Sister Jude Van Baalen, formerly known as Jude Marie Van Baalen, died on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 78 years of age and in the 59th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister was born in Detroit to Edward and Susan (Flanagan) Van Baalen. She graduated from Dominican High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in speech from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a Master of Religious Education degree from Seattle University.
Sister Jude ministered in elementary education for 10 years in Munising and Escanaba, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; and Solen, North Dakota. She also served for 45½ years in a variety of pastoral ministries in Adrian, Detroit, New Baltimore, and Sterling Heights, Michigan; Solen, North Dakota; Sherburn and Tracy, Minnesota; and Prince George, BC, Canada. This includes serving for six years as Director of Candidates for the Adrian Dominican Sisters and five years as a professor at Siena Heights College.
Sister Jude was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Edward, and her Sister Mary. She is survived by brothers Paul of Warren and Marc of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, and two sisters: Ann Bertolini of Hudson, Florida, and Sister Susan Van Baalen, also an Adrian Dominican Sister.
Welcome of Sister Jude will be on Thursday, November 16, 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 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, November 17, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil and the Funeral 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.
Left: Gathered together in Prince George, British Columbia in November 2009 are, from left: Bishop Gerald Wiesner, OMI; Sister Kathy Nolan, OP, guest; Sister Jude; Father Richard Beaudette, OMI; and Sisters Tarianne De Yonker, OP, Jean Marie Lehtinen, OP, and Beverly Bobola, OP.
Left: Sister Jude with her brother Paul. Right: Sisters Jude (left) and Susan Van Baalen with their mother
Left: The Van Baalen family. Right: Sister Jude at her reception, 1959
Left: From left, Sisters Susan Van Baalen, Jude Van Baalen, Beverly Bobola, and Kathy Nolan on the occasion of Sister Kathy’s move to join the community at Prince George, British Columbia. Right: Sister Jude, left, with Sister Eunice Drazba
2017 Diamond Jubilarians, the reception crowd of December 27, 1957, are back row, from left: Sisters Frances Lombaer, Bernitha Glombowski, Evelyn Irene Montez, Patricia Siemen (Prioress), Mary Ann Phillip, Mary Therese Napolitan, and Joella Miller; middle row, from left: Sisters Janet Traut, Jude Van Baalen, Joan Kowalski, Barbara Cervenka, Patricia Brady, and Margaret Ann McGuiness; and front row, from left: Sisters Helen McAllister, Susan Elaine Kresse, Helen Diane McGuirt, Eunice Drazba, and Dorothea Gramlich.
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I'd like to view Jude's wake service. I saw her funeral in real time. The download arrow to start it seems to be missing. Many thanks, Jean
Hi, Jean. The recorded wake will be posted on Sister Jude's obituary (here) in about a week or so.
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