In Memoriam


Sister Mary Diane McMeekin, OP

(1941-2018)

Sister Mary Diane McMeekin, formerly known as Sister Robert Lorraine McMeekin, died on Friday, August 10, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 77 years of age and in the 58th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Diane was born in Detroit to Robert and Lorraine (Leduc) McMeekin. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy, Adrian, and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University), Adrian. She also held certificates for religious education from the Orlando Diocese, CPR/First Aid, and a license as a pre-school director from the State of Florida.

Sister Diane spent 27 1/2 years ministering in elementary and kindergarten education in Detroit, Flint, and Clawson, Michigan and Fort Lauderdale and Indialantic, California. She was the Pre-school Director at Good Shepherd Early Child Education Center, Orlando, Florida, for 21 years.

Sister is survived by a loving niece and nephew, and was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Kellie.

Welcome of Sister Diane will be on Monday, August 13, 2018, 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, August 14, 2018, 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: Sister Diane McMeekin with Father George Gaynor, 1960; Sister Diane, Easter 1941 or 1942


From left: Sisters who lived together at Holy Name of Jesus in Indialantic, Florida, were, from left, Rita McFarland, IHM; Janet Stankowski, OP; Diane McMeekin, OP; Shirley Hinks, IHM; and Lucy Duval, OP. Sister Diane, right, with her younger sister, Kellie


Left: Sister Diane, right, with her sister Kellie’s family, from left, Jim Shankles, Turner Shankles, Kellie Shankles, Steve Shankles, and Jordan Shankles. 


Left: Attending a 2011 Christmas party for the Sisters of the Diocese of Orlando, Florida, are, from left: Adrian Dominican Sisters Elizabeth Ann Demirgian and Diane McMeekin; Bishop John Noonan; and Adrian Dominican Sisters Rosemary Thomas Finnegan, Patricia Siemen, Ann Englert, and Clarice Moyle.


Left: Sister Diane, right, with her sister Kellie in Alaska


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, Joan Christine Meerschaert, and Donna Markham (Prioress).


(1924-2018)

Sister Jean Charles Birney, formerly known as Elizabeth Ann Birney, died on Friday, August 3, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 94 years of age and in the 76th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Jackson, Michigan, to Charles and Jean (Crawford) Birney. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, Michigan, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, Michigan, and a Master of Arts degree in History from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.

Sister spent over 39 years ministering in education in Detroit and Dearborn, Michigan; Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio; Elmwood Park, Oak Park and Chicago, Illinois; and Jacksonville and Miami Shores, Florida. She was Pastoral Minister at St. Jude Parish in Saint Petersburg, Florida from 1981-1999. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 1999. 

Sister Jean Charles is survived by a half brother, Charles Birney, Jr. of Flint, Michigan, and two half sisters, Mrs. Charlene Sundquist of Farmington, Michigan, and Mrs. Patricia Lane of Ramona, California. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Sister Mary Jean Birney, also an Adrian Dominican Sister. 

Welcome of Sister Jean Charles will be on Monday, August 6, 2018, 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 Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at 10:30am. 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.

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From left: The future Sisters Mary Jean Birney, left, and Jean Charles Birney; Sisters Mary Jean Birney (left) and Jean Charles Birney before they entered the Adrian Dominican Congregation; Sisters Mary Jean Birney, left, and Jean Charles Birney


From left: Sister Jean Charles disembarks from the “Love Boat.” Sister Jean Charles Birney at Assumption, Jacksonville, Florida, 1976


Right: From left, Sisters Jean Charles Birney, Francis Assisium Proulx, Mary Jean Birney, and Maureen Gallagher enjoy a Golden Jubilee dinner together.


From left: Sister Jean Charles Birney, left, with Racine Dominican Sister Suzanne Noffke; Sister Mary Jane Lubinski, left, and Sister Jean Charles Birney


Members of the 2001 Diamond Jubilee Class are, back row, from left, Sisters Clara Patricks, Anne Marie Snyder, Agnes Carmel Dziak, and Mary Paula Connor and front row, from left, Sisters Marie Joannes O’Donnell, Jean Charles Birney, Mary Annette Glendening, and Loretta Ann Walsh. Not pictured are Sisters Marie Michel Allain and Virginia Mullins.

 

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(1938-2018)

Sister Janet Capone, formerly known as Sister Mary Leonard Capone, died on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at the Lourdes Senior Community in Waterford, Michigan. She was 80 years of age and in the 61st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Janet was born in New York, New York, to Leonard and Veronica (Hall) Capone. She graduated from Rosarian Academy, West Palm Beach, Florida, and received a bachelor’s degree in French from Barry College (University) Miami, Florida and a master’s degree in guidance/counseling from Siena Heights College (University), Adrian, Michigan. 

Sister Janet spent 19 years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Pensacola, West Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, and one year teaching at the college level in Tarrytown, New York. After serving as an Adult Protective Services Counselor for two years, Sister Janet served the Adrian Dominican Congregation as the Administrator of the Dominican Life Center for two years and Prioress of the Congregation for six years. 

Sister Janet spent six years in California as the Vice President of Sponsorship at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. In addition, she ministered for 13 years in St. Louis, Missouri, as the Director of Emmaus Community, an inter-congregational center established to assist in the personal growth and development of women religious. 

Sister was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Donald. She is survived by a sister, Carole (Terrance) Frechette, of Weston, Massachusetts.

Welcome of Sister Janet will be on Sunday, August 5, 2018, 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, August 6, 2018, 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.

 

Vigil for Sister Janet (Mary Leonard):


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Center: Sister Janet’s First Communion Right: Sister Janet Capone’s parents, Veronica and Leonard


Right: Sister Janet Capone, as Prioress, addresses the Sisters of the Florida Chapter during their Assembly in West Palm Beach on October 24, 1998.


From left: Former Prioresses, from left: Sisters Rosemary Ferguson, Nadine Foley, and Janet Capone, September 2002; Staff members of Emmaus House, circa 1993, from left: Mary Patrick O’Connell, OSF; Eunice Drazba, OP; and Sister Janet Capone, OP.


From left: During the 1998 Transfer of Leadership ceremony, the new General Council takes office: from left, Sisters Barbara Rund, Kathleen McGrail, Maureen Comer, Molly Giller, and Janet Capone. Sisters Janet Capone, left, and Michele Kopp, Prioress of the Edmonds Dominican Sisters, process into Madden Hall during the merger ceremony in Adrian, 2003.


From left: Former Prioresses: front, from left, Sisters Donna Markham and Rosemary Ferguson, and back row, from left, Sisters Patricia Walter, Janet Capone, Carol Johannes, and Nadine Foley; Sister Janet Capone during the sprinkling rite at the First Profession Liturgy of Sisters Mary Soher and Barbara Kelley, August 8, 1999


Former Prioresses, from left: Sisters Rosemary Ferguson, Carol Johannes, Nadine Foley, Patricia Walter, Janet Capone, Donna Markham, and Attracta Kelly


Members of the 2016 Diamond Jubilee Class, September/February Crowds, are: back row from left, Sisters Claudia Morgan, Mina Riggs, Rosalie Bulanda, and Joanne McCauley; fourth row from left, Sisters Joan Christie, Hilda Nadine Sheehan, Ann Englert, and Mary Irene Walker; third row, from left, Sisters Marilee Ewing, Ann Marie Petri, Prioress Attracta Kelly, Janet Capone, and Annette Desloover; second row, from left, Sisters Helen Essa, Dorothy L. Berg, Rosaire McAuliffe, Joanne Spisz, and Ruth Adamites; and seated, from left, Sisters Denise Devitt, Mary Kathleen O’Neill, and Maria Caridad Pinuela.

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(1934-2018)

Sister Patricia Spangler, formerly known as Sister Anne Robert Spangler, died on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 83 years of age and in the 66th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Patricia was born in Chicago to Robert and Anna (Rezac) Spangler. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a Master of Education degree from DePaul University in Chicago; and a Master of Christian Spirituality degree in Spiritual Theology from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

Sister Patricia spent 21 years ministering in education in Detroit and Newberry, Michigan and in Chicago, Rockford, Wilmette, and Arlington Heights, Illinois. She also spent 20 years in pastoral, spiritual, and adult formation ministries in Adrian, Michigan; Tempe and Phoenix, Arizona; Mountainair and Santa Fe, New Mexico; Santa Ana and Malibu, California; Morehead, Kentucky; and Leawood, Kansas. She served as driver for the Transportation Services at Maria Health Care Center in Adrian for one year and became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2013.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, James, Robert, and William; and sisters, Betty and Marianne. She is survived by a brother, Thomas Spangler, of Lemont, Illinois.

Welcome of Sister Patricia will be on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 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, August 2, 2018, 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.

 

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Far right: Sister Patricia, right, and her friends draw water from the oldest well in Manzano, New Mexico, 1977.


Left photo: From left, Sisters Joan Mary, Patricia Spangler, Jean Keeley, Grace Dougherty, and Mary Rita McSweeney. Right photo: Sister Patricia and friend in Morehead, Kentucky.


Left photo: Sister Patricia takes notes during a Chapter Assembly.Right photo: Sisters Patricia (left) and Eileen Meyers at a Congregational gathering,Transformations ’89.


Members of the 2001 Golden Jubilee class are: front row, from left, Sisters Betty Lou Myers, Robert Irene Buchanan, Marilyn Foster, Marion Coppe, June Racicot, Veronica Gonthier, and Patricia Spangler; middle row, from left, Sisters Mary Alan Stuart, Jane Robert Stuckel, Helen Mantovani, Thomas Leo Monahan, Helen Laier, Patricia Dolan, Diana Marie Pellegrino, Angela Susalla, Mary Catherine Nolan, and Barbara Ann Hehr; and back row, from left, Sisters Anne Beauvais, Joan Weitz, Nancy Fischer, Mary Alice Naour, Helen Belsito, Mary Louise Head, Patricia Eileen Consier, Patricia J. Walsh, and Celeste Mary Bourke.

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