In Memoriam


(1931-2020)

Sister Imelda Marie Eckhoff, baptized Viola Mary Eckhoff, died on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 88 years of age and in the 72nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Imelda was born in Vero Beach, Florida, to Joseph and Viola (Dothage) Eckhoff. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, and received a bachelor’s  degree in chemistry from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida, and a master’s degree in mixed sciences from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian.

Sister spent 64 years ministering in elementary and high school education in Detroit, Michigan; Miami Beach, Jacksonville, Miami Shores, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Fort Pierce, Florida; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and Santurce, Puerto Rico. She also served for six years as a volunteer tutor in West Palm Beach. 

Sister Imelda Marie became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2018. She is predeceased by her parents and three sisters: Evelyn Hitchingham, Carole Russell, and Marilyn Elder. She is survived by a brother, Joseph Eckhoff (Donna) of Indialantic, Florida; loving nieces and nephews; and her Adrian Dominican Sisters. 

Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed until further notice to all guests or visitors. All are welcome to participate in Sister’s wake and funeral via live stream

The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2020, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Friday, April 3, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. Burial 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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(1927-2020)

Sister Barbara Gass, formerly known as Sister Gerald Cecelia Gass, died at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 93 years of age and in the 75th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Barbara was born in Wyandotte, Michigan, to Gerald and Cecelia (Sack) Gass. She graduated from St. Patrick High School in Wyandotte and received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in teaching from Michigan State University in East Lansing.

Sister spent 36 years ministering in education in Detroit, Rockwood, and Southgate, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Cincinnati, Assumption, and Toledo, Ohio; and Miami Shores, Florida. Sister Barbara worked as data coordinator in the Congregation’s Office of Central Services in Adrian for eight years and as coordinator of Fund Data in the Congregation’s Development Office for nine years.

From 1999 to 2005, Sister volunteered at the Neighbors Caring Clinic in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. Beginning in 2006, she volunteered in the Siena Heights University Archives, and St. Catherine Library at the Motherhouse in Adrian.

Sister Barbara became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Dolores Rogers; and her brother, Gerald F. Gass, Jr. She is survived by her sister, Sister Mary Louise Gass, also an Adrian Dominican Sister; many loving nieces and nephews; and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed until further notice to all guests or visitors. All are welcome to participate in Sister’s wake and funeral via livestream.

Welcome of Sister Barbara will be on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 6:45 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center lobby. 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, March 25, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. 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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(1933-2020)

Sister Marie Solanus Reilly, baptized Marie Kathryn Reilly, died on Monday, March 16, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 86 years of age and in the 52nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Marie Solanus was born in Detroit to Edward and Marie (Riley) Reilly. She graduated from Annunciation High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s degree in teaching mathematics, both from University of Detroit (Detroit Mercy); a master’s degree in religious studies from Mundelein College in Chicago; and a master’s degree in special education from Marygrove College in Detroit.

Sister served for 33 years in elementary and secondary education and pastoral, religious education, and business ministry in Van Wert, Ohio, and in Warren, Ann Arbor, Dearborn Heights, Detroit, and Southgate, Michigan. This includes five years as school treasurer at Dominican High School in Detroit, an Adrian Dominican institution, and two years at Aquinas High School in Southgate. She was an elementary and secondary teacher for 10 ½ years at Boysville of Michigan in Detroit. 

Sister Marie Solanus became a resident at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Anne Berry; and her brother, Edward J. Reilly. She is survived by loving nieces and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed until further notice to all guests or visitors. All are welcome to participate in Sister Marie Solanus’s wake and funeral via live stream

Welcome of Sister Marie Solanus will be on Thursday, March 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 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 Friday, March 20, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. 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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Right: Sisters Jodie Screes, left, and Marie Solanus Reilly


Right: Sisters Marie Solanus Reilly, left, and Kathleen Voss


Members of the Portfolio Advisory Board (PAB) – from left, Sisters Marie Solanus Reilly, Kathleen Woods, Margaret Andrezik, Carol Coston, and Louise Borgacz – discuss investment strategy in this photo from the December 1975 issue of the Congregation’s publication, In Between.


Right: Sister Marie Solanus Reilly with Sister Nancy Murray, portraying St. Catherine of Siena 


From left: Sister Marie Solanus had a special devotion to Blessed Solanus Casey (1870-1957), of the Franciscan Branch of the Franciscan Minor Capuchins, who served as porter at St. Benedict Monastery in Detroit and was known for his piety, love of the poor, and healing powers. From left, Associate Kathleen Woods, then a member of the Congregation’s Portfolio Advisory Board (PAB) with former members, Sisters Carol Coston, Anne Guinan, and Marie Solanus Reilly take part in the 40th anniversary celebration of PAB.


Members of the 2017 Golden Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Kathleen Klingen, Marie Skebe, Corinne Mary Florek, and Donna Markham; middle row, from left, Sisters Joanne Podlucky, Mary Jane Lubinski, Ellen Burkhardt, Prioress Patricia Siemen, and Donna Marie Baker; and front row, from left, Sisters Marie Solanus Reilly, Julie Hyer, Nancy Jurecki, and Nancy Murray.

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(1942-2020)

Sister Pauline Quinn, formerly known as Kathleen (Kathy), died on Friday, March 13, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 77 years of age. Sister Pauline, a privately vowed Dominican, made her final profession of vows to Bishop Raúl Vera López, OP, in 1996.

Sister Pauline was born December 10, 1942, in Hollywood, California, to Joseph and Rosemary (Hodges) Quinn. As a young woman, Sister Pauline experienced much trauma and homelessness. Her discovery of the unconditional love of a dog companion provided her a sense of safety, self-confidence, and belonging. For Sister Pauline, dog was God spelled backward. 

In 1981, she initiated a dog-training program in prisons, creating the Prison Pet Partnership in the Washington State Corrections Center for Women. In the early 1980s, Sister ministered in Italy, where she helped refugees at a Salvation Army house in Rome. Sister continued her Prison Pet Partnership mission by giving talks around the world. 

In 1985, she founded Pathways to Hope and later Bridges and Pathways of Courage, which encompasses the many projects with which Sister was involved. Sister Pauline’s other ministries have included volunteering with the Comboni Refugee Center in Rome, where she arranged medical care and transportation for the victims of the Bosnian and Gulf wars, as well as assisting refugees from Angola, Ethiopia, and Somalia. She traveled to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and undertook many other global missions of mercy. 

Sister Pauline became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2018. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her daughter, Bernadette Dimitriadis, and her brother, Robert, as well as loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Welcome of Sister Pauline will be on Wednesday, March 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 Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery.

Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed until further notice to all guests or visitors. All are welcome to participate in Sister Pauline’s wake and funeral via live stream.

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Bridges and Pathways of Courage, 1161 Grignon Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin, 54301, or to the 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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Right: Sister Pauline with Father Carlos Azpiroz Costa, OP, then Master of the Dominican Order, November 2005


From left: The Quinn cousins, from left, Sister Pauline (Kathy), Sue, Patsy, and Mary Frances, 1988. Sister Pauline and Pax during a visit to Hong Kong, November 2018


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