Sheila Nadine Flynn was born on January 29, 1929, in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. She was the second child and only girl born to Edward Patrick and Marie Agnes (Aeno) Flynn. Her mother was injured during the birthing process and had to wear a body cast for one year. According to Sister Sheila, this injury did not slow her mother down because, “she was a woman not easily overwhelmed by trials.”
In her autobiography, Sister Sheila wrote the following about her parents:
Mom’s parents were poor French Canadian farmers who migrated to Northern Michigan with their seven children in search of better lands and a better life. The harshness of farm life soon challenged my mother to leave home and seek an education and a different life for herself. During this time she obtained an education and became a convert to Roman Catholicism. Dad was an Ohioan. He was the youngest child of a family of ten children. Dad never spoke a great deal about his parents. By profession he was a salesman. He spent thirty-five years of faithful service to Prudential Life Insurance and moved up the ladder of success through this business.
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Memorial 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.
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Remembering my Sister-in-Law, Sr. Marianne O'Neill and all the good times we had and years we spent growing up together. Rest in Peace. God bless. Janet
She was my best teacher/mentor I ever had, tough disciplinarian,fair, but left me lots of memories. I sure she is in heaven. We now have another saint to watch over us all!!
She was a high energy teacher. We could hear the rustle of her rosary beads coming down the hall before she turned the corner. The went above and beyond the call of duty. When OLS needed a drafting class, she agreed to teach it and took tutoring in it to stay 2 weeks ahead of the class.She taught Latin, English and directed the chorus. She initiated plays, which she directed. I benefitted from the Minstrel show she created.She entered me in competitive Genesian interpretive reading contests. I have used those skills as a lector since 1971. Public speaking confidence was enhanced by the experience and used as a principal and superintendent. She worked with aids patients and in the inner city. She was a hospital chaplain. She was a high school principal. She was my teacher and I am a better person because of that. Thank you sister.
Sister John Damien taught me Latin and was my Choral director in 1958 at Our Lady of Sorrows in Farmington. She taught me Engish junior year Directed me in the plays "Our Town" and "Antigone". Sister entered me in many competitive speaking Genesian contests my senior year. I used those skills as a teacher 10yrs, ass't principal 6 yrs, Principal 15 yrs, and superintendent 10 years. I have prayed for her every Sunday in appreciation. I enjoyed lunch with her at the motherhouse after our 50th class reunion and thanked her for all she had done for me/us. She was bright, high-energy, driven and a gift from God. She moved fast. You could hear her coming before you saw her as her rosary beads jangled around the corner. She left a patch of rubber when her car left the parking lot. I still have the bow tie she made for me out of her apron for our minstrel show. RIP
I have fond memories of Sister John Damien as one of my teachers at St. Theresa High School in Detroit in the early 1960's. She personally encouraged me to be an Apostle for Christ. I have remembered her direction my whole life. MAY GOD BLESS YOU, SISTER.
I remember Sr. John Damien from her days @ St. Martin dePorres. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.
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