Sister Madonna Marie Black, baptized Marian Loretto Black, died on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 93 years of age and in the 74th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Madonna Marie was born in Kingman, Arizona, to Arthur and Mabel (Van Marter) Black. She graduated from Mohave Union High School in Kingman, and received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in music education from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Sister spent 28½ years ministering in education in the areas of church music, art, and liturgy in Detroit and Adrian, Michigan; San Francisco, La Puenta, and Los Angeles, California; St. Petersburg, Florida; Santurce, Puerto Rico; and Albuquerque, New Mexico. This includes 17 years at St. Brendan Parish in San Francisco. where she taught for 11 years and was principal for six years.
Sister Madonna Marie also was a pastoral minister for 14 years in Kingman, Cortaro, Mesa, and Phoenix, Arizona, where she used her skills in art, liturgy, and church music as organist and choir director in the parishes.
Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Virginia Doyle, Viola “Gina” Dawson, and Katherine Black; and brothers, Donald Black, Leo Black, and Charles Black. She is survived by three sisters: Fran Madole of Kingman, Helen Tapp of Phoenix, and Mai E. Gray of Tucson, all in Arizona; her nieces and nephews, and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Welcome of Sister Madonna Marie will be on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 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 Thursday, February 20, 2020, 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.
Memorial 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.
Right: The four Black daughters who were in the Adrian Dominican Congregation – from left, Sisters Virginia Maria (Helen), Madonna Marie (Marian), Rose Regina (Viola) and Rose Madonna (Fran) – stand behind their parents, Mabel and Arthur.
Right: Sisters Rose Ryan (Postulant) and Madonna Marie Black stand in front of the bus that will take them West.
From left: Sister Madonna Marie Black, December 23, 1993. Sister Madonna Marie with her friend Gladys at the Hualapai Indian Reservation in Arizona, Christmas Eve 1997
From left: Sister Madonna Marie in Kingman, Arizona. Faculty members at St. Brendan School, San Francisco, 1953-54 were: back row, from left, Sisters Madonna Marie Black, Catherine James Madden, Margaret James Sieberman, and Jane Celeste Fries, and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Roseen Maier, Jean Immaculate McNamara, Elizabeth Clare Schindler, and Rose Regina Black.
Right: From left, Sisters Virginia Kleckner, Mary Noella Osentoski, Norita Marie Barrett, and Madonna Marie Black celebrate Jubilee in the chapel in Henderson, Nevada, April 14, 1996.
Members of the 2015 Double Diamond Jubilee Class are: back row, from left, Sisters Anne L. Lindquist, Margaret Mary Heinz, Attracta Kelly (Prioress), Jeanne Marie O’Laughlin, and Therese Margaret Roberts, and front row, from left, Sisters Jane Quirk, Donna Wencel, Marcelline Fouchey, Madonna Marie Black, and Marie Sheila Beatty.
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Sister Robert Irene Buchanan, formerly known as Mildred Marilyn Buchanan, died on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 92 years of age and in the 68th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister was born in Detroit to Robert and Irene (Whitty) Buchanan. She graduated from Immaculata High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian.
Sister Robert Irene spent 19½ years in education in Clawson and Romeo, Michigan; Douglas, Arizona; Cincinnati, Ohio; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Oakland, California. She also taught Special Education for 13 years in Santa Cruz County, California. Sister was a medical records clerk for nine years at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, California.
Sister Robert Irene became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2006. Sister was preceded in death by her parents and her twin sister, Sister Mary Luke Buchanan, a Franciscan Sister; her sisters: Geraldine Urburtis; Dolores Buchanan; Shirley Tohlen and Sharon Wentworth and her brothers: Robert Buchanan, Jr and Tom Buchanan. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Welcome of Sister Robert Irene will be on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 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 Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 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.
Left: Twins Mildred (Sister Robert Irene) and Virginia (Sister Luke) with their younger sister, Shirley
Right: The Buchanan sisters are, from left, Sharon, Sister Robert Irene, Franciscan Sister Luke, and Dolores.
Sister Robert Irene Buchanan ministered as medical records clerk at Dominican Hospital, Santa Cruz, California.
From left: From left, Sisters Gloria Lerro, Robert Irene Buchanan, and Julie Hyer at Dominican Oaks, Santa Cruz, California, 2000. Sisters Jane Robert Stuckel (left) and Robert Irene Buchanan
From left: Sister Robert Irene stands in front of a nursing station at the Dominican Life Center. Sister Robert Irene Buchanan, left, and her twin, Franciscan Sister Luke Buchanan
Members of the 2011 Diamond Jubilarian Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Nancy Fischer, Barbara Hehr, Patricia Walsh, Mary Louise Head, Joan Weitz, Helen Belsito, Anne Beauvais, and Celeste Mary Bourke; middle row, from left, Sisters Mary Alice Naour, Helen Laier, Thomas Leo Monahan, Patricia Dolan, Angela Susalla, June Racicot, Patricia Spangler, and Attracta Kelly (Prioress); and front row, from left, Sisters Marilyn Foster, Marion Coppe, Betty Lou Myers, Robert Irene Buchanan, Mary Alan Stuart, Mary Catherine Nolan, and Jane Robert Stuckel.
Sister Denise Devitt, formerly known as Sister Thomas Irene Devitt, died on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 82 years of age and in the 63rd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Denise was born in Chicago to Thomas and Irene (Mackey) Devitt. Sister graduated from Loretto Academy in Chicago and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in speech and drama from Catholic University in Washington, D.C; and a master’s degree in pastoral counseling from Loyola College in Columbia, Maryland.
Sister Denise spent 30 years ministering in elementary and secondary education, in Elmhurst, Chicago, Elgin, Lombard, Westchester, and Wilmette, Illinois. This includes 15 years at Congregation-sponsored institutions: Aquinas High School in Chicago and Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette.
Sister served for three years in Congregation leadership as Chapter Prioress of the Upper Midwest Chapter, from 1982 to 1985. She served as a pastoral minister for 12 years in Calumet City, Orland Hills, Darien, and Evanston, Illinois.
Sister Denise became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Patricia Walsh; and an aunt, Sister Catherine Dennis Mackey, also an Adrian Dominican Sister. She is survived by loving nephews and a niece and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Welcome of Sister Denise will be on Sunday, February 9, 2020, 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, February 10, 2020, 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.
Right: Denise Devitt, on the day of her First Holy Communion, poses with her little sister Patricia.
Left: Sister Denise Devitt presents a small potted plant to Sister Rita Crotty during an Assembly of the Upper Midwest Mission Chapter.
From left: Sister Denise Devitt, right, with her maternal aunt, Sister Catherine Dennis Mackey. From left, Sisters Pauline Opliger, Cecilia Marie Brown, Bernice Olszewski, Denise Devitt, Catherine Siena Fisher, and Ann Kelly
From left: From left, Sisters Denise Devitt, Marianne Supan, Donna Joan Mehney, and Marjorie Delaplane. From left, Sisters Donna Joan Mehney, Denise Devitt, and Marjorie Delaplane
Members of the 2006 Golden Jubilee August Reception crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Jean Harlan, Donna Kustusch, Janet Capone, Ann Marie Petri, and Rosalie Bulanda; middle row, from left, Sisters Joan Christie, Annette Desloover, Ann Englert, Denise Devitt, Hilda Nadine Sheehan, and Ruth Adamites; and front row, from left, Sisters Marilee Ewing, Helen Essa, Joanne Spisz, and Maria Caridad Pinuela.
Agnes Ann Peplinski was born March 14, 1932, in Parisville, Michigan, to Matthew and Lucy (Zmich) Peplinski. Parisville, which is an unincorporated community within Paris Township in Huron County, at the tip of Michigan’s “Thumb,” was one of the first Polish settlements in the United States, and both sets of Agnes’ grandparents were immigrants to that locale from Prussia, making them a combination of Polish and German.
Like many other Huron County residents, Matthew was a farmer. He and Lucy had eighteen children in all, two of whom died in infancy; Lucy herself died in April 1947. Agnes attended grade schools in Forestville, Minden City, and Port Sanilac, Michigan, and graduated from Sandusky High School in Sandusky, Michigan, in May 1950.
She wrote in her letter to Mother Gerald seeking entrance to the Congregation that she had come to know the Adrian Dominican Sisters through summer school programs in Port Sanilac; Sister Mary Richard Rea had taught her particular class, and it was at that time, in eighth grade, that she knew she wanted to enter religious life. A high school retreat at Dominican High School in Detroit cemented her choice of which community it was to be.
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