Sister Patricia DeMay, formerly known as Sister Mary Cuthbert, died on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the Toledo Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. She was 87 years of age and in the 70th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Patricia was born in Jackson, Michigan, to Cuthbert and Myrtle (Bleicher) DeMay. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, Michigan, and received a bachelor’s degree in Latin and a master’s in education administration, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. She also received a Specialist Education degree in Curriculum and a Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum, both from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Sister spent 53 years ministering in education and library services in Elmwood Park and Flossmoor, Illinois; Utica, Romeo, Lansing, Flint, Adrian, and Hillsdale, Michigan; St. Petersburg and Miami Shores, Florida; and Livingston, Alabama. She was an education lecturer at Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida for one year; and also ministered for two years as an elementary teacher at Catholic Central and as an instructor at Siena Heights in Adrian.
Sister Patricia became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, John DeMay; and her sister, Mary Arbour. Sister is survived by her loving nieces and nephews.
Welcome of Sister Patricia will be on Wednesday, April 10, 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 Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Mass of Christian Burial 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: Two years old, 1933. Young Patricia at a dance recital at St. John’s School, Jackson, Michigan, 1940
Right: Father Edward J. DeKeyser turns over the first shovel of dirt in the groundbreaking for the new church at St. Lawrence, Utica, Michigan, January 25, 1950. Shown with him are: back row, from left, Sisters Jean Annette Rudolph (front), Evangeline Marie Loveridge, Frances Michael (Dorothy) LaMantia, Mary Cuthbert (Patricia) DeMay, Helen William Schanz, Rose Geralda Mullane, Father DeKeyser, Sister Robert Joseph Bailey, Father Elmer Nacy, and Sisters Richard James Carroll, Pierre Des Jardins, and Mary Wilhelmina Gasper.
Left: Sister Patricia celebrates Commencement for her doctorate in education at the University of Tennessee, December 12, 1980.
From left: Sister Patricia DeMay poses with the collection of books that she donated to the University of West Alabama. Sister Patricia with her father, her mother, and her sister Mary (far right) at St. Luke, Flint, Christmas 1965
From left: Sister Patricia hooked this rug, 92” by 102” and 25 yarns per inch, for her front room. Sister Patricia sells her handiwork at the Dominican Life Center Christmas Bazaar, December 4, 2015.
Members of the 2008 Diamond Jubilee August Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Patricia DeMay, Theresa Sinnamon, Angelica McGuire, Dorothy Worthy, Barbara J. Carroll, and Audrey Hull, and front row, from left, Sisters Ann Marie Meagher, Mary Declan Foss, Margaret Ann Reardon, Margaret Karam, Theresia Scheuer, and Ann Benedict Williams.
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Sister Mary Daria Herbella, formerly known as Ida Mae Herbella, died on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 92 years of age and in the 67th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Mary Daria was born in Springerville, Arizona, to Dario and Eladia (Dominquez) Herbella. She graduated from Round Valley High School in Springerville, Arizona, and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in English from the University of San Francisco; and a master’s degree in religious education from St. Thomas University in Houston, Texas.
Sister ministered for 30 years in elementary, junior high, and high school education in Detroit, Michigan; Los Angeles, Oakland, and Santa Cruz, California; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Trinidad, Colorado; and Kingman, Douglas, Casa Grande, and Flagstaff, Arizona, including six years as principal in Flagstaff.
Sister Mary Daria was a pastoral assistant for 17 years in Albuquerque and Los Lunas, New Mexico; and Pinetop, Arizona. She was a physical exercise aide for three years at the Maria Health Care Center in Adrian.
Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2009. She was preceded in death by her parents; six sisters: Amelia, Elizabeth, Mary, Dolores, Genevieve, and Jacqueline; and two brothers: John Francis and Charley. She is survived by a sister, Barbara Kasner of Huntington Beach, California.
Welcome of Sister Mary Daria and the Viewing will be on Friday, April 5, 2019, at 9:15 a.m. in St. Catherine Chapel in the Dominican Life Center. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Friday, April 5, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in St. Catherine’s Chapel. Both the Mass of Christian Burial and the Ritual of Remembering will be live streamed.
Right: From left, Sister Mary Daria, her father Dario, and her sister Barbara (Bobbie Jo)
From left: Sister Mary Daria gives Sister Mary Edwardine Schairer a ride in her wheelchair. Sister Mary Daria in Kingman, Arizona
From left: Sisters Mary Donalda Fredricks, left, and Mary Daria Herbella at Holy Cross Convent, Santa Cruz, California. Sisters Mary Daria Herbella, left, and Charlotte Moser at the General Council farewell celebration, June 2016
From left: Sister Mary Daria and Father Oliver Curran in front of St. Mary of the Angels Church, Pine Top, Arizona. From left, Cathy Moeller, Sister Mary Daria’s student, and Sisters Marie Luisa Vasquez, Maria Daria Herbella, and Marie Carmen Gonzales
From left: Sister Mary Daria serves as Music Director and pastoral minister at Risen Savior Parish, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sister Mary Daria’s crowd: back row, from left, Sisters Mary Daria Herbella, Elisa Joan Doherty, Thérèse M. Haggerty, Agnes Peplinski, Rita Brunett, and former Sister Elaine LeVotte and, seated from left, Sisters Anne Liam Lees, Marian Edward Guethlein, and Catherine Ahern
Members of the 2001 Golden Jubilee August Reception Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Elisa Joan Doherty, Dolores Slosar, Celine Marie Regan, Judith Ann Lieder, Anne Liam Lees, and Marie Wiedner; middle row, from left, Sisters Thérèse M. Haggerty, Julianne Wolny, Catherine Ahern, Agnes Peplinski, Jeannine Holway, Clara Ann Budenz, and Elizabeth Lynch; and front row, from left, Sisters Marian Edward Guethlein, Nancy Hanna, Dolores Marie Dolan, Mary Daria Herbella, and Rita Brunett.
Sister Maureen Fenlon, formerly known as Sister Shaun Paul, died on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 75 years of age and in the 60th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Maureen was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, to James and Noel (Finlan) Fenlon. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, and received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a Master of Social Work degree from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.
Sister spent ten years ministering in elementary education in Chicago, Mundelein, Homewood, and Riverdale, Illinois. She also ministered for 32½ years in Tallahassee, Florida; San Rafael, San Quentin, Mill Valley, Santa Rosa, Oakland, Petaluma, and Idyllwild, California; Halifax, North Carolina; Arlington, Massachusetts; New York, New York; Washington, D.C.; and New Orleans, Louisiana.
Her ministries encompassed various aspects of social work, including serving as a farm worker; community organizer; executive director for Centerforce, an organization that provides services for prisoners and their families; and congressional staff member. During these years she was the interim national coordinator for NETWORK in Washington, D.C.; the developer of many visitor centers for families of prisoners; founder of Lydia, a women’s co-op program interchange; and national coordinator for the Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project with Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ.
Sister Maureen became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Reverend Brian Fenlon. She is survived by a sister, Shauna McCormick of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; and two brothers, Dennis and Paul Fenlon of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
Welcome of Sister Maureen will be on Tuesday, April 2, 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 Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Mass of Christian Burial will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery.
From left: Sister Maureen with her father. From left, Sisters Elise Garcia, Marilyn Winter, Maureen Fenlon, Kathleen Schanz, Carol Coston, Esther Kennedy, and Rosemary Ferguson, 1998
From left: Sister Maureen, left, with Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, author of Dead Man Walking. Sister Mary Elizabeth Beres, left, with Sister Maureen.
From left: Sister Maureen, in Bali, examines a carving, The Thinking Woman. Sister Maureen Fenlon, front, second from the right, joins her family to celebrate her Uncle Ned’s 100th birthday.
Left: Sister Maureen adjusts the sound at the 2006 Dominican High Schools Preaching Conference, held at Siena Heights University. Right: From left, Sister Maureen Fenlon, Berta Boegel, and Mary Keelty
Members of the 2008 Golden Jubilee, December Reception Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Mary Anne Yanz, Rita Eileen Dean, Margaret Augustine Exworthy, Charlotte Anne Swift, Carol Bollin, Barbara Matteson, Elizabeth Ann Demirgian, and Maureen Fenlon, and front row, from left, Sisters Sharon Beckmann, Patricia Stellmah, Phyllis Duffie, Joan Hinz, Mary Miday, Patricia Ann Dulka, Veronica Kelley, Lorraine Mordenski, and Judith Ann Nelson.
My views on missionary life have certainly changed over the years, since at the beginning I thought I was ministering to the poor in Pamplona, but as time went on I realized that I was being ministered to by my Pamplona friends. Several theologians and writers are asking the same question: What do we learn from the poor of the world?
These words are found in the life story of Sister Mary K. Duwelius, who spent more than three decades ministering in the Dominican Republic and Peru in addition to serving migrant populations during her many years in south Florida.
Dorothy Catherine Duwelius was born on June 26, 1920, in Elkhart, Indiana, to John and Mabel (Ness) Duwelius. She was one of four children, along with her brother Kenneth and two younger sisters who were identical twins, Eileen and Arlene. “Both our parents were happy, holy, and hard-working,” she said. “Mother kept everything under control and we children knew how to settle down when advised to do so.”
Sister Mary K.’s lifelong commitment to social justice and the poor may well have come from her Depression-era upbringing, instilled by her parents. A railroad track ran directly behind their home, and those riding the trains often knocked on the back door asking for something to eat – and could always find a meal there.
Life in the Duwelius home revolved around activities in the family parish, St. Vincent’s in Elkhart. John was an usher and active in many church groups, while Mabel “was a great organizer of ice cream socials, dinners and card parties” in the parish. All the children attended the parish school. “Each day we would devoutly pray before class and then break forth loudly singing ‘Cheer, cheer for Old Notre Dame,’” Sister Mary K. said. “I didn’t find this strange and for years thought that this was done in all Catholic schools in the world.”
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