In Memoriam

Sister Irene Marie Kerich, OP


Sister Irene Marie Kerich, formerly known as Mary Louise Kerich, died on Monday, May 27, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 94 years of age and in the 77th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Irene Marie was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Harry and Irene (Dugas) Kerich. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, and received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, and a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was also certified as a pastoral minister by SS Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan. 

Sister Irene Marie spent twenty-six years ministering in education in Chelsea, Bad Axe, and Detroit, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Conneaut, Ohio. She also served in congregational leadership for eight years as Councilor and Co-Provincial in St. Catherine Province in Detroit. She was plant manager for the Dominican High School convent in Detroit for one year and served for 23 years in pastoral ministry at St. Ambrose Parish in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. 

Sister Irene Marie became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2003. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Douglas and William Kerich. She is survived by loving nieces and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Irene Marie will be on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 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 Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral 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 Irene Marie:

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Funeral for Sister Irene Marie:

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From left: Sister Irene Marie before entrance, 1940; Profession Day, August 19, 1942; Sister Irene Marie Kerich, OP, taken in Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 1950

From left: With her father and brother Douglas, 1932; Sisters Helen Duncan, left, and Irene Marie Kerich working for homebound seniors, Christmas 1977

Gathered outside the monastery in Prouille, France, 1994, are: standing, from left, Sisters Patricia Consier, Theresa Mayrand, Barbara Hengesbach, Romona Nowak, Irene Marie Kerich, and Clare O’Connor, and seated, from left, Sisters Marilyn Winter, Patricia Dolan, Marianne O’Neill, Lois Spear, Dorothy Dempsey, Marion Coppe, and Patricia Stellmah.

Left: Enjoying their Mission Group Christmas party are, from left, Sisters Marion Coppe, Irene Marie Kerich, and Therese Craig.

Members of the 2001 Diamond Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Thomas Josephine Lawler, Celeste Beauregard, Gertrude Sitzmann, Theresa Martin Pigott, and Mary Jane Schallert; middle row, from left, Sisters Agnes Edward McGill, Irene Marie Kerich, Marie Therese Creighton, Kathleen Scanlon, and Lucian Marie Dusseau; and front row, from left, Coletta Slatter and Marie Urban Schwartz. 

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The Regina Dominican High School Community holds you in our thoughts and prayers.

Cemetery of the Adrian Dominican Sisters

Our Adrian Dominican cemetery with its circular headstones is a beautiful place of rest for women who gave their lives in service to God—and a peaceful place for contemplation and remembrance. 

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