In Memoriam

Sister Lorraine Pepin, OP


Sister Lorraine Pepin, formerly known as Sister Johneda Pepin, died on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the ProMedica Bixby Hospital in Adrian, Michigan. She was 84 years of age and in the 66th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Lorraine was born in Escanaba, Michigan, to John and Edna (Dubord) Pepin. She graduated from St. Joseph High School in Escanaba and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in special education from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. She was also licensed as a pastoral counselor by the Cardinal Meyer Institute in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Sister Lorraine spent 29 years ministering in elementary education in Chicago; Detroit, Newberry, Sault Ste. Marie, Norway, Iron Mountain, and Escanaba, Michigan; Des Moines, Iowa; and Vero Beach, Melbourne, and Tequesta, Florida. 

She was director of religious education and pastoral minister at St. Jude Parish in Tequesta from 1986 to 2004, and pastoral minister for one year at St. Helen in Vero Beach, Florida. She also was the director of physical exercise at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian for 1½ years.

Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2005. She was preceded in death by her parents; nine brothers: Henry, Victor, Raymond, Wilfred, Francis, Lester, Donald, Lenard, Ernest; and two sisters, Rita Shannon and Therese Rathfoot. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Lorraine will be on Wednesday, June 12, 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, June 13, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Mass of Christian Burial 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 Lorraine (Johneda):

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Funeral for Sister Lorraine (Johneda):

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Center: First Holy Communion

From left: Sister Lorraine Pepin with her nephew, Father Darryl Pepin, son of Donald; Sister Lorraine Pepin, left, and Sister Reta Drexler

Celebrating their Golden Jubilees in 2002 are, from left: Sisters Lorraine Sinn, Lorraine Pepin, Mary Ann Caulfield (Chapter Prioress), Reta Drexler, and Frances Madigan.

From left: Sisters Lorraine Pepin, left, and Reta Drexler; Sister Lorraine, left, with her sister Rita

Members of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Class are: back row, from left, Sisters Dorothy Booms, Lorraine Pepin, Carolyn Nelson, Reta Drexler, Arlene Marie Kosmatka, Frances Madigan, and Attracta Kelly (Prioress); middle row, from left, Sisters Kathryn Hartnett, Marguerite Renuart, Maureen Keeler, Lorraine Sinn, and Cora Marie Campbell; and front row, from left, Sisters Anne Cenci, Ann Kelly, Joann Weigang, and Magdalena Ezoe.

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