Sister Judith Ann Seefeld, formerly known as Sister James Charles Seefeld, died on Monday, April 30, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 78 years of age and in the 60th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Judith was born in Pontiac, Michigan, to James and Charlotte (Higgins) Seefeld. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian.
Sister ministered for 39 years in elementary education in St. Clair and Munising, Michigan; Ft. Lauderdale and Miami Shores, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; and Santa Cruz and Monterey, California. Besides classroom teaching, she taught Saturday enrichment classes, started two kindergarten programs, was a Brownie troop leader, coached CYO girls’ basketball, and was director of after-school programs for study time and homework. She became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2009.
Sister Judith was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: James and George; and two of her cousins, Sister Katherine Kenny, OP, an Adrian Dominican Sister, and Anne Kenny (Sister Maura Timothy), a former Adrian Dominican Sister. She is survived by four sisters: Janet Seefeld of Sterling Heights, Michigan; Joan Yingling of Tucson, Arizona; Jean Jackson of St. Louis, Missouri; and Joyce Seefeld of St. Charles, Missouri.
Welcome of Sister Judith Ann will be on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center lobby; the Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 pm 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, May 4, 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.
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.
Sister Judith with her family, 1967
Left: Sister Judith Ann Seefeld with her brother George Seefeld, Monterey Bay, California, July 20, 1992
Sister Judith, second row, far left, at her Reception in Adrian, August 1957
Center: Sister Judith with her parents, James and Charles Seefeld, September 1956. Right: With her cat friend, who loved making hospice visits
Members of the 1983 Silver Jubilee class are: back row, from left: Sisters Noella McLeod, Evelyn Inez Montez, Bernitha Glombowski, Roseann Julian, Sharon Culhane, Patricia Ace, and Mary Ann Phillip; second row, from left: Sisters Joanne Evans, Barbara Cervenka, Mary Baier, Jude Van Baalen, and Katherine Kenny; third row, from left, Sisters Mary Ward, Patricia Reno, Victoria Dalesandro, Loretta Glanz, Frances Lombaer, Mary Therese Napolitan, Maria Felicia Moreno, Judith Ann Seefeld, and Patricia Schade; fourth row, from left: Sisters Kathleen Harkins, Helen McAllister, Margaret Anne Faber, Geneal Kramer, Janet Traut, Susan Elaine Kresse, Joella Miller, and Carol Johannes (Prioress); and front row, from left: Sisters Patricia Brady, Eunice Drazba, Mary Celeste Lynch, Dorothea Gramlich, Monica Kim, Margaret Ann McGuinness, Diane McQuirt, and Joan Kowalksi.
Left: Sister Judith celebrates her Golden Jubilee, 2007
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Our family remembers Sr. Judy very fondly as she was our youngest sibling's, Jane Sublewski Bandyk, Kindergarten teacher. She was such a joyful presence with big smiles every time we saw her. I loved that she always had little candy bars in the deep pockets of her habit to share. The 40 plus year friendship between Sr. Judy and our Mom was a beautiful one and I know they are rejoicing up in Heaven to be together once again. God Blessed all of us when she came into our lives. We extend our sincere condolences to all the family and friends who loved Sr. Judy as we did. Mary Ann Sublewski Nowicki - Oak Lawn, IL
Sister Judy and I were very good friends. I am the sister of Sister Noella and when visiting my sister Judith and I spent great times together. She took me to San Francisco and other places and we were like sisters. She will be greatly missed. Thanks to God for our friendship.
Loved seeing all of the Sisters from "my crowd!!" My God grant each of them Peace!!
Peace be with you and your family. God bless you all. Thank you for all the memories and things you did for all. We will miss you....
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