In Memoriam

Sister Diane Erbacher, OP


Sister Diane Erbacher, formerly known as Sister Mary Carlanne Erbacher, died on January 31, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 87 years of age and in the 66th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in San Jose, California to Charles and Anne (Loretta) Foltz Erbacher. She graduated from Holy Cross High School in Santa Cruz, California, and received a bachelor’s degree in music (piano) from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in music education from University of Southern California in Los Angeles. 

Sister Diane spent 54 years ministering in elementary and music education in Harvey, Illinois; Tucumcari, New Mexico; Casa Grande and Tucson, Arizona; and Oakland and San Francisco, California. This includes her service of 40 years as teacher and principal of St. Brendan’s School in San Francisco, California. 

Sister Diane became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in January 2017.

Welcome of Sister Diane will be on Friday, February 3, 2017, 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 Saturday, February 4, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral 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.


Download article about Sister Diane from the Bulletin of St. Brendan's Parish: 


Vigil for Sister Diane (Mary Carlanne):

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Funeral for Sister Diane (Mary Carlanne):

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LEFT: Members of the 2010 Diamond Jubilee crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Carol Johannes, Rina Cappellazzo, Joseph Eugene Fogarty, Barbara Hubbard, Mary Mackert, and Mary Louise Gass; middle row, from left, Sisters Joan Marconi, Diane Erbacher, Paul James Villemure, Charlotte Francis Moser, Mary Anthony Marelli, and Kathleen Sutherland; and front row, from left, Sisters Theodora McKennan, Mary Jo Sieg, Florence Marie Viaches, Michael Claire Wilson, Barbara Ann Mason, and Donna Markham (Prioress).


LEFT: Sisters at St. Louis Bertrand Convent, Oakland, California. RIGHT: From left, Sisters Elizabeth Clare Schindler, Diane Erbacher, and Madonna Black


LEFT: Sisters Diane Erbacher (left) and Christine Ostrowski with the Do family, sponsored by their parish. RIGHT: Sisters Christine Ostrowski (left) and Diane Erbacher


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Avatar  Margaret Murphy last monthReply

Sister Diane inspired me in education. I loved her smile and positive energy. I loved the way she greeted every child every morning. She has always been my second mom!! She will be missed!

Avatar  Judy ORourke last monthReply

Sister Diane was an extraordinary educator, principal and mentor. She had qualities that we all aspire to in life. It was an honor to work for her and see firsthand her love for children.Sister has a special place in my heart and will be sorely missed. 💔

Avatar  Colleen Williams last monthReply

Sister Diane was not only my principal, but my Three sons as well. She gave all us the best guidance, love and support any family could ever wish for. God bless her.

Avatar  Kirk Wolfrom last monthReply

You will always be an irreplaceable fixture within our community and in our hearts, Sr. Diane. Rest in peace knowing you've fulfilled your work here on earth touching countless lives. You will never cease to inspire us always to strive to do our best work and be our best selves. We will miss you and look forward to reuniting with you again in Christ's Kingdom. God keep you and bless you.

Avatar  Billy Duggan last monthReply

Thank you sister for your years of giving of yourself to the church, the community and most importantly to all your students. There are many generations of st Brendan bears that owe their faith, their manors, their dancing and public speaking skills - to you! THANK YOU!!

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