In Memoriam

Sister Therese Reynolds, OP


Sister Therese Reynolds, baptized Mary Jane Therese, also known as Sister Therese Marcel, died on July 5, 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 Therese was born in Norway, Michigan, to Montague and Therese (Sciez) Reynolds. She graduated from Iron Mountain High School and received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in music education from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.  

Sister spent 22 years ministering in education in Joliet and Hometown, Illinois and in Iron Mountain and Gladstone, Michigan. She was a Music Minister at St. Mary and St. Joseph, Iron Mountain, for six years; the Coordinator for Liturgy and Music at All Saints in Gladstone for 18 years; and a Musician/Liturgist at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Neenah, Wisconsin, for 11 years. 

Sister Therese became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2018. She was preceded in death by her parents and survived by a brother, Marcel Reynolds, of Mint Hill, North Carolina, and a sister, Dorothy Waldbillig of Fairfax, Virginia.

Welcome of Sister Therese will be on Thursday, July 12, 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 Friday, July 13, 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 Therese (Therese Marcel):

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Funeral for Sister Therese (Therese Marcel):

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Center: Sister Therese Reynolds plays the piano for her mother. Right: During her high school years, Sister Therese enjoys one of her favorite pastimes: ice skating.

From left: Sisters Marilyn Francoeur and Therese Reynolds as Junior Professed Sisters; From left, Sisters Therese Reynolds, Peg Fornicola, and Sabina Jabour

From left: Sister Therese celebrates her 80th birthday with parishioners from St. Margaret Mary Parish, Neenah, Wisconsin. Sister Therese in the classroom in Iron Mountain, Michigan

Left: Spending time together at the Iron Mountain, Michigan, convent are Sisters Joyce Rybarczyk (seated), and from left, Lenore Boivin, Theodora McKennan, Ethel Detz, Therese Reynolds, Peg Fornicola, and Jo Ann Jauquet.

Members of the Divine Province Crowd celebrating their Golden Jubilee in 2004 are, back row, from left, Sisters Marianne O’Neill, Ellen Murphy, Marlene Ptaszynski, Marilyn Francoeur, Clarice Moyle, Esther Kennedy, Margaret Andrezik, Rose Ann Schlitt, Jeanne Stickling, Gail Himrod, and Norlee McDonnell, and front row, from left, Sisters Evelyn Piche, Teresita Ruiz, Mary Ann Letzgus, Ellen Schmitz, Therese Reynolds, Rose Irene Calvert, Joan Baustian, Kathleen Watt, Virginia Kleckner, and Janet Capone (Prioress).

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Avatar  Joyce Ann Hertzig, OP 4 months agoReply

Therese, Sal and I were the Michigan Dominicans that occupied the upper corner of the Sabbatical House on Mecox Bay - Waternill, 2002. Therese and I chose to take many weekend rides on the Jitney to NY and we shared many stories on our country walks together. I am very glad that we post a common Dominican In Memoriam announcement. Thanks for sharing pictures.
Joyce Ann Hertzig, OP ~Grand Rapids

Avatar  Bill Barrette 4 months agoReply

Can her funeral Mass still be see anywhere? Also, her vigil? I would enjoy seeing them again. Thank you!

Avatar  Barbara Ann Cernosek, O.P. 4 months agoReply

Therese and I were on sabbatical together in Watermill, NY. We became good friends and kept in touch over the yeas. She visited me in TX and I visited her in WI. We talked on the phone frequently taking turns with the calls. I will miss her, but I know she's not in pain, and is now at peace. My prayers for her community, her family, and friends.
Barbara Ann Cernosek, O.P. Houston TX Dominican

Avatar  Patti Trotter Bruinsma 4 months agoReply

Sister Therese was an important part of growing my faith as a teenager at All Saints in Gladstone MI. No and I sang in the church choir, which she intelligently and patiently directed. She was my sponsor for me to attend a Cursillo weekend at Marygrove Retreat Center, which was life changing for me. A kind heart and gentle soul, Sister Therese you will never be forgotten! Enjoy heavenly music in your heavenly home! Love, Patti

Avatar  Donna Schlaff 4 months agoReply

What a wonderful tribute for Therese Reynolds! I never saw most of those pictures. We were never missioned together! It brings back so many memories. I especially love the high school skating picture! How young we were! Is there any chance of obtaining a copy of Jubilee Picture of Divine Providence Crowd? I would pay to have a copy. May all of this crowd, living or dead, be blessed with good health and the zeal to always help others. Donna Schlaff

Avatar  Editor 4 months agoReply

Hi, Donna. You can request a copy of the Jubilee photo from the Office of Information by calling 517-266-3574.

Avatar  Beth Hawkins 4 months agoReply

Rest in heavenly peace my kind and gentle friend. Till we meet again.

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