In Memoriam


(1932-2016)

Joyce Frugé, the first of the three children of Roy and Beatrice Grundy, was born on July 3, 1932, in Wyandotte, Michigan. She attended Our Lady of Lourdes grade school and high school.

Joyce was an Adrian Dominican Sister for 25 years, entering the Congregation in 1950 and known by her religious name, Sister Clement Marie. She taught in Chicago; Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; and at St. Theresa in Detroit.

Joyce earned a bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights College (University), in Adrian; a master’s degree from DePaul University; and a master’s in education and Montessori certification from Xavier University.

Joyce was an expert on the Montessori method. She opened the Montessori Children’s House at St. Theresa School in Detroit and, from 1993 to 2004, served as program director for the Michigan Montessori Teacher Education Center. In 2004 she started a Montessori program on Mackinac Island, where she lived with her beloved husband, Derby, for a year. In her retirement, she was involved in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a religious education program for children.

Joyce and Derby Frugé were married for 31 years, from 1978 until his death in 2009. Derby was a widower with six children when he met Joyce, so Joyce was a stepmother, a grandmother of 10, and a great grandmother.

After Derby’s death, Joyce began to search for connectedness. She sought Associate Life and reconnected with many Sisters she knew from when she entered. Sister Janet Wright, OP, was Joyce’s mentor and dear friend.

Joyce attended Chapter Assemblies, the annual Partners gatherings of Associates, weekly prayer group meetings, and monthly meetings of the Great Lakes Associates group. Joyce participated enthusiastically in Associate Life projects, such as signing Christmas cards, and was helping to plan Partners V. She loved to read, pray, and walk, and approached life with enthusiasm and vitality.

Joyce died on January 7 after a brief illness. She will be missed by many.

Joyce’s life was celebrated on January 14. Our Lady of Loretto Church in Redford, Michigan, was packed with family, friends, Sisters and Associates. Father Richard Welsh, a long-time friend of Joyce’s, was overwhelmed and shared his tears and his wisdom. He reminded us that Jesus said, “I am the Resurrection and the Life” and “Joyce’s presence should rise within us so we can continue her good works.

During the luncheon, people shared stories of Joyce. Her stepdaughters, Martine and Cynthia, and Cynthia’s son Victor spoke of how Joyce always made sure they visited museums and points of interest in Detroit. Women still being mentored by Joyce in the Montessori Method, noted that she was meeting with them monthly. Others spoke of her involvement in her parish and how she was still a catechist, twice a week at Gesu Parish, sharing her amazing talents with little ones. At one table were men and women who have been friends with Joyce since they all attended Catholic grade school together many years ago.  Joyce had many circles of friends and it was a true celebration. 

Janet Wright, OP, mentor and dearest friend, spoke of Joyce’s final moments on earth. Joyce knew she was dying and said, Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”  In those words, Joyce, until her final moments, demonstrated a deep spirituality and the gift of sharing it with everyone.

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(1936-2016)

Helen Michels was one of 14 children born to Anton and Lucille (Owens) Michels. She was born in 1936 in Palm Bay, Florida, but moved around Florida as her father was a carpenter involved in various building projects. The family settled in Sanford, Florida, where many of her siblings remained.

Helen was educated in public schools, and was given a strong foundation of faith from her parents, who emphasized consideration and sacrifice. Helen attended Barry College (University), Miami, Florida, where she says she “was overcome by the joy and exuberance of the Adrian Dominicans.”

In June 1955, Helen entered the Congregation. Known then as Sister Paul Anton, she was missioned in Puerto Rico to teach at the Colegio San Antonio. Helen was also drawn to the public school students who had no one to minister to them. Her attention was divided between the Catholic school and the public school students, and it was challenging.  

Helen worked on a steering committee for a drug treatment program and began working there full-time in spiritual orientation, striving to find solutions for the myriad of problems in Puerto Rico.

In time, Helen discerned that she needed to address some of her own issues, and made a decision to leave religious life in 1980. After moving to Florida, she returned to Puerto Rico to direct a special project for federal prisoners in a privately contracted halfway house. She married Jacinto Betancourt, and they were happily married for nine years until his sudden and unexpected death at age 51.

“Sisters Joyce Caulfield and Elisa Doherty connected with me at Jacinto’s wake and were a source of consolation many times in the years that followed,” Helen wrote. She stayed in close contact with them until she retired in 2002. She moved to Sanford, Florida, and ministered through her presence to her siblings and their children.

A very Spirit-filled woman, Helen described spirituality as “a movement toward wholeness and the power of love. My prayer is an attitude of the mind and heart to praise and thank the Creator and Life Giver in the smallest things to the largest of creation.”

Helen was mentored by Sisters Clarice Moyle, OP, and Ann Englert, OP, and made the commitment to Associate Life in 2006. She attended Mission Group meetings and Chapter gatherings and submitted her Annals, describing her life of prayer.

Although her health was fragile for the last few years, Helen continued to send cards, pray, and to be present to others. She died at home on December 28, 2016.

A memorial Mass was celebrated for Helen on January 14 at All Souls Historic Chapel in Sanford, Florida. Many Sisters and Associates attended this celebration, including Associate Denise Dudley who shares the following about Helen.

“A woman of faith who lived her faith. Helen’s hunger and thirst for righteousness was evident. She fought for justice and lived her life for God. God was definitely present over her and God was ready to meet her. The best of Helen, to her, was her family. She was ninth of 14 children and moved to Sanford, Florida at the age of 6 and attended All Souls Catholic Church.” We thank God for the blessing that Helen was to her family, to our Congregation and to those who needed an advocate.

A memorial Mass was celebrated for Helen on January 14 at All Souls Historic Chapel in Sanford, Florida. Many Sisters and Associates attended this celebration, including Associate Denise Dudley who shares the following about Helen.

“A woman of faith who lived her faith. Helen’s hunger and thirst for righteousness was evident. She fought for justice and lived her life for God. God was definitely present over her and God was ready to meet her. The best of Helen, to her, was her family. She was ninth of 14 children and moved to Sanford, Florida at the age of 6 and attended All Souls Catholic Church.” We thank God for the blessing that Helen was to her family, to our Congregation and to those who needed an advocate.

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

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Sister Marianne (David Frances) O'Neill

(1936-2017)

Sister Marianne O’Neill was born on May 28, 1936, in Chicago, the youngest of three children born to David and Frances (Whitty) O’Neill. Her two older brothers were Whitney and David. The family lived on the South side of Chicago, just one block from St. Laurence Church. 

In her autobiography, Sister Marianne wrote the following about her family and her early life.

My mom and dad were both born in Chicago. My oldest brother Whitney was born in 1927 and David, my other brother, was born in 1932. My dad worked at Carnegie Steel in South Chicago for thirty years. My mother did not work but when all of us were grown, she worked for Children’s Activities in downtown Chicago at Christmas time.

I loved all my teachers at St Laurence School. I went to Aquinas High School and graduated from there in 1954. Again, I had just wonderful teachers. At that time we had all nuns except for the drama and gym teachers. As you can see the only influence I had were the Dominican Sisters. I did have cousins who were BVMs and I saw them every summer but I never had the idea to enter their congregation. 

Read more about Sister Marianne (pdf)

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(1929-2016)

Sheila Nadine Flynn was born on January 29, 1929, in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. She was the second child and only girl born to Edward Patrick and Marie Agnes (Aeno) Flynn. Her mother was injured during the birthing process and had to wear a body cast for one year. According to Sister Sheila, this injury did not slow her mother down because, “she was a woman not easily overwhelmed by trials.” 

In her autobiography, Sister Sheila wrote the following about her parents:

Mom’s parents were poor French Canadian farmers who migrated to Northern Michigan with their seven children in search of better lands and a better life. The harshness of farm life soon challenged my mother to leave home and seek an education and a different life for herself. During this time she obtained an education and became a convert to Roman Catholicism. Dad was an Ohioan. He was the youngest child of a family of ten children. Dad never spoke a great deal about his parents. By profession he was a salesman. He spent thirty-five years of faithful service to Prudential Life Insurance and moved up the ladder of success through this business. 

Read more about Sister Sheila (pdf)

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 Funeral Home, Adrian.

 

 

Vigil for Sister Sheila (John Damian):


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Funeral for Sister Sheila (John Damian):


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