I say, sláinte* to one and all! (* Irish Gaelic for "good health")
Sister Ruth Anne Kelly, known also as Sister Mary Ralph, was born June 6, 1938, in Lansing, Michigan. She was the third child and eldest daughter of the eight children born to Francis and Ruth (Burdick) Kelly. Her siblings were Howard, Francis, Jr, Robert, Mary Kathleen, Margaret Rose, Barbara and Patricia. Patricia, the youngest, was born after Sister Ruth Anne left home to attend the Prep School at St. Joseph Academy.
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Sister Ethel Detz was born on July 19, 1946, in Detroit. She was the second oldest of six children born to Nicholas and Doris (Walkowski) Detz. She wrote the following about her childhood and family in her autobiography.
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To many of my acquaintances I am known as a “Floridian,” but actually I started my life as a “snowbird.” My earliest years were spent near the Canadian border in Clayburg, New York. I was the third child of William and Kathryn Gleason. In the summer of 1926 my parents, my two older brothers, Thomas William and Robert Joseph, a younger brother Francis Patrick and I moved to Florida. In Florida, before I entered the convent, my mother gave birth to three more children. We then had the “Florida crackers and the snowbirds.”
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Born on May 9, 1932, in Lansing, Michigan, Sister Betty Lou Myers was the first of three children born to Frederick and Lucille (Koehler) Myers. Both parents traced their ancestry to Germany. They were married in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Sister Betty was educated at Resurrection and St. Mary Schools in Lansing. Because of the fierce rivalry between these two schools, it seemed strange that she attended both schools. In her biography, she explained that one of the two religious sisters on her mother’s side of the family was a member of the Sisters of Charity from Cincinnati who staffed St. Mary School.
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Our Adrian Dominican cemetery with its circular headstones is a beautiful place of rest for women who gave their lives in service to God—and a peaceful place for contemplation and remembrance.
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