In Memoriam

Sister Jeanne Marie O’Laughlin, OP


Sister Jeanne Marie O’Laughlin, formerly known as Sister John Anthony O’Laughlin, died on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 90 years of age and in the 73rd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Jeanne was born in Detroit to Thomas and Margaret (Croak) O’Laughlin. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian; received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; and earned a Master of Teaching Science degree in Biology, a Master of Education degree in Education Administration, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education Administration, all from the University of Arizona in Tucson. 

Sister Jeanne spent 21 years ministering in elementary education in Lansing, Iron River and Dearborn, Michigan; Rockford, Illinois; and Casa Grande and Tucson, Arizona. She spent four years in California, from 1969 to 1973, where she was Director of the Apostolate in Holy Cross Province. Sister was the Director of the Adrian Dominican Independent School System (ADISS) Board from 1973 to 1974. She was elected to the General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters and served in that position from 1974 to 1978. 

Sister Jeanne was the President’s Assistant at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, for three years, and President of Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, from 1981 until 2004, when she became President Emerita. 

Sister Jeanne became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Patricia McGlowe and Mary Grybowski; and a brother, Bernard O’Laughlin. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews.

Welcome of Sister Jeanne will be on Monday, June 24, 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 Tuesday, June 25, 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.

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Right: Regina White, left, and Jeanne O’Laughlin on their first day of kindergarten

From left: Sister Nora (Nora Richard) Leahy, left, and Sister Jeanne (John Anthony) O’Laughlin; Sister Jeanne visits the Irish Hills in Michigan with her parents and her brother Bernard; Sister Peg Albert, back, and Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin pose with Sister Jeanne’s companion, PJ (“Pure Joy”). 

From left: Sister Jeanne with her stepmother, Betty; From left, Sisters Nora Leahy, Jeanne O’Laughlin, and Diane Odette

From left: Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin and Janet Reno, Attorney General under President Bill Clinton, attend a Commencement ceremony. Sister Jeanne receives a blessing from Pope John Paul II.

From left: Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, second pew, left, at her inauguration as President of Barry College (now University), 1981. Sisters Peg Albert, left, and Jeanne O’Laughlin enjoy their trip to Alaska.

From left: Sisters Mary Karen Lietz, Joan Leo Kehn, Jeanne O’Laughlin, and Therese Margaret Roberts; Members of the 2005 North Miami Mission Group are: back row, from left, Associate Lloyd Van Bylevelt and Sisters Pam Millenbach, John Norton Barrett, Jeanne O’Laughlin, and Sarah Cavanaugh; middle row, from left, Sisters Kathleen Donnelly, Peg Albert, Marie Carol Hurley, Jeannine Holway, and Helen Faiver; and front row, from left, Sisters Marie Joannes O’Donnell, Therese Margaret Roberts, Dorothy Jehle, Mary Arnold Benedetto, and Myra Jackson.

Members of the 2006 Diamond Jubilee Crowd are, back row, from left, Sisters Marcelline Fouchey, Marie Siena Chmara, Jeanne O’Laughlin, Anne L. Lindquist, Therese Tighe, Jane Quirk, and Clare O’Connor, and front row, from left, Sisters Sean Therese Halpin, Marie Sheila Beatty, Therese Margaret Roberts, Therese Craig, Donna Wencel, Betty Foster, and Mary Margaret Donnelly.

Members of the 1974-1978 General Council are, from left, Sisters Cathryn Deutsch, Rosemary Ferguson (Prioress), Nadine Foley, Jeanne Burns, and Jeanne O’Laughlin.

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Avatar  Marilyn Wheeler last monthReply

I was at Barry for many years and Sr Jeanne was the 5th President. We had the same name in religion with only the OP was SSJ after mine. We both had a degree in Biology. We use to kid about it. She did so much to advance Barry as a leader in the community and brought it from college to Univeesity status.

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