Sister Carol Denise Koenig, formerly known as Mary Catherine Koenig, died on Sunday, July 1, 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 Carol Denise was born in Ottoville, Ohio, to Carl and Elizabeth (Landwehr) Koenig. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a Bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. She also had training as a hospital chaplain and in pastoral ministry.
Sister spent 23½ years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Detroit, Southgate, and Ypsilanti, Michigan; Mundelein and Hometown, Illinois; Henderson, Nevada; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Cleveland, Ohio. She taught religious education and was pastoral minister for nine years in Ypsilanti, and for 17 years was development and alumnae director for the Dominican Learning Center (St. Joseph Academy) in Adrian.
In 2005, Sister Carol Denise came to reside at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by a brother, Dennis Koenig (Elaine) of Glendale, Arizona.
Welcome of Sister Carol Denise will be on Thursday, July 5, 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 6, 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.
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.
From left: Parents Carl and Bette Koenig with brother Dennis and Mary Catherine (Sister Carol Denise) at her First Communion; High school graduation, June 5, 1950; Sister Carol Denise with her Godfather, her Uncle John Landwehr, at her graduation party
From left: Malcolm Johnson, Holy Cross Seminary candidate, with Sister Carol Denise, his classmate; Sister Carol Denise, bottom row right, has fun with her classmates at St. Joseph Academy.
From left: Sister Rita Crotty and Sister Carol Denise at the wedding of a former Crowd member; Sister Carol Denise, Diane Delano, Sister Kieran Therese Quirke, Sister Rita Crotty, and their guide Evan enjoy the Alps, 1977.
Members of the 2000 Golden Jubilee crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Loretta May, Nora Thomas O’Brien, Sean Morley, Kieran Therese Quirke, Lila Watt, Marion Michalak, Geraldine Maloney, Noreen Burke, and Jeannine Therese McGorray; middle row, from left, Sisters Lucy Ann Quinn, Loretta Jean Hanson, Maria Goretti Browne, Janet Michael Hudspeth, Miriam Mullins, Mary Johanne (Mardi) Keevers, and Ann Rozalia Szabo; and front row, from left, Sisters Marlene Kuhnlein, Joseph Eilese Hukle, Virginia Beattie, Ellen Kennedy, Rita Crotty, Shirley Smith, Carol Denise Koenig, and Genevieve Jeziolkowski.
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Sister Georgina Luznicky, formerly known as Dorothy Luznicky, died at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan, on June 30, 2018. She was 90 years of age and in the 71st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Georgina was born in Chicago to George and Lillian (Hattan) Luznicky. She graduated from Lourdes High School in Chicago and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and master’s degrees in history and education, both from DePaul University in Chicago.
Sister ministered for 45 years in education in Flint and Saint Clair, Michigan, and Harvey, Chicago, and Joliet, Illinois. This includes one year at Aquinas High School in Chicago, an Adrian Dominican institution.
Sister Georgina was Associate Superintendent of Schools for the Joliet Diocese for 13 years, and Schools Consultant for the Chicago Archdiocese for 12 years. In addition, she ministered for 10½ years at several Adrian Dominican offices: the St. Dominic Province in Hometown, Illinois; the Midwest and Upper Midwest Chapter offices, both in Burbank, Illinois; and the Office of Information, in Adrian.
Sister Georgina became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2004. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Father George Luznicky; a sister, Mary Luznicky; and a cousin, Sister Francita Hattan, OP, also an Adrian Dominican Sister. She is survived by loving cousins, Barbara Schuerman of Glendale Heights and Teri Moxley of Woodstock, both in Illinois.
Welcome of Sister Georgina will be on Monday, July 2, 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 3, 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.
From left: Sister Georgina, 1929; First Communion; High school graduation, 1945
Sister Georgina with her history students at Aquinas High School, Chicago
Left: From left, Mary Luznicky, sister; Lillian Luznicky, mother; Ed (Father George) Luznicky, and Sister Georgina during a home visit
From left: Sister Georgina, far right, with her colleagues at the Schools Office of the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois; Sister Georgina with Father Bill Sheridan
From left: Celebrating Sister Georgina’s 70th birthday; Sisters new to the Adrian area formed their own Mission Group. Members are: back row, from left, Sisters Sandra Exley, Leonor Esnard, and Christa Marsik; middle row, from left, Sisters Shirley Ruder, Ruth Rabideau, Joy Finfera, Edith Kathleen Zemke, and Reta Drexler; and front row, from left, Sisters Molly Giller, Marie Bentz, Lorraine Pepin, Anne Gallagher, and Georgina Luznicky.
Members of the 2006 Diamond Jubilee Crowd 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 C. McDaniel, and Mildred Ann Huber; third row, from left, Sisters Anne Richard Baker, Mary L. Russell, Anne Bernadette Stein, Joyce Rybarczyk, Patricia Cecile Slattery, Denise Walsh, Elizabeth Francis Tekaucic, Sheila N. Flynn, Jeri Renner, and Winifred C.M. Lynch; second row, from left, Sisters Ann Patrice Remkus, Therese Groulx, and Jean Irene McAllister; and front row, from left, Sisters Barbara Wetterer, Marie Therese Guigar, Virginia Therese Conway, Jean Anthony Sporer, and Michele Gebhardt.
Sister Ann Seraphim Schenk, formerly known as Doris Schenk, died on Sunday, June 24, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 100 years of age and in the 81st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Ann Seraphim was born in Belleville, Illinois, to Henry and Linda (Hoff) Schenk. She graduated from Bishop Muldoon High School in Rockford, Illinois, and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and her Master of Education Degree in Administration, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian.
Sister spent 51½ years in the ministry of elementary and music education in Detroit, Deerfield, Chelsea, St. Joseph, Tecumseh, Ann Arbor, and Dearborn, Michigan; Maywood, Chicago, and Loves Park, Illinois; and Casa Grande, Arizona. She was principal at St. Mary School, Chelsea for six years, and at St. Elizabeth School in Tecumseh for one year, both in Michigan; and at St. Brigid School in Loves Park, Illinois for 14 years.
Sister Ann Seraphim became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2004. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Gene, Floyd, and Henry; and her sisters, Marge, Mary, Dorothy (Sister Francis Henry) and Evelyn. Sister is survived by loving nieces and nephews.
Welcome of Sister Ann Seraphim will be on Wednesday, June 27, 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 Thursday, June 28, 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.
Vigil for Sister Ann Seraphim:
Left: Twin sisters, Dorothy (Sister Frances Henry Schenk, MSBT), left, and Doris (Sister Ann Seraphim Schenk, OP). Right: A member of the marching band for Bishop Muldoon High School, Rockford, Illinois, 1936
Left: Graduation photo, Bishop Muldoon High School, Rockford, Illinois, 1936. Right: Dominican High School, Detroit, 1954
Left: Schenk family reunion – back row, from left: Sister Frances Henry Schenk, MSBT, twin sister; Florence Schenk, sister-in-law; Marie Ellefson, sister; Joann Carlson, niece; and Sister Ann Seraphim; front, from left, Linda Schenk, mother, and Marguerite Meja, sister. Right: Sister Frances Henry Schenk, MSBT, left, and Sister Ann Seraphim Schenk, OP, at Sister Ann Seraphim’s Silver Jubilee in Adrian, August 1963
Left: From left, Sister Frances Henry Schenk, MSBT; Sister Mary Anthony Marelli, OP; and Sister Ann Seraphim Schenk, OP. Right: Sister Ann Seraphim in liturgical ministry at St. Catherine Chapel, Adrian, 2009
Left: Jim Berryman, then Mayor of Adrian, presents the Community Service Award to Sister Ann Seraphim at her 100th birthday party at the Motherhouse, October 25, 2017.
Members of the 1977 Diamond Jubilee Class – front row, from left, Sisters Ann Seraphim Schenk, Rita Noeker, Esther Sitzmann, Margaret Moran, Elizabeth Kreiner, Mary Roche, Jane Edward Schutz, and Marie Elizabeth Doherty; and back row, from left, Sisters Agnes Helen Rabe, Marie Jutte, Rita Anne Moceri, Susanne Hofweber, Merici Valgoi, Cathryn Deutsch, and Michael Mary Madden
Elizabeth Gael O’Reilly was born to Elizabeth and Frank O’Reilly in Vancouver, British Columbia and moved with her family to Seattle when she was nine years old. There, Gael and her sister Sharon attended Sacred Heart School and Holy Names Academy. Gael graduated in 1957 and maintained life-long relationships with several of her classmates.
Gael married in 1959 and had four children in six years. She sent them to Blessed Sacrament School and was very active in the parish. Gael raised her children to think for themselves and to value one another. A feminist, Gael was a strong advocate for peace and justice.
After her divorce, Gael secured employment at a Seattle credit union and advanced to loan officer, lending manager, and manager of two banks. She retired in 2004.
For many years Gael was active with the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center (IPJC) and the Edmonds Dominicans, who founded the Center. She hosted a book club and Soup Group and was famous for her sense of humor, hospitality, and over-the-top Christmas decorations and kindness. She was an active person in every way until she began to show signs of Alzheimer’s disease, which she lived with for almost five years.
Sister Ann Marie Wood, OP, shared the following:
Gael and I met half a century ago. We were both young mothers and active members of Blessed Sacrament, the Dominican parish in North Seattle at a time when the Dominicans embraced the Vatican II changes with openness and creativity. It was an incredible, hope-filled time as our faith community celebrated a renewed church.
While an Edmonds Dominican I became involved with the Associate Program and was delighted when Gael expressed an interest. She participated in many activities at Rosary Heights, our Motherhouse, and, after the Edmonds/Adrian merger joined the Siena Mission Group, the same one I belong to. Gael served as RAL [Representative of Associate Life] until her declining health forced her to resign. Gael was a Dominican through and through!
Gael is survived by her four children: Mark (Lara) Simmons, Eric (Katie) Simmons, Carrie Simmons, and Pat Simmons; her beloved grandchildren, Audrey, Andrew, Daniel, Owen, Jack, and Ava; and her dear sister, Sharon.
When the Edmonds Dominican Sisters merged with Adrian Dominican Sisters, Gael wrote that she looked forward to meeting new people. “I bring a questioning mind, a sense of humor, compassion and tolerance, a wish to be mentally and spiritually expanded (not physically expanded, however), and a humble and inquiring mind.”
Gael’s children wrote in a memorial booklet for their mother: “Mom made sure that we could do and be whatever we wanted. As a single parent of four, she worked very hard to give us the best life she could. She was a lifelong advocate for peace and justice and fought for the poor in Washington State with the Adrian Dominican Sisters. She was a great listener and friend and always offered wise advice.”
Her children concluded their memories by saying, “Mom, we will miss you every day and will be seeing you in the butterflies and little birdies in the trees. And yes, we will remember to vote and to get our flu shots.”
Gael’s funeral, held June 25, 2018 at Sacred Heart Parish, celebrated her family, her interests and her spirituality. She will be missed.
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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