In Memoriam


Sister Philomena Perreault, formerly known as Marie Therese Perreault, died Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 94 years of age and in the 67th year of her religious profession: 51 years in the Dominican Sisters of Edmonds, Washington, and 16 years in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, to Arthur and Marie (Arel) Perreault. She graduated from Holy Angels Academy in Seattle, Washington, and received a Licensed Practical Nursing degree from Gray’s Harbor Community College in Aberdeen, Washington.

Sister Philomena spent nine years ministering in environmental services in Everett and Edmonds, Washington, and in Menlo Park, California. She returned to Washington State and served as a nurse for seven years at St. Helen Hospital in Chehalis, one year at St. Joseph Hospital in Aberdeen and four years at St. Alphonsus Convent in Seattle. 

Sister ministered for 10 years at the Mexican Mission Clinic in Acolman, Mexico, serving the people and orphans by fulfilling the role of mother, nurse, and care-giver for the children, staff, and volunteers. In 1997 she began her ministry in Haiti and served for 11 years at Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos Orphanage, where she was in charge of the infants and toddlers. Sister Philomena then moved to Pere Damien Hospital in the mountains of Kenscoff, Haiti, where she ministered to the orphans for four years. 

Sister Philomena became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2010. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Irene DiPietro and Rita Perreault; and a brother, Lucian Perreault. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Rite of Committal (burial) for Sister Philomena will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in the Congregation cemetery.  A Memorial Mass will be on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine’s Chapel. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Room at the Dominican Life Center. Both the Memorial Mass and the Ritual of Remembering 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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From left, Sister Philomena, Father Richard Frechette, who worked with her at the orphanage in Haiti, and Mother Teresa of Calcutta with a baby from the orphanage. Sister Philomena enjoys a light moment at the 2018 Fall Family Fest, held in the Dominican Life Center courtyard for Co-workers and their families.

From left: The last Sisters to reside at Rosary Heights in Edmonds, Washington are, from left: Sisters Dorothy L. Berg, Michele Kopp, Mary White, Philomena Perreault, and Judy Byron. Sister Philomena at an audience with Pope John Paul II

From left, Sister Fidelis Halpin; Father William Wasson, founder of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos Orphanage in Haiti; and Sister Philomena Perreault, January 17, 1983. Members of the 2012 Diamond Jubilarians August Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Marion O’Loughlin, Diane Odette, Diana Bader, Norma Dell, Mary Ann Zakrajsek, and Attracta Kelly (Prioress) and front row, from left, Sisters Marie Quenneville, Mary Nugent, Jean Horger, Philomena Perreault, Barbara Bieker, and Mary Giacopelli.

Sister Philomena with her family: from left, Kathy; her father, Arthur; Sister Philomena; Rita; Frank; Richard; Andrew; and her mother, Marie.


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Barbara Ann (Renton) Charboneau, 85, of Cheboygan, Michigan, died peacefully at home on December 27, 2018. She was born to George and Helen Renton in Detroit on April 18, 1933. She attended St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and Visitation High School in Detroit. Barbara remembered the Academy fondly, especially Sister Marcella Gardner, OP, who taught her the adage, “Once a Dominican, always a Dominican.” Those words resonated throughout her life.

Barbara married Gerald Charboneau Sr. on April 21, 1951. Together, they raised four children. 

Barbara was a very active member of St. Mary/St. Charles Catholic Church and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cheboygan, serving as a Eucharist minister, sacristan, and lector. She was also active in the Cursillo movement and a member and Past Regent of the Cheboygan Circle of Daughters of Isabella. Barbara attended Mass daily, prayed the Liturgy of the Hours, and enjoyed a silent retreat each year.

Barbara enjoyed visiting with the homebound, being with other people, and spending time with family. She became an Adrian Dominican Associate in 1990, after being mentored by Sister Patricia Janowicz, OP. She was also a good friend of Sister Lucy Ann Quinn, OP.

In the past few years, both Barbara’s husband and son died before her own health began to be of concern.  

Barbara is survived by her daughter Nancy (Charboneau) Reiner of Cheboygan, Michigan; sons Richard (Wendy) Charboneau of Essexville, Michigan, and Chris Charboneau of Madison Heights, Michigan; daughter-in-law Celeste Charboneau of Cheboygan, Michigan; grandchildren Dennis (Abby) Reiner, Rebecca (Eric) Lee, Gerald III, Dan, Amy, and Emily Charboneau, and Mandy and Matt (Liz) Charboneau; five great-granddaughters; numerous nieces and nephews; and countless treasured friends. 

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald; her parents; brother, Donald; and son, Gerald Charboneau Jr. 

Barbara’s funeral was celebrated on December 31, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Online condolences may be made here.


When he was in his early twenties, James McKillop of Coalridge, Scotland, left his homeland for Australia to find work. Five years later, restless, he sailed to New Zealand for a new adventure and took up residence at a boarding house there. As it so happened, at about the same time a young lass from Wishaw, Scotland, Catherine Buchanan, came to New Zealand to find work to help support her mother, and rented a room at the same boarding house.

Three years later, James and Catherine got married, and a year after that the young couple moved to the U.S. and settled in Detroit, where James worked as a maintenance man. When Catherine became pregnant with their first child, she returned to her hometown so that her mother could help with the birth, and so it came to be that their oldest daughter, whom they also named Catherine, was born in Wishaw on September 10, 1931.

Mother and daughter returned to Detroit when little Catherine was about eight months old. Over time, five more children were born: Marguerite, Patricia, James, John, and Joseph. The family lived in St. Rose of Lima Parish until 1942 and then moved to nearby Grosse Pointe, where Catherine finished grade school and high school at St. Paul’s.

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As a child growing up in Angeles City, Philippines, Amelia Limiac Sarmiento was surrounded by the Catholic faith. Her parents, Jacobo Sarmiento and Susana Limiac, brought up their children with regular Sunday Mass and daily recitation of the Rosary. And, although she attended public grade school, she received regular catechetical instruction and even dreamed of becoming a catechist herself someday.

Amelia was born on January 22, 1959, the third of six children, all girls, born to Jacobo and Susana. Her siblings were Avelina, Teresita, Alicia, Linda and Carlota. After graduating from high school at Republic Central Colleges in Angeles City, she attended Holy Angel College (University), also in Angeles City, and graduated in 1979 with her bachelor’s degree in accounting. She then was able to fulfill her childhood desire to become a catechist and began working alongside the local Benedictine Sisters in their parish. During that time, in 1980, her father died.

The Benedictines quickly noticed her apostolic spirit and encouraged her to join them, and she spent six months as an aspirant with them. She chose not to continue that process because she decided she needed more time to discern God’s plan for her, but then Sister Rosita Yaya, of the Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of Remedies, came to the parish to talk with the young women about religious life, and Amelia began taking the required steps for possible entrance into that community. It was 1983.

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

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Cemetery of the Adrian Dominican Sisters

Our Adrian Dominican cemetery with its circular headstones is a beautiful place of rest for women who gave their lives in service to God—and a peaceful place for contemplation and remembrance. 

We will post memorial reflections on our faithfully departed Sisters and Associates. If you would like to reflect on a Sister or Associate who has gone before us, please send your reflections – no more than 500 to 600 words – to Sister Barb Kelley (

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