Sister Andrea Broutin, formerly known as Sister Joseph Helen Broutin, died on Friday, November 30, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 86 years of age and in the 68th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Andrea was born in Detroit to Andre and Helena (De Munter) Broutin. She graduated from Denby High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and master’s degree in history from De Paul University in Chicago.
Sister spent 9½ years ministering in elementary education in Chicago and Homewood, Illinois; and five years in secondary education in Cleveland, Ohio, where she taught at Hoban Dominican High School, an Adrian Dominican sponsored institution. She spent 29 years in secondary and higher education in Detroit, Southgate, Monroe, and Adrian, Michigan, which includes a year at Dominican High School in Detroit, and a year at Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, both Congregation sponsored institutions.
In addition, Sister Andrea served the Adrian Dominican Congregation for a year as Director of Formation, and was the transportation coordinator for one year in Adrian. She spent 2½ years in Detroit as the manager of the Dominican High Convent building.
Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2010. Sister was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, John. She is survived by a loving niece and nephew and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Welcome of Sister Andrea will be on Tuesday, December 4, 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, December 5, 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.
Left: Sister Andrea in the arms of her mother. Right: Sister Andrea with her parents and her brother John
From left: Sisters Andrea Broutin, left, and Rosemary Abramovich at General Chapter 1992. Sister Andrea at St. Joseph, Homewood, Illinois
From left: From left, Sisters Helen Sohn, Andrea Broutin, Mary Elizabeth Crimmins, and Iva Gregory enjoy the Mediterranean Sea. From left, Sisters Andrea Broutin, Florence Fouchey Zak, and Helen Sohn
Left: From left, Sisters Carol Bollin, Helen Sohn, and Andrea Broutin
Members of the 2009 Diamond Jubilee class are: back row, from left, Sisters Andrea Broutin, Mary Ann Konieski, Jeanette Jabour, Joan Delaplane, Jean Denomme, and Elizabeth Flaherty; middle row, from left, Sisters Joyce LaVoy, Catherine McKillop, Eleanor Stech, Nelda Ann Klein, Barbara Mary Saynay, and Marie Houle; and front row, from left, Sisters Mae Tack, Mary Sharon Moran, Betty Jenkins, and Donna Markham (Prioress).
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I will be forever grateful for the gift and blessings of having Sister Andrea as a teacher at Aquinas High School. She taught with such passion and encouraged me to learn and embrace that knowledge with joy. She was a very special and gifted teacher. There are just a few teachers who touched my heart and whose lessons have improved my life. Sister Andrea was one of those very special teachers. Thank you Sister Andrea for all you have given me. Rest In Peace
When Sr. Andrea's professed name (Sr. Joseph Helen) was mentioned, I remember Sister Andrea/Joseph Helen. I remember her as a teacher at St. Joseph Grade School. It always amazed me how calm the sisters were when they monitoring the recess session. Sister Andrea/Joseph Helen never seemed to be bothered by the cold.All the Adrian Dominicans were an integral part of my education (religious and scholastic). God bless all.
Rest in peace with Our Lord Sr. Andrea.I had the privilege of being one of your students at Aquinas HS. You were the best teacher ever!
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