In Memoriam


Associate Sonia Gutierrez(1944 – 2014)
Sonia Gutierrez was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on January 31, 1944. Her father was from Spain and her mother from the Dominican Republic, so Sonia developed a love for those two cultures. She attended school Colegio Santo Domingo and became very fond of the North American Adrian Dominican Sisters who were teaching there.
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Associate Judith Lavelle(1936 – 2014)
Judy Lavelle, one of our first Associates, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to John and Elizabeth (Weissberger) Lavelle. Judy’s father was Irish Catholic, and her mother was Hungarian and Jewish. She had one sister, Elizabeth, who is younger. Elizabeth is a Sister of St. Joseph, Rocky River, Ohio.
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Sister Marjorie (Maria Inviolata) Delaplane, OP(1923 – 2014)
In her homily, Sister Patricia Walter said, “If Margie were to have written a book of theology she might have started it by saying, In the beginning was creative sound, a sound which was the eternal three-personed chord, joined by the music of the spheres, and brought into new and astounding harmony through the Word taking flesh in song.” Sister Pat’s image corresponds to Sister Marjorie’s own words describing her belief, “In my life, music comes next to God. Music is such a mirror of God.”

Born in Chicago, the first of seven children of Harry and Margaret (Kleinert) Delaplane, Sister Marjorie began her piano studies at the age of seven. She attended St. Xavier Academy until the Depression when she transferred to St. Columbanus for her remaining grade school years.
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Sister Mary Patricia (Margaret Raymond) Dewey,   OP(1938 – 2014)
In the closing paragraph of her autobiography, Sister Mary Pat spoke of the many rewarding experiences that filled her life, and of her work with “people from different cultures, ages, and backgrounds.” She wrote of God’s blessings, and of her journey’s fruitfulness.  Her life story is most interesting.

On August 17, 1938, Raymond Dewey and his wife, the former Margaret Kennedy, both of Chicago, rejoiced in the birth of a daughter. They christened her Mary Patricia. She was their second child, following James Raymond, who was four years old at the time of her birth. In 1942 another child joined the family, Robert Aaron.
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Cemetery of the Adrian Dominican Sisters

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. 


We will post memorial reflections on our faithfully departed Sisters and Associates. If you would like to reflect on a Sister or Associate who has gone before us, please send your reflections – no more than 500 to 600 words – to .


We invite you to meet some of the wonderful women who have recently crossed into eternity.

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