Sister Cecilia Marie Brown, formerly known as Barbara Jane Mary Brown, died on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 95 years of age and in the 76th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Cecilia Marie was born in Rockford, Illinois, to William and Grace (Taylor) Brown. She graduated from Bishop Muldoon High School in Rockford and received a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in guidance, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian.
Sister ministered for 18 ½ years in elementary education in Detroit, Flint, Grosse Pointe Farms, Rockwood, and Walled Lake, Michigan; 11 years in elementary education in Chicago, Elgin, Joliet, Loves Park, Oak Lawn, Oak Park, and Rolling Meadows, Illinois; and two years as elementary school principal in Jefferson and two years as elementary school principal in Darlington, both in Wisconsin. Sister also ministered for 18 years in several programs for senior citizens in Rockford, Bartlett, and Sycamore, Illinois.
Sister Cecilia Marie became a resident at Weber Center in Adrian, in 2009. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Cecilia Fay and Marilyn Brown, OP (Adrian Dominican Sister William Marie); and two brothers, Gordon and Robert. She is survived by a sister, Rosemary Naill of Winnebago, Illinois, and loving nieces and nephews.
Rite of Committal (burial) was held on Monday, January 7, 2019, in the Congregation cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Dominican Life Center.
Memorial 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.
Center: First Holy Communion. Right: Discerning her vocation
Left: The Brown family: standing, from left, Sister Marilyn Brown, Gordon Brown, Rosemary Naill, Cecilia Fay, Bob Brown, and Sister Cecilia Marie Brown; and seated, from left, Grace and William Brown, the parents
From left: From left, Sisters Joan Marie Weithman, Jane Quirk, Cecilia Marie Brown, and Alice Anne Van Acker, Diocese of Rockford, Illinois, circa 1980s. Sister Cecilia Marie entertains Sisters at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian during a special program in 2013.
Left: Celebrating 75 years of religious life in 2017 are: Standing from left, Sisters Patricia Siemen (Prioress), Maureen Therese Masuga, Cecilia Marie Brown, and Miriam Joseph Lekan; and seated, from left, Sisters Carol Louise Hiller, Virginia O’Reilly, and Mary Willard Reagan.
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Sister Charles Christine Uhnavy, formerly known as Eunice Uhnavy, died on January 2, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 101 years of age and in the 80th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Charles Christine was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Charles and Olive (Spitzig) Uhnavy. She graduated from St. Mary High School in Royal Oak, Michigan, and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian.
Sister spent 29 years ministering in elementary education in New Baltimore, Dearborn, Detroit, Anchorville, and Royal Oak, Michigan. She taught for five years at St. Mary School in Defiance, Ohio and for one year at St. Nicholas of Tolentine and three years at St. Philip Neri, both in Chicago. She retired in 1977 to care for her sister.
Sister Charles Christine became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Charles (Chuck); and two sisters, Vivian and Arlene. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews, all in Michigan.
Welcome of Sister Charles Christine will be on Friday, January 4, 2019, 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 Saturday, January 5, 2019, 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.
Due to a technical error, the vigil service for Sister Charles Christine was not recorded. We apologize for this.
Left: From left, Sisters Pauline Marie Freeman, Agnes Marie Hvizdos, Charles Christine Uhnavy, and Marie Raymond Mossing
Left: Sister Charles Christine Uhnavy in her classroom
Right: Sister Charles Christine cuts cake for her 90th birthday celebration, February 11, 2007.
From left: Sister Charles Christine enjoys birthday cake on her 100th birthday. Sister Ann Romayne Fallon presents Sister Charles Christine with an apostolic blessing from the pope during Sister Charles Christine’s 100th birthday celebration, February 14, 2017.
Members of the 1998 Diamond Jubilarian Class are, back row, from left, Sisters Helen Duggan, Marie Bentz, Evangeline Davis, Julie Ann Burns, Virginia Hafey-Wells, and Diana Miller; middle row, from left, Sisters Virginia Rose Heroux, Dorothy Hemmert, Frances Ellen Bowery, and Charles Christine Uhnavy; and front row, from left, Sisters Thomas Ellen McGowan and John Loretto Bowery.
Sister Catherine McKillop, formerly known as Sister James Anita McKillop, died on December 30, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 87 years of age and in the 69th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister was born in Wishaw Lanark, Scotland, to James and Catherine (Buchanan) McKillop. She graduated from St. Paul High School in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, and received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in elementary education, both from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida.
Sister Catherine spent 25 years ministering in elementary education in Chicago; Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and St. Petersburg, Florida; Montgomery, Alabama; and Guayama, Puerto Rico. This includes six years as principal and teacher at St. Bede School in Montgomery, two years as principal at St. Ann School in West Palm Beach, and five years as principal at St. Jude School in St. Petersburg.
Sister Catherine also served the Adrian Dominican Sisters: four years as Co-provincial for St. Rose of Lima Province in Florida, eight years as director of retirement in Adrian, and nine years as activity assistant for the Dominican Life Center. She later ministered as Coordinator of Volunteer Services for St. Leonard’s Ministries in Chicago, which provides temporary housing and other services for formerly incarcerated men and women.
Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2017. She is survived by two sisters, Patricia Young of Clinton Township and Marguerite DeJaeghere of Sterling Heights, and a brother, Joseph McKillop of Roseville, all in Michigan. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers James and John.
Welcome of Sister Catherine will be on Thursday, January 3, 2019, 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, January 4, 2019 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.
Due to a technical error, the vigil and funeral services for Sister Catherine McKillop were not recorded.
We sincerely apologize to those who had hoped to view those recordings.
Left: From left, Sisters Catherine McKillop and Grace Dougherty, June 2011
Right: From left, Sisters Catherine McKillop, Grace Dougherty, Emmy Chelagat Choge, and Joyce LaVoy
Left: Sister Catherine McKillop, standing, left, with her family, from left, Joseph McKillop, Patricia Young, and Marguerite DeJaeghere. Seated is Grandmother McKillop.
Members of the 2009 Class of Diamond Jubilarians are, back row, from left: Sisters Andrea Broutin, Mary Ann Konieski, Jeanette Jabour, Joan Delaplane, Jean Denomme, and Elizabeth Flaherty; middle row, from left, Sisters Joyce LaVoy, Catherine McKillop, Eleanor Stech, Nelda Ann Klein, Barbara Mary Saynay, and Marie Houle; and front row, from left, Sisters Mae Tack, Mary Sharon Moran, Betty Jenkins, and Donna Markham (Prioress, standing).
Sister Amelia L. Sarmiento, known as Sister Meng, died early in the afternoon on December 5, 2018 at the Dominican Sisters’ convent, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines. She was 59 years of age and in the 31st year of her religious profession: 23 years in the Sisters of Our Lady of Remedies and in her 8th year in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
She joined the Our Lady of Remedies Congregation on December 15, 1984, and entered the novitiate on January 18, 1986. She made First Profession of Vows on January 30, 1988, and Final Profession of vows on June 27, 1992.
Sister Meng was born in Angeles City, Philippines, to Jacobo and Susana (Limiac) Sarmiento. She graduated from Republic Central Colleges in Angeles City, and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Holy Angel University, Angeles City, Pampanga.
Sister Meng served as a clerical assistant in Porac, and as a Christian Living Education (CLE) teacher, school treasurer, and CLE coordinator at parochial schools in Candaba, Porac and at University of the Assumption in San Fernando. She ministered as a catechist for St. Catherine Alexandria Parish in Arayat, and the Archdiocese of San Fernando in San Fernando.
Sister served as treasurer at parochial schools in Porac, Floridablanca, Lubao and Angeles City for over 17 years. She served in pastoral ministry for the Dominican Sisters in San Fernando, as Novice Co-formator for the Our Lady of Remedies Congregation for three years, as treasurer of the Congregation for four years, and as the Director of Formation for the Our Lady of Remedies Mission Chapter for two years, all in San Fernando.
Sister was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Avelina Sarmiento Alfonso and Carlota Sarmiento. She is survived by three sisters: Teresita S. Pineda of San Fernando, Alicia S. Sio of Quezon City, and Linda S. Macasli of Angeles City.
The wake and viewing were on December 5-7, 2018 at St. Dominic’s Hall Motherhouse San Fernando Pampanga. Two archbishops, as well as diocesan, Dominican and other religious priests came for the viewing and Memorial Mass on December 8, 2018 at Holy Mary Memorial Park in Angeles City, Philippines. The Memorial Mass was in St. Dominic’s Convent Chapel, San Fernando, Philippines.
Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221.
From left: Sister Amelia with students of Dominican School of Apalit during their Sports Fest. Sister Amelia in Baguio, the “Summer Capital” of the Philippines
From left: From left, Sisters Zenaida Nacpil, Racquel Rones, and Ameila at prayer in the formation house for novices, 2016. Sister Amelia with Katrina Acer Artates, then a postulant
From left: Sister Amelia (left) with Sister Meliza Arquillano, then a novice. From left, Sisters Jenny Fajardo, Ines Evangelista Manuel, Amelia Sarmiento, Remedios Basilio, Lourdes Pamintuan, and, in front, Sister Jolyn Dungo.
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