Sister Therese Mary Foote, formerly known as Dorothy Foote, died on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at Bixby Hospital in Adrian, Michigan. She was 92 years of age and in the 73rd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Therese Mary was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Francis and Florence (Walsh) Foote. She graduated from St. Ambrose High School in Detroit and obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in biology from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana; and a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Sister Therese Mary ministered in education for 24½ years in Detroit, Royal Oak, and Adrian, Michigan; Grafton, West Virginia; and St. Charles, Illinois. This includes three years at St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and six years at Mount St. Mary Academy in St. Charles, both institutions of the Congregation.
In 1974, Sister Therese Mary became a registered pharmacist and from 1975 to 1987 she served as pharmacist at the Maria Health Care Center (Dominican Life Center). She later ministered as pharmacist at Perry Drugs in Royal Oak, Liberty Drug stores in Southfield, and from 1989-2004, at Cherry Hill Pharmacy in Dearborn, all in Michigan.
Sister Therese Mary became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2004. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Robert; and sister, Jean Stark. She is survived by loving nieces and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Welcome of Sister Therese Mary will be on Sunday, December 9, 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, December 10, 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.
From left: Dorothy Foote, the future Sister Therese Mary, center, with her sister Jean and brother Bob, 1931. Dorothy Foote, the future Sister Therese Mary, in front of the Adrian Dominican Motherhouse about a month before her entrance, January 1945. Dorothy Foote as a high school student, early 1940s.
From left: Sister Therese Mary with her mother Florence and grandmother Jessie on the day of her reception, August 9, 1945. Sister Therese Mary, left, with Vivian Rumler, RN, her colleague at the Dominican Pharmacy. Sister Therese Mary, left, with Sister Mary Bernard Lynch The two worked together in the Dominican Pharmacy from 1975 to 1977, though they each worked at the pharmacy for 12 years.
From left: Long-time local community members at the Regina Residence are, from left, Sisters Anne Wasco, Mary Rita Gleason, Catherine Henry Schmid, and Therese Mary Foote. Sister Therese Mary, left, with Sister Rosalie Bulanda, 1984
From left: From left, Sisters Therese Mary Foote, Catherine Henry Schmid, and Maria Goretti Browne. Sister Therese Mary Foote speaks at the 100th birthday party of Sister Maura Phillips on April 25, 2014. Behind her is Sister Mary Alice Naour.
Members of the 2015 Double-Diamond (70-year) Jubilarian Class are, back row, from left, Sisters Joan Murphy, Margaret Mehigan, Kathryn Lumbrezer, and Sister Attracta Kelly (Prioress) and seated, from left, Sisters Dorothy Jehle, Therese Mary Foote, Nadine Foley, and Constance Kelly.
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I cannot begin to tell you the influence Sister had on my life. She taught me to be inquisitive, kind and a critical thinker which had served me well. She was also fun! I had the chance to visit with her a year ago and am now so grateful I got the chance to thank her in person. My years at the academy and with her were wonderful and the person I am today is largely in part to all those experiences both with the teaching staff and the students. I will miss her/
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