In Memoriam


(1941-2017)

Sister Patricia Janowicz, formerly known as Sister Mary Sigmund Janowicz, died on October 16, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 76 years of age and in the 57th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Patricia was born in Wyandotte, Michigan, to Sigmund and Frances (Lisek) Janowicz. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a Master of Education degree in Reading from Marygrove College in Detroit; a Master of Arts degree in Learning Disabilities, and a Specialist Arts degree in Administration and Supervision of Special Education, both from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Sister Patricia ministered in education for 43½ years in Michigan: as an elementary teacher for 10½ years in Paw Paw, Adrian, Belding and Detroit; as a reading consultant for seven years in Detroit and Pontiac; and a special education teacher for 26 years in New Baltimore, Petoskey, East Jordan, and Charlevoix. She also served as a transportation assistant for 10 years for the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. 

Sister Patricia became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by cousins, Mary Ann Strzensinski of Petersburg, Michigan, and Mr. and Mrs. R. Winiarski of Prudenville, Michigan.

Welcome of Sister Patricia will be on Thursday, October 19, 2017, 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 Friday, October 20, 2017 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.

 

From left: At a party at St. Gabriel’s, Detroit, September 1968. Sister Patricia with her mother. Sister Patricia celebrates her Silver Jubilee at Weber Center, Adrian, 1985

From left: Sister Patricia, as an eighth grader, crowns the statue of Mary, 1955, St. Scholastica, Detroit. Sister Patricia with her parents.


From left: Sister Patricia’s senior picture from St. Joseph Academy, Adrian, 1959. First Communion, St. Scholastica, Detroit, May 15, 1949.


Members of the 2009 Golden Jubilee June Crowd are back row, from left, Sisters Rosemarie Kieffer, Peter Anthony Schulte, Christa Marsik, Sean Eileen Allgeyer, Sarah Ann Sharkey, Jo Ann Jauquet, and Helen Wilson; middle row, from left, Sisters Mary Diane McMeekin, Susan Van Baalen, Beverly Bobola, Jean Keeley, Rosemary Zuccaro, and Joan Marie Weithman; and front row, from left, Sisters Joan Krajewski, Mary Emidio Singer, Mary Jean Clemenger, Patricia Janowicz, Delores DeBets, and Joan Christine Meerschaert, with Sister Donna Markham (Prioress).

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(1934-2017)

Sister Dolores Daehn, formerly known as Sister Robert Christine Daehn, died on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 in North Shore Hospital in Miami, Florida. She was 83 years of age and in the 63rd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Chicago to Robert and Lucy (Stoute) Daehn. She graduated from Aquinas High School in Chicago, received a Bachelor of Philosophy in Applied Music/Education from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, Michigan; a Master of Arts in Musicology from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan; and a Master of Science in Secondary Administration from Florida International University in Miami. 

Sister Dolores ministered at all levels of education for 56 years, in Detroit, Farmington, Chelsea, Adrian, and Dearborn, Michigan; Melbourne, Miami Shores, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Bronxville, New York; and Nassau, The Bahamas. This includes 19 years at Barry University in Miami Shores, an Adrian Dominican institution, where she was an adjunct professor for 14 years, and an American Council of Education (ACE) instructor for five years. It also includes her ministry as Education Superintendent for the Diocese of Palm Beach, Florida for six years.

Sister Dolores is survived by loving cousins.

Welcome of Sister Dolores will be on Sunday, September 17, 2017 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 Monday, September 18, 2017 at 10:30 am. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral Liturgy will be live streamed.

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.

 

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Left: From left, Sisters Dolores Daehn, Jeannine Holway, and Beth Butler

 

   
Left: Sisters Mary Eileen Sullivan, left, and Dolores Daehn. Right: Sister Dolores at the 1992 General Chapter

 

   
Left: Standing in front of Rosarian Academy, West Palm Beach, Florida, in September 1985 are, from left: Sisters Mary Mullins, Margaret Loretto Drexler, Dolores Daehn, Elizabeth M. McFadyen, and Joan Marie Meidinger.

 

   
Left: Sister Anne Liam Lees, left, distributes assignments to members of her Florida Chapter Mission Council, clockwise from left, Sisters Dolores Daehn, Helen Dompierre, Betty Waldron, Joan Leo Kehn, and Myra Jackson in this 2009 photo. Right: Sister Dolores as a 1953 graduate of Aquinas High School, Chicago 

 

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Sister Joseph Eugene (Mildred) Fogarty, OP(1928-2017)

Sister Joseph Eugene Fogarty, formerly known as Mildred Fogarty, died on Friday, September 8, 2017 in Santa Cruz, California. She was 89 years of age and in the 67th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in San Francisco, California, to Clifton and Mildred (Ward) Fogarty. She graduated from Star of the Sea High School in San Francisco; received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida, and a Master of Public Administration from Pepperdine College in Los Angeles, California. She also was certified as a registered nurse by St. Mary’s College in San Francisco. 

Sister Joseph Eugene ministered in nursing care for 25 years at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, California, and for 6½ years at Rose de Lima Hospital in Henderson, Nevada, both of which are sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. She also ministered for 28 years as the Director of Nursing, Director of Outreach, and Outreach Consultant at Star of the Sea Parish and Dominican Oaks Assisted Living Residence in Santa Cruz. 

Sister Joseph Eugene was preceded in death by her parents, Clifton and Mildred; her step-mother, Rose, who raised her; and one brother, Eugene. Sister is survived by a niece, Kathleen Fogarty, of Shoreline, Washington.

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A Vigil Service for Sister Joseph Eugene will be on Thursday, September 28, 2107 at 3:30 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 10:30 am. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. The Vigil Service and Funeral Mass will be live streamed.

Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. 

 

Vigil for Sister Joseph Eugene:


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Funeral for Sister Joseph Eugene:


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Left: Standing in front of St. Rose de Lima Hospital, Henderson, Nevada, in the early 1960s are: back row, from left, Sisters Ellen Stephanie McNally, Robert Joseph Bailey, Vincent Maureen Dolan, Georganne Duggan, Joseph Eugene Fogarty, and Mary Jude Ludwig, and standing in front, from left, Sisters Marie Jane McGoldrick and Marie Daniel Lundy. Right: Members of the 1950 Dominican Hospital, Santa Cruz community are, from left, Sisters Daniel Therese Smith, Mary Noella Osentoski, Georganne Duggan, and Joseph Eugene Fogarty.
       

   
Left: From left, Sister Michaella Siplak; David Thayer; and Sisters Adrienne Piennette, Mary Patrick Ward, and Rita Eileen Dean. Right: Sisters Anne Herringer and Joseph Eugene Fogarty

 


Members of the 2010 Diamond Jubilee crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Carol Johannes, Rina Cappellazzo, Joseph Eugene Fogarty, Barbara Hubbard, Mary Mackert, and Mary Louise Gass; middle row, from left, Sisters Joan Marconi, Diane Erbacher, Paul James Villemure, Charlotte Francis Moser, Mary Anthony Marelli, and Kathleen Sutherland; and front row, from left, Sisters Theodora McKennan, Mary Jo Sieg, Florence Marie Viaches, Michael Claire Wilson, Barbara Ann Mason, and Donna  Markham (Prioress). 

Sister Mary Rita (Michael Sean) McSweeney(1939-2017)

Sister Mary Rita McSweeney, formerly known as Sister Michael Sean McSweeney, died on September 7, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 78 years of age, and in the 59th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Mary Rita was born in Detroit to Joseph and Marion (O’Connor) McSweeney. She graduated from St. Theresa High School in Detroit, and received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, Michigan, and a Master of Education degree in education administration from DePaul University in Chicago. 

Sister spent 31 years ministering in elementary education in Elmwood Park, Riverdale, Flossmoor, Burbank, St. Charles, and Chicago, Illinois. This includes seven years as principal of Infant Jesus of Prague in Flossmoor and two years as principal of St. Clare of Montefalco in Chicago. Sister Mary Rita also served 26 years as Program Director for Marillac House Social Center in Chicago. 

Sister Mary Rita became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan, in 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Robert (Mike) and Joseph. She is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Welcome of Sister Mary Rita will be on Thursday, September 14, 2017, 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 pm in St. Catherine Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Friday, September 15, 2017, 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. 

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Memorial 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 Mary Rita (Michael Sean):


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Funeral for Sister Mary Rita (Michael Sean):


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Top: Members of a card-playing group are, from left: Sisters Mary Rita McSweeney, Anastasia McNichols, and Helen Therese Mayer; Mary Ann Drake, sister of Sister Joan Weithman; Sister Joan; and Sister Kathleen Buechele. Bottom left: Sister Mary Rita celebrates her Golden Jubilee with her sister-in-law Emily and brother Mike

Left: Sister Mary Rita shares a moment with her niece Amanda McSweeney and baby Michael Sean. Top right: Sister Mary Rita with her brothers, Robert (Mike), left, and Joseph.


Left: Members of the 2008 September-February Golden Jubilee crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Charlene Cote, Mary Rita McSweeney, Kathleen Clausen, and Marilyn Felice Barnett, and front row, from left, Sisters Attracta Kelly, Maria Odelia Romero, Annette Marie Sinagra, and Mary Katherine Dolan. Not pictured is Sister Iva Gregory. 


Top: Gathered at Marge Donne’s home in Olympia Fields, Illinois are, from left: Sisters Norine Burns, Mary Rita McSweeney, Jane Zimmerman, and Cyrilla Zarek; Marge Donne; and Sister Joan Mary. Bottom: The Sojourner’s Mission Group gathers at Regina Dominican High School in 2008. From left, they are Sisters Mary Rita McSweeney, Dorothy Dempsey, Norlee McDonnell, Cyrilla Zarek, Joan Mary, Mary Jones, and Heather Stiverson.


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