In Memoriam


Margaret Ann Roggenbuck, OP(1935-2019)

Sister Margaret Ann Roggenbuck, formerly known as Sister Robert Jean Roggenbuck, died on Thursday, November 7, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 84 years of age and in the 65th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Margaret Ann was born in Harbor Beach, Michigan, to Henry and Magdalene (Holdwick) Roggenbuck. She graduated from Our Lady of Lake Huron in Harbor Beach and received a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in education administration, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in religious studies from Mundelein College in Chicago; and a master’s degree in adult Christian community development from Regis College in Denver, Colorado.

Sister spent 52 years ministering in education and pastoral ministry in Chicago, Mundelein, Calumet City, and Oak Park, Illinois; and in Belding, Lansing, Kinde, Caseville, Croswell, Standish, Coleman, Blissfield, Deerfield, and Port Austin in Michigan. She was principal from 1966 to 1969 at St. Edmund School in Oak Park, and from 1972 to 1974 at St. Joseph School in Belding. In 2008-2009, Sister Margaret Ann taught in the theological studies program at Siena Heights University.

Sister Margaret Ann became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Mary June Roggenbuck; and her brothers, Ronald Roggenbuck, Gerald Roggenbuck and infant brother, John Roggenbuck. She is survived by her sisters: Evelyn Stein of Harbor Beach, Michigan, and Jean Merkler of Fort Wayne, Indiana; and her brothers: Barthol, John, Michael, Robert, and William, all of Harbor Beach, and Joseph of Blacksburg, Virginia.

Welcome of Sister Margaret Ann will be on Sunday, November 10, 2019, 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 Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Monday, November 11, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Mass of Christian Burial 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.

 

Vigil for Sister Margaret Ann (Robert Jean):


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Funeral for Sister Margaret Ann (Robert Jean):


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Left: The future Sister Margaret Ann Roggenbuck, back, right, with her sisters Mary June and Evelyn. Center: The future Sister Margaret Ann, left, and her sister Mary June with some 1,000 cans of food that they helped to can as part of their 4H program.

Center: Sister Margaret Ann, right, with her sister Evelyn. Right: Sister Margaret Ann with Shane Arbuckle, at Resurrection of the Lord Parish, Standish, Michigan, April 1987.


Left: The Roggenbuck family gathered on April 2, 2002 to celebrate Magdalene Roggenbuck’s 100th birthday. Shown are: back row, from left, William, Barthol, Robert, Gerald, Ronald, Michael, Joseph, and John, and front row, from left, Mary June, Jean, Magdalene, Evelyn, and Sister Margaret Ann.

Left: Crowd members, from left, Sisters Janet Wright, Margaret Ann Roggenbuck, and Pauline Richter. Right: Sister Margaret Ann out west

Members of the 2013 Diamond Jubilee Crowd B, December 1953 reception, are: back row from left, Sisters Joan Schroeder, Margaret Ann Roggenbuck, Marie Rose Bauer, Attracta Kelly (Prioress), Dorothy Guettler, Janet Wright, and Carol Fleming; middle row, from left, Sisters Margaret Marie Ringel, Frances Wetzel, Janice Scholl, Patricia Ann McKee, Patricia Sporer, Pauline Richter, and Barbara Chenicek; and front row, from left, Sisters Joan Mary Dwyer, Josephine Gaugier, Margarita Ruiz, Mary Vianne Bayus, Lorraine Brennan, Mary E. Waldron, and Mary Cullen.


Elisa Joan Doherty, Sister Michael Eilese

(1932-2019)

From the Gospel of Matthew we listened to the words, “When Jesus saw the crowds he went up on the mountainside and he sat down. His disciples gathered around him and he began to teach them.” The Beatitudes are not only a code of living. They are about Jesus. The teaching of the Beatitudes is to become like Jesus – to be that compassionate, empathetic, joy-filled, in solidarity with the vulnerable and to be selfless.

From the Gospel of Elisa’s life, many experienced Jesus.

These words began Sister Patricia Harvat’s homily at the funeral Mass for Sister Elisa Joan Doherty, a woman who spent forty-five years in ministry to the people of Puerto Rico, much of it living and working directly among the poor.

Joan Marjorie Doherty, who in 1971 legally added Elisa to her name, was born on October 19, 1932, in Detroit to Frank and Melita (Dederich) Doherty. Frank was a model-building foreman at General Motors while Melita was in charge of the home and the couple’s four children, of whom Elisa was the youngest daughter, preceded by Eleanor and Eileen. Later, Richard came into the family.

Joan’s elementary-school years were spent at St. Catherine School and then Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Detroit, where the IHM Sisters from Monroe were her teachers. Her musical talents began being nurtured at a very early age; she began taking piano lessons and later learned the organ. Her father bought a pump organ so she could practice at home and not have to stay after school to practice in the church. Within six months, she was playing the organ for the daily 6:30 a.m. Mass, with her sister Eileen singing.

Read more about Sister Elisa (pdf)

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

 

 

Vigil for Sister Elisa Joan (Michael Eilese):


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Funeral for Sister Elisa Joan (Michael Eilese):


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Ann Romayne Fallon Mary Patricia Joan Fallon

(1928-2019)

“Looking back over these fifty-two years of life, I am overwhelmed and awed by the presence of the Lord in every moment, at every turn of the road.”

This was the opening sentence of Sister Ann Romayne Fallon’s St. Catherine letter of September 19, 1980. Her second such letter, on October 1, 1980, expanded on that thought: “The years have brought many experiences — some pleasant and others difficult. All have been a means of growth for me, and I feel my friendship with the Lord has been strengthened through each new opportunity to share in the ministry of His Church.”

Mary Patricia Joan Fallon, who went simply by Joan until entering religious life, was born on August 29, 1928, in Detroit to Joseph and Anne (Gough) Fallon. Both Joseph and Anne were born in Ontario, Canada, he in Norwood and she in Belleville, and met in Detroit. Anne’s family had moved there in the 1920s, and when Joseph, who was a tool and die maker, came to the city looking for work, he lived with a friend who introduced him to Anne.

There was a ten-year difference in their ages, but that “was no obstacle to a wonderful marriage,” Sister Ann Romayne wrote. The couple went on to have five children, Joan being the oldest. Margaret followed five years later; Sister Ann Romayne said in her autobiography that Margaret “always claimed that her parents needed five years to muster up the courage to have another child.” After that came Kathleen, then Gerald, and nine years later Virginia Marie, who died of pneumonia in infancy.

Read more about Sister Ann (pdf)

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

 

 

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(1958-2019)

Remedios Deraco Basilio was born on October 21, 1958, to Elias and Belen (Deraco) Basilio in San Fernando, Pampanga, the Philippines. She was one of five siblings born to the couple; the other Basilio children were Cristina, Dolores, Edgardo, and Jesua.

Sister Remedios graduated from Jose Abad Santos High School in San Fernando in 1975 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in agriculture/crop science from Pampanga Agricultural College in 1981. She entered the Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of Remedies on October 26, 1986 and was received as a novice in November of the next year.

Immediately after entering, Sister Remedios, who became known as Sister “Medz,” served in pastoral ministry in Santo Tomas until January 1987 and spent the rest of her pre-novitiate year (February-November 1987) as a catechist in Santa Lucia, San Fernando. She was received as a novice on November 7 of that year, and once her canonical novitiate year was complete, she spent eight months (December 1988-August 1989) in pastoral work in Arayat, a city in Pampanga.

She made first profession on November 7, 1989, and began a ministry in social action that took her to the cities of Mabalacat, Pampanga (November 1989-May 1993), Floridablanca, Pampanga (June 1994-May 1997), and San Fernando (June 1999-May 2001. From June 1997 to May 1999, she was treasurer of a school in Guagua.

Read more about Sister Remedios (pdf)

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