In Memoriam


Sister Anna (Annella) Kosenski, OP(1914 – 2014)
One of the ending paragraphs in Sister Anna’s autobiography read, “My talents may be few but my adventures have been many.” A study of her life’s story reveals that her adventures have truly been many, but so are her talents. She wrote that she enjoyed reading, walking, studying Polish, and working with flowers. “I also find cleaning messy corners very rewarding.”

On September 28, 1914, in Pe Ell, Washington, also called “Little Poland,” a daughter was born to Bernard (Ben) and Anna (Soleric) Kosenski. In baptism, the infant received the name Anna Magdalen, in honor of both her mother and grandmother. She wrote, “My father told me that I was born at noon, which accounted for my good appetite.”
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Sister Maureen (Josephine) Rose, OP (1935 – 2014)
Sister Maureen Rose wrote in her autobiography:
The community of Edmonds Dominicans has been very good to me and I am grateful to God, my Edmonds Dominican sisters, my family and friends for traveling with me and giving me support through the journey of my life.

The Edmonds Dominicans merged with the Adrian Dominicans in 2003.

On March 9, 1935, Albert R. and Catherine Elizabeth Rose welcomed into their family a baby daughter, their second child, whom they named Josephine Victoria after her grandmothers. She was always called “Jo.”
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Sister Leona King, OP(1930 – 2014)
As Sister Frances Nadolny, Sister Leona’s Chapter Prioress, reminded those attending Sister’s wake, the name “Leona” is a feminine form of “Leo,” which means “lion,” and “Leona” means “lioness.” The lioness cares for and protects the ones she loves, as Sister Leona’s life exemplifies. She wrote that she based her life and all that she did on the Beatitudes and Corporal Works of Mercy.

On January 24, 1930, Edward Adrian and Leona Agnes (Clemens) King of Detroit welcomed a daughter into their family. In baptism their infant daughter received the same name as that of her mother, Leona Agnes. She was one of their six children, four boys and two girls. In her autobiography she does not mention her place in the family or the names of her siblings.
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Sister Bettina (Mary Cabrini) Mollica, OP(1939 – 2014)
In her autobiography, Sister Bettina described herself as a person who felt deeply, with a reflective nature. She wrote that people were important to her, especially their well-being. She was anxious to help bring about justice in society and in the Church, and the principles of Vatican II were very important to her. In her early years she held conservative beliefs, but had moved to more liberal values in her later years. “So be it!” she wrote.
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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. 


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