In Memoriam

Sister Mary Daria Herbella, OP


Sister Mary Daria Herbella, formerly known as Ida Mae Herbella, died on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 92 years of age and in the 67th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Mary Daria was born in Springerville, Arizona, to Dario and Eladia (Dominquez) Herbella. She graduated from Round Valley High School in Springerville, Arizona, and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in English from the University of San Francisco; and a master’s degree in religious education from St. Thomas University in Houston, Texas. 

Sister ministered for 30 years in elementary, junior high, and high school education in Detroit, Michigan; Los Angeles, Oakland, and Santa Cruz, California; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Trinidad, Colorado; and Kingman, Douglas, Casa Grande, and Flagstaff, Arizona, including six years as principal in Flagstaff. 

Sister Mary Daria was a pastoral assistant for 17 years in Albuquerque and Los Lunas, New Mexico; and Pinetop, Arizona. She was a physical exercise aide for three years at the Maria Health Care Center in Adrian. 

Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2009. She was preceded in death by her parents; six sisters: Amelia, Elizabeth, Mary, Dolores, Genevieve, and Jacqueline; and two brothers: John Francis and Charley. She is survived by a sister, Barbara Kasner of Huntington Beach, California.

Welcome of Sister Mary Daria and the Viewing will be on Friday, April 5, 2019, at 9:15 a.m. in St. Catherine Chapel in the Dominican Life Center. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Friday, April 5, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in St. Catherine’s Chapel. Both the Mass of Christian Burial and the Ritual of Remembering will be live streamed.

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.


Funeral for Sister Mary Daria:

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Right: From left, Sister Mary Daria, her father Dario, and her sister Barbara (Bobbie Jo)

From left: Sister Mary Daria gives Sister Mary Edwardine Schairer a ride in her wheelchair. Sister Mary Daria in Kingman, Arizona

From left: Sisters Mary Donalda Fredricks, left, and Mary Daria Herbella at Holy Cross Convent, Santa Cruz, California. Sisters Mary Daria Herbella, left, and Charlotte Moser at the General Council farewell celebration, June 2016

From left: Sister Mary Daria and Father Oliver Curran in front of St. Mary of the Angels Church, Pine Top, Arizona. From left, Cathy Moeller, Sister Mary Daria’s student, and Sisters Marie Luisa Vasquez, Maria Daria Herbella, and Marie Carmen Gonzales

From left: Sister Mary Daria serves as Music Director and pastoral minister at Risen Savior Parish, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sister Mary Daria’s crowd: back row, from left, Sisters Mary Daria Herbella, Elisa Joan Doherty, Thérèse M. Haggerty, Agnes Peplinski, Rita Brunett, and former Sister Elaine LeVotte and, seated from left, Sisters Anne Liam Lees, Marian Edward Guethlein, and Catherine Ahern

Members of the 2001 Golden Jubilee August Reception Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Elisa Joan Doherty, Dolores Slosar, Celine Marie Regan, Judith Ann Lieder, Anne Liam Lees, and Marie Wiedner; middle row, from left, Sisters Thérèse M. Haggerty, Julianne Wolny, Catherine Ahern, Agnes Peplinski, Jeannine Holway, Clara Ann Budenz, and Elizabeth Lynch; and front row, from left, Sisters Marian Edward Guethlein, Nancy Hanna, Dolores Marie Dolan, Mary Daria Herbella, and Rita Brunett.

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Avatar  Julie Luna 3 weeks agoReply

How blessed we were to have Sr. Daria with us at St. Mary of the Angels Church in Pinetop. She was very special to us all, was involved with the Music Ministry as well as so many other activities. She had a great sense of humor and so full of joy. She was so welcomed to the Heavenly kingdom. God Bless Sr. Daria.

Julie Luna

Avatar  Carol Elya last monthReply

I lived with S Daria in Phoenix. I remember how she loved to go to card stores and get cards, especially Hallmark. She would write letters almost every night. She volunteered as a librarian at Bourgade Catholic High School when I was teaching there. I will miss seeing her. S Carol Elya

Avatar  Gary Herbella last monthReply

Thank you Sister Daria for leaving each of the countless people you touched with something both positive and peaceful. You never forgot a birthday and, as your nephew, I always felt that your “God Bless You”s came with extra meaning and power. Remembering you with love.

Avatar  Alyssa Contreras last monthReply

Rip aunt sister Daria! I love you and am blessed to be able to call you my aunt! Tell grandma and grandpa hi for me!

Avatar  Barbara Kelley, OP last monthReply

I was in the Sisters' Choir at the Motherhouse with Sister Daria for years and was very sad when she left because it got to be too much for her. Still, every time I saw her in the chapel after that, she would smile at me and hold out her hands to me. She was a gentle, loving, sweet and peaceful presence and she melted my heart.

Avatar  Therese A Bruce last monthReply

Sister Daria was my mother Genevieve's sister. I have 6 brothers and sisters and Sister Daria sent birthday cards to each and every one of us for most of our lives. We will always remember Daria for her depth of compassion and her love and appreciation for each and every one of us. Rest in peace Daria, you are loved and we love you.

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