In Memoriam

Sister Irma Gerber, OP


Sister Irma Gerber, formerly known as Elizabeth Martha Gerber, died on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 97 years of age and in the 79th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Irma was born in Flint, Michigan, to William and Signe (Wallin) Gerber. She graduated from St. Theresa High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Sister spent 35 years ministering in education in Detroit and Adrian, Michigan; Cleveland, Ohio; and Chicago, Illinois. She taught at four Congregation institutions: Dominican High School in Detroit; St. Joseph Academy and Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; and Hoban Dominican High School in Cleveland. She was also a teacher for four years at Wayne County/Henry Ford Community College in Detroit. 

Sister Irma was Provincial Administrator of Immaculate Conception Province in Detroit for two years and a staff member in the Finance Office of the Adrian Dominican Sisters for ten years, and then she volunteered her services there for an additional 20 years. 

In 2010 Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Carl, Benjamin, William, and Bertram; and one sister, Kay. She is survived by two sisters, Margaret Cunningham of Rochester Hills, Michigan and Dolores Boik of Lincoln Park, Michigan, and one brother, George Gerber of Rochester, Michigan.

Welcome of Sister Irma will be on Tuesday, July 31, 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 Wednesday, August 1, 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 Irma:

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Funeral for Sister Irma:

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Center: Sister Irma serving at the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Finance Office

From left: Sister Irma with her parents. From left, Sisters Mary Joseph Kennedy, Mary Walter Romaine, and Irma Gerber spend time together during ReMembering, a gathering of the entire Congregation in the summer of 1977.

From left: Gathering at the condo in Venice, Florida in July 1998 are, from left, Sister Beverly Bobola, participating in Clinical Pastoral Education in West Palm Beach, and Sisters Irma Gerber, Marie Bride Walsh, and Mary Jean Walsh, who were vacationing. Sister Helen Sohn, left, with Sister Irma Gerber

From left: Sister Paul James Villemure (left) and Sister Irma Gerber. From left, Sister Paul James Villemure, Sister Irma Gerber, and Sister Paul James’ relatives, Ann Rahilly Nelson and Therese Pigeon Anderson

Celebrating their 75-year Jubilee in 2014 are: back row, from left, Sisters Dorothy Jeanne Burns, Mary Margaret Beh, Maura Phillips, Attracta Kelly (Prioress), and Virginia Marie LaTourelle, and front row, from left, Sisters Marie Amada Garcia, Irma Gerber, Marie Bride Walsh, and Helen Patrick Bartley.

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