Mary Margaret (Roy-McLernon) Randall Veen, 78, passed away October 1, 2018, at her home in Cheboygan, Michigan, after courageously battling cancer this past year.
Mary was born in Port Huron, Michigan, but grew up in Detroit, attending Our Lady Gate of Heaven Elementary School. “I learned early in life the importance of keeping Christ in my life,” Mary wrote. “I learned to depend on Jesus and myself to achieve my goals.”
Mary entered the Adrian Dominican Congregation in 1957 after graduating from Our Lady of Mercy High School and took her final vows in 1963. She attended Siena Heights College (now University), Adrian; Wayne State University, Detroit; and St. Mary Seminary, Orchard Lake, Michigan.
“I have always been an Adrian Dominican in my heart even though I left the formal structure,” Mary said. “What I learned in Adrian has been carried out through teaching my students, working with others through volunteer work, and service to others wherever and whenever I was asked or saw a need. I may have left Adrian; the Dominicans never left me.”
Always an educator, Mary retired in 2003 and moved to Cheboygan with her new husband, Ward Veen. She continued teaching part-time at Bishop Baraga School, Cheboygan, until 2017.
Mary enjoyed her volunteer work as a Bible study and prayer leader and a catechist at her parish, St. Mary/St. Charles Catholic Church in Cheboygan; at the St. Thomas Food Pantry; and at the Eagles Auxiliary, where she served as Chaplain. She was also installed as a presider at Communion Services and ministered at other parishes near Cheboygan.
Mary was mentored by Associate Joyce Frugé and welcomed as an Associate in August 2016. Although she was not an Associate for long, her commitment was strong and she managed to travel from Cheboygan to Adrian to attend Partners, the annual weekend gathering of Associates, in August 2018. She participated in the weekend and made several new friends.
Mary was the loving mother of Kelley Anne Cashion; step-mother of David Veen and Diane Veen-Price; sister of George P. (Carol) Roy, Carol (Tom) Saunders, Theresa Swift, Karen (Peter) Tambornini, and Phillip Jingozian; grandmother to Dylan Doyle, Alexis Cashion, and Gary (Maria) Veen; and great-grandmother to Dayton Doyle. She had many nieces, nephews, friends, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren through her marriage to Ward.
She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Ward Walter Veen, in 2012; her parents, George and Lois Roy and Malcom and Mary Jingozian; her foster parents, Ivan and Agnes McLernon and Anna Swift; and her brother, Michael Swift.
Mary’s Memorial Mass was held at St. Mary/St. Charles Catholic Church on October 6 after a one-hour visitation. Father Duane Wachowiak, Pastor, officiated. Mary chose the songs and readings to comfort her family and friends. The readings included John 14:1-6: “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
In lieu of flowers, Mary’s wishes are that backpacks filled with school supplies be donated to the local schools. Any monetary contributions may be directed to Bishop Baraga School, 623 W. Lincoln Avenue, Cheboygan, Michigan 49721 or the Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan 49221.
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Sister Virginia O’Reilly, formerly known as Sister Joan Patricia O’Reilly, died on September 24, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 91 years of age and in the 75th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Virginia was born in Detroit to George and Alice (Hall) O’Reilly. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida; a master’s degree in mathematics from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC; a master’s degree in guidance from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco.
Sister spent 28½ years ministering in education in Chicago and St. Charles, Illinois; Miami Beach, Florida; Rome, Georgia; and Detroit, Royal Oak, Adrian, and Madison Heights, Michigan. She was Chairperson of the Math Department of St. Dominic College in St. Charles, Illinois, from 1964 to 1967.
Sister Virginia ministered for 15 years as a psychologist and clinical psychologist in Montara, Los Altos, south San Francisco and Oakland, California; Port Huron, Michigan; Scotia, Schenectady, and Albany, New York; and Kensington, South Africa. Sister held the position of Director of Studies for two years and Director of Research for one year for the Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Sister Virginia became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2005 and served for three years as library assistant. She is survived by a sister, Patricia Rush of Schenectady, New York, and was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Joan.
Welcome of Sister Virginia will be on Tuesday, September 25, 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 Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Service 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.
Right: Sister Virginia in the arms of her grandmother, Detroit, August 1927
Left: Sister Virginia poses with her nieces, Virginia and Kathleen McNamara.
Left: Sister Mary Frances Coleman, left, Director of Education, and Sister Virginia O’Reilly, Regent of Studies, during General Chapter 1968.
From left: From left, Sisters Nelda Klein, Patricia Spangler, Frances Lombaer, and Virginia O’Reilly, probably celebrating Sister Virginia’s PhD. Sister Virginia teaches Sisters Jane Frances and Justina, delegates for their General Chapter, about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator through the use of tinker toys, Bedfordview, South Africa, December 1985.
From left: From left, Sisters Mary Louise Gass, Kathy Erard, and Virginia O’Reilly. Sisters Celeste Bourke, left, and Virginia O’Reilly in California, 2002
Left: Members of the 2002 Diamond Jubilee Class are, back row, from left, Sisters Mary Willard Reagan, Eileen Hussey, and Virginia O’Reilly, and, front row, from left, Sisters Marcella LaKoske, Miriam Joseph Lekan, and Cecilia Marie Brown.
Sister Mary Ellen Brodeur, formerly known as Sister Ann Edward Brodeur, died on Monday, September 10, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 90 years of age and in the 72nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Mary Ellen was born in Detroit to Edward and Ann (Ternes) Brodeur. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Detroit (University of Detroit Mercy).
Sister Mary Ellen spent 50 years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Detroit, Harper Woods, and Utica, Michigan; Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This includes her ministry of 35 years in secondary education at two of the Congregation’s schools: six years at Hoban Dominican High School in Cleveland, Ohio; and 29 years at Dominican High School in Detroit.
Sister Mary Ellen became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2010. She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, Donald, Norm, Charles and Robert and four third cousins: Sisters Evangeline, Mary Michael and Lambertine Theisen and Sister Mary Leonilla Barlage, all Adrian Dominican Sisters. Sister Mary Ellen is survived by loving nieces and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Welcome of Sister Mary Ellen will be on Sunday, September 16, 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 Monday, September 17, 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.
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Right: Sister Mary Ellen Brodeur with her parents
Left: Sister Mary Ellen Brodeur in her classroom at Dominican High School, 1972
From left: Sister Mary Ellen in her classroom, 1984. Sister Mary Ellen enjoys a Jubilee dinner at the Motherhouse.
Left: From left, Sisters Ruth Rabideau, Mary Ellen Brodeur, and Gloria Kelly in the lobby of Madden Hall, Adrian
Members of the 1995 Golden Jubilee Crowd are, front row, from left: Sisters Dorothy Jehle, Joellen Reis, Catherine Henry Schmid, Therese Mary Foote, Mary Ellen Brodeur, Ruth Rabideau, Kathryn Lumbrezer, Mary T. Meegan, and Collette Madden; second row, from left, Sisters Connie Kelly, Lois Spear, Margaret Mehigan, Nadine Foley, Marilyn Brown, Margaret Flores, and Adrianna Emery; third row, from left, Sisters Shirley Ruder, Madeleine Sophie McLeod, Anne Gallagher, Mary Therese Golden, and Christine Hoffman; fourth row, from left, Sisters Marie Immaculata Hebestreit, Jean Annette Rudolph, Patricia O’Reilly, Barbara Gass, Gloria Kelly, Joan Murphy, June Marie Howard, and Irene LeDuc; fifth row, Sisters Francis Elizabeth McDonnell and Mary Reilly; and back row, from left, Sisters Catherine Riegel, Helen Walsh, Dolores LaVoy, Alma Marie Messing, Marjorie Ann McEntee, Mary J. Beaubien, and Barbara Hengesbach.
Sister Jean Rosaria Fisch, formerly known as Rita May Fisch, died on September 8, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center, Adrian, Michigan. She was 86 years of age and in the 68th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Jean Rosaria was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, to Ervin and Helen (Umland) Fisch. She graduated from Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida, and received a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in administration/school supervision, both from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida.
Sister spent 29 years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan; Miami Shores, Florida; the Dominican Republic; and Puerto Rico. This includes 15 years as principal at St. Rose of Lima School in Miami Shores. She also served in pastoral ministry for 37 years in Miami Shores and Plantation, Florida, which includes 26 years at St. Gregory Parish in Plantation.
Sister Jean Rosaria was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Welcome of Sister Jean Rosaria will be on Tuesday, September 11, 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 Wednesday, September 12, 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.
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Center: Sister Jean Rosaria in the school office, 1966 or 1967
From left: Sisters Jean Rosaria Fisch (left) and Joan Leo Kehn. Sister Jean Rosaria, right, with her good friend, Annette Thornton
Members of the Sandpiper Mission Group, shown in this 1997-1998 photo, are, back row, from left, Sisters Beverly Bobola, Frances Madigan, Anne Gallagher, Jean Rosaria Fisch, Joan Leo Kehn, Elizabeth Ross, and Joan Mary Dwyer. In the middle row, from left, are Sisters Mary Rose Hochanadel, Joan Petz, and Kathleen Therese McCann; Associate Christa Rusch; and Sisters Mary Reilly and Joan Marconi. In the front row, from left, are Sisters Eleanor Dougherty, Mary L. Russell, Mary Dougherty, and Lorraine Sinn.
Back row, from left, Sisters Jean Rosaria Fisch and Frances Madigan, Associate Patricia O’Neill, and Sisters Joan Lee Kehn and Mary Therese Napolitan, and front row, from left, Sisters Lorraine Sinn and Elizabeth Ross
From left: From left, John Usyk, Sister Jean Rosaria Fisch, the late Monsignor Noel Fogarty, Adrian Dominican Associate Patricia O’Neill, and Patricia Usyk at St. Gregory the Great Church in Plantation, Florida. Sister Jean Rosaria celebrates her 85th birthday on May 24, 2017, at St Gregory Parish in Plantation, Florida.
Members of the 2000 Golden Jubilee Class – those who made reception on August 8, 1950, are: back row, from left, Sisters Carol Johannes, Mary Mackert, Paul James Villemure, Kathleen Sutherland, Mary Anthony Marelli, Jean Rosaria Fisch, Anne Elizabeth Monahan, Barbara Hubbard, Theodora McKennan, and Michael Claire Wilson; and front row, from left, Sisters Rina Cappellazzo, Joan Marconi, Diane Erbacher, Joan Petz, Anthonita Porta, Charlotte Francis Moser, Virginia Cushing, Michael Thomas Watson, Mary Louise Gass, Barbara Ann Mason, and Mary Jo Sieg. Not pictured are Sisters Joan Kathleen Lorencz, Joseph Eugene Fogarty, and Florence Marie Viaches.
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