In Memoriam


(1930-2018)

Josephine (Jo) Christine Rhoads led a very full life, dedicated to service. She grew up in Royal Oak, Michigan, where she attended parochial school and completed her secondary education in a public high school. She studied gerontology in college and dedicated her entire career to serving elderly people, both in her parish and the wider community.

For many years, Jo was the office manager in a senior citizen high rise in Troy and Rochester, Michigan. Jo established Medigo, a service to provide rides to seniors to medical appointments and other obligations, first through private rides provided by volunteers, then through a system of vans and buses. On an average day, this service provides rides to 40 people. In 1998, Jo was named Troy’s Distinguished Citizen of the Year.

Jo served as a hospice volunteer for many years at Troy Beaumont Hospital and learned how to provide spiritual comfort to patients and their families.

She was also very involved her parish, St. Anastasia in Troy, as a lector, catechist, and Eucharistic Minister, and in Christian service and pastoral care. She was instrumental in forming several parish groups that reached out to those who were grieving, who had a family member in the hospital, or who were homeless. In her 2001 Annals, Jo wrote that she had been involved in 52 community action groups and parish ministries. She had an attraction to all peace and justice activities.

Jo was most of all a dedicated wife and mother. Married for more than 50 years, she and Jerry raised three children: Mark, Kevin and Lisa. She provided care for her mother-in-law, her mother, and her husband. Jo and Jerry were blessed with three grandchildren: Allison, Erin and Alexander. After Jerry died, Jo continued to reach out to others in need.

As a teen, Jo had felt called to religious life, but her grandmother talked her out of it. Many years later, when Jo learned of Associate Life, she was eager to make a commitment to the Adrian Dominican Sisters as an Associate. In her application, Jo wrote, “I wish to be an Associate because as I read the Mission Statement it expressed the way I can expand my prayer life and my womanhood to the service of my beloved God and to my community, family, and hopefully to my Dominican Family.” Jo was mentored by Sister Mary Katherine Allberry and celebrated her Ritual of Acceptance in May 2000.

Jo participated in the Peacemakers Mission Group and was a Representative of Associate Life (RAL) for several years. She remained engaged in the Mission and kept reaching out to others in need until her own health declined. The last few years of her life included the heartbreak of memory loss.

Jo died peacefully on June 19, 2018. Her funeral Mass was attended by her parish family, her own family, community members, and Adrian Dominican Sisters and Associates. She lived a life of passion and service to others. May she now rest in peace.

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(1954-2018)

Jacqueline “Jacqui” Richardson, born on August 18, 1954, in Detroit, was adopted by Earl and Patricia (Williams) Freeze. Jacqui and her older brother Don grew up in Huntington Woods, Michigan, and enjoyed a happy childhood, which had faith at its center. Jacqui and her brother attended St. Mary’s Elementary School in Royal Oak, Michigan. 

Jacqui recalled that her second-grade teacher, Sister Rose Sharon, OP, was a very special teacher whose faith was contagious. At this early age, Jacqui began an interest in the lives of saints and spent many contented hours reading about them and praying. Likewise, the Sacrament of Confirmation was a powerful experience for Jacqui. 

At the suggestion of Sister Therese Mary Foote, OP, Jacqui attended St. Joseph Academy in Adrian for all four years of high school. As Jacqui wrote in her application to Associate Life, “I knew I was walking on Holy Ground. So many of the Sisters at the Academy were instrumental in my spiritual growth."

During these important years, Jacqui considered religious life, but, through many hours of contemplation, came to the conclusion that God was calling her to be a mother. Jacqui preferred solitary prayer and was private about her prayer life. Married at the age of 22, Jacqui was 24 when she gave birth to her daughter Cheryl. Her son David followed two years later. This began a time of great joy, but also heartache as Jacqui’s beloved father died at the young age of 61 and her marriage ended. Through these moments, Jacqui relied on prayer and meditation.

As a single parent, Jacqui needed to find employment. She became an executive assistant to the General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Her superior organizing skills were a real asset. Jacqui continued to raise her children and share her faith with them. Her second marriage, to Michael Richardson, lasted 13 years. Jacqui’s four grandchildren – Grace, Cole, Jennifer, and Niklas – meant everything to her.  Jacqui enjoyed camping, the outdoors, a good glass of wine, and her family and friends.

Sister Therese Mary encouraged Jacqui to become an Associate, which she did on August 2, 2014. She began to visit and help the Sisters and volunteered at the Adrian Rea Literacy Center. 

Jacqui was diagnosed with a brain tumor and, through treatments, surgery, and medications, remained positive. Her ex-husband, Michael, was a great help in caring for her during these challenging times. Under the care of Hospice of Lenawee, she died peacefully on June 5, 2018. She is survived by her daughter Cheryl (Ryan) Henry and her son David (Heather) Hellebuyd, her four grandchildren, her brother Don, and many friends.

“Jacqui Richardson was a sensitive, kind and very efficient person,” said Sister Tarianne DeYonker, OP, who served on the General Council from 2010 to 2016. “As a Co-worker I could not have asked for anyone better suited to what she offered in her service to me when I served on the General Council and when I was president of our sponsored institution, Dominican High School and Academy in Detroit. … She was persistent in offering to do whatever she could to lighten my workload. When I allowed her to do that she never ceased to amaze me at how quickly she could arrange what was needed, including contacting people who would be affected by events and decisions. I could trust her and entrust her with information I needed to do my work.”

Associate Jane Surbeck, from Fort Wayne, Indiana, met Jacqui in 2006 when she was recommended to serve on the St. Joseph Academy Alumnae Association Board of Directors. “She and I were best friends from day one,” Jane recalled. “I cannot imagine my life without her by my side. We did everything together.”

Through their shared faith, they studied for and became Adrian Dominican Associates together. “It was a very memorable day for both of us,” Jane said. “As a matter of fact, after Jacqui’s cancer surgery she did not spend much time away from home. She did, however, attend Partners [the annual Associates gathering] in 2017, which tells us all how much she cared for our God.” 

May she rest in the peace of God.

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(1931-2018)

Sister Betty Jenkins, formerly known as Sister Mary Mathia Jenkins, died on Friday, May 25, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 86 years of age and in the 68th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Betty was born in Detroit to Maurice and Lois (Peters) Jenkins. She graduated from Dominican High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in English from the University of Detroit (Detroit-Mercy). She held certificates in religious studies from Siena Heights College (University) and in pastoral ministry from Saints Cyril and Methodius Seminary, Orchard Lake, Michigan. She was a Licensed Certified Social Worker in the State of Michigan.

Sister ministered in elementary and secondary education for 22 years in East Lansing, Saginaw and Detroit, Michigan. She was a pastoral minister for 13 years at St. Michael Parish in Grand Ledge, Michigan. 

Sister Betty ministered for 7½ years in the Activities Department at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She worked at the Siena Literacy Center in Detroit, Michigan for 11½ years in marketing and publicity and as a hospitality coordinator. 

Sister Betty became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2009. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Everett John Jenkins and Maurice Jenkins. She is survived by three sisters, Althea Lanuzza of Mt. Clements, Michigan, and Carole Lovell and Helen Kaiser, both of Wolverine Lake, Michigan.

Welcome of Sister Betty will be on Monday, June 4, 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 Tuesday, June 5, 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. 

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 Betty (Mary Mathia):


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Funeral for Sister Betty (Mary Mathia):


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Left: The Jenkins family in 1948: back row, from left, Sister Betty and Maurice Richard and front row, from left: Carole Ann, Maurice (father) Lois (mother), Althea, Everett, and Helen Rae, on her mother’s lap

Left: From left, Althea Jenkins, Maurice Jenkins, Sister Betty Jenkins, Lois Jenkins, and Lois Cahill. Right: Sister Betty, left, works with Sister Margaret Joseph Schweihofer in the Activities Department at the Dominican Life Center.

 

Members of the 1999 Golden Jubilee Class are: back row, from left, Sisters Madeline Mary Dervin, Aileen McClain, Geraldine Megel, Mary Louise Putrow, Grace Flowers, Patricia Lynch, Andrea Broutin, and Jeanette Jabour; row two, from left, Sisters Helen Edward Duncan, Marvel Glasford, Jean Jeziolkowski, Magdelaine Hill, Janet Capone (Prioress), Joyce LaVoy, Jean Denomme, Mary Ann Konieski, and Joan Delaplane; row three, from left, Sisters Anastasia McNichols, Thomas James Burns, Eleanor Stech, Catherine McKillop, Elizabeth Flaherty, Marie Houle, Barbara Saynay, Nelda Klein, and Anne Baxter; and front row, from left, Sisters Mae Tack, Francis Clement Hazinski, Dorothy D’Haene, Frances Barfield, Carol Jean McDonnell, Betty Jenkins, Jane Irene Hutton, and Patricia A. Walsh.

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(1923-2018)

Sister Maureen Therese Masuga, formerly known as Helen Ann Masuga, died on May 25, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She was 94 years of age and in the 75th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Caspian, Michigan, to Paul and Frances (Rucinski) Masuga. She graduated from Stambaugh High School in Stambaugh, Michigan; received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in English from Siena Heights College (University), Adrian, Michigan, and a Master of Arts degree in English from Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois.

Sister Maureen Therese spent 37 years ministering in education in Detroit, Ypsilanti, Iron River, Escanaba, and Tecumseh, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Santa Cruz and Hayward, California; and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sister was principal for six years at St. Elizabeth School in Tecumseh, Michigan. She was also a member of the Activities Staff at Maria Health Care Center, Adrian, Michigan, for eight years, and Ceramics Instructor for 11 years at Rocky Creek Retirement Village in Tampa, Florida. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2001.

Sister Maureen was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Paul, Kenneth, George, John, and Melvin, and sisters Katherine and Wanda.  Sister is survived by a sister Frances Grzeskowiak of Hales Corners, Wisconsin, and loving nephews and nieces.

Welcome of Sister Maureen will be on Tuesday, May 29, 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 of the Dominican Life Center. 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, May 30, 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.

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 Maureen Therese (Helen Ann):


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Left: Sister Maureen Therese, front row, far left, at her graduation from Stambaugh High School, June 1941. Right: Sister Maureen Therese’s parents, Paul and Frances Masuga, on their wedding day. 

Right: Sister Maureen Therese, center, with Sisters Dorothy Johnson, left, and Joseph Clare, Porcupine Mountains, Michigan, 1958

Left: Sister Maureen Therese, right, with occupational therapy staff members, from left: Barbara Ouelette and Sisters Marie Bonney, Lorraine Mackin, and Ann Kathleen Fisher, circa 1980. Right: Sister Maureen Therese in the classroom

Left: Sister Maureen Therese celebrates her Diamond Jubilee with her family, 2000. Right: Sister Maureen Therese with Sister Barbara Wall in Occupational Therapy at Maria, May 1984

Left: Members of the 2012 Double Diamond August Crowd are, from left: Sisters Maureen Therese Masuga, Agnes Louise Stechschulte, Carol Louise Hiller, and Attracta Kelly . 

 

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