Sister Patricia Janowicz, formerly known as Sister Mary Sigmund Janowicz, died on October 16, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 76 years of age and in the 57th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Patricia was born in Wyandotte, Michigan, to Sigmund and Frances (Lisek) Janowicz. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a Master of Education degree in Reading from Marygrove College in Detroit; a Master of Arts degree in Learning Disabilities, and a Specialist Arts degree in Administration and Supervision of Special Education, both from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Sister Patricia ministered in education for 43½ years in Michigan: as an elementary teacher for 10½ years in Paw Paw, Adrian, Belding and Detroit; as a reading consultant for seven years in Detroit and Pontiac; and a special education teacher for 26 years in New Baltimore, Petoskey, East Jordan, and Charlevoix. She also served as a transportation assistant for 10 years for the Dominican Life Center in Adrian.
Sister Patricia became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by cousins, Mary Ann Strzensinski of Petersburg, Michigan, and Mr. and Mrs. R. Winiarski of Prudenville, Michigan.
Welcome of Sister Patricia will be on Thursday, October 19, 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 Friday, October 20, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral Mass 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.
From left: At a party at St. Gabriel’s, Detroit, September 1968. Sister Patricia with her mother. Sister Patricia celebrates her Silver Jubilee at Weber Center, Adrian, 1985
From left: Sister Patricia, as an eighth grader, crowns the statue of Mary, 1955, St. Scholastica, Detroit. Sister Patricia with her parents.
From left: Sister Patricia’s senior picture from St. Joseph Academy, Adrian, 1959. First Communion, St. Scholastica, Detroit, May 15, 1949.
Members of the 2009 Golden Jubilee June Crowd are back row, from left, Sisters Rosemarie Kieffer, Peter Anthony Schulte, Christa Marsik, Sean Eileen Allgeyer, Sarah Ann Sharkey, Jo Ann Jauquet, and Helen Wilson; middle row, from left, Sisters Mary Diane McMeekin, Susan Van Baalen, Beverly Bobola, Jean Keeley, Rosemary Zuccaro, and Joan Marie Weithman; and front row, from left, Sisters Joan Krajewski, Mary Emidio Singer, Mary Jean Clemenger, Patricia Janowicz, Delores DeBets, and Joan Christine Meerschaert, with Sister Donna Markham (Prioress).
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My family is very sorry to hear of Sister Pat’s passing. She worked with my Aunt Genny in the transportation department. When my parents came for jubilee she made a lasting impression on my Dad. Out of all the white haired nuns she stood out. Her humor & kindness are thought of with love today. Thank you for all your years of service. Our family sends our thoughts and prayers to her family and friends. .
I have the fondest memories of living with Sr. Sigmund! She was always a little ball of energy with a smile on her face, I WOULD tell her to Rest in Peace, but something tells me she is already creating mischief with the angels.You were always a joy, Sr. Sigmund! See you on the other side!!!! You will be missed!!!
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