In Memoriam

Sister Dorita Wotiska, OP


Sister Dorita Wotiska, formerly known as Dorothy Ann Wotiska, died on January 26, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 82 years of age and in the 63rd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Dorita was born in Evanston, Illinois, to William and Helen (Bohacek) Wotiska. She graduated from Immaculata High School in Chicago and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in secondary education and a doctorate in college administration, both from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

Sister Dorita spent 23 years ministering as an elementary school teacher in Romeo, Deerfield, Rochester, Southgate, and Saginaw, Michigan and in Des Moines, Iowa. This includes 13 years at St. Stephen School in Saginaw, where she taught for six years and was principal for seven years. She also ministered as superintendent of schools: three years for the Diocese of Gaylord, and 27 years for the Diocese of Lansing, both in Michigan.

Sister Dorita was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Rosemarie. She is survived by her loving nieces and nephew.

Memorial Mass will be on Friday, February 2, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine Chapel, followed by the Rite of Committal (burial) in the Congregation Cemetery. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Friday, February 2, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Dominican Life Center. Both the Memorial Mass and the Ritual of remembering will be live streamed.

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.


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Right: First Holy Communion, 1944

Left: Dorothy (Sister Dorita), right, with her sister Rosemarie. Center: Sister Dorita at St. Andrew, Rochester, Michigan, in April 1964

Left: Members of the 2014 Diamond Jubilee August Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Ana Feliz, Susan Mary Parker, Joyce Hibbert, and Patricia McCarty; middle row, from left, Sisters Diane Weifenbach, Barbara Gentry, Dorita Wotiska, Mary Trzasko, Dorothy Dempsey, Beth Ellen Butler, and Phyllis Kreiner; and front row, from left, Sisters Jeanine Boivin, Anele Heiges, Yolanda Pomante, and Ruth Anne Kelly. 


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Avatar  Teresa Moss last monthReply

When I worked at Powers Catholic High School in Flint, Sr. Dorita would visit us often. A petite lady, She always looked so beautiful and strong. I told her once how much I loved the way she dressed. Rest In Peace.

Avatar  Patricis Potter last monthReply

My sincerest condolences to Sister Doritas' family and to her Dominican family as well. She was a very influential to me when I was younger and she will never be forgotten. RIP dear Sister! You served God admirably!!

Avatar  Neil Webb last monthReply

Sister Dorita was my Principal when I attended St. Stephen’s Elementary School. I will always remember her as a kind and loving person who also had the ability to put the fear of God into you at the same time! RIP Sister, go sing with the angels.

Avatar  Janet Kohler last monthReply

Sr. Dorita was an excellent teacher and respected mentor. She instilled in me a deep interest in 20th century American history and literature, a love of reading, and the good habit of questioning what I studied. All this from 7th and 8th grade classes nearly 50 years ago. Sr. Dorita offered readings and a blessing at my wedding in 1979. NI still carry her words in my heart. What a blessing to have her guidance in my childhood.

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