In Memoriam


(1944-2017)

Sister Christine Ostrowski, formerly known as Sister Ann Leonard Ostrowski, died on Thursday, November 23, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 73 years of age and in the 54th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Detroit to Leonard and Helen (Wolkiewicz) Ostrowski. She graduated from Rosary High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights University (College) and a master’s degree in education from San Francisco State University.   

Sister Christine ministered for 53½ years in elementary education in Detroit and Ruth, Michigan; Toledo, Ohio; and San Francisco and Burlingame, California. This includes her service as a teacher for 36 years at St. Brenden School in San Francisco, and for 11 years at Our Lady of the Angels School in Burlingame. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2017.

Sister Christine was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Kathleen, and is survived by her sister Sharon (Bill) Di Giovanni of Sterling Heights, Michigan, and brothers, Michael (Linda) who lives in Florida and Richard (Linda) who lives in Oklahoma.  

Welcome of Sister Christine will be on Wednesday, November 29, 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 Thursday, November 30, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral 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.

 

Funeral for Sister Christine (Ann Leonard):


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Vigil for Sister Christine (Ann Leonard):


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Left: Pictured during a mission group meeting in August 1991,  Hollister, California, are, from left: Sisters Helen Walsh, Christine Ostrowski, Francis John Rzeppa, and Jane Celeste Fries. Right: Christine holds her baby sister Sharon, May 1949

 

   
Left: From left, Sister Diane Erbacher; Sharon Di Giovanni, Sister Christine’s sister; Sister Christine; and Pam, Sister Christine’s niece

 

   
Left: The Do family, an immigrant family welcomed by St. Brendan Parish in San Francisco, pose with Sisters Diane Erbach (left) and Sister Christine. Right: Celebrating Sister Christine’s Jubilee are, from left, Sharon DiGiovanni, her sister; Sister Diane Erbacher; Sister Christine; and Bill DiGiovanni, Sharon’s husband. 

 

Members of the 2012 Golden Jubilee crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Mary Rae Waller, Mary Hrovat, Mary Ellen Youngblood, Attracta Kelly (Prioress), and Mary Alice Hoff; middle row, from left, Sisters Janet Schaeffler, Christine Ostrowski, Mary Ann Dardy, Marianne Supan, and Marie Breitenbeck; and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Lisa Rieman, Lorraine Morin, Bonnie Motto, and Lenore Boivin. Not pictured are Sisters Linda Bevilacqua and Marie Michaella Siplak.

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(1944-2017)

Patricia J. Seckel, an Adrian Dominican Associate, of Clinton Township, Michigan, died on Thursday, November 23 at the age of 72. She was born on December 7, 1944, in Detroit to Robert and Ruth (LaBelle) Seckel.

Patricia enjoyed painting.

Patricia adored and was adored by her feline companions, Blaze and the late Mittens. She is the dear sister of Kathleen Hayward; Sister Arlene Seckel, OP; Donald Seckel; and the late Judith Eller, Melvin Seckel, and Arthur Seckel. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

She will lie instate on Tuesday, November 28, from 10:30 a.m. until the Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church, 40501 Hayes, north of 17-Mile, in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery.

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

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(1939-2017)

Sister Jude Van Baalen, formerly known as Jude Marie Van Baalen, died on Tuesday, November 14, 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 was born in Detroit to Edward and Susan (Flanagan) Van Baalen. She graduated from Dominican High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in speech from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a Master of Religious Education degree from Seattle University. 

Sister Jude ministered in elementary education for 10 years in Munising and Escanaba, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; and Solen, North Dakota. She also served for 45½ years in a variety of pastoral ministries in Adrian, Detroit, New Baltimore, and Sterling Heights, Michigan; Solen, North Dakota; Sherburn and Tracy, Minnesota; and Prince George, BC, Canada. This includes serving for six years as Director of Candidates for the Adrian Dominican Sisters and five years as a professor at Siena Heights College.

Sister Jude was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Edward, and her Sister Mary. She is survived by brothers Paul of Warren and Marc of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, and two sisters: Ann Bertolini of Hudson, Florida, and Sister Susan Van Baalen, also an Adrian Dominican Sister.

Welcome of Sister Jude will be on Thursday, November 16, 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 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 Friday, November 17, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil and the Funeral 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.

 

Left: Gathered together in Prince George, British Columbia in November 2009 are, from left: Bishop Gerald Wiesner, OMI; Sister Kathy Nolan, OP, guest; Sister Jude; Father Richard Beaudette, OMI; and Sisters Tarianne De Yonker, OP, Jean Marie Lehtinen, OP, and Beverly Bobola, OP.


Left: Sister Jude with her brother Paul. Right: Sisters Jude (left) and Susan Van Baalen with their mother 


Left: The Van Baalen family. Right: Sister Jude at her reception, 1959


Left: From left, Sisters Susan Van Baalen, Jude Van Baalen, Beverly Bobola, and Kathy Nolan on the occasion of Sister Kathy’s move to join the community at Prince George, British Columbia. Right: Sister Jude, left, with Sister Eunice Drazba


2017 Diamond Jubilarians, the reception crowd of December 27, 1957, are back row, from left: Sisters Frances Lombaer, Bernitha Glombowski, Evelyn Irene Montez, Patricia Siemen (Prioress), Mary Ann Phillip, Mary Therese Napolitan, and Joella Miller; middle row, from left: Sisters Janet Traut, Jude Van Baalen, Joan Kowalski, Barbara Cervenka, Patricia Brady, and Margaret Ann McGuiness; and front row, from left: Sisters Helen McAllister, Susan Elaine Kresse, Helen Diane McGuirt, Eunice Drazba, and Dorothea Gramlich.

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(1945-2017)

Sister Romona Nowak, formerly known as Sister Jane Lucian Nowak, died on November 8, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 72 years of age and in the 51st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Romona was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Lucian and Jeanette (Wysocki) Nowak. She graduated from Aquinas Dominican High School in Chicago, Illinois, and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, Michigan, and a Master of Science degree from the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. Sister also was certified as a Chaplain by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains and as a Retreat and Spiritual Director by Colombiere Spirituality Center.

Sister Romona spent nine years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Chicago, Illinois, which includes four years at Aquinas Dominican High School, an Adrian Dominican school. She was director of religious education for eight years in Hayward, California; and Joliet and Lansing, Illinois. She served as a chaplain or a pastoral care associate for 13 years in Huntington, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Beech Grove and West Lafayette, Indiana; and as a chaplain for 13 years in nursing care facilities in Dearborn, Detroit, and Adrian, where she was chaplain at Maria Health Care Center for six years. 

Sister was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her brother Robert (Grace) Nowak of Oswego, Illinois. 

The Rite of Committal will be held in the Congregation cemetery on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in the Congregation cemetery. Memorial Mass will be on Friday, November 10, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine’s Chapel followed by the Ritual of Remembering at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Dominican Life Center. The Memorial Mass 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.

 

Memorial Mass for Sister Romona (Jane Lucian):


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Ritual of Remembering for Sister Romona (Jane Lucian):


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Left: Sisters Charlotte Hoefer and Romona. 


Left: Sister Romona with Theresa Mayrand, left, in the Rec Hall in 1966.


Left: Sister Romona with her parents, Jeanette and Lucian Nowak. Right: Sister Romona entertains Sister Mary Sabina Mack, OP.


Left: Sister Romona, center, with her brother, Robert, and mother, Jeanette, and her niece. Right: Sister Romona and her mother, Jeanette.


Left: From left, Mae Tack, Mary Katherine Homan, Romona Nowak, Marianne O’Neill, and Virginia Corley. Right: From left, Judith Silva and Romona Nowak


Left: Sisters Romona and Marianne O’Neill. Right: Sisters Theresa Mayrand and Romona at their Golden Jubilee in 2016.


Members of the 2016 Golden Jubilee June Crowd are back row, from left, Sisters Durstyne Farnan, Attracta Kelly (Prioress), Theresa Mayrand, Sandra Exley; middle row, from left, Sisters Romona Nowak, Janet Stankowski, Maria del Rey Plain, Frances Nadolny, Barbara Rund; and front row, from left, Sisters Judith Silva, Carol Weber, Kathleen Schanz, Sally Ormsby, Francine Barber, and Mary Trina McCormick.

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