaggart, all members of the Adrian Dominican Congregation. Sister Helen is survived by a brother, Joseph Walsh, of Lagunitas, California, and a sister, Mary Jo Walsh, of Portage, Michigan.

Rite of Committal (burial) will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017, immediately after the 10:30 am Mass in the Congregation Cemetery. Memorial Mass and the Ritual of Remembering will be scheduled for a later date.

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.

 

   
RIGHT: Celebrating their 25th in Florida in 1971 are, from left, Sisters Helen Walsh, Mary J. Beaubien, and Barbara Gass.

 

   
LEFT: From left, Rosemary and Helen Walsh. RIGHT: Sister Helen, left, and Sister Claire, a Columban Sister, on one of the Boston Tea Party ships in Boston Harbor, 1976

   
RIGHT: Sister Helen with her parents, Reception Day 1945

 

   
LEFT: Sister Monica Kim, left, and Sister Helen with Sister Helen’s 50-year Jubilee cake

 

   
RIGHT: At Villa Sierra, California


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(1944-2017)

Sister Mary Ann Dardy, known also as Sister John Marguerite, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 26, 1944. She was the second of three children born to Henry and Mary Margaret (Lindich) Dardy. The family’s ancestry is Polish/Slovenian. Her two brothers are Hank (now deceased) and Tony. 

Her parents were married in June of 1940. Eventually, her father was able to obtain the large home of his parents by assuming their mortgage. It had four apartments that were in poor repair, but her father rebuilt it from the foundation to the roof. He died in 1990, and her mother continued to live in that house for many years. 

Here is Sister Mary Ann’s brief description of her family. 

Though we don’t agree on everything, I would describe our relationship as “closely-held.” From Catholic roots, I attended a Catholic grade school and high school. It was through the influence of the sisters who taught me, that I probably heard the call to dedicate my life to God most clearly.

After graduating from Hoban Dominican High School, Sister Mary Ann entered the postulate on June 26, 1962, at the age of eighteen. In December of that year, she received her religious name, Sister John Marguerite. She made first profession on December 29, 1963, and the following month was assigned to teach at St. Patrick School in Joliet, Illinois. Two months later she was sent to Our Lady of Good Counsel in Chicago, where she taught for two academic years. In August 1966 she was assigned to teach at St. Kilian School in Chicago for one year.

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(1921-2017)

Dorothy Mary Jehle, known also as Sister Norbert Mary, was born on April 7, 1921, in Chicago. She was the oldest of six children born to Herman and Dorothy (Elvin) Jehle. Her five younger siblings, in the order of their birth, were Philip, Francis, Barbara, Kathleen, and Eleanor. 

Both of her parents were born in Kansas. Her father was a manufacturing jeweler whose work caused the family to move a few times. This is reflected in the various schools Sister Dorothy attended.

Her elementary education began at St. Joseph and Holy Cross Schools in South Bend, Indiana. When the family moved to Joliet, Illinois, she finished grade school at St. Patrick, where she met the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Her high school years were at St. Francis Academy in Joliet. 

After graduating in 1939, Sister Dorothy attended the College of St. Francis in Joliet, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in 1943. She then worked as a reporter at the local newspaper, Joliet Spectator, until she entered the postulate on February 2, 1945. 

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