In Memoriam

Sister Mary Catherine Evans, OP

I committed my life to Catholic Education
to focus on making a difference in the lives of children.

Mary Catherine Evans, known to her friends as Mary Kay, was also known as Sister Edward Catherine. She was born on July 23, 1937, in Columbus, Ohio, the second of five children born to Charles and Gertrude (McBride) Evans. Both parents were born in Ohio: Gertrude in Logan and Charles in Nelsonville.

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Sister Catherine Maureen (Marcelle Marie) Podvin, OP(1920 – 2015)
There has never existed a greater American patriot than this small, quiet German girl with the fiery red hair and large dark blue eyes. After finding employment as a waitress, she struck out on her own. 

Sister Catherine Podvin began her autobiography with this tribute to her mother, Marie Magdalena Danziesen, whom she described as “a practical, cautious, frugal” person who traveled alone to the United States at the age of sixteen.
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(Sister Elaine (Joseph Loretta) Lederer, OP1923 – 2015)
Elaine Frances Lederer, known as Sister Joseph Loretta, was born in Chicago on December 2, 1923, the youngest of three children born to her Jewish parents, Arnold and Camille (Pick) Lederer. Her father worked in his father’s business and later worked in Washington, DC, as a representative lobbyist for manufacturers. Elaine described her mother as a “stay-at-home mom.”
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Sister Thomas James Burns, OP(1929 – 2015)
Born June 28, 1929, in Chicago, Sister Thomas James was the youngest of the four girls born to Thomas and Anna (Foley) Burns. She was baptized Ann Elizabeth, but the name by which she is remembered by her family, crowd and friends is TJ.
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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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