In Memoriam


(1926-2020)

Sister Ruth Rabideau, formerly known as Sister Joan Francis Rabideau, died on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 93 years of age and in the 75th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Ruth was born in Unionville, Michigan, to Francis and Josephine (LaFave) Rabideau. Sister graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in guidance/counseling, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. 

Sister spent 33 years ministering in education in Munising, Ruth, Detroit, Grosse Pointe Farms, Ypsilanti, Royal Oak, Flint, and Dearborn Heights, Michigan; Chicago, Elgin, and Oak Park, Illinois; and Satellite Beach and West Palm Beach, Florida. She was principal for two years at St. Luke School in Flint and six years at St. Mary School in Elgin. Sister Ruth was a pastoral minister for 19 years in Vero Beach, Stuart, Fort Pierce, and West Palm Beach, Florida. 

Sister Ruth became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2004. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Vernice Fontaine; and brothers Thomas, Robert, and Richard.  She is survived by a sister, Joan Mendicino (Anthony) of San Antonio, Texas; loving nieces and nephews; and her Adrian Dominican Sisters. 

Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed until further notice to all guests or visitors who live outside of Lenawee County. All are welcome to participate in Sister Ruth’s wake and funeral via live stream.

Welcome of Sister Ruth will be on Monday, March 16, 2020, 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 Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. 

make a memorial giftMemorial 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.

 

Vigil for Sister Ruth (Joan Francis):


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Funeral for Sister Ruth (Joan Francis) 

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Left: Sister Ruth Rabideau with her mother. Right: Sister Ruth with her nephews, Danny and Tim, 1954


From left: Sister Ruth Rabideau with her father at SS. Peter and Paul Church. From left, Sisters Joan Francis Rabideau, Charles Annine Fitzmaurice, Michael Bridget Ward, Marlene Winter, and Anale Baustian at St. Mary in Elgin, Illinois. 


From left, Sisters Ruth Rabideau, Mary Ellen Brodeur, and Gloria Kelly in the lobby of Madden Hall, Adrian. From left, Sisters Peg Donohue, Marcella LaKoske, Ruth Rabideau, and Anne Marie Snyder at the Old Casa, West Palm Beach, Florida 


From left: Sister Ruth sits at her desk at St. Joseph Parish in Stuart, Florida, where she served as pastoral minister. Members of the 1995 Golden Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Catherine Riegel, Helen Walsh, Dolores LaVoy, Alma Marie Messing, Marjorie Ann McEntee, Mary J. Beaubien, and Barbara Hengesbach; second row, from left, Sisters Francis Elizabeth McDonnell and Mary Reilly; third 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; fourth row, from left, Sisters Shirley Ruder, Madeleine Sophie McLeod, Anne Gallagher, Mary Therese Golden, and Christine Hoffman; fifth row, from left, Sisters Connie Kelly, Lois Spear, Margaret Mehigan, Nadine Foley, Marilyn Brown, Margaret Flores, and Adrianna Emery; and 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 Colette Madden.


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(1928-2020)

“We gather this morning to remember a good and a kind and a loving woman who reminded us to live life fully even as her full life began to diminish.”

These words came near the beginning of Sister Mary Sue Kennedy’s homily for Sister Anastasia McNichols, a woman who Sister Mary Sue called “a preacher with her life.”

Anastasia Catherine McNichols was born on November 24, 1928, in Chicago to Leo John and Stasia (Ryan) McNichols. She was the couple’s only child. Leo, who worked as a contractor, died in an accident when Anastasia was just nine months old. Although she never knew her father, she said in her 2016 “A Sister’s Story” video that she grew up hearing stories about what a fine man he was. Her grandparents, with whom Stasia and her young daughter went to live, helped raise – and, by her own admission, spoil – the little girl for the first eight years of her life.

“I was very blessed with a very good family,” she said, not only her grandparents but her uncles and aunts and cousins.

Read more about Sister Anastasia (pdf)

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. 



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(1928-2020)

Sister Laura Marie Smith, baptized Ruth Dolores Smith, died on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 91 years of age and in the 67th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to William and Laura (Dunn) Smith. She graduated from St. Peter High School in Cleveland, Ohio, and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a Master of Education degree in Administration from Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida.

Sister spent 47 years ministering in elementary education in Detroit, New Baltimore, and Romeo, Michigan; St. Petersburg, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Miami Beach, Miami, and Miami Shores, Florida; Wickliffe and Rocky River, Ohio; and Alameda and San Diego, California. 

She was principal at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Wickliffe, for six years and at St. Christopher School in Rocky River, for three years. Sister was also principal at St. Philip Neri in Alameda from 1974 to 1986 and at St. Therese Academy in San Diego from 1986 to1990. From 2002 to 2012, Sister Laura Marie worked in communications and public relations in the Adrian Dominican Development Office in Detroit and later Eastpointe, Michigan.

Sister Laura Marie became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan, in 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters, Willlaura Smith and Mary Lee Fink. She is survived by a loving niece and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Laura Marie will be on Thursday, March 5, 2020, 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 Friday, March 6, 2020, 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.

make a memorial giftMemorial 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.


 

Vigil for Sister Laura Marie:


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Funeral for Sister Laura Marie:


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Left: At her sister Norma’s wedding, April 10, 1948


From left: Dolores, the future Sister Laura Marie Smith, with her mother, 1930. Attending an October 2002 Dominican High School event are, from left, Sisters Rita Sieg, Adrienne Schaffer, Dorothea Gramlich, Laura Pesick, Laura Marie Smith, and Mary Lisa Rieman. 


Right: Attending the wedding of the niece of Sister Laura Marie Smith are, from left, Sisters Clara Ann Budenz, Joanne O’Connor, and Laura Marie Smith; Laura Lee and her husband Joseph Soto; and Sister Laura Pesick.


Enjoying a game of Mexican Train are, from left, Sisters Thérèse M. Haggerty, Norma Dell, Joan Murphy, Laura Marie Smith, and Jeannine Holway.


Right: Members of the 2002 Golden Jubilee, August crowd are, back row, from left Sisters Diane Odette, Norma Dell, Elizabeth Ross, Mary Giacopelli, and Marie Quenneville and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Nugent, Claudia Hinds, Jean Horger, Mary Ann Zakrajsek, Kathleen Buechele, and Laura Marie Smith.


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(1936-2020)

“Mary was petite of stature, extra-large of heart and hospitality.”

So began the eulogy for Sister Mary Trzasko by Sister Mary Jane Lubinski, Adrian Crossroads Chapter Prioress, at Sister Mary’s Ritual of Remembering. “Her life, particularly her life in ministry, was transformed by this saying from Isaiah,” Sister Mary Jane continued. “It became a touchstone for her, assuring her she was on the right path: ‘Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?’”

Sister Mary was born on September 28, 1936, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to Joseph and Anna (Stelmach) Trzasko. She was the second of four children; Joe was the oldest, followed three years later by Mary, then Joan, and finally Raymond. Another daughter died at just a few days old.

Her early childhood was a time of (mostly) happy memories in a close-knit family, memories that included sleigh rides, walks with her mother, helping her father plant tomatoes, family picnics, and playing with her friends and her cousins who lived next door. On the not-so-happy side, she also experienced almost drowning in a lake, chicken pox, her grandmother’s wake at their house, and much less traumatic things such as not liking white milk and having to stand and be fitted for new dresses. She also suffered from ear aches, which caused her to miss quite a bit of school, until getting her adenoids removed solved the problem.

Read more about Sister Mary (pdf)

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221.

 

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