In Memoriam


(1944-2017)

Sister Mary Ann Dardy, OP, formerly known as Sister John Marguerite Dardy, died on April 21, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 72 years of age and in the 54th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Mary Ann was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Henry and Mary Margaret (Lindich) Dardy. She graduated from Hoban Dominican High School in Cleveland and received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida, and a master’s degree in social work from University of South Carolina in Columbia. 

Sister spent 12 years ministering in elementary education in Southgate, Michigan; Chicago and Joliet, Illinois; Fort Lauderdale and Pensacola, Florida; and Montgomery, Alabama. She ministered for two years at St. Joseph Parish in Columbia, South Carolina, as a religious education coordinator and liturgist. 

Sister Mary Ann served for 36 years in various social service positions in Columbia and Rock Hill, South Carolina: as a medical case worker, a patient representative, social services director, a counselor, a child rehabilitation server and others. In 2014, Sister was elected to serve Holy Rosary Chapter of the Adrian Dominican Sisters as Chapter Prioress, but was unable to fulfill her position due to illness. 

Sister Mary Ann is survived by a brother, Anthony Dardy, of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Rite of Committal (burial) will be held on Sunday, April 23, at 1:30 p.m. in the Congregation Cemetery. The Ritual of Remembering will be at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2017, in St. Catherine Chapel and the Memorial Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 24 in St. Catherine Chapel.

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.

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LEFT: Sisters from Cleveland are, from left: Sisters Mary Ann Dardy, Marianne Supan, Rita Anne Moceri, and Mary Hrovat.

 


   
LEFT: From left, Sister Mary Ann’s brother Hank; Sister Mary Ann; Sister Cele Gorman; and Sister Mary Ann’s long-time friend, Jan Middlebrooks. RIGHT: Sisters Cele Gorman (left) and Mary Ann at General Chapter 2016

 

   
RIGHT: Attending the formal welcome of Sister Mary Ann as Holy Rosary Chapter Prioress in June 2015 are, from left, Sisters Maria Goretti Browne, Jo Gaugier, and Mary Ann.

 


   
RIGHT: Graduation from Hoban Dominican High School, Cleveland, 1962

 


Members of Sister Mary Ann’s mission group: standing, from left, Sisters Cele Gorman, Andrea Balconis, Yolanda Pomante, Mary Trzasko, Annette Sinagra, Angela Susalla, and Mary Ann Luby; and seated, from left, Sisters Maria Riley, Iva Gregory, Beverly Stark, and Mary Ann Dardy

Attending the 1990 Golden Anniversary of Sister Mary Ann’s parents are, standing, from left, Sister Mary Ann’s nephew Mark, niece Lisa, brother Tony, sister-in-law Barbara, and brother Hank; and seated, from left, her parents Mary and Henry Dardy and Sister Mary Ann.

(1921-2017)

Sister Dorothy Jehle, formerly known as Sister Norbert Mary Jehle, died on April 18, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 96 years of age and in the 71st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Dorothy was born in Chicago to Herman and Dorothy (Elvin) Jehle. She graduated from St. Francis Academy in Joliet, Illinois, and received a bachelor’s degree in English from St. Francis College in Joliet, Illinois; a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in English from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio; and a doctorate in English from Loyola University in Chicago. 

Sister Dorothy spent 41 years ministering in education in Detroit and Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan; Elgin, Illinois; and Miami Shores, Florida. She was assistant principal for six years at St. Edward School High School in Elgin, and for five years at St. Paul High School in Grosse Pointe Farms. 

Sister Dorothy ministered at two Congregation institutions: five years at Dominican High School in Detroit and 40 years at Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida, where she was a professor for 20 years and the archivist for 20 years.

Sister Dorothy became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2011. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews.

Welcome of Sister Dorothy will be on Thursday, April 20, 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, April 21, 2017, 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 Funeral Home, Adrian.

 

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LEFT: At the May 5, 2001 Barry graduation, from left, Sisters Agnes Louise Stechschulte, Dorothy Jehle, and Mary Arnold Benedetto. RIGHT: Sister Dorothy at Barry University

 


   
LEFT: From left, Sisters Helen Duggan, Arlene Seckel, and Dorothy Jehle

 

   
LEFT: Sister Dorothy and Mary Ellen Bruno examine new materials at St. Edward Central Catholic High School in Elgin, Illinois, 1965. RIGHT: Sister Dorothy in a 1945 photo by Frank Dolasin

 

   
LEFT: Judge Mattie Belle Davis, left, a stage guest, poses with Sisters Dorothy Jehle, OP (center), Professor of English, and Eileen F. Rice, OP, Professor of History, during Barry University’s Commencement Ceremony, May 10, 1993. RIGHT: Sister Dorothy (left) at a farewell party in her honor with other staff members of Barry University’s Archives, from left, Carmen Casale and Sisters Mary Arnold Benedetto and Kathleen Comiskey.

 


Members of the 1995 Golden Jubilee Class are: back row, from left, Sisters Christine Hoffman, Anne Gallagher, Mary Therese Golden, and Joan Murphy; middle row, from left, Sisters Joellen Reis, Dorothy Jehle, Madeleine Sophie McLeod, Margaret Mehigan, Lois Spear, and former Sister Patsy Hafey-Wells; and front row, from left: Sisters Constance Kelly, Therese Mary Foote, Catherine Henry Schmid, Kathryn Lumbrezer, former Sister Rita Dougherty, and Sister Nadine Foley.
 

Sister Dorothy with her family
 

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(1919-2017)

Sister Diana Miller, formerly known as Mary Agatha Miller, died on April 14, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 98 years of age and in the 78th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Diana was born in Royal Oak, Michigan to William and Lucy (MacArthur) Miller. She graduated from St. Mary High School in Royal Oak and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. She was also certified as a health assistant by Vo-Tech Center, and as a chaplain by Santa Rosa Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Sister spent 58 years ministering in elementary education in Owosso, Adrian, Detroit, Ubly, Clawson, Belding, and Southgate, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; and Delano, Carmel, and Alameda, California. Sister was principal at St. Joseph School in Belding, Michigan for three years and at St. Mary School in Delano, California for two years. 

Sister Diana served as a tutor and teacher’s aide at Villa Serra in Salinas, California for nine years, and was driver/shopper for the Dominican Life Center in Adrian for one year. 

Sister Diana became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 1999. She is survived by a brother, Philip Miller of Clinton, Louisiana, and a sister, Jane Springer of Winter Park, Florida. 

Welcome of Sister Diana will be on Monday, April 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 Tuesday, April 18, 2017 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 Funeral Home, Adrian.

 

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LEFT: Gathering in Gagetown, Michigan in January 1959 are, from left, Sisters Karen Marie (Marlene) Ptaszynski, Diana Miller, and Joan Annette Rudolph.

 

   
LEFT: Sister Diana with a fawn, June 1966. RIGHT: The Miller Siblings – back row, from left, Edward, Phil, and Blake, and front row, from left, Grace and Sister Diana, summer 1999

 

   
RIGHT: At the 1988 Chapter Assembly, from left: Sisters Catherine Riegel, Jovanna Stein, Diana Miller, Mary Jo Martinez, and Monica Kim;

 

   
LEFT: Gathered at a 1990 Chapter Assembly, from left, are Sisters Diana Miller, Joanne O’Connor, Richard Marie Riegel, and Cathryn Deutsch. RIGHT: Sister Diana tours a mine shaft, April 1967.

 

   
LEFT: Sister Diana’s parents, Lucy and William Miller. RIGHT: Sister Diana with a young student at St. Mary, Delano, California

 


Members of the 1988 Diamond (60-year) Jubilarian class are: seated, from left, Sisters Thomas Ellen McGowan and John Loretto Bowery; middle row, from left, Sisters Virginia Rose Heroux, Dorothy Hemmert, Frances Ellen Bowery, and Charles Christine Uhnavy; and back row, from left, Sisters Helen Duggan, Marie Bentz, Evangeline Davis, Julie Ann Burns, Virginia Hafey-Wells, and Diana Miller. Not pictured are Sisters Mary Creighton, Kathleen Donnelly, Sabina Jabour, Joanne O’Connor, and Mary Frances White.

 

 

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(1921-2017)

Sister Helen Sorich, formerly known as Sister John Christine Sorich, died on April 4, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 95 years of age and in the 77th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Helen was born in Preko, Yugoslavia, to John and Christina Sorich. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor of philosophy degree in history and a master of education degree in administration, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. She was also certified in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago.

Sister spent 45 years ministering in education in Detroit, Inkster, St. Joseph, and Hudson, Michigan; Oceanside, California; and Chicago, Hometown, and Mundelein, Illinois. From 1964 to 1970 she was principal at Sacred Heart School in Hudson, Michigan, and from 1986 to 1999 she ministered to the sick and shut-ins at St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Oak Lawn, Illinois. 

Sister Helen became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 1999. She is survived by a brother, Anthony Sorich of Cerritos, California, and loving nieces.  She was preceded in death by three cousins, Sister Margaret Sorich, Sister Mary Sorich, and Sister Ann Philip Cotta, all Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Helen will be on Thursday, April 6, 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, April 7, 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 Funeral Home, Adrian.

 

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LEFT: From left, Sisters Helen Sorich, Helen Mantovani, Eleanor Stech, and Marcine Klemm enjoy time with therapy dogs Babe, Dearie, and Honey.

 

   
LEFT: Sister Helen, right, celebrates her eighth-grade graduation with her sister Elizabeth.

 

   
LEFT: Sisters Helen (right) and Mary Sorich during a tour of Rome. RIGHT: Sisters Helen and Mary Sorich enjoy a boat ride around Manhattan Island, New York, in June 1986.

 

Members of the 1999 Diamond (60-year) Jubilee Class, who made profession in April 1940 are: seated, Sister Johnine Heinze; front row, from left, Sisters Mary Sean Kearns, Maria Amada Garcia, Helen Patrick Bartley, and Mary Catherine Daley; and back row, from left, Sisters Helen Sorich and Ita Marie Brennan.
 

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