In Memoriam


Sister Mary D. O'Conner

(1940-2016)

As each of us allows the beauty and love of God to shine through us, we free those around us to do the same

Sister Michele Kopp, born on October 8, 1940, in Flasher, North Dakota, was one of five children born to Bert and Angela (Gustin) Kopp. Her two brothers are Marvin and Stephen. Her two sisters, Theodora and Antoinette, are deceased. Both of her parents were born in North Dakota: her father in Raleigh and her mother in Flasher.  

How does a North Dakotan link up with the Edmonds Dominicans in that state of Washington? Sister Michele gave the following explanation. 

I’m a “transplant” from North Dakota to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula where I first met our Dominican Sisters as a second grader. This relationship continued as I attended Holy Angels Academy in Seattle as a boarder.  

After graduating from Holy Angels Academy in June 1958, Sister Michele entered the Edmonds postulate in September at the age of seventeen. Following first profession two years later on June 14, 1961, she studied at Providence Heights College for two years and then finished her undergraduate studies the next year at Seattle University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. 

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(1941-2016)

May we go forth together as prophets and friends of God.  

Sister Rosemarie Kieffer, known also as Sister Mary Valentine, was born on February 24, 1941, in Chicago. She was one of five children born to Valentine and Mary (Maggs) Kieffer. Her four siblings were Philip, Anthony, Lauretta and Grace.  

Sister Rosemarie received her elementary education at St. Columbanus and Our Lady of Peace schools. It was during her senior year at Aquinas High School that she seriously considered her vocation. She wrote the following about her family and her vocation.

I am Catholic to the core. My Dad’s three brothers were priests and he studied to be a priest. We were the family that prayed together (the rosary) and stayed together. I considered becoming a religious for several years and after attending the Reception in Adrian last December [1958] I have become more determined than ever that I would like to become an Adrian Dominican.

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(1930-2016)

Mary Helen Mack, known also as Sister Mary Angus, was born in Port Huron, Michigan, on July 20, 1930. She was the second of two children born to Daniel and Edith (Allen) Mack. Her father worked for the Detroit Edison Company and her mother worked from home as a seamstress.  

In her autobiography she wrote the following about her family:

I came from a small family and I always felt that I was an only child because my brother [Donald] was five years older and as a result his interests were not mine.  Another fact of life was World War II. Don was in service as soon as he graduated from high school. I was in 8th grade at that time.

My religious training began at home because my parents were deeply religious. I learned in my early years that prayer was important. Many times I could see my mother kneeling by her bed praying. My father was a quiet, gentle man who would tell jokes with a straight face. The love and respect my mother and father had for each other made for a happy, healthy home with a quiet and strong religious atmosphere.

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(1930-2016)

How self-controlled the dawn!  

Sister Aileen McClain, baptized Elizabeth (Betty) Rae, and born April 24, 1930, in Chicago, was the fifth daughter born to Vincent and Helen (Rache) McClain. Five years later, the McClain girls – Helen, Patricia, Aileen, Jeanne, and Betty – welcomed the birth of Vincent Thomas, their only brother.  

Betty’s parents were both born in Illinois. After their marriage they settled in St. Kilian Parish, where all their children began their elementary education. In her biography, Betty wrote, “My father was a property manager at a bank and provided a good life for his family.”

Betty was still in grade school at St. Kilian when two of her sisters entered the Congregation: Helen, known as Sister Ellen Vincent, entered at the end of her first semester at St. Joseph College in 1936. Patricia, known as Sister Helen Thomas, entered the postulate in January 1939. In her biography Betty wrote, “I always dreamed of becoming a sister someday.” The fact that she now had two sisters who were Adrian Dominicans only intensified her desire.

Read more about Sister Aileen (pdf)

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A Sister's Story: Sister Aileen McClain, OP

 

Vigil for Sister Aileen:


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Funeral for Sister Aileen:


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