Sister Janet Capone, formerly known as Sister Mary Leonard Capone, died on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at the Lourdes Senior Community in Waterford, Michigan. She was 80 years of age and in the 61st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Janet was born in New York, New York, to Leonard and Veronica (Hall) Capone. She graduated from Rosarian Academy, West Palm Beach, Florida, and received a bachelor’s degree in French from Barry College (University) Miami, Florida and a master’s degree in guidance/counseling from Siena Heights College (University), Adrian, Michigan.
Sister Janet spent 19 years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Pensacola, West Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, and one year teaching at the college level in Tarrytown, New York. After serving as an Adult Protective Services Counselor for two years, Sister Janet served the Adrian Dominican Congregation as the Administrator of the Dominican Life Center for two years and Prioress of the Congregation for six years.
Sister Janet spent six years in California as the Vice President of Sponsorship at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. In addition, she ministered for 13 years in St. Louis, Missouri, as the Director of Emmaus Community, an inter-congregational center established to assist in the personal growth and development of women religious.
Sister was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Donald. She is survived by a sister, Carole (Terrance) Frechette, of Weston, Massachusetts.
Welcome of Sister Janet will be on Sunday, August 5, 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, August 6, 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.
Center: Sister Janet’s First Communion Right: Sister Janet Capone’s parents, Veronica and Leonard
Right: Sister Janet Capone, as Prioress, addresses the Sisters of the Florida Chapter during their Assembly in West Palm Beach on October 24, 1998.
From left: Former Prioresses, from left: Sisters Rosemary Ferguson, Nadine Foley, and Janet Capone, September 2002; Staff members of Emmaus House, circa 1993, from left: Mary Patrick O’Connell, OSF; Eunice Drazba, OP; and Sister Janet Capone, OP.
From left: During the 1998 Transfer of Leadership ceremony, the new General Council takes office: from left, Sisters Barbara Rund, Kathleen McGrail, Maureen Comer, Molly Giller, and Janet Capone. Sisters Janet Capone, left, and Michele Kopp, Prioress of the Edmonds Dominican Sisters, process into Madden Hall during the merger ceremony in Adrian, 2003.
From left: Former Prioresses: front, from left, Sisters Donna Markham and Rosemary Ferguson, and back row, from left, Sisters Patricia Walter, Janet Capone, Carol Johannes, and Nadine Foley; Sister Janet Capone during the sprinkling rite at the First Profession Liturgy of Sisters Mary Soher and Barbara Kelley, August 8, 1999
Former Prioresses, from left: Sisters Rosemary Ferguson, Carol Johannes, Nadine Foley, Patricia Walter, Janet Capone, Donna Markham, and Attracta Kelly
Members of the 2016 Diamond Jubilee Class, September/February Crowds, are: back row from left, Sisters Claudia Morgan, Mina Riggs, Rosalie Bulanda, and Joanne McCauley; fourth row from left, Sisters Joan Christie, Hilda Nadine Sheehan, Ann Englert, and Mary Irene Walker; third row, from left, Sisters Marilee Ewing, Ann Marie Petri, Prioress Attracta Kelly, Janet Capone, and Annette Desloover; second row, from left, Sisters Helen Essa, Dorothy L. Berg, Rosaire McAuliffe, Joanne Spisz, and Ruth Adamites; and seated, from left, Sisters Denise Devitt, Mary Kathleen O’Neill, and Maria Caridad Pinuela.
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I met Sister in her final days. What a joy and blessing she was to have shared those short weeks. Indeed, I am much richer. I will always be humbled and grateful.
When Janet was Prioress of the Congregation, I provided her wth canonical assistance in order to address some difficult matters that were transpiring for Adrian Dominicans. Those moments were times when we both witnessed our Lord transforming troublesome situations into inconceivable beauty. They were also times when her faithfulness to General Chapter enactments was very evident. In these last few days since her death I have more deeply realized how those moments were a deep blessing for her and I as well as for Adrians. I will miss her.
Gratitude for Sr. Leonard’s Gentle Persuasion😇The Rosarian Academy Sisters of the Class Of 1969 are grateful for Sister’s leadership in our lives...Fond Memories Of : Pot Luck Suppers in the Social Hall; Language Lab; The Little Prince”; Dress inspection...She was an example of One Day at a Time!Gratitude Sister...Rest aIn Peace.😇Class of 1969😘
One Day at a Time...Live in the Present, that’s all we have. The Present is a Gift.So many Life alessons! Thank You Sr. Leonard😘 Rosarian Academy “Sisters of the class of 1969”... we are all grateful for you and have lots of stories we share!
We are indebted to Sister Janet for her sacrifice and dedication to Rosrian Academy. She served as a guiding light to our Board of Directors, the school, it’s teachers and all his children. She has left an indelible mark on the lives of many, which will be her lasting legacy. That and her endearing, friendly smile which I will always remember.
Janet and I were peers in a program in St Paul Mn 1979-80 . Our time was marked by great growth and holiness in our respective lives. I will always treasure that time as God space. May Janet rest in God's Peace.
Deepest sympathies on Sister Janet's passing. I have fond memories of her at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. She got my flower shop to decorate the lobby one year for Christmas. May her soul Rest in Peace.
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