In Memoriam

Sister Molly Giller, OP


Sister Molly (baptized Mary Elizabeth) Giller, formerly known as Sister Michael Maureen Giller, died on February 5, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 79 years of age and in the 57th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Molly was born in Columbus, Ohio, to Rowland and Mary Elizabeth (Cotter) Giller. She graduated from St. Ursula Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio, and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in school administration/supervision from University of Cincinnati; and a doctorate of education degree in organization and leadership from University of San Francisco. 

Sister spent 12 years ministering in elementary education in St. Petersburg, Florida and Caro, Sturgis, and Davison, Michigan. She served in three Congregation leadership positions: five years as school superintendent for the Adrian Dominican Independent School System; six years as Chapter Prioress of the Pacific West Mission Chapter in Santa Cruz, California; and as a General Councilor for six years in Adrian, Michigan. 

Sister Molly ministered as an education consultant for one year for the Diocese of Boise, Idaho; as a reading consultant for one year for the Mount Healthy School System in Cincinnati, Ohio; and as vicar of education for 11 years for the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon. She was a consultant for the adult faith formation program at St. Mary Parish in Adrian for seven years. 

Sister Molly became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Ron and Michael, and her sister Maureen. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews.

Welcome of Sister Molly will be on Sunday, February 11, 2018, 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 Monday, February 12, 2018, 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.

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-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.


Vigil for Sister Molly (Michael Maureen):

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Funeral for Sister Molly (Michael Maureen):

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Left: Sister Molly Giller, left, with Sister Donna Markham

Left: From left, Sisters Maureen Comer, Molly Giller, and Anne Cenci attend Gathering 2002. Right: Sister Molly with her friend Mary F. Reardon, December 2016

Left: Members of the 1998-2004 General Council are, from left: Sister Janet Capone, OP, Prioress, and Sisters Maureen Comer, Molly Giller, Barbara Rund, and Kathleen McGrail. Right: Sister Molly in Ireland, 2005

Left: From left, Sisters Patricia Siemen, Julie Hyer, and Molly Giller celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, California, 1992. Right: The Giller children, from left, Maureen, Michael, Ron, and Molly, 1943

Left: From left, Sisters Heather Stiverson, Mary Soher, Molly Giller, and Rose Celeste O'Connell

Members of the 2010 Golden Jubilee Holy Angels crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Kathleen Walli, Kathleen Voss, Mary Katherine Drouin, Molly Giller, Helene Kloss, and Monica Charles Stankus, and front row, from left, Sisters Marie Carleen Maly, Annice Mordenski, Jamie Phelps, Mary Ann Dixon, Maurine Barzantni, Mary Carr, and Donna Markham (Prioress).


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Avatar  Jean and John Schaub last monthReply

We participated in a small Christian community group with Sister Molly. She was such a joy, full of love for the Lord and for God’s people. Her intelligence challenged us to know more and to be better Christians. We will miss her. Our sympathy and prayers to her family, and to the Adrian Dominican sisters.

Avatar  Patricia Potter last monthReply

I did not know Sr. Molly during my years in Adrian, but while reading her rememberance, I wish I had had the chance to do so! She exemplified all the best of being an Adrian Dominican! Please accept my sincerest sympathy to all who loved her!

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